Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Virgin American Oak
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 Sep 2020 8:39 pm by Glen Positive

Average value

€ 50.30

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17 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Benromach 2012

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.89 points

  1. DD_MadMan scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Tasted Bottle: [09/09/20 200664]

    Takes getting used to, but not surprising either.
    As an absolute minority phenomenon, this whisky ONLY matured in fresh Virgin Oak barrels, i.e. without pre-allocation.

    The score of 86 is therefore to be understood very relatively, within comparable Virgin Oak Whiskys, which also ONLY matured in fresh oak barrels without any pre-allocation.

    A comparison was made with, for example

    Benromach Organic 2011/18 43% (predecessor)
    Auchentoshan Virgin Oak Batch 2 46%
    Glen Garioch Virgin Oak 48%

    The Benromach 2012/20 with 46% was my winner from this comparison with regard to the desired expression of the wooden barrel.

  2. M134481 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, dandelions and meadow, fresh, lemon juice, vanilla, caramel and malty.
    • Taste
      Caramel, honey, wood, pear and Granny Smith, lemon juice, flour and brown sugar.
    • Finish
      Caramel, honey, wood, pear and Granny Smith, lemon juice, floral, brown sugar, white grape and a sour ending with a fairly long finish.

  3. Myke scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    many bright, fresh fruits are emphasized on the nose. Over time, the Virgin Oak moment comes through.
    Also quite fruity in the taste, a little more spice, but not spicy.
    Tip: leave enough time to breathe.
    overall: not bad (especially the fruits are really nice), but not outstanding either; you can try it as a sample, but I don't need a bottle of it.
    [81 - 78 = 'ok' whisky -> but do I need a whole bottle?]
    If you like light (yellow and green) fruits and like the Virgin Oak aftertaste, you can also grab it here.
    • Nose
      83 83
      initially bright yellow and green fruits of apricot, pear, apple, kiwi. In the background you can see the "fresh" barrel impact - especially the spice of nutmeg comes into my nose.
      Every now and then the alcohol bites with its youthful heat, but is still ok.
      The fruits get stronger and stronger over time ... so let yourself breathe a bit.
      Behind the fruit there is a very slight malty / grainy note. With a little imagination, I get a barrel char moment - but leveled down extremely far.
      If I keep my nose in the Glencairn, I get fermented fruit mixed with malt - interesting.
      The whole thing then also gives a muff or chicken coop in one direction - I think this is my Virgin Oak moment ... well, not so great, but not that bad either.
    • Taste
      81 81
      quite soft in the beginning, a lot of fruit, malty. The spice builds up in the form of nutmeg and a little cinnamon. Mhhh, there are bright fruits from nose.
      Pleasantly creamy and viscous on the tongue, tannins stick to the tongue.
      At the back, the Virgin Oak comes into play again, which goes in a rather bitter direction, but does not form dark chocolate, but rather only becomes bitter (green walnut shell).
      I find it annoying, but ok, that's a matter of taste; with a few more years it would probably be more of a dark chocolate moment.
      On the other hand, the "youthful" spiciness does not actually come into play and the alcohol is integrated quite well.
    • Finish
      78 78
      the finish is medium long, personally too bitter for me, which is probably the Virgin Oak.

  4. JBKwb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Not bad, has potential, but sadly too young at 8 years. Dare saying I found a previous (old bottle) version already more developed so it could come down to cask management.


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