I do not know what they did at Ben Nevis in 1995/96 but it was all damn right. So far I had not a single below-average Ben Nevis of these vintages and this bottling again is excellent - both interesting to explore and dangerously to quaff. I like it.
The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a powerful fruity-honeyed profile with tons of over-ripe fruits in a sweet and spicy stew. After some breathing fine oils, shy herbs and some bitter wooden notes join in which are very welcomed. This smells very tasty and I am keen to take the first sip...
The taste is very chewy and offers several layers of fine fruits, molten barley sugars, spices (both sweet and hot), waxes and oils which combine to a delicious amalgam over time. This is truly old-stylish and both very interesting and quaffable. I enjoy it very much.
The dram arrives a little hot on the palate with peppery moments and immediately covers the whole of the mouth with a creamy texture. This is a pretty nice mouthfeel. The finish is long and turns both more sugary-sweet and waxy-oily without any distracting moments. Water releases more interesting aromas both in the nose and on the palate, among them leathery and chocolatey impressions.