I dunno, you wait for ages and then two come along at once, worse than waiting for a bus on a Sunday morning but after waiting around for ages the warm glow of finally breathing in the Christmas Cake and leathery goodness of this fine Ben Nevis, and under a hundred quid for a twenty year old whisky which these days is a bargain.
Bottled at 46% I took this with just a drop of water, it really doesn’t need more. Thanks to the chaps at Edinburgh Whisky for the sample although I have also added a bottle to my collection.
If you care this is a First Fill Bourbon Hogshead, natural colour and none of that chill filtering nonsense you hear about these days.
Nose. Cherries, whipped cream and dark chocolate moving onto a rich old and leathery library one that’s been heavily polished with a polish which has chocolate and All Spice in it.
Palate. Sweet rich black coffee, hazelnuts, rich woody maple syrup the sort only the Whisky Lassie can bring you over from Canada in a brown paper bag, a touch of chilli oil with a soupcon of tart pineapple juice.
Finish. Long and oily, a dash of sweetness with a side order of sweet peanut brittle.
You can probably buy this from the Whiski Shop and other independent shops and those that don’t stock this should give themselves a shake.