Whisky advent day 5: BenRiach Arumaticus

Day 5 and another exciting window of whisky opened. This time it was a dram I’d never heard of from a distillery I have. BenRiach Arumaticus. 12 year old BenRiach finished in dark rum casks.

BenRiach are one of that band of my favourite distilleries. These distilleries are independent and give their whisky the craft presentation treatment (46%, non chill-filtered, no caramel colouring).



So, we’re off to a good start. Here are the dramstats.

  • Age 12 years
  • ABV 46%
  • Dark Rum Finish
  • Price £34

Nose: Fruit pastils, vanilla, touch of peat smoke, coastal but not like the islay coast, the rum gives the coastal notes a tropical touch, like sex on the beach (the cocktail).

Palate:  Drum stik lollies, fruitella chews, vanilla barely that turns to smokey oatcakes. Creamy mouthfeel.

Finish: Vanilla, peat smoke and a fading malt note.

Verdict: Not really sure what the rum adds to the taste, though it is there on the nose. I wouldn’t buy this, but I want to try ordinary 12 year old BenRiach. The delicate and intricate peat waves are subtle and really enjoyable.