This is review #3 from my BenRiach distillery collection taster pack (HoS, 12, 16, 20). This far in, I’d say there was a noticeable difference between the HoS and the 12yo. The 12yo and 16yo, however, are very similar.
Nose: Apple, but not so artificial. Similar muted nose to the 12yo. Slightly buttery, with a bit of anise. Noticeable malt and a bit of brown sugar.
Palate: Medium oily, malt and oak. A little jagged, burnt brown sugar.
Finish: Medium, mostly honey, malt and oak.
About as impressive as the 12yo. Nothing much as changed in 4 years, except for maybe the finish length. A little too rough for what I’d expect a 16yo to be.