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The entry level BenRiach bottling with no age statement, named for the distillery's location in Elgin in Moray at the heart of Speyside. A fresh, youthful whisky with a distinct countryside note.
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.
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So this was my first touch to this dis. Heart of Speyside is simple and sweet entrylevel whiskey. It's not the best whiskey I have drank, but not the worst either. I would like to compare this to Glenfiddich 12yr old. It's smoother, but also lacks more taste and aroma. I'm not a professional with whiskeys, so this is a review by a newbie.
5th May 2015
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