BenRiach Heredotus Fumosus

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish
Stated Age
12 years old
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butts Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
03 May 2008 3:17 pm

Average value

€ 106,08

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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Heredotus Fumosus

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.36 points

  1. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Peat smoke, fresh, fruity (bananas), heather, earthy, brown sugar
    • Taste
      Peat smoke, spicy, liquorice, herbs, tea, blackberries
    • Finish
      Medium long, smoky, spicy (ginger, eucalyptus), dry

  2. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Sweet smoke, light sherry bitterness. Actually very fine, but somehow this does not seem quite harmonious.

  3. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Brakepads and rum-soaked raisins: yup, that's PX alright. Pretty oily and velvety nose, though, purrs like a kitty. The farmy peat that is characteristic for smoky Benriachs is tamed by syrupy, sweet, wet-cask-delivered sherry. Very sweet, very full, dark, and massively herbal. Notes of dark stout and/or Marmite. Kind of like a more mature Laphroaig Triple Wood, or a less strong Ardbeg Uigedail, but the peat smoke is herbal, fungal, and musty instead of maritime, brackish, and salty. It's very successful in what it sets out to do, but I find it a bit vulgar and over-the-top.

    The attack could be more impressive; initially, the mouthfeel is not nearly as oily as the nose would have you think (the oiliness returns with a vengeance at the death, though). Otherwise, the palate delivers exactly what the nose promised: oodles of saccharine, syrupy sherry dripping from a skeleton of dry, peppery, musty herbaceousness. A real bruiser; one shudders to think what this would've felt like at cask strength.

    The finish is predictably long, sweet, and smoky. In a word (or rather two): cough syrup.

  4. whiskyd scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      78 78

  5. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sweet fruit with medium, medicinal smoke, licorice

  7. Lady Dram scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. Arquebus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A competent peated and sherried Speysider that's certainly a little different, and a nice breather from the usual Islay Peat Giants. A good write up was given by Mr Murray in his 2012 WB.

  9. toklian did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    12 yo 'Heredotus Fumosus' (46%, OB,
    Peated Pedro Ximinez Finish, 3180
    bottles, 2007)
    Not sure this Heredotus is the same
    as famous king Herodotus... Or does
    it have something to do with heritage?
    Colour: gold. Nose: sweeter and quite
    softer at first nosing, with indeed
    a little cane sugar this time (eh?)
    and much shier peatiness and smokiness.
    Even more mashed potatoes and grain
    in this one, the whole getting frankly
    porridgy after a moment, with even
    whiffs of horse sweat. Soft and wild
    at the same time. Mouth: punchier
    and peatier than on the nose, slightly
    salty, with also quite some liquorice
    and earl grey tea (heavily infused).
    Hints of stout, violet sweets, blackberry
    jelly. Again this bitterness (more
    old walnuts here). Finish: long, more
    ‘peaty and candied’. This
    one isn’t too winey, but one
    can feel it’s not ‘regular’
    whisky and that ‘something’
    happened. I liked the rum version’s
    cleanliness a little better I must
    say. 79 points.

  10. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Great dram for a surprisingly decent price at our local population-fleecing state-run liquor control (LCBO).
    • Nose
      Sweet red fruit encasing rich fat peat. Wisps of sweet smoke, clove, and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Rich, sweet, red fruit arrival with a spice and fat peat undercurrent. Faint smoke. The spices develop more forcefully at the end.
    • Finish
      Sweet fruit dominates the smoke as spices swim their way to the fore. Eventually drying and spicy with some residual sweetness. The finish lingers as the sweetness subsides leaving soft smoke and spice.


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