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BenRiach Curiositas

Overall rating
82.08/100
votes
868
Whiskybase ID
WB221
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

€ 98.06

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Curiositas

95 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.08 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. zzqfyl scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  3. chrisyeo scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Tasted this sample by WhiskyBull

    Nose - Looks like I've just walked into a clinic, cleaned after a while, I didn't get the smoky on this
    Taste - sweet, peaty, slightly astringent
    Finish - very short
    • Nose
      Looks like I've just walked into a clinic, cleaned after a while, I didn't get the smoky on this
    • Taste
      sweet, peaty, slightly astringent
    • Finish
      short finish

  4. tribe scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This one wasn't really my thing. The heavy smoke was somehow artificial and dry. I don't like it that way.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  5. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    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

  6. TechnOBY scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • 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

  8. larswehmeier scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. TechnOBY scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The peat seems light and yet quite astringent, with a medicinal touch, plastic, all quite wet. The grass cut in the rain, the sodden earth, the slush. Very mushy, with an impression of braised vanilla and smoked ham, quite tasty. Crushed lemon, grapefruit pulp. In the mouth, it is still young, metallic, thick peat, white fruits, juicy grapes and ripe plums. The finish is a bit harsh, without being long. Crushed coal, limestone, chalk.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/11/the-benriach-curiositas-10-yo.html
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  15. TechnOBY scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      slightly smoky, some bourbon sweetness
    • Taste
      81 81
      smoky, influences of bourbon, but not complex
    • Finish
      83 83

  16. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. jankes scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  18. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  19. TechnOBY scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  20. Mr. D. scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  21. Beiredelarue scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    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)
    • Nose
      83 83
      ashes, old smoke, fresh tobacco, (wet?) wood, hard to define fresh sweetness
    • Taste
      86 86
      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.
    • Finish
      85 85
      sweet smoke, medium to long. straightforward & easy.

  22. whiskyd scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  23. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Neat!
    • Nose
      83 83
      Distinct smoke, plus the classic ex-bourbon barrel, vanilla, green apple, sweet, slightly malty, marzipan, waxy,
    • Taste
      83 83
      starts oily, sweet, the apple is slightly riper in the mouth, sweet, malt, the smoke brings a little spice, behind the mouth becomes a mouthfeel more watery
    • Finish
      82 82
      the apple remains present, the smoke is still ashen over everything, bitter, long-lasting, warming

  24. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Notes with caution, since smoke and I are not friends !!

    for me too shallow too easy
    and too much smoke that covers a lot
    • Nose
      clearly smoke, minimal fruit, slightly caramel and sweetness, later cheese or better cheese feet
    • Taste
      full and strong on the palate
      clearly smoke, oak, campfire, flint from the lighter
    • Finish
      long, smoke, sweet fights through, later espresso, very late sulfur / boulders

  25. Adamos scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    good for the first impression , but not a big fan at the moment
    • Nose
      very intense somke and peat , with some dry fruits, Young
    • Taste
      punch of somke and fruits, spirit and sweetness 
    • Finish
      smoke smoke smoke... 

  26. Adamos scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

    I just had maybe 3 of glasses of this particular bottle. 

    BIG punch of somke and peat at the biggining but not that great eventualy. I could expect more from BenRiach. 

    Well it's a buddget bottle it's good to try but I wouldn't rescomend that much. 

    Funny story ... I spilled some on my shirt the other day. The intese of somke and peateness stayed there for another 4-5 days. Similar like You do the fire place ater a rainy day. You know hawt I mean ;)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      58 58

  27. Jordanite scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    [Update:Sep2018] After two months aeration the character of this malt has changed. The nose is now a mixture of juicy apples and pears, alongside a pleasant smokiness and faint saltiness. This carries into the taste with more pear, smoke and salt. Unlike the freshly opened bottle there are no longer the off notes that were originally so disappointing. The finish continues with more fruit and a lingering smokiness. This is much more pleasant.

    [Original tastings: June/July2018] The nose begins with a big peaty hit, after some time come hints of citrus and pear. The taste began like the nose, with a big, enjoyable peat punch. However this gave way to a disappointing, slightly-off sourness and some light herbal/cardboardy notes. The finish ended quickly with an unpleasant, grassy bitterness.

    Review for 2017 bottling: LL13807.

  28. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Nice young slightly smoky single malt, nice
    • Nose
      A lot of medicine, small smoky notes, bright fruits
    • Taste
      Light medicine, full fruit
    • Finish
      Short finish but explosive, slightly tingling

  30. Jambon scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Fresh.

  31. larswehmeier scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      My first impression is sweet apricot jam. Over it strong smoke with a good portion of ashes but also campfire. Then he gets fresher, in the direction of pear.
    • Taste
      Strong aromatic on the tongue with lots of smoke and some oak. Less fruity than the nose. For something sweet.
    • Finish
      Rather short, but the smoke stays in the throat for a long time.

  32. Rien scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  33. Totoro scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    85 points. Deep, woody, herbal yet sweet. Stunning value-for-money ratio: 30 € for an unchillfiltered, properly aged peated whisky from quality casks, including quite a bit of sherry, judging from the (all natural) color.  

  34. Simo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  35. spigray scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  36. spigray scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    don´t drink this after you´ve had an older malt that´s matured and complex. it will be no pleasure but it´s a reasonable dram as a starter.
    • Nose
      coal smoke, iodine, cow dung, lavender, apples. very simple nose (that does not mean unpleasant)
    • Taste
      very peaty, citrus fruits, salt, vanilla, malt and some nuts and poppy seeds in the very background. simple but good.
    • Finish
      medium, still peaty

  37. ctu scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Pleasant smoky / sour harmony with excellent price / value ratio.
    • Nose
      Sweet peat, lemonade and herbals
    • Taste
      Smoke, caramelized citruses, vanilla and tobacco
    • Finish
      Medium length with sour citruses and grass

  38. malthead-1984 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    the slightly different smoker, very medically one should have tried as an alternative to the Islay. Round and nice to drink, perfect for barbecues

  39. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    a simple, but round, islay alternative. Convinced as it was about 5 years ago.
    • Nose
      Bottling from 2015: simple and good. No stinker! Slightly grassy, ​​quite maritime first picture. In addition, a lot of sweet honey, bourbon note, slight unspecified spice note.
    • Taste
      very mild, lots of sweet and spicy smoke. But already a lot of good oak. Maybe a tick too smoky. No trace of fruit.
    • Finish
      rather restrained, salty, smoky, slightly sweet.

  40. Wolv scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  41. Ana Chronist scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  42. Dottore scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    nice malt with great PLV. Great for a € 33 whisky. 86 pts
    • Nose
      Phenols, grapefruit, toasted almonds, white sugar
    • Taste
      easy in the beginning, despite its 46%, but then somewhat stronger, saliva-stimulating, vanilla-sweet with a pleasant smoky note. Mineral notes, light acidity. Good.
    • Finish
      pleasant, slightly bitter on the tip of the tongue, unexpectedly sweet and long-lasting.

  43. dRambo scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  44. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    nice alternative to Islay malts in the same price range, especially because its not colored and has not been chillfiltered
    • Nose
      phenolic peat smoke is most present, refined sugar, fizzy citrus lemonade
    • Taste
      very smoky, suprisingly lots of american oak, gets even dry, again refined sugar, some caramel and citrus is there, touch of alcohol, reminds me of Laphroaig
    • Finish
      medium-short with peat smoke and oak with a little sweetness

  45. HW74 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose:-
    Solid tar and burn leather, persistent medicinal note, firm structure.
    Creamy chocolate underlay with contrasting citrus acidity, skin of
    pomerol and lemon. Ardbeg come to mind. Palate:- Complex and flavoursome. Greasy mouthfeel with refine cigar
    smoke set the muscle, with caramel and sweet dried fruits provides the
    pleasures, touch of mineral freshness and hot spice to round it off. Finish:- Quiet fiery, intense phenol at the back and prickly on palate.
    Restrained spicy build up over long length, heady. Gingery pungent.
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  47. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Surprisingly delicious and affordable Torfer, I would not have expected the sweetness, nice thing!
    • Nose
      Licorice, tar, motor oil, apricot underneath, malt, light vanilla, light smoked aromas, heather, leather
    • Taste
      Quite velvety, albeit with clear and beautiful smoky and peat flavors, rather sweetish, honey glazed meat, bitter orange marmalade, heather, apricots over campfire, bread, cake dough, licorice, later the bitter orange is more likely to turn into mushy overripe apple
    • Finish
      Smoky-dry with a clear caramel-honey-sweetness, medium-long

  48. Springfrench scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An entry-level whisky very well put together, ideal for discovering a lighter facet of peat. Everything is there or almost: balance, accuracy, price ... It lacks a little complexity and power to move into the next category.
    • Nose
      a whisky filled with cereals. The opposite would have been disturbing, certainly, but here, we walk in a field of barley, perfumed with vanilla, honey and mint. It is rather pleasant and not too dry. There are quite fat notes, with egg cream, fruity (pear) and spicy, including cinnamon and cardamom. All this is highlighted by a beautiful peat finely scented with licorice.
    • Taste
      is incisive, precise, and powerful. Peat is more present than the nose. The malty and dry notes go well with fruit, spices and peat smoke. The fresh notes of Provence herbs, licorice and mint are very pleasant.
    • Finish
      Intense, but fairly monolithic, on white fruits, mint and smoke.

  49. Ciro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  50. vojt466 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice smoked stuff at a good price
    • Nose
      Peat, ripe fruit, ginger, floral tones
    • Taste
      Peat, fireplace, woodiness, spiciness, skin, nuts, a little salt on the background. Soakiness is more like a fire than a hospital :) and definitely does not kiss, it is so pleasantly rounded and pleasantly spicy.
    • Finish
      Peat, bitter chocolate, pepper, skin, dried plums and salt - the reverberation is quite long

  51. malthead-sven scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    a fierce smoker with an absolutely interesting nose, but the smoke covers slightly the otherwise mild facets of the Speyzer.
    • Nose
      The smoke is immediately there and looks quite chemically, dusty, like cement that is mixed in a metal bucket, rose hips, herbal soap, slightly vanilla, later the smoke is more in the burned direction, ash, tar
    • Taste
      directly a good balance between smoky, sweet and dry, the 46% are super integrated and do not disturb at any time, neither fruity nor spicy, a little walnut
    • Finish
      rather short, the smoke continues to dominate, beneath which it appears almost mild and sweet with distant notes of nettle, mint and ricola

  52. pianoman scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke. Wet hay. Apple. Leather.
    • Taste
      Flourish apple with barbecue smoke.

  53. fileosoph scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  54. Shane_IL scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    This was very sad. I love Benriach, and the nose on this was so nice. But that plastic note was just terrible and overpowered everything on the palate and finish. Definitely won’t write off the distillery, but I’ll keep my distance from this one.Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/05/30/benriach-10-curiositas/#more-2366
    • Nose
      Classic peated highland profile. Woodsmoke. That farmy note I love on Laphroaig and Kilchoman minus the medicinal smells. Dry grass. Wintergreen. Peppermint. Shoe polish. Nutty wood. Milk caramels. Vanilla. Hint of tropical fruit.
    • Taste
      Oh dear. There’s a big plasticy note here that kind of just takes over. Bit of charred wood and dry grass, some bitter citrus, but that plastic note just keeps coming through.
    • Finish
      Medium. Grass smoke and more plastic.

  55. Torfding scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    No complexity monster, but honest and pleasant to drink; a nice entry-level smoker with a great price / performance ratio.
    With a little water, it looks even rounder.
    • Nose
      fresh and somewhat flowery, (dark) fruits, citrus, slightly smoky (sooty), a pinch of salt
    • Taste
      mild and fruity (slightly orange), bittersweet peat smoke, oak, slightly oily, caramel, vanilla, nicely balanced
    • Finish
      medium length with sweet notes and a long reverberating spiciness, oak, pleasantly mild, not too dominant smoke, slight bitterness

  56. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  57. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A nice, light smoker. In addition to the smoke, there are other flavors but only very tender. For me an absolute PLV Kracher (March 2016 about 32 €).
    • Nose
      nice and pleasant smoke; a little smoked bacon / ham; Lemon and lime, sweet and slightly salty, fresh oranges
    • Taste
      nice oily and smoky, very light notes of oak and fresh orange again
    • Finish
      short to medium long, again very pleasant smoke, there is a great sweetness in the mouth / throat back, again a little oak and a slightly peppery note

  58. NamorX68 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    after the Edradour 10 years the second surprise of a standard OAs. Very good PLV. Delicious!
    • Nose
      phenolic smoke, herbs, floral, sweet with vanilla, light citrus.
    • Taste
      wonderfully creamy .. oily in the mouth, smoke, sugary sweetness, vanilla, spicy oak, strong
    • Finish
      Medium long, sweet, espresso

  59. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  60. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A truly heavily peated malt. Some might say, the light distillery character cannot support this caliber of smoke influence... This is certainly made for fanatic pest lovers. 
    In my perspective it is a Caol Ila style of whisky, but simpler and smokier. Beyond the intense smoke you can pick out subtle floral tastes, flowers, a bit of honey (as it is expected from a speysider)

    2014.05.01.

  61. afrb scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    A plain whisky - simple but good
    • Nose
      Subtle Peat Smoke, Some Vanilla, maybe a hint of citrus, and walnuts. Mainly peat smoke
    • Taste
      Simple taste of peat smoke. Honey sweet, Pepper Spice
    • Finish
      Bitter Sweet with lots of pepper.

  62. afrb scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Simple but OK whisky
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  63. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    BenRiach 10 Curiositas
    Tasted 2015-07-17 @ Whisky InTeam Spaden:
    N tobacco-soaked, sweetish
    G voluminous sharply, burns first, then full warm soft wood, long velvet finish
    87

  64. Ties scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  65. Whiskykoch scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      89 89

  66. ApricotOne scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  67. Rom scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose peach, smoke, vanilla, pear? Attack on the yellow fruits then warming medium with tannins that opens on a powerful long finish, smoke and peat, slight bitterness. Good q / p. Do not swim very well.

  68. Kaltduscher scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Strong. Sweet. Phenolic smoke. Honey. Citrus fruits. Licorice. Tar. Bitter orange. Mint.
    • Taste
      Powerful. Dominant smoke. Behind it complex aromas of honey, lime zest and bitter orange. Gasoline note. Oak. Espresso.
    • Finish
      Long. Grapefruit. Sweet smoke. Oak. Espresso.

  69. Fable scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  70. dirkmemphis scored this whisky 80 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79

  71. irrerelevant scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    nose very clear smoke, phenolic, sugary already in the nose, lemon zest, not much else taste First full smoky, solid oak cargo, even dries easily, goes in the direction of Islay, Laphroaig / Ardbeg, especially because of this sugary sweetness, caramel comes, a little alcoholic, citrus leaving short-medium with smoke and oak tones, with some sweetness
    could be a couple of years, but a great value and a great change from the "usual suspects"

  72. MY MALTS scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    I was "just" smoky ... It may be that there are better, but I do not buy anymore ...

  73. Laugenbretzel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  74. Sybramsky scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      82 82

  75. st7 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  76. Tomh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    lovely nose, disappointing taste
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  77. Edgewalker scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      96 96

  78. Cipidos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  79. Malt Hans scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Smoky and malty aroma, wet hay, fir branches, apple jam and custard. Vanilla sweet and smoky taste, heather honey, mint, toffee and malt. Medium long, malty and peaty end.

  80. ThS scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A good peaty entry-level whisky. The youth and the grip of the wood feel but it's quite nice.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  81. ThS scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A good peaty entry-level whisky. The youth and the grip of the wood feel but it's quite nice. LF60793 bot. 31/03/2012 Miniature
    • Nose
      Smoke. Antiseptic. Salt. Very ripe fruit (pineapple, pear). Tannery. Underlying notes of oak and vanilla. Peat wet and liquorice. Good.
    • Taste
      Round and fat but a little hollow despite a certain volume. Pungent.
    • Finish
      Pungent. Woody. Smoke.

  82. ThS scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Malt Maniacs Awards 2013
    Best Peated Whisky (Daily Dram)
    Average Rating: 86

  83. Stenface scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  84. The-Man-best-Friend scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Interesting whisky with its own style. Oily, sweet and smoky, makes me think of cold-smoked ham. The smoke remains forever in the throat and in the glass.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  85. Aetius scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Nose: A muted but very pleasant mix of bonfire, lemons and grass. Hints of sweetness pop though the smoke. Score: 21/25
    Taste: Bonfiery lemons here too, with notes of banana, vanilla and burned sugar. Not as elegant as it could have been though. Score: 20/25
    Finish: An aftertaste of bitterness, slowly giving way to lemons and coffee-like notes. Not bad, but not excitingly good either. Score: 21/25
    Balance: Not a bad whisky, but somewhat dull, despite the smoke. It lacks the complexity of the Ardbegs and Caol Ilas, and could have used the help that cask strength would have lent it. As it is, it`s just simple and dull, plain and simple. Score: 20/25

    Total: 82/100

  86. granella2003 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    More unusual than Laphroaig 10. A real Monster. Wonderful
    • Nose
      Smoky, petrol and salty. Iodine 
    • Taste
      Oily, smoky and salty, with a hint of sweetness. Spicy. Peated and again smoke at the and with unusual "kerosene" hint.
    • Finish
      Medium to long with peat salty smoke and again "kerosene" sensation

  87. granella2003 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      90 90

  88. granella2003 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      90 90

  89. mikkellund42 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Balance: Good
    Tasted at www.romfestial.dk 2012-11-04
    • Nose
      Medicine, iodide
    • Taste
      light salty, smoked ham
    • Finish
      Salt and heather

  90. granella2003 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    A whisky with a clear presence of peat followed by wonderful flavors and aromas that many fans will be happy. Benriach 10 Year Speyside has the typical characteristics and with the addition of a little water extra delicious!
    • Nose
      Smoky aromas with notes of citrus, peat and malt with hints of honey, fruit and soft oak
    • Taste
      A delicious taste of juicy, very sweet with peat moss and spicy herbs followed by a complex and elegant blend of fruit, heather, walnut, oak and spices
    • Finish
      A long, pure finish of vanilla and a hint of cocoa and peat that the balance of bitter and sweet sustain

  91. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Extremely strong peat will immediately hit your nose, but it's not just a rasin, it's also full of honey, and it's all pretty oiled at the top. So I can ... uhhhhhm.
    • Taste
      So here we are for a change of floor, for the smell it lags, it is strongly pepper and adds oak wood.
    • Finish
      Fortunately, it rescues it with a slight iodine flavor, so the drop is not noticeable.

  92. Zazaz scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Nose: peat & smoke
    Palate: straighforward peppery attack, then surprisingly balanced peat with vanilla undertones
    Finish: long, oak and again well balanced peatiness

    Underrated whisky, fits right in between the `phroig and Ardbeg of the same age. Nice!

  93. alectron scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Does anyone know why this is the only 46% Curiositas version on the base and all others are 40% ? The monitor lists most years with 46%, but 2010...? Maybe american/750ml versions ?

    http://www.whisky-monitor.com/index.jsp?did=16&distilleryName=Benriach+single+malt+scotch+distillery

  94. Lapsang Leaf scored this whisky 68 points Member Junior

    Chilli powder on the nose, followed by charcoal on the tongue.
    It just tastes like a let-down, though.

  95. Feusi scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Enormous peated smoke surrounded from flowers (heather). Well balanced between bittersweet peat and spicy oak. A middle palate directly changes from smoke to oak, nice really nice.

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