Ben Nevis 23yo, 2nd fill Bourbon Hogshead
This cask bottling, distilled in November 1996, spent twenty-three years maturing in a 2nd fill bourbon hogshead. It was bottled at cask strength in November 2019 at 50.4% ABV. Cask #1839 yielded 209 bottles.
Nose: Immediately rich and warming (think warm spiced honey and brown Licorice Allsorts) with an underlying earthiness but with time it becomes bright and fruity (think candied orange peels and red wine gums)
Palate: A wonderfully textured mouthfeel leads to an explosion of rich and fruity flavors: toasted hazelnuts, chocolate biscuits, spiced pears, and warm apple cake. Note the building oak and pepper as it transitions to the finish.
Finish: Long and lasting with delicate sandalwood, ground grey pepper, and dark chocolate
On the label: The nose is rich and warming with notes of warm spiced honey and candied orange peels. Note the dense and oily texture across the tongue as this whisky delivers flavors of hazelnuts, chocolate biscuits, spiced pears and apple cake. The finish is long with delicate sandalwood spice.
Recommended Retail Price: $255/bottle