Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014
International Wine & Spirit Competition
What's in a name? BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled BenRiach Curiositas 10 Year Old whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Sublimely medicinal, sweet grassy asphalt and heather. Hints of malmsey.
Palate: At once sweet and heavily smoked. Peppery spice tingles, iodine, a warm nuttiness.
Finish: Bittersweet, dry wood, creosote and phenol, and fennel, in fact.
This is one of my personal favorites, first sipped in Granton-on-Spey, last dram of the night... and what a dram it was. The nose has a deceptively strong sense of peat and smoke, but it is not as strong as you would think once it hits your palate, it becomes a juxtaposition of sweet and smoke, and the finish lingers well after your done. I love that the taste totally surprises in comparison to the nose, a good and unique whisky.
1st August 2014
I'm thoroughly impressed by this wizzo. I've had plenty of peated scotch but at the cost of the Curiositas nothing comes close. Well at least not a the outlet I purchase from.
16th April 2014
What else needs to be said
8th February 2014
I just had to laugh out loud while trying this dram and reading the label that states it is "particularly unusual for a Speyside malt". I disagree with Mymic that this is something Dalwhinnie or Highland Park people might enjoy. To me it is simply a unique palate of acquired tastes that combines more nastiness then any peated Islands whisky I've tried before. Love it though
31st January 2014
Don't appreciate the donwngrade!
2nd January 2014
You know what they say. This packaging is pretty tired. Needs a refresh like my grandma's kitchen... but no one can cook like her... no one. For the price, this is a damn good dram. It's a Speyside by nature, but I swear I taste some lowland grass along side it's obvious Islay peat. Not sure this one 'belongs' to any Scottish region. Maybe it's just "Scottish" That'll do pig.
3rd July 2013
If you're a fan of highland park, or the dalwhinnie, and are looking for something with more smoke, this is the dram for you, truly wonderful.
28th January 2013
Agree with previous reviewer that this a great whisky for the price. The nose reminds me of the classic Lagavulin 16, and the palette doesn't dissapoint with a lingering finish
24th May 2012
This is a great dram, with an amazing smoke in the nose as well as in the palate. Finish is absolutely incredibile with chewy smoke leaving on a tongue an impression of white chocolate. Buy it at once!!!
13th February 2010