The Benriach 12 Year Old - Sherry Matured

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BenRiach-12-Sherry.pngIt has been many years since we have sampled a Benriach expression, and after re-reading our original review of the Benriach 10 Peated Single Malt, we had hopes that their unpeated spirit would show some redeeming qualities. Aged in a combination of Oloroso and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, this bottling has won a few awards, including a silver medal for the "15 and under" category of the 2011 International Wine and Spirits Competition.

Nose: Christmas spices and artificial cherries mingle quite nicely with a scent of strong fresh ginger. Behind the dominant aromas, a subtle trace of cinnamon bark and stale bread is found.
Palate: The cherry flavour continues onto the tip and centre of the tongue which are surrounded with a high dose of nutmeg and brown sugar. There are cocoa and raisins that appear towards the back of the mouth. Notably, this palate is surprisingly hot, and quite dry.

Finish: Slightly cloying as the sweetness of the whisky comes through. There are remnants of an old cigar which has turned sour.

Overall: While I'd consider this bottle safe bet for anyone who likes a heavily sherried speyside style, it doesn't stand out from the numerous other high quality sherry-influenced whiskies such as those from the likes of Glenfarclas, Aberlour, and Glengoyne. Priced at $66.95 at the LCBO, this isn't one to run out and buy. However, that's no reason to turn it down should you see it on a whisky list at a bar.

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Thanks for the overview. You don't see much about this expression online, but it is a good price at the LCBO. Agree that some of the Glenfarclas and Aberlour malts are probably superior, but this is still tasty enough. Also agree that is quite dry for the sherried malt class.

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