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BenRiach Curiositas

Overall rating
82.26/100
votes
615
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
Added on
04 Aug 2007 7:00 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 40.38

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Curiositas

73 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.26 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 84 points 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. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    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

  3. 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... 

  4. 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

  5. Jordanite scored this whisky 85 points Member Junior

    [Update:] I hadn't had a dram of Curiositas for over 2 months. I'm not sure it is purely from oxidation in the bottle, or if the summer heat played a role, but after this time between drams it is as if I bought a completely different whisky! If it is just oxidation, then it would mean that the normal ratio of 1min/1year does not apply to the Curiositas, and that this whisky requires significantly more time to open up. I have therefore updated the review noting the differences between the fresh bottle (FB) and the oxidised/aerated bottle (AB).

    Nose: The FB started with a dominating peat hit, which was more medicinal than bonfire in character. Underneath this were citrus and pear notes with a pleasant saltiness. The AB peat is far more restrained, with a pleasant, soft smokiness that is almost devoid of the medicine. Here the pear and salt notes are far more prominent. Both noses were enjoyable albeit for different reasons, the FB was rather one dimensional but was BIG, the AB is far more balanced and nuanced. I score them both approximately the same, even though they are rather different.

    Taste: The FB, once again, started with a big, enjoyable peat punch with an accompanying peppery senstation. However this gave way to a slightly off sourness and some light herbal notes. The AB had none of these off-notes, the peat was, once again, reduced but the pear and citrus notes from the nose continued into the taste this time around. Here the AB is clearly superior to the FB.

    Finish: The FB ended very quickly and was defined by a grassy bitterness, underneath which the smoke lingered. The AB eschewed this bitterness for a more prominent, enjoyable smokiness. Once again the AB was far more enjoyable.

    When I first reviewed this I couldn't understand why Jim Murray had scored this whisky so highly and I surmised that it was because he didn't swallow and therefore only experienced 'the good bits'. However after the experiencing the AB expression, things make much more sense.

    I originally scored the FB 83, which was an aggregate of the good nose and arrival, but disappointing development and finish. I would score the AB 87.

  6. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

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

  7. 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

  8. Jambon scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Fresh.

  9. larswehmeier scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • 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.

  10. Rien scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

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