- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Wood Finish
- Stated Age
- 12 years old
- American Oak + PX Sherry Butts Finish
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- Added on
- 03 Apr 2013 6:33 pm
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Whisky Reviews for BenRiach Heredotus Fumosus
14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.51 points
- This expression benefits extremely from oxidation. My points for a freshly opened botte was only a 82. A half-used bottle, stored away for at least 4 months (I use vacuvin bottle fastener) gets a lot more, in this case a high 87. Altogether I vote a 85 ;-) The sharpness fades away, also will the spices be reduced a little. With vacuvin fasteners the smoke will stay the same (which is very good). If I had another bottle of this stuff, I'd surely pure out half of the content to the first, already emptied bottle, close both bottles with vacuvin fasteners and let them getting in contact with the oxygen for at least four months, giving me a much better dram. What a pity that this expression is discontinued and there is no successor. I bought this expression for under 40 euros back in 2013, it's hard to find such good drams nowadays for that little money.
- I got whisky in 2013 for € 50. Rauch and sherry went very well together. Unfortunately no longer available, only for moon prices.
- Very interesting. I am still not sure if I should find these notes good
Supplement: I think it's good!
Strange spicy notes (nutmeg and cloves) with raisins and plums. Charcoal, resinous wood.
Sweet Sherryote with dried fruits. Spicy notes recede significantly, but are still there. The light smoke completes the malt well.
Long with licorice. Spices clearer again. Occupies tongue and palate.
N: Weird engineered [engiweird] one. Smoked vegemite, herbal drinks towards dandelion & burdock, Dr pepper, fruit flavoured cigarettes [is that a thing?], burnt cherry drops,..
T: Bitter-sour cream and what first seems like a port pipe cask influence. The peat translates to ash, the sherry to cherry Cognac cola bottles. Strange, but not altogether unpleasant. Develops on sweet liquorice and more sweet herbal. Drying.
F: Fruity sweet and super ashy.
C: Years ago I was utterly wowed by this heavily peated Benriach, given it was for me the first of its kind. How my tastes have changed. Note to self: Beware the ‘first of a kind’, and compare like with like where possible. This bottle soon settled in like a lone wolf at the back of the cabinet for a few years before finding its final drops integrated into some spurious cocktail blend. I forget which specific whiskysponge.com article it was now, but it includes the line “as I was running out of inventive ways to spoil perfectly good casks of 1970s Glenglassaugh and Benriach,…”.Scores a C-
- Tasting Notes:
- It seems a bit 'composed' by the combination of notes which all have their obvious origin, but still it works quite well. 85/86.
A quite spicy oakiness in the nose, stings a bit. Then dark cherry and chocolate-y peat round off the sharp edges a bit.
Chocolate-covered cherries. Peat, toffee and bramble.
Dark chocolate, peat, cherry, eucalyptus and peach.