The BenRiach 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.
Golden in the glass, this bracing Speyside single malt opens with peat smoke and vanilla on the nose and palate. The smoke doesn't overwhelm; peat and iodine mingle with hints of dark chocolate, clove, black pepper and spearmint, plus a mouthwatering saline hint and slightly astringent finish.