Benriach

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

ABV
46%
Aging
10 Years
Recipe
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.


Review: Benriach Heredotus Fumosus Aged 12 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky by Jason Hambrey

ABV
46%
Aging
12 Years; Finished in PX Casks
Recipe
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Benriach (Moray, Scotland)

Another peated Speyside malt from Benriach - a bit older than Curiositas and finished in Pedro Ximinez sherry casks. Natural color (and pretty red!) and non chill-filtered. People tend to be divided on PX finishes for peat - it is a very sweet sherry, so it adds a lot of sweetness to the blend and some might think that it clashes with the peat - while in many cases it often is trying to balance out the peat.


Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 2014/03/05 16:51 LH30226

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Light apple, rancio, fruitiness, cigar ash, apple seeds - complex and interesting on the nose with a good mix of light fruit and heavier sherry and smoke. A few meaty off notes, unfortunately. The smoke is sharp and lightly bitter which doesn’t quite fit in with the sherry. Does the sherry or the peat win out (you can tell from the natural colour that there’s quite a bit of sherry in this!)? On the palate, they are both present, though I'm not convinced with the pairing here. A bit flat, though I like the finish playing off the spice and the drying of the wood. Malt comes through again at the end.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $78.