The BenRiach

12 Years Old, Sherry Wood

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 168
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Brand: The BenRiach, Brown-Forman
Expression: 12 Years Old, Sherry Wood
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Becky Paskin
Nose: It’s a shy one, mostly nutty, like soaked cashews, with light vanilla sponge cake and just a hint of fruitiness in dried apricots, peach skin and sultanas.
Palate: This is unexpectedly juicy, bursting with fresh stone fruit. There are peaches, apricots, plums, some lemon zest, vanilla-accented icing sugar, and mandarin segments, but oak spice prevents it from becoming sickly.
Finish: It’s still going, though drying.
Comment: Such a fresh, vibrant palate here that you almost don’t want to swallow.
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Initially sweet and a little like Ribena, blackcurrants and brown sugar. Toasted orange slices with honeycomb. Baked apple cheesecake.
Palate: The sweetness is tempered with stewed figs and sherry-soaked ice fingers. Then oak and vanilla spiced come through followed by a hit of dried apricot.
Finish: Those spices increase with plenty of candied ginger. Blackberry jam lingers.
Comment: Has some aspects of youthfulness to it but these are mixed with deep, rich oak and sherry. More a cuddly toy than sherry monster.
Visit the distillery
The BenRiach Company Distillery, Longmorn, Elgin, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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