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BenRiach Maderensis Fumosus

Overall rating
84.31/100
votes
136
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Wood Finish
Bottled
21.06.2008
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
American Oak + Madeira Barrels Finish
Number of bottles
2400
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 750 ml
Label
Heavily Peated
Bottle code
L 21 06 08
Barcode
5060088791400
Added on
26 Sep 2008 10:06 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 59.90

19 × in wishlist

136 × member ratings

317 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Maderensis Fumosus

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.31 points

  1. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately hardly to get. What a pity.
    • Nose
      Spontaneously, it gives the impression that it has to deal with by far the best of all smoky 12-13 year old BenRiach finishings. Heavy smoke, a little less ham, but a bit more medical, so somewhere in the middle between campfire, BBQ and hospital. It will be interesting if you take a lot of time. Then the smoke impression in the brain fades and gives way to a very fine aroma mixture: first, vanilla and slightly burnt sugar, followed by mangoes and other exotic fruits, then cinnamon, star anise, a little coriander and a lot of dust-dry cocoa powder. Great !
    • Taste
      At the beginning there is only fat smoke in the mouth, on the tongue the whisky looks fleshier than in the nose. For a few seconds, there is also a slight alcoholic pungency, which, however, quickly gives way to a pleasantly restrained spicy wood. With the fading of spice and pepperiness, it is very slightly oily and a dark spicy colored fruit impression emerges. Not really fruity, not exclusively spicy, but exotic spiciness and sweet fruits closely linked. A little different, but similar to the nose. Approaches to beautiful complexity are already present, but not so pronounced. Still wonderful and really good, especially for the price between 40-45 €. In my eyes, much better than the three other younger Ben Riach smokers with a finish, but I really like Madeira-finishes in general.
    • Finish
      The finish is interesting again, because it adds to the aftertaste of the taste impressions relatively strong, but also because of the contrast to the exotic and light sweetness also very distinct oak bitterness. There is already a lot more barrel here than, for example, the comparatively one-dimensional Arumaticus. The oak will not be unpleasant, because the bitterness is well absorbed by the sweetness. It remains the case: the best of finish-smoky 12-13 years. All you could wish for is a continuation at 17, 18 or 19 years a la Solstice, Albariza and Dunder.

  2. HammerHead scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic example of a peat attack with fruit explosions. A unique combination at that time for me, which pushed all the right buttons. So sad when I finished the bottle and discovered (too late) it was a one time only limited edition.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A full flavoured, explosive, but carefully balanced whisky. A beautiful collision between Scottish storms and Madeira sunshine. This is how you want to see a second maturation working out for your whisky. Well done!
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sweet smoke and fresh tropical fruitiness directly appear with pineapple, melon, unripe mango, fresh white wine, and citrus. Slightly earthy and sandy, like asphalt on a hot summer day. The smoke becomes heavier over time, while notes of orange chocolate also appear. The full madeira notes remain with smoke lingering around them.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Begins shortly with fruity notes, but then the smoke explodes, which is completely different the Islay version. The fruitiness fights back with notes of sappy and fruity pineapple, mango, coconut and melon, all deeply sweet (but not too). Dry fruits, milk and pure chocolate, melon wrapped in smoked bacon, spiced honey. The fruity nature of the malt become stronger when the bottle is opened for a while.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the finish the smoke sticks to the tongue and explodes one more time.

  4. emptycask scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. jankes scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  6. rb854 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    There is some peat, but it's subtle. Quite tasteful!
    • Nose
      Vanilla, liquorice, peat, oranges, leathery. Buttery notes, toffee, cake. Then some tropical fruits, cinnamon and woody notes. After a while there is some hay / wet grass silage.
    • Taste
      Dark and full, pepper, liquorice, 'trekdrop' (in dutch), anise, peat, coffee, chocolate and a whiff of sweet fruits.
    • Finish
      Some bitterness, chocolate, espresso, peat, liquorice, a whiff of fresh citrus, smoked meat from the barbecue. 

  7. peej84 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I do not know why, but Madeira finishes are by far the highest average quality for me, so far everyone likes Glendronach to Benriach to all other distilleries ...
    • Nose
      Interesting mix of coking charcoal, orange and exotic notes like papaya, mango, something of hospital, iodine, apple peel
    • Taste
      For 46% pretty full in the mouth, apples, oranges, with a constant light iodine and BBQ note, light nutmeg, forest honey, some herbs, grapes
    • Finish
      Beautifully fruity-kräutrig with even the fine smoky addition to it, the finish is sometimes a particularly good, apple peel and malt, medium to long

  10. Othorion scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Was a blindsample! Delicious and unusual, I typed blindly on Laphroaig.
    • Nose
      Campfire smoke, with a light medicinal note, exotic fruit cocktail, mango, orange, a hint of pineapple in forest honey, vanilla, citrus, some camphor, the nose screams Laphroaig
    • Taste
      strong onset, salivation and heat in the mouth, smoke clear, like a campfire on the beach, but well integrated, an earthy note, sweet and mouth-filling, citrus fruits, black pepper apples in caramel, a thought of salty chicken broth,
    • Finish
      long and warming, dark chocolate, with iodine and campfire on the beach, some pepper and sweet caramel which beautifully complement the slightly bitter oak notes

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