BenRiach 10 Years Old Curiositas 70cl 46°
The BenRiach Curiositas 10 years old won a bronze medal in the category Best Scotch Highlands Single Malt at the World Whiskies Awards 2019.
This 10 years old whisky, called "Curiositas", expresses perfectly the very peated character that the distillery BenRiach can produce.
This whisky uses a variety of heavily peated malted barley to produce a fresh and unique expression. The Single Malt has wonderful peated notes, intelligently combined with fruity, floral aromas and a strong woody presence in the finish.
Traditionalists believe that peated malts achieve an optimal balance between infusion of peat and oak after 10 years of ripening. Thus, this whisky seeks to find the original character of Speyside and the flavour of typical malts and peat of the 19th century.
During two short periods (1975-1976 and 1983-1986), BenRiach was able to produce a peated malt which is now distilled more regularly.
The BenRiach distillery has founded in 1897 by the Grant family, right next to the Longmorn distillery, but it stopped its activity in 1900 after the whisky crisis when the Pattison entreprise collapsed.
Benriach, its wealth: stocks of sherry casks, rums wines ... impressive.
Located at the southern exit of Elgin, on the road to Rothes, in Speyside in Scotland, Benriach was also called "Longmorn II" because the two distilleries are almost Siamese. Benriach had a chaotic start.
Victim of the resounding bankruptcy of Pattisons which precipitated many distilleries in its fall, following its purchases of whisky on credit, the distillery closed after two years. Only its malting areas remained operational, notably to feed Longmorn malt. The distillation did not resume until 1965!
After an extension that brought the number of stills in 1985 from two to four, Benriach changed hands in 2001 and again in 2004. Billy Walker, a prominent personality in the world of whisky, then embarks on the adventure with two investors . The stills find the flame!
Today, it is Brown Forman who is currently the owner of this distillery.
The Benriach distillery is home to an impressive stock of old barrels. Its cellars are full of sherry butts of all kinds (oloroso, pedro ximenez ...), new oak barrels, bourbon barrels and hogsheads dating back to the 1960s, and casks containing wine, rum, Madeira, port, even rioja!
Those who sleep in the traditional cellars (dunnage) bathe in an extraordinary orange light.
The capacity of the distillery is 2.8 million liters of pure alcohol, about 900,000 bottles of Single Malt.
The versions with a name or an adjective are peated (Curiositas, Birnie Moss ...) and the accounts of ages without name or adjective are not peated (10 years, 16 years ...).
Exception: The Heart of Speyside that characterizes the essence of Speyside is unpeated.