I really enjoy the mix of fruits, nuts, spices and chocolate in this old Ben Nevis. It reminds me of an old German tradition for Christmas, the "Rumtopf" (a ceramic jug is filled with fresh fruits like plums, apricots, strawberries, peaches, cherries... and spices and then filled up with high strength rum). After some weeks of 'maturation' this mix is served on cold winter nights - and it gets you very drunk if you do not stop after the second glass.
This is the perfect whisky for the dark, cold winter nights just before Christmas (better than any "Rumtopf" can be)...
The nose is nicely complex on mangos, passion fruits, strawberries, plums and different nuts (chestnuts, walnuts). It is highly entertaining just to sniff this old stuff.
The arrival on the tongue is a little bit punchy first, but then it all starts: A nice woodiness provides the structural skeleton to a firework of herbs (Indian spices), nuts, fruits (oranges and "Rumtopf"), leather and dark chocolate. And a lot more of different aromas that are hard to name.
The finish is long and gets even nuttier together with rum raisins and that delicious dark chocolate again.