I already had Ben Nevis. Some, but never with a Madeira finish. Let's go:
Ben Nevis 2012 - 2022, 9 years, 57.7% alc. Bottler: Mossburn for whiskykanzler.de. Aging: Post-aging in Madeira barrels (hogshead). No. 403 Nose: The whisky starts out deeply fruity and at the same time pleasantly smoky, the typically dirty Ben Nevis smoke, both together keep the aromas closely interwoven. I smell prunes and Mirabelle plums, plus orange zest and apricot jam, in between dark gravy and balsamic vinegar cream. For a moment the Ben Nevis gets dirtier, I think of earth and wood smoke, then fruitier again with canned tangerines and briefly even really flowery and honey-sweet. In the background I find white chocolate with grapes and fudge. A very complex nose.
Palate: Intense, a lot of oranges and tangerines in the first impression, plus cocoa butter and thin coffee, maybe a hint of gooseberries and cherries. Then I have to think of dark pizza crust before the Ben Nevis then becomes much spicier. The alcohol is well integrated, while the smoke, together with a strong spice component, occupies the tongue. Pepper, allspice, cloves and a slight ginger spiciness.
Finish: Long, in addition to grapefruit and tangerines, there is also a surprising amount of oak and a long cinnamon note. Cinnamon and cayenne pepper are long-lasting.
Conclusion: Not an easy Ben Nevis, but that already requires the basic character. In return you get a beautifully complex nose and an exciting taste, and the finish is also convincing. 86/100 points (2022)