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BenRiach Curiositas

Overall rating
82.05/100
votes
822
Whiskybase ID
221
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Peated Malt
Bottled
12.10.2006
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Added on
04 Aug 2007 7:38 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 44.67

47 × in wishlist

822 × member ratings

2 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Curiositas

92 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.05 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points Super Administrator

    With 46% ABV, no chill-filtration and natural color, BenRiach 10 Curiositas is a craft presentation of a peated Speysider. On the nose, you get hay, fresh herbs and a punch of peat smoke with bitter honey and faint saltiness. The arrival is strong and mouth warming, turning more aromatic and distantly sweet in the development. However, it also tastes a bit young and rough. Dry peat smoke with a touch of oak cask bitterness characterizes the rather weak finish. To conclude, it's a decent 'peated alternative' but without the caliber of an Islay Single Malt.

    RATING: 3.5/5.0 stars ≙ 84 pts → ABOVE AVERAGE
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. tangtang scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    nice malt, I like it a lot and offers a good PLV for what is on offer. Very tasty
    • Nose
      Smoke, herbs, vanilla, apple, malty, sweet, a little caramel and spicy oak
    • Taste
      At first sweet, fruity with vanilla and caramel, then comes the smoke and brings flavor into play, oily, later becoming malty
    • Finish
      Smoky and spicy finish with woody notes, then becoming sweet and malty, the apple is back too. Medium to long

  3. TechnOBY scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, some cinnamon, honey, fresh wood, grasses, baked apples, apricots, lemon, some earth, nuts, fresh herbs
    • Taste
      Apple, honey, apricot, some melon, herbs, some wood, some ash

  5. larswehmeier scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Straightforward, smoky Speysider with fresh, light aromas in the background.
    • Nose
      First a light, light trail of smoke. Pleasantly flowery, herbaceous and ashy. Behind it sweet vanilla sauce and light fruits like apple and pear.
    • Taste
      Mild and light on the tongue. Here too the smoke first. Then clearly again apple and pear. Overall spicier and less sweet than on the nose. Even a touch of oak.
    • Finish
      Light and medium length. Pleasantly smoky.

  6. Jabarkas scored this whisky 60 points Member Senior

    Very disappointing dram. Its just some peat and oaky bitterness and thats all. :( Rather buy Talisker 10, Ardbeg 10 or Ledaig 10 if you want peat.
    • Nose
      peaty, citrusy
    • Taste
      Actually only medium level of peat. But there is not much else, so thats why people notice it. You can feel also mild sweetness and oaky bitterness.
    • Finish
      What finish? Some peat and bitterness I guess. But the finish is hugely disappointing.

  7. TechnOBY scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. KOQ24 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Really damn good peated Malt.
    • Nose
      85 85
      peat smoke,herbal,black pepper,vanilla,citrus,green apple
    • Taste
      85 85
      buttery,sweet,mint,peat smoke,black pepper,marzipan
    • Finish
      70 70
      medium-bodied with a medium long finish

  9. ErrHaBe did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    The whisky is primarily dominated by smoke, which has the finer fruit notes such as B. masked citrus or light fruits and finds its counterpoint only in the strong spice. This gets better with water and standing time (a pleasant fine fruit paired with malt notes can be seen). For me, however, the balance between phenol and spice on the one hand and fruitiness and grain notes on the other is missing. So not a purchase candidate, I would rather go for Ardbeg 10, which has a similar profile, but is done much better.
    • Nose
      First, heavy smoke from the cold fireplace, the burnt match heads next to it. In addition cereals (oatmeal with milk) and a slight note of solvent. Fruit is not recognizable at first, but only after some time in the form of dried apricot and sour gooseberry.

      The spice is all the more prominent for this: in addition to hearty notes (meat extract), astringent anise and fennel seeds can be seen here. Fresh wood.

      With water, the fruit becomes stronger, there are fresh bright plums and apricots, the cereals become darker (crispy muesli with raisins), malt notes come out. This combines to form a kind of herbal sugar, plus light floral notes. Overall dry.
    • Taste
      Again the firewood, oak and the spice that is already dominant in the nose (again anise and freshly cut grass). Although not excessively endowed with 46% alcohol, the tongue and mouth become furry numb, later warmth. The dryness increases compared to the nose, hardly any sweetness.

      Initially hardly any fruit again, this only comes after adding water. The smoke becomes "lighter". In addition, traces of clove and star anise.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. Smoky, rather furry mouthfeel, not pleasant. Spicy again (oak and herbs). No fruit.

  10. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

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