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BenRiach 10 Year Old Curiositas (40%) Whisky

(70cl, 40%)

BenRiach 10 Year Old Curiositas (40%)

BenRiach 10 Curiositas Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Sweet grassy malt, succulent fudge and hints of smoke and heather lead. There's a touch of malmsey underneath with fragrant honey and mellow oak.

Palate: Caramelised sugar and strong cereal flavours form the core. Marshmallows, ripe stone fruit and a warm nuttiness develop while peppery spice tingles in the backdrop with green wood smoke.

Finish: Bittersweet with slight suggestions of dry oak, beeswax and fennel.

Reviews for BenRiach 10 Year Old Curiositas (40%)
Good sipping whisky, subtle but smooth.
Good overall balance, roundness, drinkability. Nice peat and smoke, the smoke dissipates quite quickly and it has a nice smooth honey taste, initially sweet, slightly fruity with a background of malty smoke and wax. Quite a subtle whiskey so you have to have a nose for the flavors unlike whiskeys that give a bit more of a slap such as Laphroaig or Lagavulin, but lovely if you like to sip over time. Definitely worth a try!
, United Kingdom
2 years ago
Great whisky! I love Islay smoke, but this one is a good alternative. However, the SAQ has them at 46% abv, which must help it a lot! I wouldn't buy the 40%, I try to stay away from low abv whiskies nowadays, as they tend to disappoint me most of the times.
4 years ago
Lots of peat, not much Speyside
Tastes quite smoky and peaty, but a very thin taste that doesn't linger. I was really intrigued by the idea of a "peated Speyside" scotch, since Speysides are generally sweet and smooth - this is definitely different, but doesn't have the substance or complexity of most smoky whiskies. The finish/aftertaste evaporates rather quickly. The branding is a bit suspect - calling it "Curiositas Peat" hints that you're getting something out of the ordinary, but it falls a bit flat. A clever name for an unexceptional product.
, Canada
4 years ago
One-dimensional, superficial peat taste
I could say this is both peaty and smooth, yet it's rare that I find a Single Malt that has a nose, palate, and aftertaste that are all exactly the same. It is a peaty malt that does not change character at all as it is rolled around on the tongue. The generic peat taste is the beginning and the end of the flavour. Almost like the peat is simply dropped into a flavourless concoction, seperate from a gutless base material rather than complemented by complex flavours. Not worth the purchase price.
, Canada
4 years ago
Smooth and well balanced
My daughter bought me this as a present and I love it. Not as peaty ad the heavy islanders but a lovely balance and a very smooth. I wouldn't even add any water to it
4 years ago
Great single malt for the price
This is one of the best single malts I have tasted for some time
4 years ago
For those who like a very light whisky
For me, this was not a very good peated whisky. I like the rich and oily Islay distilleries. Highland Park does a nice sweet whisky with peat with their 12. Benromach 10 is a decent Speyside peated. But this one is far too light in flavour for me. Sure there is smoke, but the underlying whisky is a very light dram. If you enjoy Balvenie 14 Peat Week, this might be a good dram for you at far less cost. But if you love Laphroaig 10, I'd suggest this might not be your cup of tea.
, United States
5 years ago
Great peat expression, but alas short to medium finish
Licorice, heather, oak and subtle hints of vanille and honey topped of with a royal dose of peat smoke that when compared to Islays is probably most reminiscent of Ardbeg smoke.

Trumps many Islay whiskies in my opinion. The only pretty big downside is that I would have liked the finish to last a bit longer. Do decide for yourself though because any self-respecting peat lover has to have tried this unique Benriach expression at least once.
5 years ago
Removal of "Non-Chill Filtered Natural Color" statement
Got to say this is my favorite whisky so far. Bought a new bottle and found that the statement of "Non-Chill Filtered Natural Color" has disappeared on the box. Mail to the distillery and confirm that it was no mistake and the act is to "streamline the packaging". Although the ABV is still 46%, there are chances now the Curiositas will be chill filtered and added color. Beware if you have a bad dram with new bottles.
5 years ago
Doesn't work for me
I like peaty Islay malts. I like the sweet and spicy regular BenRiach 10. But adding peat to the BenRiach - I don't like it at all. It doesn't seem integrated - just added on. Unfortunately, I think it has confused my local booze merchant, who will get this but not the regular BenRiach 10.
, United States
5 years ago

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