SMWS 12.27 Seductive sweetness – gentle spice
Posted 02 May 2019 by Matt / In Benriach
Bottle Name: 12.27 Seductive sweetness – gentle spice
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla
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.
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