A very well made, decent whisky, well balanced and to the point. Perhaps not the most complex or spectacular BenRiach, but it's rather flawless and a solid malternative for a peated Islay, as it is not unsimilar to say, Bowmore Tempest.
Peaty on the nose, with some soft smoke joining in. Some ripe fruit (apple, apricot, sweet pear) with a hint of nutty spices in the background.
After adding a wee drop of water, I picked up some mintiness
the nose continuous, but it's more integrated, a well balanced amalgamation of the different notes I picked up in the nose.
With a drop of water the taste becomes drier and a bit ashy.
Medium long, peat and smoke. Softly fading on a dry note. With water the finish becomes softer, less dry and a bit more fruity.