Bottled for the famous Highlander Inn at Craigellachie.
Situated at the base of, and named after Britain's tallest mountain, Ben Nevis was founded by 'Long' John McDonald and stayed in the McDonald family until the 1940s. It was then that Joseph Hobbs took over the distillery and revamped production by installing a Coffey still allowing them to experiment in both grain and malt whiskies. The distillery was bought by Nikka in 1989 and about three-quarters of the new make is shipped directly to Japan for use predominantly in Nikka Black.
Age: 20 Years Old
Cask Number: 97
55.9% ABV / 70cl
Bottle Number: 96 / 595
Review by WhiskNick.com
The nose is filled with thick leather and that signature confectionary meatiness. Absolutely rich but still retains a roundness and balance. The minerals in the background fare cleanly with sultana, ripe figs and shell cordovan leather in time.
Palate & Finish:
Syrupy honey and stupendously creamy, the thickness from the nose ensues.. Cadbury milk chocolate, hint of squid ink up front with the honey laying down the foundation. Hints of leather and cinnamon through out as the cereal note surfaces
Burnt toast and peanut butter in the finish, chewy and lengthy.
Thoroughly Ben Nevis, typical characters found in official expressions and this would be unmistakable even at a blind tasting. Though in selecting this, Tatsuya San has given us a tightened, more rewarding Ben Nevis experience.