"only show, that this expression is ridiculously unterrated"
(my first notes were written after drinking a 10 cl sample) The dram needs a few drops of water and at least 5 minutes to settle down, then any alcoholic strength you might have felt initially had faded away for good.I'm still thinking that this expression is a kind of a masterpiece regarding price and quality. Wondering if this really is a 12year-old. It seems a lot older to me.
Other expressions that were distributed in more than one batch had older stuff in it, after the distillery ran out of stock with whisky of a needed quality of the proclaimed age. It seems to me like this might be possible with this one.
Also I wonder about many notes of fellas here telling us that the finish is short.
My experience is different: The fade comes quite fast, but after some time I get a strong "flashback" feeling of lingering, wonderful zesty and fresh red apples ("jonagold" or "red prince"). Regarding that, I'd say that the finish is very long.
Maybe there is more than one batch and the expression got better after the first batch. I'm sticking to my 87 points and will think about buying another bottle - but hey, don't forget I'm a BenRiach fanboy. I also think that the triple distillation done at BenRiach ist recognizable: All triple distilled BenRiach expressions I've tasted so far (3) had a certain, wonderful creamy mouthfeel that added to all the typical BR perceptions and that were missing in the regular double distilled BR expressions. I was told that this can be achieved either by triple distillation or by time, temperature and alcoholic strength of the spirit when the feints are tapped-off. So maybe this wonderful creaminess is a triple distilled BenRiach feature.