SMWS 12.57 That night in Rio

Posted 01 July 2021 by Matt / In Benriach
The Dramble reviews SMWS 12.57 That night in Rio

Bottle Name: 12.57 That night in Rio

ABV: 60%
Distillery: Benriach
Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society
Flavour Profile: Sweet, fruity & mellow
Region: Speyside Age: 11

Opening our coverage this month is an 11 year old Benriach that’s been matured in a 1st fill ex-bourbon barrel.

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Nose: Balled melon, lychee and grapefruit tartness are set against an aromatic background of potpourri and sandalwood. Crumble mix is spread across cooking apples and then dusted in cinnamon, whilst Turkish delight is served with a glass of underripe mango juice. The addition of water offers apricot cobbler and meadow flowers set against hawthorns and an oddly placed note of plaster of Paris.

Taste: Juicy fruits on the arrival that are both syrupy and quite honied. Lemons, pineapple and mango are served with a hearty sprinkle of dried chilli flakes whilst nut loaf is given a dusting of cocoa powder. Dilution expresses orange-led notes with mandarin and clementine whilst offering dry, peppery touches from the ex-bourbon barrel.

Finish: Medium with fading chocolate and syrupy fruit salad offering alongside a dry, somewhat tannic fade.

A mini festival of fruitiness defines this Benriach in such a manner as to belie its relative youth. However, we’re obviously in Rio’s five-month dry season for this expression as there’s a palpably arid character that sucks the moisture out of the fruitiness in fairly short order. Such a shame as the both the nose and the arrival on the palate are terrific.

Score: 81/100

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