TASTING NOTE LMDW : Wild, this is the first trait that comes to mind to define this extremely peaty and smoked Benriach. Voluptuous is a second that also summarizes well this intensely fruity and floral version. And if you combine these two facets, you get a single Speyside single malt, rich, concentrated and complex, in which the smallest part of the olfactory and gustatory space is a source of pleasure in its pure state. Profile: oily peat, straw and tar. Citrus, ashes and ripe fruit (pear). Heady flowers (lily, iris, honeysuckle) and fresh walnuts. Fragrances of a burning Havana. Color: intense gold with green hues. Nose: rich, concentrated. Beautifully, the first nose requires that we tame it. In its center, there is an oily peat, straw and tar. A first ring of citrus fruits, ashes and ripe fruit (pear) is wrapped around it. Then, some heady flowers (lily, iris, honeysuckle) and fresh walnuts rub the fragrances of a burning Havana. Palate: ample, complex. If peat is still present, it has become more tender, less austere. It is easily tamed by white flowers (lilac, lily of the valley) and candied citrus fruits. However, as it goes, it brings us back to the hearth of a fireplace. The atmosphere has warmed up while new fruits are appearing (apple, mirabelle, prune). Final: spontaneous. Straightforwardly, it increases the peatiness of the nose and mouth by adding gentian roots, barley germinating, sleet and dark chocolate. Voluptuous, it evokes a tea with cardamom or even a crème brûlée sprinkled with saffron. The retro-olfaction is fruity (pineapple) and herbaceous (cut hay) and the empty glass restores the smoke curls of a great Havana.