Benriach The Twelve

This dram was a gift from a great friend for my birthday and has a fantastic Autumn golden colour that makes promises as to what you can expect, and then delivers. This 12 year old dram has seen some secondary maturation action in casks that formerly housed Sherry, bourbon and Port

The nose initially reminds me of pouring Maple Syrup over hot waffles but then there’s a coffee kick with loads of Bournville chocolate and a wee tang of nutmeg

The palate is massive with lots of influences; with honey being at the fore rapidly followed by chocolate and nuts with a suggestion of apples stewed for a pie filling. There’s sweetness from Maraschino cherries too and that nice kick of nutmeg

The finish is reassuringly long and reminds me of an espresso with sugar coating the throat which eventually gives way to a sweet fruity taste

I loved this dram and the fabulous mouthfeel it gives. It’s not going to be to everyone’s taste but it does it for me Slàinte mhath 🥃

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