I am not very fond of the BenRiach Curiositas to be honest. That probably explains why I have not tried it since 2010. My buddy Pat gave me a sample from a more recent bottling and told me to give it another go. Well, why not?
The nose is soft and accessible and shows some iodine and sea weeds next to lovely notes of white fruit and vanilla. Having said that, the nose is quite closed. After a few minutes of breathing some white bread and heather join in. But the whole is very light.
It is mildly oily and sweet, but quite peppery from the start with lots of maritime elements. It shows some vanilla, white fruit, heather and soft peat. But from the second sip forwards, I also get oyster sap and some soot. That may not sound great, but it does work.
The finish is medium long on loads of earth and sweet malt.
Still one of my least favorite expressions from BenRaich, but much better than I remembered.