BenRiach 12-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Smoky Twelve
Stated Age
12 years old
Bourbon Barrels, Sherry Casks, Marsala Wine
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
13 Sep 2020 11:13 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 51.38

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38 × member ratings

86 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 12-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.92 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    meaty, smoked, peaty,, caramel and chocolate, peppery
    it is creamy, easy to drink, then spicy, quite strong, then fruity, a little macerated and sweet on red fruits, cooked and candied strawberries with its juice, "earthy" peat made from moss, fern, pine needles, therefore less aggressive than maritime and medicinal Islay peats.
    return of orange peel, always a little meaty on the barbecue, the chocolate a little toasted, the vanilla comes back at the end with the sweet orange.
    average on the basket of candied fruit, chocolate and dry peat, very pleasant surprise.
    a renewal of age accounts is good.
    • Finish
      oloroso and marsala bourbon cask, the new masterblender works hard with the casks in reserve!

      to serve on a blue cheese paste, on a dessert too.

  2. Captain Teague scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Decent Daily Dram easy drinking - well balanced ,pleasant mouthfeel - the finish is rather /medium short....also good for newbies to start with very well integrated smoke...to me def. the Speyside Whisky / Distillery that works best with peat these days.

    N: Shy but nice Orange, slight vanilla cake sweet smoke,

    T: Starts fruity (sweet Oranges) plus some sour fruit (lemon notes) / Choclate

    F: Nice oak note , roasted nuts ,

  3. MadScientist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Banana Bread in the Oven

    The new core range of BenRiach consists of a 10 and 12 years old, both unpeated and peated. The fun part is the fact that all four expressions are made up of different cask types. That makes it quite interesting in my book. This Smoky Twelve is a vatting of bourbon and sherry casks, but also Marsala wine casks. Intriguing, no? Must be nice for Dr Rachel Barrie to have such lovely panoply of casks to play with as Master Blender.

    Top nose! Lots of oranges and roasted almonds, but with a lovely smoky edge. Some raisins and red fruit shine through in the background. Walnuts and cloves in the mix. Banana bread in the oven. If it can keep this up on the palate, we have a winner.

    While the body is somewhat light, the taste is great. The Marsala has put its foot down, offering up quite a bit of red fruit like cherries and strawberries, great notes of dark chocolate, cloves, candied oranges and vanilla shine through as well. Very complete, round and simply satisfying.

    The almonds and mostly oranges reappear in the medium long, softly smoky finish.

    This is my favorite of the new core range, while I secretly had hoped it would have been an unpeated one. Oh, well, that’s life. This one is just great.

  5. Svjatogor scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    n: smoke/peat, sherry, sweet
    t: wooow, dangerous sipping, sherry
    a: sherry, smoke

  6. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. thewhiskeyjug scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Aroma carries a hint of sherry-like sweetness that almost disappears under the light peat but works well with the dried fruits and malty notes; Palate is the waxiest of the new core and sits heavy and warm with a similar profile to the aroma; Finish is nice, but kind of muted.


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