Review: Benriach Curiositas 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

10 Years
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Benriach (Moray, Scotland)

Here is a heavily peated Speyside malt - curious, for a region that doesn't usually produce whiskies like this (granted, I've never given in much to scottish whisky regions - a lot of marketing and over generalizations). The peat here, however, is from the mainland, giving it a very different peated character than the heavily - more one of wood smoke than medicinal. Also non-chill filtered and natural colour - well done.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 2014/03/05 12:40 LH30225

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Fresh, rubbery, even with a blue-cheese sharpness on the nose! We have some farmy peat aromas, wet hay, and yet it retains an impressive light character. Vanilla and apple, too. On the palate, the feel is good- with the light smokiness offset with sweetness and apple juice. Very nicely mouthcoating...slows you down, a bit. On the second sip, more punchy, and worthwhile, with drying spice and some sourness and spice offsetting the sweetness and smoke. Very nicely done.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, nearly high, at $88. If Scotch was the only whisky category, this might be higher against the market.