Benriach 12yo Sherry Wood Returns!

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Just yesterday we were celebrating the return of Glendronach 15yo Revival, and now here we are celebrating the return of another expression to a core line up, this time from Glendronach’s sister distillery, Benriach. Benriach 12yo Sherry Wood has been produce using three styles of sherry cask maturation; full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez sherry and Oloroso sherry cask finishing. I attended the launch of the release at The Last Word Saloon in Edinburgh on Thursday night and Global Brand Ambassador Stewart Buchanan went further into this maturation regime by explaining: “There are three part to this whisky, one part has been matured fully in sherry casks, which in itself is approximately 6 parts oloroso to one part PX, while the other two parts have each spent 6 years in bourbon casks before being matured for 6 years in either oloroso or PX casks.” Got it? Good.

Benriach Master Blender Rachel Barrie said: “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. This luscious single malt scotch whisky takes pride-of-place in the award-winning range made by our unconventional Speyside distillery.”

Benriach 12yo Sherry Wood
46% ABV
£42.95 here

Nose: Quite juicy and inviting – cherry cake, rum soaked raisins, toffee, malt loaf and crystallised orange. There’s also a little blackberry and red currants.

Palate: Port soaked fruit salad, very chocolatey, some glace cherries and sultana cake and a bit of black pepper spiciness with light cinnamon and nutmeg.

Finish: The dark chocolate remains, with some sweet nuttiness and a little drying oak.

Overall: Another welcome return, following the re-introduction of Glendronach 15yo Revival to Benriach’s sister distillery’s core range. There’s a nice fruitiness from the sherry casks, and despite my notes perhaps suggesting it’s quite a dark, rich whisky, everything generally stays on the lighter side of things. It’s quite easy going, but with good depth and it sits at a price point which is very hard to argue with.

 

 

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