So this single blend was blended at birth and the malt and grain of Ben Nevis had 40 long years to marry each other. The result is astonishing. A very smooth yet complex dram that demands quite some time to discover all of its secrets. By the way, these bottles were sold for about 150 Euro at the distillery shop only.
The colour is pale straw (after 40 years!) and the nose offers a subtle and delicate profile of fruits (oranges), nutty (almonds), caramel, summer floral (roses) aromas and some notes of beeswax. All nicely balanced and without any off-note (and almost without any wood-driven aromas, too). After some breathing the toffee-vanilla aromas grow stronger while the fruits vanish.
The taste is multi-layered on sweet (ruits, sugars) and bitter (nuts, tea) flavours with some spicy wooden notes. Later honeys and raisins pop up before these transform into waxes and oily notes. All is rather fragile but very delicate and entertaining. Water releases more herbal and spicy aromas in the nose and chalky-waxy flavours on the palate - I like this dram both neat and a little reduced.
The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor bitter-astringent feeling that is not distracting. The finish is long and adds some interesting leafy flavours that are very interesting. It turns more spicy towards the end with a minor bitter-drying moment that is not distracting either. A very enjoyable experience!