Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Added colouring: No
Owner: Atom Brands
Average price: € 200.00
Official website: www.thatboutiqueywhiskycompany.com
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.
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.
Reviews of Ben Nevis whisky in the blog:
Ben Nevis 10yo
Cadenhead’s Ben Nevis 21yo
Càrn Mòr Vertical
Chorlton Whisky Ben Nevis 23yo
Dràm Mòr Ben Nevis 2012 9yo
Dramfool Ben Nevis 1996
Wilson & Morgan Ben Nevis 7yo (2013-2020)