SMWS 12.27 Seductive sweetness – gentle spice

Posted 02 May 2019 by Matt / In BenRiach
The Dramble reviews SMWS 12.27 Seductive sweetness – gentle spice

Bottle Name: 12.27 Seductive sweetness – gentle spice

ABV: 59.2%
Distillery: BenRiach
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
Region: Speyside

Straight up no messing for this Benriach – just 9 years in a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel. View on SMWS

Nose: Banana bread and hedgerow berries are merged with greenhouse elements – green peppers, vine-ripened tomatoes and leafiness. In the background, split vanilla pods, gingerbread men and clean cotton sheets. The addition of water presents oaty biscuits, salt crackers and a sprinkle of white pepper.

Taste: Under ripe green apples, vanilla cream, toffee and charred cask heads (presenting ginger) merge sweetness with spiciness – just as it says on the tin. Running throughout, ferns and leaf mulch with moist earthiness. Dilution introduces macadamia nuts and melted white chocolate.

Finish: Medium with singed oak and dusty white pepper.

This young Benriach presents older than its years, offering a straight-forward, but well balanced combination of sweetness, spice and cask influence. Entirely pleasant.

Score: 83/100


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