...and they state "the best sherry matured dram we had for years". This whisky reminds me of the great sherry maturations of the sixties / early seventies (of the last century), not kidding. Anyone who likes to explore this old (and as I thought extinct) sherry maturation style should go for this dram and if you do not like it, send the (open) bottle to me and I will refund you up to the initial release price of 199 Euro depending on what is left (or another bottle of your preference).
PS: I re-tasted this dram tonight after dRambos notes and to be honest I am not sure what they served dRambo out of the numerous Ben Nevis 1991 SV bottlings (as a sample, I guess) - but even after excessive nosing I can not detect any single sulphur atom in my whole bottle (I am very sensitive to the smell of hell but there is definitely not any distant whiff of matches or the like). And never ever I would call this dram dirty but "clean" and "dirty" are ill-defined words when it comes to tasting impressions. So if you do not like this whisky please remember to send me your bottle for a full refund (or alternative bottle), I could quaff this stuff all night long...
To me this is one of the cleanest sherry maturations since years and absolutely on eye-level with the great sherried drams of the sixties and seventies (and I drank hundreds of them). If you prefer the more aggressive-spiked modern whisky styles these drams might be average-only to you (missing the quickly "hard-hitting" taste buds impressions) but the complexity and harmony of the aromas and flavours simply is adorable if you take your time with such drams - they demand both respect and patience before they unlock their secrets. I fully confirm my unusual high score for a modern dram...
...but certainly dRambo is right too because there is (and never will be) no accounting for taste - as simple as that!
The colour is burnished and the nose offers a clean old-style (!) sherry profile that is very complex and delicious. Wow, this truly reminds me of some of the greatest sherry matured drams of the past - I am somewhat speechless! I never had such a nose with a modern sherried dram before (meaning distilled after 1982), this is comparable to fine sherry maturations from the sixties or seventies. A dram to sniff for hours and no, I will not mention any aromas here - you have to find out by yourself (this is more fun, believe me!). But I tell you it is completely flawless and without any single off-note (ooh, and use a big spheric blender's glass, if available). The profile stays delicious even after a longer breathing time so no need to hurry with this dram.
Never drink out of any glass designed for nosing only (like the blender's glass mentioned above) because they taste dull and flat. I use a standard Glencairn glass for drinking. The taste is multi-layered on both delicious oloroso sherry and the trademark Ben Nevis malt flavours in perfect harmony (and unbelievable complexity). The woods provide a sound backing but they never try to enter the spotlight (how it should be). Again, this taste reminds me of some of the finest sherried Ben Nevis bottlings from the sixties/early seventies (and no, I do not refer to the bitter wood-driven 40+years releases - the 25 to 35-years old are much better). Ooh, what a finding! Excellent stuff, extremely quaffable and very, very interesting to explore!
The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with an adorable creamy texture (and no distracting moments). The finish is long and extends the beautiful taste for several more minutes which is great. No distracting bitter or drying moments but more spices and chocolate (my to-die-for combo). Water turns both nose and taste smoother (hence even more quaffable) - I like to explore this dram neat and enjoy drinking it neat and at various reduced levels (another characteristic of an excellent dram).