Ben Nevis 34y 1966/2001, 53.7%, OB for Germany, cask 4276, 209 bottles - Highland - 93/100
Nose: banana! Ben Nevis is also called the banana whisky. Now I know why. Despite the fact that it has been bottled quite recently, it is still somewhat light old bottle conditions. Old books, old clothes ... that kind of thing. Sweet (caramel) and gradually more spicy. Blessed! The fruit (banana, yes, but not only that) and the herbs I also find the taste, and in the long aftertaste. Not too much wood for the age. OK, the taste becomes somewhat bitter towards the end, but it is a bitterness of the most delicious kind. Long blissful aftertaste. This whisky leans a bit against rum. The banana, the (burnt) caramel. Certainly not easy whisky, you have to give him some time. But he is so good.
And then ... then came the Ardbeg 1967 Pale Oloroso. I can hardly imagine a better conclusion to a super-tasting. Man, this is so good. Whisky from another planet. Whisky from another era, and that may be taken literally. They do not make this kind of whisky anymore today. And - with the current production processes - it can not be made anymore. Hence the prices. You can still buy it at some auction with a bit of luck, but then you have to be willing to plant a 900 euro. For the rest of the bottle (still eight drams), Dominiek still had 130 euros left. My maximum was a little lower, but today - with the remaining one and a half centiliters I took home from the tasting for me - I regret my consequence. Well, Dominiek forgot to ask what his maximum bid had been. Whatever, let me just enjoy this precious little piece. http://onversneden.com/2009/06/11/fulldram-supertasting/