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Curiositas is a 10 year old, peated release from the BenRiach distillery in what they call the 'classic Speyside style'. A distinct malt with great depth and a bittersweet balance.
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.
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Picked this up for a great price at work recently, shared a dram with colleagues and guests alike; Beautiful! The peat was spot on, smoky, herby, a real treat. Drink neat, unlike a lot of peaty whiskies this needs no ice or water. Pour and enjoy!
28th April 2016
highly enjoyable from someone who en joys a Laphraoig
21st January 2016
If you enjoy peated whiskies, this is something you should definitely try. The stuff is bottled at 46% (at least my bottle, the page here says it's 40% so maybe there are two versions), and an excellent price-to-quality ratio.I tend to buy Islay whiskies as my personal preference, but the bottle of BenRiach changed everything, I think it's my current favorite.The smell is peat mixed with orange peels, brings a nice burning sensation to the nose. It's warm, it's bitter-sweet and absolutely refreshing and energizing.The taste is what you would actually expect after that nose. Nothing surprises here, it's similar burning sensation to the nose one, sweet but sugar is not dominant, it's also bitter and smoky. Quite long finish, pleasant throughout the experience.Highly recommendned purchase
29th November 2015
I have 34 bottles of whiskey in my drinks cabinet ( I know! you might think "what's the point in having so many?" but I do try & drink them all) and this one is my favorite
9th September 2015
I'm a new fan of peated scotch (since a year or so).One of my favorite is Lagavulin 12 or Bowmore 12. This one is a bit too medicinal for me. However, with a few drops of water, it dissipate that taste and I really enjoy it. Number 3 of my top ten peated scotch.
23rd February 2015
see previous review
27th December 2014
I bought a bottle of Curiositas yesterday 12_27_14 and its 46% If it was 40 I would'nt have bought it! Any way its one of the best bottles of the year! The price was $65.00 though.I like it over laphroaigh and ardbeg! I think a non peat drinker could like this. I like the subtle sweet nutty taste along with the smoke!
All at once medicinal yet sweet, light yet full, rich but still still clean. A sheer delight.
13th December 2014
good smoky rich drink, get a bottle and get stuck in !
9th December 2014
Peaty, smoky on the nose, oily and rich on the palate, spicy long finish - there's also some subtle sweetness that reveals itself slowly. Much to enjoy in here - but you must like peated whiskies really to get the benefit.
25th November 2014
Отличный солод! Прекрасная цена за по настоящему хороший копчёный виски! Довольно мягкий насыщенный, хороший баланс дыма и ёда = отличный пример копчёного материкового виски !+++
17th October 2014
best cheap peated whiskey by a mile.
27th August 2014
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