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BenRiach Heredotus Fumosus

Overall rating
85.40/100
votes
300
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish
Bottled
05.2007
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Sherry Butts Finish
Number of bottles
3180
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060088791110
Added on
03 May 2008 3:17 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 106.08

28 × in wishlist

300 × member ratings

636 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Heredotus Fumosus

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.40 points

  1. ctu scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. gaboruso scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.

  6. whiskyd scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

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

  7. MadScientist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Gloin scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Sweet fruit with medium, medicinal smoke, licorice

  9. Lady Dram did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  10. 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.

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