Review: Benriach Heredotus Fumosus Aged 12 Years Single Malt Scotch Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

12 Years; Finished in PX Casks
100% Malted Barley
Distiller Benriach (Moray, Scotland)

Another peated Speyside malt from Benriach - a bit older than Curiositas and finished in Pedro Ximinez sherry casks. Natural color (and pretty red!) and non chill-filtered. People tend to be divided on PX finishes for peat - it is a very sweet sherry, so it adds a lot of sweetness to the blend and some might think that it clashes with the peat - while in many cases it often is trying to balance out the peat.

Review (2016)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: 2014/03/05 16:51 LH30226

  • Bottling Date: 2014

Light apple, rancio, fruitiness, cigar ash, apple seeds - complex and interesting on the nose with a good mix of light fruit and heavier sherry and smoke. A few meaty off notes, unfortunately. The smoke is sharp and lightly bitter which doesn’t quite fit in with the sherry. Does the sherry or the peat win out (you can tell from the natural colour that there’s quite a bit of sherry in this!)? On the palate, they are both present, though I'm not convinced with the pairing here. A bit flat, though I like the finish playing off the spice and the drying of the wood. Malt comes through again at the end.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, at $78.