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11 Feb 2009

BenRiach 12y Arumaticus Fumosus

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: BenRiach

As a fan of peated Speysiders, there’s no way around BenRiach. They’re one of the distilleries that have a tradition of making peated drams alongside the regular, typical style of the region.

In 2007, BenRiach launched a series of 3 peated expressions, matured in American oak casks and finished in sherry, port and rum barrels. The ‘Arumaticus Fumosus’ version that I’m reviewing was the Jamaican dark rum batch. Only 1740 bottles.

 

BenRiach Arumaticus Fumosus 12y - Jamaican Dark Rum

Benriach 12y Arumaticus Fumosus (46%, OB, 2007, Jamaican Dark Rum finish, 1740 btl.)

Nose: very original. A lot of peat, clean and very oily. Some “fresh” medicins as well (what’s that supposed to mean?) Anyway, this could have been made on Islay. The rum is on a second level. Hints of banana and heather, some earthy notes and dark sugar. Mouth: the peat seems to come and go now, alternating with softer spices. Quite dry. Finish: the spices develop further (ginger, eucalyptus, vanilla), sugared coffee notes as well. Long aftertaste, really dry.

This is one of my favourite peated ‘every day drams’. It had a fair price (€ 45) yet it offers a unique style that I didn’t find in other whiskies. Perfect for a tough winter like the current one. I’m trying to save what’s left in my bottle…

Score: 85/100.

BenRiach 12y Arumaticus Fumosus 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2009-02-11
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  • http://littletipple.com Ben Matthews

    Still one of your favourite peated drams, 2 years later, or has there been something else that has taken the lead?

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Wait, my favourite peated drams are definitely among Port Ellen, Lagavulin, Brora… this was just a nicely different “daily dram”. Now 2 years later the bottle is empty and I didn’t replace it.

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