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Ben Nevis Distillery Dràm Mòr Highlands Region Independent Bottlers Scotland Whisky from 50 to 100 euros

Dràm Mòr Ben Nevis 2012 9yo

Review of a sherry-finished single cask of Ben Nevis

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 53%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon refill and ex-Sherry first fill
Chillfiltered: No
Added colouring: No
Owner: Dram Mor Group
Average price: € 75.00
Official website: drammorgroup.com
Vote: 88/100

Although it is now officially Summer, here I am talking about the Spring release of Dràm Mòr, a young Scottish bottler who has already delighted my palate (and that of many others).
Seven bottlings in all, distributed from May onwards, ranging a bit throughout Scotland and offering different profiles, many of which look really interesting on paper.
Thanks to Viktorija Macdonald I will have the chance to try six of them (I am missing one of the two Secret Orkney, aged in Madeira), and I couldn’t help but start with a distillery I love quite a lot: Ben Nevis.

351 cask strength bottles from an ex-Bourbon refill cask in which the 2012 spirit rested for eight years and nine months, before being poured into an ex-Sherry Palo Cortado first-fill cask for a further three months to reach nine years of round ageing.

Tasting notes

The nose is a delicious symphony of flowers and fruit, very fragrant, of ripe peach, apricot, melon, rosehip, macaroon, vanilla, sultanas. There is also an embrace of freshly baked brioche, with berry jam. An acidic and vinous vein refreshes the nose in length. To be lost in the glass.
In the mouth the sherried notes become more lively, with a clear component of nuts (hazelnut and pistachio) accompanied by dried apricots, peach, sultanas, chilli chocolate, sweet liquorice. Baked desserts. Lemon and balsamic touches, with a good salinity, accompany the dram.
Quite long and dry finish of hazelnut, vanilla, baked apple, liquorice, lemon, salt.

It’s hard to go wrong with a Ben Nevis, but the brief ageing in Sherry has given it just the right touch of personality that goes well with whisky. A pastry to be eaten at will.

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