Whisky Review: BenRiach 12 Years Old Arumaticus Fumosus
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: BenRiach Distillery
- Bottling: BenRiach Distillery Company Limited.
- ABV: 46%
- Cost: £35
What they Say
Released in May 2007, BenRiach ‘Arumaticus Fumosus’ is part of a range of three 12 year old heavily peated BenRiachs, originally matured in American oak and then finished either in sherry, port or dark rum wood.
In the case of ‘Arumaticus Fumosus’, the whisky has been finished in Jamaican Dark Rum Barrels, and the name, which is Latin, literally translates to ‘smoky rum’.
This maintains the tradition of giving our peated expressions Latin names, which started with Curiositas (10 years old) and Authenticus (21 years old), and which has become somewhat of a signature for BenRiach.
Bottled at 46% (92 proof), at natural colour and non chill filtered, ‘Arumaticus Fumosus’ is available on a strictly limited basis, with just 290 six-packs available world-wide.
Official tasting notes:
- Colour: Light gold.
- Nose: Peat reek and smokies, moor herbs and heather, followed by a cascade of rum and sultanas.
- Taste: Peat, eucalyptus, smokies, wild flowers and vanilla, with a huge infusion of sultanas and rum
What I say
Lover of dark rum and never having tried BenRiach before the £3.80 for 3cl sample from MoM was a no-brainer for me. Really really enjoyed this one, pretty complex and interesting. Wanted to score in high 70’s at least then watched Paula [my resident whisky nose] get really blown away with this one despite the peat [of which she is usually not so much of a fan].
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Deep rich gold
- Nose: Peaty sweet esters, new leather couch and apple and cinnamon pie baking in the oven
- Taste: Syrupy sweet and warm, cayenne pepper spice with nutmeg and cinnamon, sharp caramel sweetness and an oaky dryness, if anything this reminds me of golden spiced rum [like Captain Morgans], minimal peat smoke influence in the taste was surprising after the strength on the nose. With a little water this mellowed into a sweet smooth and woody rum.
- Finish: Short brown/muskovado sugar at first then a smooth cinnamon and finally a lingering very delicate smoky peat flavour.
Despite its limited release, I would definitely buy this if I can get my hands on a bottle. Due to the masking or minimal peat influence on the palate in this dram this is the perfect whisky for introducing peat gently to non-peat lovers [or people with the pre-conception that they don’t like peated whisky]. Over and above that this whisky has a lot going on with some really strong and stringent flavour elements but it is beautifully packaged together within the dram to make it an extremely experience to drink. The perfect Rumsky.
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