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BenRiach 12 Years – 2009 Cask 3812 Review

By Josh Peters @TheWhiskeyJug

BenRiach 12 Years – 2009 Cask 3812 is the classic unpeated Benriach aged for 12 years in a Pedro Ximénez Puncheon. Which, if I’m being honest because we’re all friends here, is my least favorite of the potential sherry casks to age in.

BenRiach 12 Years - 2009 Cask 3812 Review

It’s not a “deal breaker” for me, I’ve had plenty of delicious PX aged and finished whiskies, but it is the one I just happen to like the least. Not because it’s inherently terrible or anything, but because it’s often too cloying, too powerful, and what’s in my glass resembles leathery brown sugar. Like Port, it seems to be a tricky cask to work with, but, when you get one that’s well-balanced, PX-finished whisky can be quite delicious.

Now, let’s get to drinkin’ and see where this one falls.

BenRiach 12 Years – 2009 Cask 3812 – Details and Tasting Notes

Whiskey Details

Cask Strength | Non-Chill Filtered | Natural Color

Style: Single Malt (Scotch)
Region: Speyside, Scotland
Distiller: Benriach

Mash Bill: 100% Malted Barley
Cask: ex-Pedro Ximénez Puncheon
Age: 12 Years
ABV: 58.2%

Barrel: 3812
Bottles: 642

BenRiach 12 Years – 2009 Cask 3812 Price: $100*

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BenRiach 12 Years – 2009 Cask 3812 Tasting Notes


Malty, milk chocolate, brown sugar, dried dark fruit, oak, graham.

Kind of light, even with water there isn’t a ton happening, but what is, is nice.

Oaky, malty, dried orchard fruit, char, brown sugar and some Sunkist fruit gems with a bit of baking spice and tannic bite.

It’s a nice warm flavor, but kind of odd the way the oak is prominent here, it reminds me a bit of a very good American Single Malt with the tannic bite.

Med-Long -> Oaky, dried fruit and baking spice fade out with a bit of cocoa and brown sugar.

Decent balance, medium-full body and a warm oily feel.

BenRiach 12 Years – 2009 Cask 3812 – Overall Thoughts and Score

Oaky brown sugar… this is nice. It’s a bit odd, it’s interesting, it’s different for a PX, but it’s also nice. The overall, slightly-tannic, profile I associate more with American Single Malt Whiskey. Still, there is a bit more of a refinement to it that isn’t easily found in its American counterparts.

What I’d really like to see is this BenRiach 12 Years – 2009 Cask 3812 done with the peated mash bill instead of the unpeated. With how heavy and bold PX can be I feel a peated spirit could hold up to this better and bring even more complexity to this equation.

SCORE: 3.5/5 (tasty, worth checking out ~ B | 83-86)

*Disclosure: The sample for this Scotch review was graciously sent to me by the company without obligation. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.

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