Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Finished in ex-Sherry PX first fill
Added colouring: No
Owner: Dram Mor Group
Average price: € 85.00
Official website: drammorgroup.com
Let’s return to the Scottish bottler’s spring 2022 releases with what I would say is a classic distillery in single cask editions, which due to the almost non-existence of versions produced directly by Ben Nevis, finds ample satisfaction in independent ones.
Initial unknown maturation followed by finishing in hogshead ex-Sherry Pedro Ximénez first fill: not exactly light, at least on paper!
Second selection from the distillery I try from Mr and Mrs Macdonald, whom I thank again for the kind sample.
On the nose, herbaceous and malty notes mingle with peach, apple and pineapple while an intense mineral streak runs through the aromas of candyfloss, marzipan, acacia honey and a touch of vanilla. Direct and sharp as a flint, Ben Nevis’ signature is crystal clear.
In the mouth it starts off with a nice peppery character on a profile that is still fruity and mineral, with vinous and acidic veins that cleanse the mouth between sips. Nuts, marzipan, honey, vanilla, a hint of cinnamon and of caramel. Compact and oily.
Quite long and spicy finish, maintains the herbaceous and mineral impressions with marzipan, malt, a few drops of lemon and apple.
A well-balanced and classic Ben Nevis, well-structured and flawless, perhaps even too much so because it lacks that thrust of anarchic fun that would have added an extra point of interest.
It remains an excellent and solid whisky, which reaffirms the very high quality of the original distillate and the wisdom in the choice of casks of those who bottled it.