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 [+]
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.
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.
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
Here it falters a bit. The peat stays but the sherry makes a quick exit.