- 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
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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Heredotus Fumosus
29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.43 points
Peat smoke, fresh, fruity (bananas), heather, earthy, brown sugar
Peat smoke, spicy, liquorice, herbs, tea, blackberries
Medium long, smoky, spicy (ginger, eucalyptus), dry
- Sweet smoke, light sherry bitterness. Actually very fine, but somehow this does not seem quite harmonious.
- 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.
- Sweet fruit with medium, medicinal smoke, licorice
- 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.