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Benriach 12 Year Old Importanticus Fumosus Peated Port Finish

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Benriach 12 Year Old Importanticus Fumosus Peated Port Finish

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  • Brand: BenRiach
  • Bottler: Distillery Bottling
  • ABV: 46.0%
  • Age: 12 year old

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Benriach 12 Year Old Importanticus Fumosus Peated Port Finish

The colour is a deep copper. On the nose, an excellent intertwining of peat and port - no surprise but it is nice! Pencil shavings, herbal (mint and sage), lots of sea salt. Wet smoke at the campfire. Christmas spices, dates and a hint of rum. Slightly balsamic. Water creates an interesting mustiness from old books. A pleasure.

On the palate, the balance is maintained. Roasted almonds, berries and, obviously, a prominent tawny port flavour (I'm willing to bet there was a good measure or two left in the cask before they poured in the new make!) Some vanilla. If you love Speyside peat, you'll love this - it works nicely, but could be more complex; water, however, adds some spice.

The long finish features more pencil shavings with subtle, rum raisin and soft leather. This is a lovely whisky, with just the right balance between the peat and the wood finish, which can be very difficult to obtain. Highly recommended for the peat freaks who are getting a little tired of having their tastebuds exhausted.

I apologize - I hit "send" before writing a little bit about this particular expression:

Importanticus Fumosus (Latin for "smoky port") is a 12 year old peated malt matured in American oak, then finished in tawny port hogsheads. It is a limited edition of only 2,520 bottles. Like all BenRiachs, it is non-coloured and non-chill-filtered.


BenRiach brought three differented peated drams to the market in 2007: Arumaticus Fumosos (on rum), Hereodtus Fumosus (on sherry) and this Importanticus Fumosus (on port). It is, like its siblings, 12 years old and matured on ex bourbon casks before receiving an 18 month finish on port casks.

The sweet fruit is definitely there, but is completely pushed away by notes of earth and peat. I am instantly reminded of cow-hide. It is very creamy and somewhat meaty. A leaf of eucalyptus. If I did not know better, I would dare say I smell tomato soup with meatballs. A little odd.

On the palate it is also very creamy and heavily spiced (black peper and cloves). Bittersweet orange peel and red berries. A touch of mint and quite a bit of smoke. Very punchy, indeed.

The medium long finish is very smoky.

A nice peaty Speysider, fors ure, but I prefer the sherry finish.

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