...and this dram is a fine example for this. Both very interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable it offers the best side of a naked Ben Nevis - but to be honest: A price point of 200 Euro is a bad joke for a 23-years old Ben Nevis. I really enjoy this dram but I am not willing to spend more than 120 Eurobucks on a bottle of such quality. We will see if the current (Corona) crisis will adjust the inflated whisky prices to a more reasonable level - but I am not sure about this. It all depends on the customers...
The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate and complex profile of fruity, honeyed, waxy, spicy, floral and oily aromas in a perfectly balanced mix. No off-note that I can find but the intensity of the nose vanishes with breathing, unfortunately. So take the first sniff right after serving the dram and cover the glass to lock the aromas in (this makes a huge difference).
The taste is nicely chewable and releases a lot of different flavours this way, the barley sugars are more present here and they are greatly complemented by bitter waxes and autumn floral notes, spicy wooden impressions and vanilla-toffee flavours. The fruits are rather shy and show up lately but if you chew long enough they clearly enter the spotlight. All is perfectly balanced again and without any flaw.
The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with some bitter-drying moments (tannins at work). The finish is long and adds more old-style impressions of waxes and oils as well as grassy and barley sugary notes. Again it turns a little drying but this is not distracting at all. Water releases mineral-chalky aromas in the nose and the fruits grow stronger with the taste. I like this dram both neat (very interesting to explore) and a little reduced to 46% abv (even more quaffable).