Benriach Arumaticus Fumosus
12 Years Old Peated Malt finished in Dark Rum casks (Official Bottling)
46% ABV, £30-35 for 70cl
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.
Nose Peat reek and smokies, moor herbs and heather, followed by a cascade of rum and sultanas.
Colour Light gold.
Taste Peat, eucalyptus, smokies, wild flowers and vanilla, with a huge infusion of sultanas and rum.
What MoM says:
Arumaticus is part of a release of just 1,240 bottles, this peated 12 year old single malt from the BenRiach distillery was aged in ex-bourbon casks before enjoying a finish in dark rum casks.
Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt
Nose: Slabs of peat! Sweet cereals waft in and out.
Palate: Rich and peaty, more supple than the nose suggests. Sweet barley, lots of smoke, the interplay between rum and the darkness of BenRiach is quite spectacular.
Finish: Bittersweet syrupy Muscovado.
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].
Deep rich gold
Peaty sweet esters, new leather couch and apple and cinnamon pie baking in the oven
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.
Short brown/muskovado sugar at first then a smooth cinnamon and finally a lingering very delicate smoky peat flavour.
Would I buy it again:
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.