A very good Ben Nevis! The nose is incredible with mango, sweet peaches and other tropical notes. The mouthfeel is one of the most viscous, coating drams I’ve had in a while, if you ever were curious about why mouthfeel is important, this is an excellent case study.
The palate is quite balanced, never getting too sweet, nor too bitter. There’s a great interplay between the cask and the malt. It’s not a huge bomb of flavors (like sherry or peat), but the wood never dominates either. The long finish just adds to this pleasing Ben Nevis bottling.
Mango, Honeycrisp apples, sweet peaches in fruit cocktail, more tropical notes. Lovely.
Incredible mouthfeel. Thick, oily, coating, this is a quality dram! There’s a controlled sweetness on the front palate, distant notes of passion fruit, pineapples, peaches, but balanced by the malt and wood. There’s a balanced grapefruit bitterness that’s not overly oaky, it provides just enough presence to tame the sweetness.
Spiced pineapples, ginger on the mid-palate that starts strong, but calms down quickly. The 51.5% ABV feels right.
The 2nd dram there are more notes of honey, dusty dunnage along with the pineapples.
Long. Gentle ginger spice with a long fade. Earthy, more dusty dunnage. Fading passion fruit, pineapple, tropical notes in the distance.