Ben Nevis Distillery Dramfool Highlands Region Independent Bottlers Scotland

Dramfool Ben Nevis 1996

Review of an over 20-year-old Ben Nevis from Scottish bottler Dramfool.

Provenance: Highlands (Scozia)
Typology: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 54.7%
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: Dramfool
Average price: € 150,00
Official website: dramfool.com
Vote: 91/100

What we are presenting today is a real first, from of a sample received well in advance of the planned release towards the end of this November.
This is a bottling of Ben Nevis created by Dramfool, a bottler you have already found (and will find again) on these pages, which may not offer labels of great appeal, but the content is always of a very high standard.

Distilled on 5 November 1996 and bottled on 2 October, it’s therefore an (almost) 24-year-old that produced 216 bottles from the single hogshead ex-Bourbon cask in which it rested, all at cask strength.
Expectations? High…

Light gold with amber highlights in the glass.
There is a floral and herbaceous note that initially caresses the nose, an impression of freshness and wet grass that grafts onto a soft body of caramel and vanilla, beeswax, orange peel, pineapple, pomegranate. Mineral note in the background.
Dry and with a substantial texture on the palate, the unobtrusive alcohol offers a nice spicy peppery finish on pecans, citrus, green apple, lemon, caramel, salted peanuts. Trifle. Again, a breath of almost balsamic freshness that blows over the aromas, with an aftertaste of old wood and cigar tobacco.
Long finish that alternates between herbaceous and sweetness, with dried fruit, tobacco and wood.

A whisky to be savoured calmly, recalling tranquillity and slowness, with an excellent aromatic balance that combines sweet and salty, fresh and rough aspects with spectacular naturalness. Ben Nevis produces excellent whiskies, but knowing how to choose the casks is an art that few know how to apply…

Other bottlings in the blog:
Ben Nevis 10yo
Cadenhead’s Ben Nevis 21yo
Chorlton Whisky Ben Nevis 23yo
Wilson & Morgan Ben Nevis 7yo (2013-2020)

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