BEN NEVIS 14 year old, Cask Strength at 54.7%, 87 points

Region: Highland
Distillation Year: 1998
Bottling Year: 2012
ABV: 54.7%
Cask Type: Bourbon Cask

Founded in 1825, the Ben Nevis Distillery is located at Lochy Bridge, two miles north of Fort William. Water is drawn from Allt a’Mhuilinn (The Mill Burn) which is sourced from small lochs on Ben Nevis.

The distillery is owned by Nikka.

Soft barley and chocolate & toffee on the nose with floral hints. The taste is smooth and long with liquorice and a hint of bitter chocolate to finish.

This bottling has been done at cask strength and without the whisky having been chill-filtered, thus retaining the full flavour of the bourbon cask in which it has been matured.


Independent review from Whiskyfun: 87 points

Four stars Colour: white wine.

Nose: little oak, pure spirit. So it’s one of these interestingly ‘young’ malts that do let the distillery’s style shine through but without these rough edges that can be found in ultra-young malts. In this case it’s much less bubblegummy than expected and rather on these metallic and mineral notes that, indeed, can be found in the official 10 as well if my memory serves me well. Also quite some ham and hay. Not-too-ripe peaches. With water: more iron, rocks and fresh mint leaves.

Mouth (neat): oh excellent! Creamy, oily, almost thick, very fruity but certainly not too simple, on peach liqueur, tinned pineapples, aniseed and again these touches of ham (not bacon!) With water: perfect multi-vitamin juice – with a high proportion of pineapple. This one’s good for your health.

Finish: long, a notch grassier.

Comments: when the original spirit was perfect, inactive wood can be just as perfect. Are you following? ;-) Excellent surprise, well done Arthur. SGP:641 - 87 points.

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