Again, the lads at BenRiach are trying to break our teeth with those Latin naming conventions, but after surviving the Heredetus, i think i am quite capable of handling the Arumaticus.
In the case of ‘Arumaticus Fumosus’, the whisky has been finished in Jamaican Dark Rum Barrels, and the name, which is Latin, literally translates to ‘smoky rum’, don’t tell me you didn’t get it yourselves …
This maintains the tradition of giving our peated expressions Latin names, which started with Curiositas (10 years old) and Authenticus (21 years old), and which has become somewhat of a signature for BenRiach.
Bottled at 46% (92 proof), at natural colour and non chill filtered, ‘Arumaticus Fumosus’ is available on a strictly limited basis, with just 290 six-packs available world-wide. On my search i could not locate any bottles at several online whisky merchants. Is it all gone?
OK, dramming starts now!
BenRiach Arumaticus Fumosus 12 yo Dark Rum finish , 46% ABV , ~£30
Nose : Oodles and oodles of peat, big peat, very nice stuff from our Speyside friends at BenRiach. Peat is first act here, then comes the Rum artefact, with some sweetness, heather and Demerara sugar. Would i guess this one to be made outside Islay (Blindfolded) – the answer is NO. love the nose here. love it.
Palate : Peat, spices and some eucalyptus on top of it. not Uber Complex, but nice in it’s little way.
Finish : Smokey, bitter coffee, and the spices remain , then mostly vanilla and the eucalyptus shine until the end…. Long end…
A very nice dram, i think i like it almost as much as i liked the Heredetus (Peated and Sherry finished) a few months ago. Kudus to BenRiach for producing all those lovely heavily peated whiskies, and doing it just right! Islay, look out , BenRiach is behind.
Very good stuff, and highly recommended for any Peat-head.