BenRiach Sherry Wood aged 12 years returns

The Speyside distillery has reintroduced the popular 12 year old Sherry Wood to its core range

Many will still have good memories of it: BenRiach 12 year old Sherry Wood with its striking red label. The sherried whisky counted with other finished single malt bottlings to the standard core at BenRiach, before they disappeared some time ago from the shelves. Now the Speyside distillery has announced the return of the 12 year old single malt Scotch whisky, albeit in a slightly different form – both visually and in terms of content.

Three facets of sherry cask maturation

BenRiach Sherry Wood aged 12 years is created from three different types of maturation in sherry casks: full sherry cask maturation, followed by a combination of finishing in Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso casks. This creative and novel three-way sherry cask maturation process – compared to the previous bottling – delivers rich and balanced aromas of fruit sweetness, spice and toasted oak with a luscious dessert-like finish. Master blender Rachel Barrie expertly combined every facet of the respective sherry cask maturation into a harmonious whisky. "BenRiach 12 year old Sherry Wood is a multi-layered single malt with notes of fruit cocktail, lilting spices, honeyed caramel and chocolate sweetness – enriching BenRiach's signature sweet, fruit-laden style," says Barrie.

Official tasting notes

Bottled at 46% abv, neither non-chill filtered nor coloured, the new Sherry Wood is described as follows:

Colour: Deep golden-bronze.

Nose: Baked fruit salad with figs, pears, apricots and glacé cherries in mandarin syrup. Sweetness of honey, crème caramel and toasted vanilla pod.

Palate: A rich fruit cocktail of honeyed fig, baked pineapple and sultanas fuse with chocolate fondant and muscovado sugar, accompanied by mandarin cream, ground nutmeg and vanilla.

Finish: Savour nectarine, candied grape and star anise, lingering into a dessert-like sherried finish.

Gold in San Francisco

The BenRiach 12 year old Sherry Wood takes pride-of-place in the award-winning range of the unconventional Speyside distillery. It is one of five expressions that won gold for the distillery at the World Spirits Competition 2018 in San Francisco. The new single malt will be available in specialist retailers worldwide from September. It fits seamlessly into BenRiach's three malt whisky styles: unpeated, peated and triple distilled. The BenRiach distillery, founded by John Duff in 1898, is also one of only two remaining distilleries in Speyside that still use malted barley from its own on-site floor maltings, a time honoured craft.

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