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BenRiach Heart of Speyside

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@PandemoniumReview by @Pandemonium

29th Jul 2014


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Long time since I wrote a review, as I'm currently making some space in my cabinet for a few new bottles. So this is a review of an easy cheap NAS. Speysider, known as Heart of Speyside from the BenRiach distillery.

Nose: Fresh nose with soft elements of heather, grass and honey. soft undertones of salt and oak wood with a touch of spice. Very clean.

Mouth: fruity notes, soft and slightly buttery on the palate with once more hints of honey and heather. Tones of oak wood but not overly powerful and a whiff of pepper and soft smoke.

Finish: Stronger in the finish with powerful notes of pepper, sweetened up with a teaspoon of honey.

Harmless and overall pleasant, don't expect a complex majestic dram here for this price. But probably one of the better cheap entry-level whiskies out there.

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Rigmorole commented

What's your favorite Benriach being sold today?

9 years ago 0

Pandemonium commented

Hard to say, given that BenRiach has some thirty or more expressions and a lot of single casks available on the market right now and that I've only tried five of them, limits my ability to answer your question. I guess I would have to say the Arumaticus Fumosus

9 years ago 0

Rigmorole commented

I can't buy that one where I live. In my town, I could buy Dark Rum Cask 15, Authenticus 21, and some other less interesting ones. I could order the Solstice 2nd Edtion 17, 1994 Peated 19 PX Sherry Puncheon #7179, Septendecim 17 (Ralfy loved that one),or the 2000 12 Year Oloroso Sherry Cask #3105.

Have you tried any of those? I'm very curious about the 19 PX but it's $150 which is a little steep, plus shipping. The Septendecim is only $80 plus shipping and the Authenticus 21 is $128.

9 years ago 0

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