I find Benriach annoying. Maybe this is partly down to a certain level of OCD and the need for order and structure but I find their product range very confusing so I am not even going to bother to try to explain it to you because I will only confuse you. They have a number of ranges and malts of the same age but with different finishes. I struggle to follow the logic and the story I am meant to be following with their range. The progression from one to the other isn’t clear to me and it appears a but ad-hoc. Anyway, this 12 year old is or was their entry level bottle I think. I think it has been discontinued.
Whisky: Benriach 12 Year Old Single Malt, 43%
Nose: Floral, honey, grass, strawberry, caramel
Taste: Malt, vanilla, grass, dark fruits, tannins
Finish: Sherry spice and oak bitterness
Summary: This is pretty much a standard speyside style malt. The aromos are pleasant and the aromas translate and progress onto the palate quite nicely. However, I found that the tannins from the barrels took over too much towards the aftertaste and finish. I find that this can sometimes work with some malts but here it does not in my opinion. A drop of water helped but could not rescue the finish. I don’t want to be too harsh on this because of that because what preceded the finish was good. I may seek out more from their range, if I ever get my head around it.
Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,
1 – not to my preference
2 – tastes fine but does not excite me
3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally
4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf
5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf
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