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BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Wood Returns


12th September 2018
Review of the outstanding BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year Old which makes a very welcome return to the BenRiach core range.

BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year OldI am sure many of you will be pleased to hear that The BenRiach distillery has announced that the outstanding BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Wood is making a return to the distillery's core range.

Made using three styles of sherry cask maturation: full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask finishing, the expression offers layers of fruit sweetness and toasted oak spice with a luscious dessert-like finish.

As I said the BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Wood will rejoin the core collection of BenRiach, which distils three malt whisky styles - unpeated, peated and triple distilled - and holds some of the most experimental casks in Speyside. The distillery is also one of only two remaining distilleries in Speyside to distil whisky using malted barley from its own on-site floor malting's, a time-honoured craft celebrated for one month each year.

Master Blender Rachel Barrie commented on the return of the whisky, saying: "BenRiach Sherry Wood Aged 12 Years uses three-way sherry wood maturation, a creative approach where each facet is combined in harmony to deliver a rich and balanced taste. The result - a multi-layered Single Malt Scotch Whisky with notes of fruit cocktail, lilting spices, honeyed caramel and chocolate sweetness - an enrichment of BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style.

Bottled at 46% ABV, non-chill filtered and of natural colour, I haven't had the chance to taste the relaunched expression but fingers crossed it matches the quality I remember, which was a stunning 12 year old sherried dram. I will certainly update you when I do get a chance to taste it but meanwhile the official tasting note is below.

You will find the BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Wood along with the rest of the current BenRiach core whisky range available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt
 

BenRiach 12 Year Old Sherry Wood Review


Tasting note added on 15th October 2018.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A juicy inviting nose, orange, raisins, honey and vanilla toffee.

Taste: A deliciously smooth sherry rich delivery of lightly barley sugared, honeyed raisins and sultanas, lovely light spices cling to the gentle oils, some orange and vanilla.

Finish: Gloriously long, with a warm, honeyed, mildly sherried, slightly drying spiciness.

Comment: This really is a lovely, high quality, sherried, fruit laden dram. BenRiach really have sourced some quality Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry casks for the creation of this whisky and I am happy to say that this relaunched expression is just as good as it ever was and for its price it is amongst the best core range whiskies of this style and age.

SMW Score 93/100

You will find the BenRiach Sherry Wood 12 Year Old available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange, The Whisky Shop and Master of Malt
 

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