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Benriach The Smoky Twelve

(70cl, 46%)

Benriach The Smoky Twelve

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Benriach The Smoky Twelve Bottling Note

Brilliantly peaty 12 year old whisky here from the Benriach Distillery, released as part of its new core range launched in 2020. To create this expression, Dr. Rachel Barrie used a combo of bourbon, sherry and Marsala wine casks, imparting sun-dried fruit and warming festive spice notes to the smoky single malt. Ought to be fab for chilly evenings, this one...

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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Flamed orange peel, chocolate brownies fresh from the oven, raisins and walnuts.

Palate: Well-rounded sweetness from the Marsala casks wonderfully juxtaposed with woody smoke and a hint of clove.

Finish: Almond, orange once again, peppercorn and hickory.

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Benriach The Smoky Twelve Reviews

Smokey but light. Not for oaky/peaty drinkers

If it was called benriach twelve I'd have no issues. Really drinkable and if anything on the light side. It is smokey on the nose and it does finish smokey. The forward notes are more the marsala and sherry casks with a fruity or sharp taste, with a light vanilla/sweetness maybe from the bourbon cask. Nice nip but not overly complex.

15th December 2022

Really nice

Very impressed with this immediately from my freshly opened bottle. As others have mentioned, not as smoky as expected maybe (it’s not an Islay in the regard), but smoky enough to add something interesting and enjoyable to an already delicious dram. Doubt this bottle will last me long.

4th November 2022

There's a lot going on here from a freshly opened bottle

Freshly opened bottle. This has a very good, fruity, tangy, moderately smoky nose. The marsala fruitiness and smoke continue in the palate, and the bourbon cask influence becomes stronger in the finish, again with a significant measure of peaty smoke. This is a really nice dram with some serious thought given to how it all works together.

29th January 2022

A nice whisky but not smoky

So I have the Smoky 12 and Smoke Season - both from Benriach in my cabinet. I have not yet tasted the SS - its fairly new. But had a taste of the S12 last night.
Its meh - definitely not smoky if you are fan of Islay whiskies.
But that said, its not a bad whisky by any means.
I will spend more time with it over the following weeks and hope it opens up some smoky notes.
speaking to the specialty whisky store I purchased from, apparently the Smoke Season is quite the hit. I may also open that up in the coming weeks as well and it will be nice to compare.

14th May 2021

Decent -not great.

Sadly it does not hold up over time. After opening and with 3/5 left in the bottle, it has lost some of its attributes. Ashy smoke and sweetness is still present, but the fruitiness wears off.

It is still a decent deam, but others just does it better - I’d prefer Birnie Moss or Kilchoman Vintage over this.

28th March 2021


Just great, lots going on and a wonderful balance between sweetness and smokiness.

24th January 2021


Just great, lots going on and a wonderful balance between sweetness and smokiness.

24th January 2021

Rich, deep and delicious.

Smokehead, Ardbeg, Talisker. Are all my firm favourites. This has just been added. Cream, honey and smoke all with enough prominence to enrich the depth of every sip. As soon I saw it was 46% I knew it was going to be something special, and it was.

5th January 2021

3 January 2021

This is a good dram very easy too drink and smooth and a good taste worth a try any day cheers

3rd January 2021

Drink this dram neat!

Do not add water! It kills this dram stone dead. Saying that it is not a bad dram, not harsh in any way and smokey rather than peaty. It lingers on the palate very pleasantly. And I would buy it again.

25th November 2020

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