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This is my third BenRiach I've tried. Curiositas and Arumaticus Fumosus were 2 for 2, and I greatly appreciate a deep rich scotch aged in sherry casks, so you can believe I was excited about this BenRiach arriving on the shelves at the SAQ in Quebec. The nose is soft and sweet with aromas of dark chocolate and vanilla draping over brown sugar. Visions of date squares dusted in cocoa took over my thoughts until a waft of fresh cut grass weighed it all down. The palate filled with spices, mostly cloves and a hint of cardamon from across the room. Fresh figs and blueberry jelly coated my mouth and then faded into an earthy, spicy (like chewing on the cloves) finish. The finish was long and after a couple of moments gave way to dried apricots to close. This was definitely a rich and decadent scotch. I would suggest it as a beginner scotch to anyone who is slightly more adventurous than one searching for the most tame spirit out there, although it has enough character to please your more experienced noser as well. A great dram!