Dark copper shimmers with an orange sheen in the Premium Snifter while oily "legs" pull their long laps on the glass wall. At the first nosing, the alcohol immediately shows its voluminous and powerful side, after which a dominant spicy note in combination with a fresh fruit note stand out. Mirabelles and oranges play together, fresh peppermint and caramelized sugar combine to create a sweet and refreshing note. Minimal smoky notes dissolve from a touch of milk chocolate, the freshness increases noticeably. Spicy and reminiscent of a brine, the nose gets tart, again minimal smoky notes and a hint of burned wood to advantage. In the background is still this sweet and fresh blend of sugar, yellow fruits, mint, spices and herbs.
Creamy and spicy, the Ben Nevis taps on the tongue. Smoke aromas and spicy wood tones flow through the palate, a pinch of white pepper spreads its pleasant sharpness and makes pearls dance on the tongue. The salivation is massively stimulated while caramelized sugar mixes with yellow fruits, velvety apricots and fresh oranges. Smoke flavors and minimally burned wood tones follow again, the sharpness on the tip of the tongue increases, as does the salivation. Subtle sharpness tingles between the lips, roasted hazelnuts end in old walnut flavor. The mouthfeel becomes noticeably tart and darker, as well as creamier and characterized by roasted nut flavors. Peppermint draws refreshing through the palate, juicy oranges stick to the tongue, abrasion of grapefruit and orange peel ends in creamy and dark wood tones. A touch of meadow herbs and a dried spice mixture stick to the palate, the taste goes creamy with hints of smoke and burnt wood in the finish.
Creamy dark wood tones stick to the palate, zest of orange blend with roasted hazelnuts, a touch of Moroccan mint ends in meadow herbs and creamy wood elements. Butter flakes melt on the tongue, the spicy wood tones blur, slowly, the finish sounds and leaves a creamy mouthfeel with a touch of burnt wood.