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When talking movies, Formula 51 comes to mind. These two have similar kind of qualities and BenRiach seems to have some kind of secret formula for making good whisky.
Like the movie, this 2nd edition of Solstice is fresh, sweet, rough, strong and bursting with character. And most of all, it's a substance creating amazing feeling for the users – well, for me at least. This BenRiach has been finished in port pipes.
Nose: Strong peat dominates sweetly and full of spices. Smoke stays sophisticated. Similar to a bonfire on a wet soil, being put out. Spicy meat mixed with fruits. Water adds more fruits: oranges start to dominate.
Taste: Fruity with earthy peat smoke. Full, juicy and sweet, yet rough. Salt, peat and warming spices with hints of oil. Once again, water makes it fruitier.
Finish: Lasts long, roasted and dry. Coal with peat and spices. Water smoothens things.
Balance: Amazing whisky. Just when I thought there's no topping Septendecim, BenRiach struck again. Port and smoke seems to be my cup of tea.