BenRiach Septendecim 17 Year

Peated Single Malt — Speyside, Scotland

3.5 out of 5 stars
Both the regular 12 year old as the peated Curiositas 10 has made a great impression, which convinced me to try this 17 year old. It didn’t fail to impress: On the nose, one is greeted by fresh peat smoke and speyside apples. On the palate the same smoke shakes your hand, but brought some honey and nuts. The aftertaste is rather long and mainly sweet., truly Islay meets Speyside. Matured a full 7 years longer than the the Curiositas, the Septendicem has lost the few sharp edges of it’s younger counterpart. Depending on one’s taste that may be a good thing, as it adds some subtlety to explore, but some may prefer the slightly punchier spirit of the 10 year old. For me, it might depend on my mood. They’re both great drams!