Exploring the world of Single Malt Scotches

The BenRiach 12

The BenRiach 12- A new discovery for the Snob makes its debut.  Here is a Speyside beauty that commands the stage with an understated opening act, it’s light on the nose and extremely pale in the glass. You’d find a richer golden color on the cheeks of a Scandinavian librarian in the dead of winter.  The distillery had been mothballed for some time and when it reopened in 2004, it began using on site floor malting, which gives it some bragging rights for using old school methods.  This smooth performer has lovely notes of vanilla and spice with some lingering pear or apple overtones, a virtual symphony of subtle flavors. I suggest you sample “ Big Ben “ in a heavy glass to avoid consuming it with too much speed, it’s that glassy smooth.  The finish is lightly peated and faster than an Olympic sprinter on steroids, I prefer a more lingering taste.  I debated this rating until the second performance but settled on a score of 7, not an award winner but worthy of a ticket.


TheBenRiach 12

4 responses

  1. WasteNot

    For the uninitiated, this little beauty holds much to praise. The first thing one notices is the color, and the lack of much peat in the body follows immediately. The finish is quite smooth, and there’s a bit of a bite in the middle of the tongue. It had the denizens in the neighborhood bar sounding a bit Scottish after but a few minutes.


    February 3, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  2. I think I am more interested in the glass as I look at this post. Do you have any info to offer on that glass or where to find a set?


    December 16, 2015 at 11:24 am

    • Hi Shawn, it is a glencarin glass, very easy to purchase, I would just do a web search ,unless you are in a large city. Where do you live? cheers, Ken


      December 16, 2015 at 7:25 pm

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