Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
46.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
21 May 2013 4:40 pm

Average value

€ 44.99

9 × in wishlist

41 × member ratings

140 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Curiositas

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 82.41 points

  1. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    For me a reasonable, well drinkable, not too smoky whisky at a very good price.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Smoke, sweetness, formaldehyde, citrus fruit, vanilla, slightly salty. Later smoked fish, lemon balm and weak chocolate.
    • Taste
      84 84
      sweet, malty, light smoke, a clear floral note and again slightly chocolatey. The alcohol is pretty well integrated.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish with sweetness, spiciness, oak, light smoke and formaldehyde.

  2. Krisladdich scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    Some peat, some fruit. Actually a delicious dram. But something bothers me. A little too young.
    • Nose
      He needs time .... a little bit of time in the glass makes it a little better.

      In the beginning peaty, then a bit smokier. Pepper, lemon zest, then floral notes. Sweet orange. Honey. Incidentally, the whole time remains an oxidized smell, but not too penetrating.
    • Taste
      Slightly peaty, then fruity sweet, with slightly oxidized exotic fruits. Slightly alcoholic bitter, but not unpleasant.
    • Finish
      Short to medium. Sweet at first, then some peat smoke, then a little citrus, a little bitter. But quite pleasant.

  3. lupowolf63 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

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

  4. Monsieur Dram 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
      It's 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.

  5. euzlpz scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    After being severely disappointed with the 2014 Lagavulin 12 CS, I unearthed this gem (I'm very, very hard to impress). The two actually aren't too dissimilar...the most redeeming differences found in this 10, are the fact that the casks weren't burnt to an ashy crisp, and that the distillate is far superior. Every so often, when making  a whisky, things come together beautifully-- and it's no accident when it does. The folks at Benriach who are responsible for making such an excellent single malt were raised well by their good mothers, they ate healthy full breakfasts before going to work, and took their vitamins in the purest, healthiest way-- by juicing. I wholeheartedly recommend this to the most discriminating palates. I'd trade my 2nd bottle of Laga 12 for just one more of these in a heartbeat, that is; if my passion for studying the science of whisky crafting do's and don'ts didn't get the best of me. If you are the master distiller of a different distillery, DO: learn from The Benriach...and please, DON'T: over-char your casks, and if you do, PLEASE knock away the ash clinging to the inside before you fill it with precious distillate, LAGAVULIN!! (Lazy employees should be fired...if they're making whisky, at least...it's an art, not a "drive-thru")

    My unbiased score: 91 well-earned points...and I rarely rate much above an 85.

    My biased score, not including the excellent value: 93 points.


  6. erogers scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is an intense whisky!  The peat smoke dominates, but does not completely overpower the light sweetness in the background.  A nice change of pace from the typical Speyside flavor profile.
    • Nose
      Peat smoke, asphalt tar, fruit (grape and pear), vanilla, oak, and slight floral notes.
    • Taste
      Significant amount of smoke, oak tannin, crushed nuts (pecan/walnut), fennel/anise, and some honeyed cereal malt.
    • Finish
      Relatively short and dry, with campfire smoke, dried sandalwood, nuts, and acidic citrus.

  7. dicembre29 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nose: A decent amount of smoke. Some farmy, grainy barnyard notes. Iodine. Tar and rubber (grows stronger as it opens). Musty and dusty. Grape juice. Leather, old wood and dunnage warehouses. Might be a hint of sunflower seeds. Not a lot of fruit to speak of. …And just a touch feinty, I find.

    Palate: Quite aggressive. Big, bold youthful peat. Smoke. A little nutty (wal-nut?)…a little bitter. Licorice. Rubber. There are some sweet notes, but not sure I’d suggest they were ‘fruity’ sweet.

    Thoughts: Meh. Just ok. A decent alternative, I suppose, but if you’re looking for quality peat, maybe go Islay instead. Or spend a little more and reach for one of the older peated BenRiachs.




  8. Gos Ruben scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    Like Benriach with balls
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87


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