Ben Nevis 23 Year Old, 1996, by Single Cask Nation
Ben Nevis 23yo, 2nd fill Bourbon Hogshead
This cask bottling, distilled in November 1996, spent twenty-three years maturing in a 2nd fill bourbon hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in November 2019 at 50.4% ABV. Cask #1839 yielded 209 bottles.
Nose: Immediately rich and warming (think warm spiced honey and brown Licorice Allsorts) with an underlying earthiness but with time it becomes bright and fruity (think candied orange peels and red wine gums)
Palate: A wonderfully textured mouthfeel leads to an explosion of rich and fruity flavors: toasted hazelnuts, chocolate biscuits, spiced pears, and warm apple cake. Note the building oak and pepper as it transitions to the finish.
Finish: Long and lasting with delicate sandalwood, ground grey pepper, and dark chocolate
On the label: The nose is rich and warming with notes of warm spiced honey and candied orange peels. Note the dense and oily texture across the tongue as this whisky delivers flavors of hazelnuts, chocolate biscuits, spiced pears and apple cake. The finish is long with delicate sandalwood spice.
A Nice Dram But No More Than That
Posted by Adlai on 31st Jul 2020
Bought this one knowing nothing about Ben Nevis until I partook of the virtual tasting. The description there, and here in the notes, sounded lovely and intriguing. At $300 (with tax and shipping) this is WAY more than my usual purchases but... time to splurge and I had great hopes. The notes are correct in some ways, but not others. Nose description is correct, but the palate is nowhere near as interesting as the description. Nicely smooth, tasty enough, but nothing earth shattering in flavor. I'd be happy to drink it regularly at, oh say $80/bottle, but I'd say save your big bucks for something else.