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Benriach Curiositas 10 Year Old Peated

The Speyside Would-Be Islay

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

2nd Feb 2010


Benriach Curiositas 10 Year Old Peated
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This one is light in color and the tears in the glass will keep you occupied for several minutes. Nice.

The nose is all about peat, iodine, paint thinner (55 ppm). Upon the second whiff it even made me think about charcoal or baked bacon (er...). Upon the third whiff I detected some flowery elements in the background. But the peat overwhelms the sweetness of this BenRiach. Not really my cup of tea.

On the palate he is overly medicinal as well to turn sweet and peppery only after a while. Pretty dry too. If you didn't know better, you would think this was an Islay whisky, but not a very good one. Being a Speysider, I'm not sure what to think. It reminds me a bit of a dreadful cough sirup I took as a child.

The finish last rather long. The dram sticks to your mouth quite a while. You taste the earth and barley, but he dries up rather fast and becomes too woody at the death.

I'm none too happy with this one.

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