N: Oh ok, not decay exactly but it’s certainly displaying oddities, rather like the funky Mortlach 21yo WB. So, those oddities translate in the main as over-ripe, stewed & sweet-savoury fruits and a stock [cube/Bovril] meatiness with creaking old oak and, well, a raft of homemade ‘stuff’ Ben Nevis seem to have a talent for producing.
T: Hmm, not sure. Bit thin, but also with an old-style, deep, sherried oiliness. Unfortunately it’s somewhat flat. Reminds me of some old, tiring armagnacs from tired/neutral casks.
F: ,… lingering but faint dark fruit skin, oily, murky, mineral hues and old, oaky sherry.
N: i do like its ‘old style’ character and I think the cask gave all it could. Talking of the cask [#2913], I’m wondering [in a geeky pondering kind of way] whether it was previously used for an independent bottling back in 1970. Moon-Import bottled this whisky WB in 1988 meaning the cask could have lay around for a few years waiting to be de-charred/re-charred and re-coopered before going back into service at the same distillery. Very feasible, no?
Scores a C-