Insider knowledge: BenRiach 12 Year Old whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be BenRiach 12 Year Old whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Floral, grassy, heather honey. Vanilla sweetness. Hint of fresh peat.
Palate: Silken delivery offers white peach and spicy toffee apple. Floral, honey.
Finish: Refined, little spice. Melted chocolate.
Great for begginers but more complex and satisfying then the likes of glenfiddich, glenlivet,jura and glenmorangies stadatd bottlings and yet it's even cheaper. Definetly older more complex whiskys in this 13,14 even 15 year olds. I would describe it as the pina colada of the whisky world pineapple and coconut with under tones of vanilla and peach slight lychee. Tropical and also very sweet. Like glenlivet 12 just better and cheaper.
30th October 2013
Please ignore my first comment. I got a message to say I was UNSUCCESSFUL in posting it. However, it looks like it went through anyway.
16th September 2013
I must confess that I sometimes doubt the authenticity of some comments and ratings on some of the whiskies here. However, let me assure you that, although I am a patriotic Scot, I am totally impartial and objective here. I am also an ex-pat Scot who, shockingly late in life, is slowly developing an interest in whisky. I've started running whisky tasting sessions here and we try lots of different whiskies and judge them on what we personally think of them (rather than what anyone else here, on MoM may have said). I can assure you this is one of the very best we've tasted. Others run it close, but this is probably one of my favourites. I'm not sophisticated enough to identify subtle smells and tastes. I just like it and recommend it.
I must confess that I sometimes doubt the authenticity of some comments and ratings on some of the whiskies here. However, let me assure you I am a genuine ex-pat Scot who, shockingly late in life, is slowly developing an interest in whisky. We try lots of different whiskies here and judge them on what we personally think of them, rather than what anyone else here may have said. I can assure you this is one of the very best we've tasted. Others run it close, but this is probably one of my favourites. I'm not sophisticated enough to identify subtle smells and tastes. I just like it and recommend it.
I would wrap this review up in lots of jargon, but I won't. It's really good whisky ... end of story!
20th August 2013
Очень хороший виски! Не ожидал! Думал будет преобладать спирт но нет. Классика солода. Похож на knokando 12, но лучше! Спирт не чувствуется так выразительно, пряность специй тоже, но получается очень приятная и гладкая палитра - сухофрукты, пряности, солод. Очень хороший!
(Translation using Google Translate:
Very good whiskey! Do not expect that! Thought to prevail but no alcohol. Classic Malt. Looks like knokando 12, but better! Alcohol does not feel so expressively spice spices too, but it turns out very nice and smooth palette - dried fruits, spices, malt. Very good!)
8th June 2013
Such a wonderful malt at 12 years old - got me into single malts, and a firm favorite ever since. Great value for money too! Nose: Light, Floral with a definite surge of honey and vanilla coming through. The slightest trace of peat and hint of almonds (marzipan?) Palate: Extremely smooth for its age with with hints of almond blossom and marzipan. Moving to mouth-coating caramel and honeyed peaches or possibly apricots. Finish: Medium-length with a marriage of spices and caramel. A certain cookie-like feel but not at all cloying.
18th April 2013
Like the review above had this as a present and I have enjoyed every dram I've had, savoured the taste and smell and then have another one or two.
22nd November 2012
The 12 year old single malt whiskey was given to me as a gift, so I viewed it with some trepidation, but the minute I opened the bottle I was charmed by the smell and the enchantment continued to well beyond the second glass. Well done you!
5th July 2012