Benriach 12 YO Single Malt Scotch Whisky


A wonderful peated BenRiach single malt! The smoky whisky was distilled in February 2007, and then placed into a single Pedro Ximénez sherry puncheon for its entire ageing process. After 12 years passed, it was bottled for La Maison du Whisky in 2019, with a limited release of 687 bottles at 56.2% ABV.

Nose: A balance of creamy and smoky, with bonfire embers and coconut cream leading into floral honey sweetness. A burst of fruit, with underripe mango and pear appears alongside oily nuts.

Palate: More of that mango alongside some dark chocolate, with oily peat coating the palate. More savoury notes build, with briney olive and cured meats, supported by a floral undertone of white flowers.

Finish: A beach bonfire and a hint of ash, with barley sugar and liquorice bringing sweetness alongside stone fruit on the finish.

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Distillery Profile:
The story of BenRiach is typical of the great Speyside distilleries. Built in 1898, the distillery is sited amongst the rolling barley fields that rise to the foothills of the Grampian Mountains. The barley used in crafting the whisky was grown around the distillery and the water was, and still is, drawn through the rock that lies deep below the distillery. The barley, harvested from the fields surrounding the distillery, would be spread across the floors of the malting loft to germinate. Peat, cut from the hills, fired the kiln and produced the heat required to control the germination process, and the distinctive peat scented smoke would be seen curling upwards from the malting chimneys throughout the year. The distillery manager would oversee the slow and deliberate crafting process of The BenRiach whisky – managing the transformation from malted barley to wash, to distilled spirit and into high quality oak casks, in which the whisky would then mature. This was the beginning of the The BenRiach story.

Region: Speyside, Scotland
Grapes: NIL
Volume: 700ml