Whisky Review: The BenRiach Aged 12 Years

 

Style: Sherry and Lively

Nose:

Rich red fruits whistling in a lively spirit. Plums, strawberry cake threaded with a thin string of wood spice, cinnamon dust and slightest ginger. Sherry notes meld beautifully with orange malt and massive vanilla custard (this is Spanish Oak, right?). Fresh, sweet, multi-layered aroma.

Palate:

Gentle, juicy flow of cherry lassoed by chilli flashing dangerously. Sweetness entrapped by a quick strike from the oak. Sultanas going under as wood spices, timber shavings, white pepper and milk chocolate taking over the field. Vanilla and oranges beaming at the back. A drying wood smoke touch to finish. Warm red fruits unlocked as time goes by.

Finish:

Cherry, red grape cake undertone liberated from the oak. Mocha, vanilla and cinnamon sticks to give a soft, soothing presence.

Thoughts:

This BenRiach has impressed me in many tasting sessions. Finally I can sit down and write a review of it. Such a complex and lively whisky which did not make a big hit in Australia (I heard it is very popular in some countries). There are less and less quality whiskies at this approachable price point. Maybe a tad oaky and spicy for some, but it is definitely worth grabbing a bottle when you see one. Too bad this is going to be discontinued.

☆ [Recommended]

[46% • 2015 • Original Bottling • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • General Release • Discontinued]

-Esmond