Insider knowledge: BenRiach Heart of Speyside whisky is named whisky by virtue of the fact it's from Scotland. If distilled in America the spelling would be BenRiach Heart of Speyside whiskey, as opposed to whisky.
Nose: Fresh. Cut hay, acacia honey. Damp earth, spicy.
Palate: Rounded smoothness. Marmalade. Gentle smoke, earthy peat somewhere in the substrata.
Finish: Peppery oak develops.
The nose is somehow very strange to me. Fresh, true, but no sense of true fineness that e.g. Aberlour (my favorite of Speyside's) has. But I guess not a bad choice for this price class if you like plain & simple Scotch.
28th September 2013
This is not rated that highly by many so called experts, so my expectation was low, It turns out to be one of my favorite summer malts. I just add a teaspoon of cold pure water, fantastic and great value.
10th August 2013
Good, refreshing one. Easy to approach, nice for taking it easy in the evenings.
16th February 2013
It is not a very complex malt but still it is a great, refreshing youngster, showin' how good the BenRiach copes with ex-bourbon casks! Very rounded as for a NAS whisky. Great quality-price relation:)
20th August 2012