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.
Light peat and yet quite astringent, with a medicinal touch, plastic, all very wet. Grass cut in the rain. Very muddy, with an impression of braised vanilla and smoked ham, quite tasty. In the mouth, it looks young, metallic, thick peat, white fruits, grapes and plums. The final tears a little, but not long.
My first review :-) So I'm not sure if it's very thrustworthy... I really like this one. Every time I drink this, the room smells of it the day after.... (2017 LL bottling)
ashes, old smoke, fresh tobacco, (wet?) wood, hard to define fresh sweetness
oily & mouth-filling, smoke, fruity & flowery sweetness, a little bit of bitter. I don't have the need to add water to it. I do have the feeling that it get's a bit more flat if it stays too long in the glass.
sweet smoke, medium to long. straightforward & easy.