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Benriach 12 Year Old

Average score from 4 reviews and 23 ratings 81

Benriach 12 Year Old

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  • Brand: BenRiach
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 43.0%
  • Age: 12 year old

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Benriach 12 Year Old

I once had the misfortune of tasting a 20 year old and vowed never to touch BenRiach again. Luckily I changed my mind and decided to forgive the distillery and uncorked this 12 year old expression.

The first nose is instant bourbon which is quite delightfully interesting. Instantly transporting you to a carnival of aromas where vanilla, coconut, strong caramel, cotton candy and a ripe bananas each offer you a ride if you're willing to go along.

The delicate honey on the palate has a touch of spice on a smudge of marmalade. Un-complex. Simple.

The medium finish is oily with a biscuit and fennel after taste. An easy early evening dram if you ask me.

Haven't had a dram of this single malt since late July...Gotta say - as a lover of vanilla/honey malts - this one is a winner...Rich honey/vanilla with a pinch of spice (which I'm not sure of - maybe nutmeg?).

All in all - a real winner, and worthy of a score of 88.

What I find strange about this 12 yr expression from Benriach is the assortment of abv...My bottle is 46%, and I find it similar to the Balvenie 12 yr Single Cask...A nice dram it is!


Colour: Pale Gold.

Nose: A soft nose with loads of fresh fruit, apples, coconut, wrapped in vanilla and some sweet spice.

Palate: Medium bodied, with a bit of initial bite. More fresh fruit notes and sweet spices with honey, cream and sweet barley notes emerging.

Finish: The medium finish has clean apple notes and a hint of chocolate right at the death.

Comment: A solid whisky with a very appealing nose. A touch out of balance in the mid palate, but it pulls through with pleasant flavours lingering. Not a classic, but an enjoyable fruit-driven dram.


This 12 year old has won a few medals through the years (it’s right medals don’t say much about the whisky). It’s a no frills 12 classic speysider, without any finishes or peat or anything. the good old way . So let’s give it a try.

The Benriach 12 yo,40% abv, £23

Nose: Starting off with a lot of vanilla, then continues with some floral, and malty notes, quite buttery, the wood is very nicely integrated. A bit of a citrusy edge to it, in the ending. Palate: A great mouth feel, a bit oily, and mouth coating. a bit of spice (pepper, and cinnamon) than oodles of malty notes, wood, marzipan and vanilla. Finish : medium with malty, bitter wood, and sugar.

Bottom line: A solid Speysider, straight to the point, not overly complex, but well done, and very drinkable. a fine entry point to the Benriach line-up.


Nose: Malty and fruity. Orange and cinnamon. Pineapple candy. Sweeter and more rounded than the BenRiach Heart of Speyside. Flowery. Slightly peppery as well, which gives it some punch. Uncomplicated but very elegant. Mouth: rather undefined start, a bit unpleasant if you ask me. Plenty of malt. After that, lots of caramel (although BenRiach doesn’t add colouring) and cream. Vanilla and nutmeg. Sweeter finish. Honeyed. Hints of chocolate, vanilla and spicy bourbon wood. Not too long and getting drier in the end.

Overall, the nose promises more than this BenRiach is able to deliver on the palate. I liked the cheaper ‘Heart of Speyside’ version more.

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