Nose: Cola, ginger ale, honey, and Frosted Flakes and bacon. The peat may be slightly flatter when than the big boys of Islay, but remember you bought this to try something different. Dynamic? Not really, but it is lovely and straight-forward.
Palate: Honey on arrival. Light bodied. Mild smoky bacon, and BenRiach’s signature nutty character.
Finish: Faint apples, cereal, and bacon. Gentle smoke and the “BenRiach finish”, which goes a bit sour. I have found that BenRiach whiskies (at least the non-sherried ones) tend to have something tart and acidic towards the finish, and this is no exception. Sweet and sour and smoky. Oddly, I’m reminded of McDonald’s sweet and sour sauce that I used to dip my chicken nuggets in as a kid. I’m lovin’ it.
Thoughts: This 10 year old isn’t particularly complex or dynamic. But I do love the sweet and sour balance. It’s easy sipping. The lack of coastal character, the signature sour finish, the 46% abv, and the affordable price tag all make this a wonderful whisky in my book. It’s straight-forward and offers up quality core flavours. Personally I find this one charming. Well worth it for the price.