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.
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
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.