BenRiach 12-year-old

Overall rating
83.52/100
votes
897
Whiskybase ID
WB8340
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Matured in Sherry Wood
Bottled
12.09.2009
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Oloroso & Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butts
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060088791158
Added on
19 may 2009 5:41 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 100.00

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Whisky reviews for BenRiach 12-year-old

118 users have left 123 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.52 points.

  1. zzqfyl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  2. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    spicy, honey, buttered on mocha, baked fruits on raisins, on burnt dark chocolate, roasted coffee, pleasant
    mouth:
    sherry, candied cooked fruit, honey again, it's sweet, buttered, it oozes cooked fruit, nuts, cinnamon, dry woody return
    final:
    sweet malt, caramel, a little bitterness, dry wood, hazelnuts, peppery spices.

  3. Thermidor scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The choice of sherry casks here reminds me a lot of other Walker enterprises, and I think I could spend a while with this and Glendronach 12yo trying to determine which one I really like better.
    • Nose
      A leafy sherry note, with bitter cigar leaves, faint dry herbs, candlewax, waxed fruit, and a meaty, faintly smoky distillate. A bit of cardboard too, but not in a bad way.
    • Taste
      This just works. No off notes, no oddities, just this nice, not overdone sherry mixing with a lightly peaty distillate that adds some fresh fruitiness to the mix, producing a less fatty version of what Glendronach would give you, but with the same overall quality. Good bang for your buck, certainly
    • Finish
      Here it falters a bit. The peat stays but the sherry makes a quick exit.

  4. bredstrup scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    A very nice expression. I’m no huge sherry fan, but this one is a very genuine example of how to integrate sherry. No sulphuric character at all. Great great dram
    • Nose
      85 85
      Old wood, abricot syrup, honey notes. Hints of vanilla. Like being in an old cabinet
    • Taste
      87 87
      Oily and sweet. Spices appear. Heavy sherry influence, but not that A’bunadh way, more integrated in my opinion. Full bodied
    • Finish
      85 85
      Oak is lingering for a long while, sherry notes fade rather quickly. Fruity feeling lingers, though

  5. CharlyLey scored this whisky 86 points Newbie

    Really good sherry single malt!
    Excellent fruity nose with strong sherry notes.
    Surprisingly mild in taste.
    Overall really good! -> 86P
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry, sweet fruits, prunes, honey, light vanilla, caramel candies, spices, raisins, fresh apples
    • Taste
      85 85
      surprisingly mild!
      sweet fruits, sherry, spices (pepper), dark chocolate
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium to long finish.
      Sherry, spices (especially pepper), oak

  6. ezioaudit scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

  7. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 85 points Super Administrator

    Matured in a combination of first fill Oloroso and PX casks, this sherry whisky delivers a distinctive aroma of dried fruits, raisins and bitter chocolate. At first, the nose is quite muted and featureless. After adding a few drops of water, you can find cinnamon, walnuts and even faint hints of coffee. BenRiach 12 Sherry Wood tastes sweet, intense and aromatic with Christmas spices, dark fruits and a delicate nuttiness. The finish is peppery sweet and surprisingly long with well-balanced oak influence. It's a solid Single Malt with minor flaws in the aroma.

    RATING: 3.7/5.0 stars ≙ 85 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE [+]
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Vince' scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful sherry barrel whisky, dried fruit, a little cereal, not too sweet and nice tart notes of oak. Everything was well balanced. Maybe a bit too tame sometimes.

  11. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Raisins, sweet sherry and caramel fudge.
    Long finish. Spicy but pleasantly mild.

  12. whiskyd scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. ricallende did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Classic Sherried expression with a well-balanced combination of Oloroso and PX
    • Nose
      Sherry at first,mocha, dark chocolate, sultanas and rich spices.
    • Taste
      The combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks gives a wonderful balance of mocha and dark chocolate interwoven with figs, sultanas and vanilla.
    • Finish
      Middle-Long, slightly Sour but mostly Bitter-Sweet with Sweet Barley,caramel notes. Quite Dry in the end.

  14. Rien scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  15. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      79 79

  16. Helgo scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately I'm too sprightly and a bit too alcoholic. I have given away the bottle meanwhile, although she was hired. Should others enjoy it.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      76 76

  17. Pilatus did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  18. RR60 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

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

  19. Wiz scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  21. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    good quality but nothing spectacular, perhaps after oxidization since it is evident from the start that the cask quality/combination is above average
    • Nose
      musk, butter, spicy sherry, light red fruits, honey, hint of grass
    • Taste
      spicy, sweet, sherry, honey, grains, light bread
    • Finish
      thin, light sweetness, honey, minerals, light grain, bitter butter, malty sherry at the back

  22. peej84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  23. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  24. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

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

  25. peej84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  26. Goethe scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    A young sherry matured whisky, unripe and alcoholic spiciness on the palate. 

    Concerning price/performance ratio: 7/10
    • Nose
      Sherry, honey, vanilla, red fruits, allspice, biting.
    • Taste
      Sherry, alcohol, red fruits, spicy oak, bitter.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate, spicy, some leather, getting dry.

  27. славон scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  28. restausverkauf did not rate this whisky Newbie

    For my beginner's taste (;)) here was the alcohol too present in the nose and taste. The strong spiciness I liked it well, but the bittern notes were sometimes too intense for me at times.
    • Nose
      Alcohol very present, followed by typical sherry aromas, ripe dark fruits. Wood. With a little water, the fruity one came to the fore.
    • Taste
      Alcohol at the beginning very present, then a very strong oak flavor with strong bitterness. The fruits are only vaguely suspect.
    • Finish
      First bitter and in the course of a sweet taste then lays on the tongue.

  29. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sherry, honey aplenty, light and creamy too, frangipane. In the mouth, we find these sensations. A nice touch of mouth, feeling of roundness, perfectly integrated alcohol. Spices come only by swallowing giving length to the dram. A very nice sherry at a very sweet price!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  30. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Top Malt for the money
    • Nose
      Immediately are raisins, dark dried fruits, wonderful oak spiciness, lots of caramel, forest honey, creme brulee, overall that's a PX sweetie for me
    • Taste
      Spicy sweet, red dried fruit, the Brennereicharakter makes despite drinking good steam, creamy and peppery mouthfeel
    • Finish
      Sweet oak and raisins remain medium in length, you will not be overwhelmed by the drinking strength, which makes you hungry for more

  31. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A typical sherry dram. For studying the newspaper in the evening.
    • Nose
      Full and rich nose. Sherry predominates, as well as round malt notes. Almonds, oak staves, dark berries & a few hints of dried oranges. Sherry predominates with water, but thinner. A little oak, crispes spicy malt. Black currant, a few blackberries.
    • Taste
      Again, a luscious taste of dark character. Sherry, some malt, strong oak notes. Dark berries, a little smoke, a trace of spices. Small astringent notes when water comes into play. Malt, oak, some sherry and memories of cassis lemonade.
    • Finish
      Clear pepper notes that burn well. Over time, a sherry sweetheart takes over the regiment. Occupies well the tongue. Small nut notes open up with a slight oaky dryness. The sherry is also present with water. Some fruit acid in addition, notes of berries, ground oak staves and a little pepper.

  32. Peated-Boy did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Super 
    • Nose
      Sehr lecker 
    • Taste
      Süß und voll 
    • Finish
      Lang würzig 

  33. emptycask scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Nose:

    Sweet brown sugar, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cardamom, lemon peel, plums and appels, a little bit of wood shavings and a little oily note.

    Taste:

    Bitter and sweet arrival, kind of creamy with a marshmallowish sweetness, and again Appel. The (woody?) bitterness stays in the development.Finish:

    Medium of length, the bitter note lasts (which I personally enjoy).

    Surprisingly good.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  34. abt72 scored this whisky 83 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  35. irrerelevant scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    beautiful entrance to sherried single malts
    • Nose
      alcohol, mint, fresh sherry, sweet
    • Taste
      starts sweet with sherry, honey, oak is present, pear, apple, mint again
    • Finish
      medium-long, dries, sherry and oak are still present

  36. Islaywolf scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  37. LordIslay scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  38. KOQ24 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Nose:
    -Caramel,Toffee,Menthol,Eucalyptus,Herbs,Spices,Raisins,Vanilla

    Taste:
    -strong arrival
    -Caramel,nutty,Grapes,Vanilla,Chocolate

    Finish:
    -long with a strong Alcohol Presence

    O:
    Decent Whisky.
    A fairly subdued one though.
    In Comparison, i'd go with the slightly more expensive Glenmorangie Lasanta 12yo or Glendronach 12yo.
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      75 75

  39. 7h0r3en scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    After about 30 minutes in the glass, the barrel char became present in the taste and the rich sweet flavors shifted toward more floral and vegetal. Overall, this is a pleasant whisky with an easy-to-drink character. It also has enough intrinsic quality that you can spend a bit of time analyzing, and not be disappointed. 
    • Nose
      Dark red seeded grapes (including the skins), tangerine slices, red fruits, honey comb, sweetly floral (rose water),
      whiff of barrel char smoke. After a few minutes the sherry influence begins to
      dominate, and the  honeycomb and floral
      notes are replaced with clove and cinnamon and sweet custard.
    • Taste
      Honeyed
      oak, milk chocolate, sherry fruits, vanilla and salty butterscotch, black pepper, and a slight note of dense free-range butter.
    • Finish
      A hint of flan, mellow oak with a hint of celery pepper, and
      rich dark earth.

  41. Andytka3 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N- Lovely thick honey with chocolate coming thru, whiff of new cedar wood and leafy. Gentle and straight forward.

    P- Dry mouth-feel and peppery with gentle layer of bitterness. Lack substance, but easy, enjoyable.

    F- Medium, a drift of chocolate on the exit with herbs mouth coating. A touch of clove.

    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. Rogier Engel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nose: fruity, reminds us of tutti frutti. Long, warm aftertaste with delicious sherry tones.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  43. WhiteEagle scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. Gondwana scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  45. Tobias B scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    for the price ok, but the 15y PX for example was ways better, completely different league...
    • Nose
      Alcohol in the first place, then sweet sherry, orange peel, ginger and a touch of fresh crunched black pepper (maybe the alkohol is fooling me there...)
    • Taste
      Alcohol is also present here, then surpisingly identical to the nose with hints of dark fruits in combination with a bit of oak
    • Finish
      medium to long, with a dominant bitter touch (oak?) sweetnes is compeletly gone - i've had more pleasant ones...

  46. Opeth83 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  47. Doctor B. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  48. p4blo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    This is a seriously good core range whisky and considering the price, it's a great bang for the buck.
    • Nose
      Cherry liquer, dried prunes and figs, toffee and dark chocolate. Warm and inviting.
    • Taste
      Slightly thin, bitterish, on red and dark fruits (strawberries, cherries, prunes, dates), some chocolate. Nice and clean, no off notes.
    • Finish
      Fruit punch with strawberries and raspberries, a slowly fading sweetness. Good length.

  49. vojt466 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    It's not bad, but it would not be a superbomba to say
    • Nose
      bitter chocolate, cherries in chocolate, cherry compote, spices, alcohol.
    • Taste
      spice (quite pretty), sherry, cherry in chocolate, chocolate cake, rising alcohol, woodiness
    • Finish
      Sweetness blended with woody and spice

  50. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    despite 12 years maturation, in sherry wood, this is still a young, rough whisky. If you like sherry matured whisky; go for sister-distillery Glendronach. If you like BenRiach unpeated, go for 16yo. This BenRiach is by far not as interesting as their other expressions.
    • Nose
      Neat - sweet of soaked fruits, peach, pear, red apples, fresh oranges, icing sugar.
      w/ water - sweeter but less intense. Touch of sulfur.
    • Taste
      Neat - sweet, dry rough arrival. Hot ginger (alcohol) development.
      w/ water - sweet, short arrival. Medium long development of bitter citrus syrup. Ginger heat.
    • Finish
      Dry, warm citrus finish. Medium long.

  51. pianoman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, apple, citrus fruits. Some malt.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity with a slight pungency.

  52. Pyromann scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very good one, and even better considering the price.
    • Nose
      Sweet, wine and sherry tones dominate here.
    • Taste
      Heavy, solid and compact, overripe fruit, chocolate sweetness. A bit rough, but definitely not alcoholic sharp.
    • Finish
      Rather long, smoky.

  53. CST1986 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Goody good sherried malt whisky from very good and active casks. The second part of the palate lacks a bit of complexity, but I don't think you can do much better with a 12-year-old mass-produced Speysider.
    • Nose
      Full blown sweetness, rich and satisfying. Cherries, red plums, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Savoury, slightly salty edges make it interesting and give it complexity - you get bodega earthiness, beef stock seasoned with fleur de sel and a bit of celeriac. The strength is good as it is, but it can also do with a drop of water. Doesn't really make a big difference, water gives its body a silkier texture. Nice!
    • Taste
      Impressive attack. Intense sherry sweetness with spices (eucalyptus, caraway, maybe coriander), chocolate, liquorice and mocha. The development on the palate gets a bit rough though - here you can feel the relative youth. Still a very good effort from Benriach, certainly on par with the equivalents from Glendronach and Glenfarclas.
    • Finish
      Medium, sweet and warming. There's a hint of sweetened green tea that I enjoy quite a bit.

  54. 11insomnium scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nosing: sherry, spice, sweetness, flowery fruit

    Tasting: Strong, spicy, sweet, sherry, dark fruits, raisins

    With water: milder, lighter, fruity

    Comment: Beautiful flavors for the young age

  55. MadScientist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  56. Arquebus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I’m with Jim Murray on this one (95.5pts). Great
    honest Whisky from Benriach. Complex nose - layered and dynamic. Fruit,
    barley malt, fantastic input of oak spice, vanilla (custards) and a gentle
    well mannered nutty sherriedness – all very neatly balanced. Fresh and clean
    in the mouth and the spices linger in the finish. Hard to fault at £32 a
    bottle (March 2016) 91points from me!


  57. rottendon scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    could well be an 18-year-old Glenfiddich from my memory. Overall, very round and pleasing, dangerously tasty. Balanced and good in balance. Beautiful every day dram.
    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Sherry immediately, caramel chocolate, buttery, raisins. After some time fruity and fresher with a little mint and lemon balm. Warms up a few herb notes, more butter, with increasing temperature more and more herbs, butterfudge.
    • Taste
      very chocolaty with some honey, round, little oak, this very soft. At all very soft with a pleasant consistency.
    • Finish
      also not really long, but very salivary with nussigem end. Until then, the oak goes in a pleasant way and takes as it were with the honey. Some licorice with a slightly numbing effect resonates.

  58. Gloin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful whisky that delivers everything you would expect from a sherry whisky without the sherry mastering everything. I really like it. Very balanced between Sherryfasseinfluss and Brennereicharakter. blind tasting
    • Nose
      sweet, sherry, oranges, a little light cherries, dark biscuit dough, a hint of currants, very well interwoven flavors
    • Taste
      solid body, strong onset, hot and spicy, then it will be sweet, oranges and cherries again, some spicy oak in the background, dark bread
    • Finish
      Seville oranges, bittersweet oak, dark chocolate chips, quite long

  59. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      Smells absolutley wonderful, full of sherrys and fruits. Some butter caramel, summer, hints of vanilla
    • Taste
      Sherry, mild and soft whisky, smooth body. Perfectly balanced.

      I can still taste the fruits, and hints of vanilla.

      I dont think its alcoholic in the texture at all. Very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Fruits still hanging on to the finish with the sherry. Vanilla disappearing.

  60. Joe Karacho scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A little too alcoholic but delicious, strong fruity Sherryeinsteiger with great value for money ...
    • Nose
      Sherry, mint, vanilla, slightly alcoholic
    • Taste
      Strong and punchy yet sweet and tasty, dark fruit, oily and alcoholic
    • Finish
      Again sherry and in the end dry oak, relatively short

  61. Koalafant scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    unspectacular (67/100)
    • Nose
      relatively unrestraining Sherryote, otherwise nothing stands out
    • Taste
      sweetish and tasty
    • Finish
      pretty short

  62. FLKegel scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  63. peatbogger scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    This is worth every penny!

    Deliciouse!

  64. Dalm did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Aroma: Sherry and spices alternate, dark fruits, ginger, some chocolate
    Taste: Sherry, spicy oak, raisin, nuts
    Finish: long, warm, bitter oak

  65. supastan scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  66. maltaholic scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Very intense sherry, very alcoholic, alcohol, young. Decent start, aromatic, sherry, grapes, chocolate. He tastes better than he smells. Not bad, but expected more!

  67. elferink scored this whisky 59 points Member Junior

    Nice whisky, tasty sherry influences
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      72 72

  68. fileosoph scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  69. Blo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very honest sherry, decently priced. The ABV is perfect, the dram elegant.
    • Nose
      Sherry, good balance between sugarry and more bitter notes. A bit oranges, a bit almonds. Also some coffee-ish notes. Not extremely complex but quite elegant.
    • Taste
      Again, good balance between sugar and bitterness.
      Some chocolate with oranges, like in the ones you receive at Xmas. Creamy body, with a nice ABV.
    • Finish
      Medium long, quite pleasant, with more woody and fruity notes.

  70. malthead-sven scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    nice sherry malt, fruity and spicy, the alcohol is not so super integrated and bothers something in the nose
    • Nose
      Sherry and marzipan, honey, slightly alcoholic, more spicy on the sweet side, later fruit and vanilla
    • Taste
      aggressive and tingling on the tongue, 46% make it quite strong, then dry and fruity
    • Finish
      a lot of bitter chocolate, dryness stays in the mouth for a long time, otherwise medium long

  71. MrRancho scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    In the nose very nice after all sherry flavors. In the mouth, however, he has a little disappointed: The Sherrynoten fly away quickly and it makes a sprittiger taste wide. The nutty finish is alright again.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      70 70

  72. MY MALTS scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A very fruity note that stands out in front of the sherry ... Berry Sherry ...

  73. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic whisky, especially for the price
    • Nose
      Very rich and aromatic with cherries, jam, raisin, toffee, dark chocolate, and baking spices
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival with spices up front. More cherries, sherry, red fruits, and cocoa.
    • Finish
      Warming and lingering. Figs and red fruit with a prolonged spice (cinnamon). A nice balance of dry and spicy, and sweet and fruity.

  74. Gearmailteach scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The famous price-enjoyment ratio is here for Sherry friends fully fulfilled. A great dram.
    • Nose
      Sweet, thick sherry opens his nose. Just behind it, soft tones of oak, milk chocolate and raisins with cinnamon flow together in the mouth. Dark fruits as well as oranges, honey and gentle coffee aromas line up and round off the nose harmoniously.

      The bouquet makes you hungry for the dram.
    • Taste
      The taste absorbs the aromas of the nose. Strong in the start, then again a lot of sherry, damp oak wood, warming coffee in line with melting milk chocolate, caramel and honey. Roast aromas and liquorice in the background give complexity to the taste.
    • Finish
      Mitellang and strong, warm and dark. Chocolate, dark fruit, honey and coffee. Simply delicious.

  75. Batigool scored this whisky 85 points Newbie

    Color: very dark gold
    Nose: strong onset, quite alcoholic, give some time - then: light spiciness from the wood, sweetness (slightly chocolaty (grape nut), slightly raisins, honey), reminiscent of blood oranges, in the background cardamom / pepper / cinnamon (gingerbread? ), very pleasant, intense, few drops of water dissolve more fruit, alcohol disappears
    Taste: sharp onset (from both the alcohol and the peppery taste, possibly ginger), which quickly vanishes; then oily sweetness, heavy, strong, filling the mouth, stimulating; heavy forest honey, again raisins, clear dark chocolate, going towards coffee, clearly dark fruits or jam
    Finish: pleasantly oily, sticky-sweet, then dry, slightly bitter-spicy, short-medium-long, honey-heather leaves longer
    Conclusion: Thanks to the outstanding price of a "daily dram" with terrific value for money (compared to much hype whisky), clear recommendation for lovers of sherrylastiger, oily, sweet and fruity whiskys.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  76. Dris scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This one has profoundly rich thick sherry aromas. Sweet and deep dried fruits overwhelm dense barley tastes. Having said that I must address, it isn't the most mature dram of them all... The sweet sherry blankets the vegetal freshness. The spirit character is repressed, at first you might not find out its a Benriach.

    2014.05.01.

  77. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Comments and Tasting Notes by BenRiach;This rich, aromatic Single Malt Scotch Whisky has been created by marrying together whiskies matured in Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry Butts sourced from Jerez, Southern Spain.Nose;
    Mocha, dark chocolate, sultanas and rich spices.Colour;
    Deep gold – bronze.Taste;
    The combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez sherry casks gives a wonderful balance of mocha and dark chocolate interwoven with figs, sultanas, vanilla, fruits and rich spices.Awards;Silver Outstanding MedalInternational Wine & Spirits Competition 2015 IWSC Single Malt Scotch Whisky Trophy
    15 Years & Under / Special Edition  International Wine & Spirits Competition 2011
    Gold Medal / Best in ClassInternational Wine & Spirits Competition 2011 

  78. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    12, sherry keg, decent price (~ 40 €), and he still tastes great - you can only hope that it will be preserved.
    • Nose
      intense, spicy-sweet, blood orange, raisins, dark chocolate, oak, gingerbread spice
    • Taste
      full-bodied, intense, orange marmalade with a slight ginger sharpness, raisins, dark chocolate, latte
    • Finish
      medium-long, dry, bittersweet (lightly browned chocolate sponge cake)

  79. Butz75 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      76 76

  80. Smittie scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Quite spicy, not as smooth and soft as i expected. But nice sherry taste and good value for the money.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  81. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Somewhat darker amber than the average At the point of pouring, there is a scent that diverges like a strawberry rides, but it will fly quickly Slightly sticky sugar-rich fragrance, slightly dull, with grapefruit skin over time ~ orange skin lightly nuts peanut roasted coffee The sense that the body and the finish are connected and the flavor of the batting barrels are far apart so it is difficult to recognize it as a middle single The lumber moistened with lingering remained consistently (++) Although there is no raisin with a bit of astringency, pruned rose is not attached, There is no feeling of separation of moisture http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=20651

  82. Magnus Hillman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A good dram that can take plenty with water.

    (Rating interval 82-86)
    • Nose
      Mixed spices, raisins, dates and prunes as expected from a sherry cask matured whisky. One of few times where I have notices sulfur in a whisky (burnt match) although it is far far back. There is also some candied almonds on the nose. 
    • Taste
      The arrival is warm with spicy oak, the spices manifest as cinnamon and nutmeg during the development, raisin and prunes are there, bitter almond or marzipan as well.
    • Finish
      The finish is warm with nutmeg and black pepper, some bitter dark honey, cough drops and again marzipan.

  83. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      83 83

  84. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Nose of dry sherry: the Oloroso is much more present than the PX, well melted, sweet, greedy, a little dust. Sweet attack that persists a little, wooded and dry environment. The final brings power, it is also a bit peppery and pungent. Good Dry Sherry with a side fire / sulfur / gunpowder all along.

  85. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Great nose, bright, slightly sweet and beautiful exotic.
    In the taste Mild and sweet. as long as you allow your mouth. But then, if you open your mouth, peppery alcohol and nice cappuccino.
    Unfortunately too fast away, but at this price respect!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  86. hettrum scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  87. Titi94 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    LMDW tasting note: Color: amber. Nose: sweet and charming. Almond and praline notes. Evolved on orange, quince, red melon and star anise. Palate: expressive and uncompromising. Sweet, concentrated on sherry, hints of liquorice and dried fruits, nuts. Final: medium length and without bitterness. Notes of oak, nuts and milk chocolate. Style: Expressive, sweet and charming.

  88. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  89. Cicero did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    a lot of dark fruit and oak. However, the m.Mn. but a small shot of water; that makes him milder and more harmonious. Purely the alcohol stands out to me a little too strong. I had actually suspected that the sherry barrel 46% would be good .... with a little water, a nice, but still strong Malt.

  90. irrerelevant scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Alcohol, mint, already dry in the nose, sweet, not so oxidized sherry, honey, good oak, bright fruits. Great introduction to Sherrymalts

  91. Heidjer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind.
    Very tasty and tasty - the clear strength lies in the development in the mouth - whereby the nose is really not far behind.
    • Nose
      First sherry and then oak (woody), spicy, a touch of sweet chocolate - something aromatic in the background - nuts? Then slight floral notes.
    • Taste
      Not so strong start, then slightly spicy, slightly sweet - strong development.
    • Finish
      Soft, slightly bitter oak, evolves too.

  92. Tomh scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  93. ARRANTHONY_PRIVATE scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      79 79

  94. sicco scored this whisky 59 points Member Senior

    I tasted this after I tasted the Glendronach 12 yr original http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/9096/glendronach-original
    which wasn't positive for this BenRiach. It tasted a bit cheap.
    Nose not so great, body too sweet and a short and dry finish.

    A second taste (without glendronach before) was somewhat better, but not so great either. So if you're looking for a sherrycask type of whisky, I absolutely advise anything from Glendronach range.
    • Nose
      46 46
    • Taste
      69 69
    • Finish
      54 54

  95. Bishlouk scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A good entry level that will satisfy anyone wanting to learn about whisky. For this price, you get what you pay for. Linear (too much for my taste, but I become difficult, I confess) nevertheless, do not expect a blazing complexity.
    • Nose
      Sweet, sweet, malty. Chemical caramel mixes with the rest (the PX layer, which I'm usually not a fan?). A monolithic nose that does not evolve or change.
    • Taste
      A bitterness of orange peel is essential first. The following are sweet red fruits, some caramel, some nuts (a slight woody is detectable). Here too, the mouth is monolithic.
    • Finish
      Bitterness and woody drought persist. An alcoholic heat is felt, accompanied by some sweet spices.

  96. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  97. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Wanted to add a personal tasting review but I just read the notes of Kay and realized that I was about to nearly produce a double.
    So instead of doing this I'd just like to point out to the slight differences/additions I want to make: That's the sweetness and the juiciness of this dram.
    And like "Wild Thing"  I think that the low price should be remarked to be a big asset. All in all in my eyes it's 86.

  98. Lucas Falchero scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Sherry sex. And dry. Hazelnut. Fan of sherry, I find the nose of it a little dry. But very interesting, all the same.
    • Taste
      Sweet enough. Alcohol a little dissociated. Dry. Green wood. In the red fruits. A little prune. A little flint hit.
    • Finish
      Spicy, peppered. But without violence.

  99. Wild Thing scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In the price range for sherry lovers unbeatable.
    • Nose
      Sherry, Sherry and Sherry again ... Lots of dark fruits and a hint of coffee and chocolate. A hint of liquorice ???
    • Taste
      Oily, oak sweet and slightly bitter spicy. Chocolate garnished with raisins and nuts.
    • Finish
      Medium warm and slightly dry with oak.

  100. Stenface scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      88 88

  101. nhuber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    there are several bottlings available, tested the 2010 bottling which was ok, but very good were 2012 and especially the 2013 bottlings.... as the distillery was closed you get some older stock than what the "12 year" label says :) great stuff, check it out

  102. n1d0 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Nose: Warm apples, caramelised. Nuts and raisins. Subtle oak, some coffee beans. Slight hint of cardboard.

    Body: Light-medium weight.

    Taste: Vanilla, chocolate, lots of sherry.

    Finish: Medium length on fruit and pepper. Goes sweet then slightly drying.

    Verdict: Good choice bottling this at 46%. Anything lower would make this whisky kind of bland. There are better sherried whiskies at this age, but not at that price. Easy drinker.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  103. mattlikescrunk scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      87 87

  104. Noface83 scored this whisky 83 points Specialist

    • Nose
      a lot of sherry, beautiful oak, raisins, roasted aromas and chocolate, but also a little youthful freshness
    • Taste
      pleasant, sweet and chocolaty, a lot of sherry
    • Finish
      typical sherry sweetness and fresh spices, dry at the end and a little oak bitterness, medium length finish

  105. nathanyael scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      82 82

  106. alectron scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Single dram note (Dramfest NZ 2012).
    Transferring previous Note (2011.02.29) content into a Tasting Note.
    • Nose
      sherry, rubber, mineral, mealy, woody, (77)
    • Taste
      gooseberries, malt, sherry. (82)
    • Finish
      sherry, liquor-esque (80)

  107. KayMeertens scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample.
    Starts nicely, but goes down soon.
    Strange, though the nose is very sherried, the mint / eucalyptus in the finish makes me think of bourbon.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, apple, cinnamon, bramble, marshmallow, plum, mocha and mint.
    • Taste
      Vanilla, marshmallow, apple, plum, nutmeg, fig and pastry.
    • Finish
      Vanilla, eucalyptus, pastry, hazelnut, mint and blueberry.

  108. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Exceptional whisky! Very well balanced and thank God bottled at 46%vol which really gives it a powerful character. Much more enjoyable than its 12yo "brother" from Glendronach.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  109. DikkieD61 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Almost seem there was what Sherry left in the Butts creating a strong "fresh" sherry sensation.
    As 12 year old whisky "the youngness" shows in rich spices strengths at 46% alcohol.
    • Nose
      Mocha, dark chocolate, sultanas and rich spices
    • Taste
      Mocha and dark chocolate with figs, sultanas, vanilla, fruits and rich spices
    • Finish
      Mocha, vanilla and rich spices

  110. BeatF scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Bottle in the fall of 2010 from a very good - unfortunately recently deceased - colleagues on occasion a small honor associated with very nice accompanying words handed over received - RIP.
    • Nose
      Chocolate, sweet raisins in rum, figs, barrel staves, brown oxidized apple core
    • Taste
      Figs, rum, raisins, sticky
    • Finish
      Dryness, chocolate, good oak, dried grapes; and everything fades away slowly, remains a taste of something metallic Malaga wine

  111. Ivynor scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good value in sherry, easy, sweet, sweet. To try and very good for someone who would like to discover more ahead the world of whisky.
    • Nose
      A generous and happy birthday present because I am a fan of whisky in sherry casks.
      The nose is reminiscent of a young brandy, with notes of prune, wood and vanilla (slightly reminiscent of bourbon). A little dried fruit, spices (cumin?) But also herbs.
    • Taste
      The palate is sweet, pleasant, on cooked fruits, wood, spices. It is well melted overall and it still reminds me a little cognac.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet, woody, sweet, spicy. Some touches of chocolate.

  112. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    N: carton, sherry, fudge, creamy, some tannins, nuts, apple and gravy
    T: vanilla, grains, some sherry tones, fruity, chocolate
    F: medium with spices, fruity, a bit drying, oily, nuts and raisins
    tasted with www.whiskyclubspakenburg.nl

  113. granella2003 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Young wood and candied fruit, with a clear tone of
      tangerine peel and fresh herbs.
    • Taste
      Slightly irritating, sherry
      tone and coconut, delicious sweets, sturdy vanilla.
    • Finish
      Very soft, with a long
      fruit tone, with a swelling wood.

  114. Angelos scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Clear Sherry, fruits like plums, coffee notes
    • Taste
      Oak, fruits again, sherry, bit bitter and sweet
    • Finish
      Quite long finish, taste of raisins, oak that remains

  115. Titi94 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good whisky for this price and if you want to discover the sherried whiskies.

  116. rendelius scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose is fruity and mild, tastes like a fruit cake with butter, the finish is lasting but not too interesting. Good for beginners, more experienced whisky lovers will certainly find much better whiskies with a sherry note...

  117. spatti did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    • Nose
      The nose is freshly opened rather on the rum side, nutty, bittersweet Maggie herb, but that curses and it remains the round sherry notes.
    • Taste
      The Antrunk is woody, again here is a nice walnut note, then comes shortly the sherry, before the nut comes through again fully and also already initiates the departure. The palate is strong, not too heavy, rather uncomplex.
    • Finish
      In the finish begints with the nut, then goes into the sherry, ends rather dry with dark wood

  118. JayDie scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    I tasted this one as blind sample in http://www.hetwhiskyforum.nl/ Virtual Blind Tasting vs. B-N-J

    Glass: Libbey; pretty thick tears with vague legs (almost no tracks), falling slow

    I guessed: Bushmills 16yo. A nice dram!
    • Nose
      First thought: Bourbon! Then I smelled a thing which I call typically Irish: a little metallic peachy. Vanilla,
      sweet, caramelfudge, spices. Cherry?
    • Taste
      Sherry? (Duh! But I tasted it as blind sample!) spices, peach, vanilla, liqueur
    • Finish
      Vanilla, fruity, peaches

  119. Alex scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful sherried, good body, very rich and complex for a 12yo. Middle long, clean and nice peppery finish. One of the best younger sherried drams.

  120. HunterRomario scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Clear chocolate, bonbonier, slightly spices, but perhaps the most distinctive and the most sophisticated scent is chocolate cherry, all in particular, with a light breeze over the glass, and with deeper sucking, alcohol and spiciness, perhaps even liquorice, come out.
    • Taste
      It is a relatively strong and sharp whisky that can nicely bite, but it is softened by sherry and sour cherries in chocolate. After the addition of water, everything smoothes, the smell is smoother and finer, even the raisins with chocolates have emerged from us (sultanas have been notified in foreign reviews by the producer himself, without water I could not find them). The taste and the power of the taste recede.

  121. tomy63 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Good value for money in sherry.
    • Nose
      very sherry: almonds, praline, chocolate, oranges
    • Taste
      quite lively in attack. A sweet side, fruit cake, brown sugar, nuts, dried fruit.
    • Finish
      notes of oak, oranges and chocolate. A little too brief.

  122. Feusi scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I'm not a positiv convinced friend of special wood finishing, but this is a positiv example.
    • Nose
      Sweet dried fruits, maybe apricotes.
    • Taste
      Not so bad, sweet sherry notes with herbs.
    • Finish
      Short with pepper and heather.

  123. Petra_Brno scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Raisins, grapes, burnt sugar, dried apricots.
    • Taste
       Coffee with cream, butter, figs, cardamum, ground pepper. 

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