The Smoky sister to Benriach’s “The Twelve” bottling.
This peated spirit recalls Benriach’s history. Back in the 1970s, Benriach began distilling a portion of its whisky using peated malt, and the period when they made this style was known as the “Smoke Season” (Benriach later released a heavily peated dram with this name).
The Smoky Twelve is also a throw back to an older, historic style of peated Speyside whisky. In the 19th century, plenty of Speyside distilleries were producing spirit that had at least some smokiness. The practice slowly fell away as newer industrial techniques lessened the requirement for peat as a fuel, and the softer style of Speyside whisky that we all know rose in its sted.
Benriach have matured this dram in a combination of Bourbon, sherry and sweet Marsala wine casks, producing a rich final product.
The result is a whisky that provides flavours of gentle, but earthy and floral, peat smoke, sultanas, toffee, milk chocolate, tart citrus peel, vanilla, green apples, white pepper, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, apricot, charred oak and sweet white grapes.
Bottled at 46% ABV and without chill filtration or colouration, this is an impressive, well-balanced dram.