Atom Brands Ben Nevis Distillery Highlands Region Independent Bottlers Scotland That Boutique-y Whisky Company Whisky from 200 euros and over

That Boutique-y Whisky Company Ben Nevis 23yo Batch 10

Review of a Ben Nevis from a peculiar bottler

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 48%ABV
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: No
Added colouring: No
Owner: Atom Brands
Average price: € 200.00
Official website: www.thatboutiqueywhiskycompany.com   
Vote: 88/100

A bottler with a peculiar name, ironising on the aura of exclusivity of its label, born from the melting pot of labels produced by Atom Brands, which since 2008 has been producing bottlings of various spirits on behalf of the well-known online shop Master of Malt.
Founded in 2012, this brand quickly carved its way into the hearts of many fans, thanks also to the underground comic-style labels created by Emily Chappell, which are little works of art in themselves (you can read about their collaboration here).
Their production ranges from whisky to rum to gin, without limits and without boundaries, constantly opening new lines such as the one dedicated to Australian whisky, always under the banner of a personal trait that goes well beyond the label, also expressed in the production of blends with whiskies from all over the world.

They bottled a lot of Ben Nevis, differentiating ageing and gradation, and here I am with the tenth release of 2019, single cask which produced 558 bottles. By custom, the cask of origin is never stated, but ‘inside sources’ confirm an ex-Bourbon.

Tasting notes

The nose is creamy, with waxy notes covering a rich aromatic palette of sponge cake, copper, fruit (pineapple, peach, apple), honeysuckle, malt and a touch of mandarin. Sugar icing and underlying caramel. Earthy background note, like a freshly ploughed field. Spectacular.
Confirming the creaminess perceived on the nose, the metallic note is the first to appear on the palate, with the earthy and herbaceous scents still well present on which the fruity ones, turning to tropical, grow in tone. A hint of pepper and ginger on almond oil and a subtext of leather and tobacco accompany impressions of chocolate, fudge, hazelnuts and a hint of saltiness that grows in length.
The finish is medium long and saline, with almonds, chocolate, ginger and citrus.

Ben Nevis just can’t produce casks that are less than exceptional, and an ageing like this one extracts all its distinctiveness, which finds strength in the contrasts that make it unique among highlanders.

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