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Review: Benromach Origins 12 year old

May 16th, 2011

Benromach Origins 12 year old, Batch 2, 50%, $80

The newest member of the ever-expanding range hailing from Gordon & MacPhail’s own distillery in Forres. This example has been aged in port pipes — and it shows immediately on the nose. Benromach is a teasing mid-weight Speysider, and this has added depth of sweet damson jam-like aromas mixed with Seville orange (marmalade) and some milky nut. Rich fruitcake flavors on the tongue. This is a very well balanced and precocious 12 year old. Worth a look.– Dave Broom

Advanced Malt Advocate magazine rating: 84

4 Responses to “Review: Benromach Origins 12 year old”

  1. PeteR says:

    After reading this blog for years, I’ve become very used to John’s reviews and ratings. Reading the tasting notes from Dave, I would have expected a rating in the upper 80′s or low 90′s. I’m trying to figure out if Dave’s a tough scorer or if he thinks 84 is a real good whisky.

    • John Hansell says:

      All the writes use the same rating scheme that I do, and I think they are doing a very good job of it. I think you will just have to get used to the different way each writer describes though.

      Incidentally, I have tasted this whisky on several occassions and would have rated it about the same.

  2. Don Mowat says:

    John, thanks for the work you do in getting all of this whiskey news out to us.
    Just a comment:: It seems that Single Malt Scotch prices are going thriugh the roof! Additionally, the ratings of some of them don’t warrant the price. I realize that international transportation, duties and taxes are part of the mix (I’d really like to know by what percent). I look forward to the time when we have serious single malt scotch production here in the U.S.

    • Red_Arremer says:

      Man I’ll be middle aged before any US malt distillery, which hasn’t even been started yet, has the stocks of aged whisky needed to make something good.

      Then again, I guess there’s always Stranahan’s. When will they start putting out some aged stock?

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