Belgian importer The Nectar celebrates its 10th anniversary with the release of quite a few bottles (with a lovely label, I might add). This single cask of Ben Nevis is one of those.
Won-der-ful nose on Caramella Mokatine, marmalade of Seville oranges, toffee, maraschino cherries, roasted malt, nougat and baked banana. Aniseed and cinnamon report for duty. I could sniff this for hours, so beautiful and complex (and dark) is the nose of this Ben Nevis. Wow!
It is equally lovely on the palate. All kinds of dark fruits, caramel, spices, nuts, honey. It has a little zesty edge. Nice strength, too. All aromas of the lovely nose reappear on the palate, upholstered with loads of woodsmoke; Succulent is the word you are looking for.
The medium long finish has a light drying effect.
Party time! This Ben Nevis could easily lie ten years, that is how complex it is. Excellent choice.