...and it is! This dram offers the fine Ben Nevis Highland profile without masks and flaws, just the way I like malt whisky. It shows all the aromas and flavours Ben Nevis is famous for in a balanced mix - and it is very, very quaffable... Well done again, dear Nectar of the Daily Drams!
The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a delicate and impressive spirit-driven profile of Ben Nevis. There are honeys and sugars in abundance together with fruits, spring floral aromas, waxes, spices and some chalky-mineral notes. All very balanced and harmonic, I like that! The wood is just about right to provide a firm backbone structure but it never tries to enter the spotlight (just like the rhythm section in a music band).
The taste is layered with sweet flavours first (barley sugars, honeys) complemented by fine fruits. Then the waxes and oils kick in to balance this with some bitter-sour impressions before the spices pep up the mix. There are some earthy notes too (wet forest floor) and nuts (almonds, walnuts). All without any flaw and nicely balanced - and greatly chewable.
The whisky arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor drying moment of cold metals that I actually like. The finish is long and adds more bitter notes of herbs and tea that perfectly fit into the profile. There are the same drying-astringent moments as in the mouthfeel and again these are rather enjoyable (metals, tea). Water releases more waxy aromas in the nose which are a little too dominant now (for me) and flattens the taste - I like this dram best when neat.