Curiositas uses a heavily peated malted barley as the cereal varietal to produce a unique, fresh, peated expression.
This rare peated single malt, from the Heartland of Speyside, has wonderful overtones of peat reek, combined cleverly with a background of fruity, floral, heathery notes and an appealing presence of oak wood in the finish. Traditionalists believe that peated malts achieve optimum balance of peat-bittersweet and oak infusion after 10 years of maturation.
In fact peated BenRiach is a return to the original Speyside character and flavour of malts typical of the nineteenth century. Curiositas is a distinctive and welcome addition to the Speyside scene – this is a dram to be savoured with a dash of water.
In April 2004, the BenRiach distillery, which was previously under the ownership of Chivas Brothers, was acquired by three entrepreneurs, led by Scotch Whisky industry veteran Billy Walker. The BenRiach Distillery Company was then born.
Now BenRiach, located in the 'Heart of Speyside', just south of Elgin, is firmly back on the scene producing its very special single malt whiskies as an independent distiller. They produce a wide range of ages and varied caskings, well worth investigation.
The BenRiach Distillery has won the Global ‘Icons of Whisky’ Distiller of the Year 2009 award. Organised by Whisky Magazine, "Icons of Whisky" seeks to find the best distiller of the year from distilleries in Scotland, Ireland, the USA, Japan and the Rest of the World. Earlier in the year, the Elgin distillery, with its headquarters in Larbert, won the Scottish title and last night it went on to scoop the global award, beating the Nikka Whisky Distillery Company of Japan and Heaven Hill Distillery, Kentucky, USA. The BenRiach distillery has been producing quality single malt Scotch whisky since 1898. Five years ago it was acquired by Billy Walker, Geoff Bell and Wayne Kieswetter. Today, in addition to the superb aged bottlings at 12, 16, 20, 25 and 30 years old, the company also includes two peated single malt expressions within the portfolio - the aptly-named 'Curiositas', aged 10 years old, and its big brother, the 21 years old 'Authenticus'.
NOSE: An explosion of aromatic peat reek, with fragrant hints of honey, fruit and mellow oak.
COLOUR: Rich amber
TASTE: An avalanche of peat, followed by an extravagant and complex mix of fruit, heather, nuts, oak wood and spices.
Nose: Thin smoke loses to honey fudge
Taste: Peat slowly going to soft barley, honey fudge
Finish Chalky vanillas and chocolate sauce
Balance: Excellent but holding back
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