BenRiach 12 Year Old "The Smoky Twelve" Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

SKU #1511469 95 points Wine Enthusiast

Outer quote mark Toffee and cocoa aromas nestle with mild peat on the nose. The palate mingles toffee and dark chocolate with dried cranberry and tart lemon peel. Adding water brings peat smoke and black pepper forward, plus a hint of anise and vanilla into the drying finish. This is a 12-year-old single malt matured in casks that held bourbon, Sherry and Marsala. Inner quote mark

Whisky Advocate

Outer quote mark Benriach is a sleeper of a single malt, but that’s about to change. Part of a 2020 relaunch of its core line, this grabbed our attention with its sophistication, breadth of flavors, and lovely refinement. Much of the credit surely goes to master blender Rachel Barrie for creating a smoky whisky that both peat lovers and the peat-wary can enjoy. Rather than medicinal intensity, the peat is redolent of gentle, sweetly smoky fruits that integrate seamlessly with notes of vanilla, toasted almond, chocolate, blueberry, and bacon. It beckons like the wafting smoke of a warming autumn bonfire, then welcomes with its lush and velvety embrace. —Jeffery Lindenmuth Inner quote mark

K&L Notes

#3 Whiskey Of The Year, Whiskey Advocate 2020. Benriach, one of the most underrated distilleries in Scotland is stepping into the spotlight with their revamped lineup. The new Smoky Twelve is a stunning display of classic Scottish goodness. It's packing abundant ripe apples and stonefruit, a chewy malty middle, and a lovely thred of peat smoke throughout that never overwhlems, but adds grace and sophisitcation to each sip.

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