A very sophisticated dram indeed. It needs a lot of time to really open up as at the start the leather, tobacco, oak and sherry seem to dominate the more refined aromas. But your patience is most certainly rewarded. The depth of flavour and layering is lovely, the aromas are continuously shifting between the sweet & dark, dry & fruity characteristics of this dram. The palate feels a bit week (due to the low abv.) at the first sip but is well compensated by the intense and lush flavours.. I could most certainly sit with this a whole evening and be very happy indeed.
All in all an intense yet elegant Ben Nevis.
A rich, oily, full, fruity and well balanced whisky with aromas of rich creamy oak, lush sweet sherry, berries (blueberries, blackberries, elderberries), forest honey, caramel, toffee, red apples, backed pear, old books, damp cellar, dried fruits (plums, cherries, figs, apricots, raisins), overripe nectarines, creamy milk chocolate, roasted coconut, tea, boiled sweets, sweet tobacco, cinnamon, allspice, candied ginger, burlap, leather, rosewood, polished limousin oak, antique polish, orange zest, marmalade, grapefruit peels, hay and more rich oak.
A rich, creamy, full, balanced and elegant whisky with aromas of lush sweet sherry, coffee, cocoa powder, tannins, ripe nectarines, peach, pear, dried fruits (raisins, figs, dates, apricots, plums, cherries), baking spices (cinnamon, ginger, sweet clove, nutmeg, allspice), bitter orange marmalade, antique polish, beeswax, polished limousin oak, sweet pipe tobacco, rosewood, milk chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, butter, hay, leather, treacle, grape seeds and dry bitter oak.
A long, elegant and slightly drying finish with aromas of lush dry sherry, tannins, tea, mocha, chocolate, baking spices, red fruits, dried fruits, sweet tobacco, brown sugar, dark caramel, leather and rich dry limousin oak.