Excerpt: That dried fruit starts you off here, becoming richer and warmer into very dark chocolate. A burst of juicy fruit comes out like a sneaker wave, like peach lemonade. The back palate is pleasantly dry, and has a wisp of vegetal smoke.
Excerpt: I can easily say that this is a top-notch product from the distillery and kudos to Dr. Rachel Barrie. In an interview I had with her a couple of months ago, she was really excited about The Twelve.
Excerpt: The Port Wine influence is quite pleasant and has contributed to making deliver a wonderful nutty baking spice quality that reminds me of the holidays. At $60, Benriach The Original Twelve is an absolute bargain and one you should definitely consider!
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Distilled by Benriach and a product party to their recent redesign, The Original Twelve is an unpeated, Speyside Single Malt Whiskey and features some partial maturation in wine casks.
Rich baking spice, peach and pear, honey and slivered almond. A bit of wine sweetness on this release, with a touch of oak showing on the nose.
Sweet and rich on the palate - cream, honey, a nice light toffee note. Some spice, light ash character, sweet fig and plum.
Long finish here with plenty of cream, honey, a buttery texture on the back of the palate and some sweet wine. Impressive how long the finish just sticks around and compliments the palate.
Much like the Ten, Benriach's The Original Twelve has tons of great character that make it an inviting dram. With much more wine influence at the cost of giving up some base malt and terroir, this expression serves as a great bottle, whether celebrating or kicking back on a Tuesday evening.
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