This week's review focuses on an expression of Ben Nevis which was distilled in 1996 and bottled after 19 years of maturation in an ex-bourbon cask and at a natural cask strength abv of 45.1% by The Single Cask.
As we have previously delved into the history of Ben Nevis distillery, we will refrain from doing so once again and more information about the distillery's history can be found at the link above.
So, let's dive right into the review!
The Single Cask Ben Nevis 1996 19 Years Old (45.1% abv)
Nose: Citrusy on initial entry, although there is that typical coastal salinity and vegetal note that one would expect from Ben Nevis. Lemon, orange peel and cinnamon intermingle with one another and there's hints of vanilla sugar, chewy malt and surprisingly, some brioche. A distant whiff of smoke also makes an appearance late on.
Palate: Rich, sweet and citrusy, with some of the coastal salinity and vegetal hints also transferring onto the palate. Oak, a fair bit of cinnamon and chewy malt also present themselves followed by late notes of orange peel and brioche. The brioche isn't as apparent on the palate though and are somewhat vestigial.
Finish: Relatively long on the finish and there is an underlying sweetness. The orange peel and the cinnamon are the dominant notes on the finish and give the flavour profile a nice rounded and warming edge.
Balance: A very well balanced and complex example of a bourbon-matured Ben Nevis. Considering that it is more common to come across sherry-matured expressions from this distillery, it truly is a delight!
The Single Cask Ben Nevis 1996 19 Years Old is available for purchase by the bottle or dram or as a part of a flight for in-bar consumption or by the bottle for retail/takeaway purposes. Please approach our friendly staff who will be more than happy to assist you with any enquiries.
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