BenRiach Curiositas 10YO (Scotland)

Curiositas 10 Years Peated Malt – The BenRiach, 46.0% ABV -70cl, (Morayshire, Scotland)

On the back label:

“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.”

  • Style: Speyside peated scotch
  • My Rating: C-
  • Taste Profile: peat rush -> caramel/chocolate -> warmth/peat finish
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $65, Fall 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would non-scotch drinkers like this: no

Tasting notes: pours medium orange with some suspended sediment. Lots of peat mixed with alcohol burn on the nose. Starts off with a thickish visosity, low-medium sweetness, transitions into tastes of smoky peat, caramel, nutty chocolate, (dark) fruit, finishing with more smoke, medium warmth, high alcohol detection. Goes with Haagen-Dazs ice cream bars. The peat tires out my palate fast.

Bloed, Zweet & Tranen (Blood, sweat, & tears) – Brouwerij de Molen (Holland)

Bloed, Zweet & Tranen (Blood, sweat, & tears) – Brouwerij de Molen, 8.2% ABV, (Bodegraven, Holland)

My notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like it: full-roast without the major heaviness
  • Where I got it: Bin 104
  • How much: $6 , 33cl, May/2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours black with a shade of brown, massive foamy head, very long retention with lots of active CO2 streams. Major peat on the nose. Tastes of peat up front, heavy malts, bitter chocolate, burnt coffee, and finishes with a long deep bitter finish. Medium-high complexity, medium-high depth, good transitions, great carry, great drinkability. Light viscosity compared to a lot of dark roasted beers, this one is closer to water.