BenRiach 12-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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 750 ml
Bottle code
Added on
13 Sep 2020 11:13 pm by maltaholic

Average value

€ 51.82

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach 12-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.52 points

  1. 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 ,

  2. 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.

  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. Myke scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    light smoke with light fruity aromas and subtle sweetness on the nose.
    The taste is then clearly spicier than expected and less fruity. Personally, I think it's a shame that the fruit component goes under here.
    For advanced beginners certainly worth a dram ... maybe. Only a sample is worth it.
    It's not bad, but it doesn't knock you off your feet either, and it's not a must-have (except as a BenRiach fan).
    [80 - 76 = 'really not bad'-whisky -> but do I need a (second) bottle?]
    • Nose
      initially stinging in the nose from alcohol - but that evaporates quickly.
      slightly greasy smoke that also looks a bit ashy.
      Behind it lightly fruity with lemon and orange. Over time it also becomes yellow-fruity like apples and apricots.
      Subtle honey sweetness in the background and a bit of caramel if that's what you're looking for. Eich wort that turns into something slightly herbal, which is good for the malt.
    • Taste
      soft start, some spice builds up, but initially remains at a very low level - the oak spice then presses again with a peppery spice - but does not have a sharp, peppery effect.
      It becomes creamy and viscous very quickly, but then also quickly dries out again. The fruits keep in the background. Nothing at all comes through from the smoke, it only emerges towards the exit.
      Second sip: even spicier with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The fruit aromas almost disappear here.
      The dryness turns into a dark / dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Oak wort remains with a coated tongue and fades out for medium to long periods. I personally don't feel any more of the fruits - apart from the orange aroma.
      The ashy smoke comes out again, gives the whole thing a certain complexity, but then slowly disappears.
      The dryness continues into a dark chocolate.

  6. man2392 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: mesquite, sweet paprika, coaldust and a hint of salinity
    Palate: burnt ends and smoked pastrami, vanilla and black pepper
    Finish: barbecue spice rub

    Tasted blind as part of Wings and Whisky- Age statement

  7. tangtang scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    very nice malt, very nice combination of aromas, a really good price-performance ratio.
    • Nose
      Subtle smoky, dried fruits, citrus fruits, very slightly sweet, fruity, plums, spicy
    • Taste
      Here, too, the smoke is rather subtle, fruity, dried fruits, plums, berries, somewhat spicy, citrus fruits come later, becoming slightly bitter
    • Finish
      intensely fruity smoky. Spicy with dried fruits, slightly sweet, then orange, short to medium length

  8. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Svjatogor scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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


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