Sherry casked Ben Nevis from the sixties simply is excellent if it matured for 25 to 35 years and this is another great proof of this observation. But beware: longer maturations (40+years) often led to heavy tannins-driven astringent drams that are a love-it-or-hate-it affair. But this one was bottled exactly at the right time - a dram to savour at christmas...
The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the texture shows fat tears and slow legs. The nose offers this adorable sixties Ben Nevis sherry casks profile with tons of oriental spices, nuts and dried fruits that remind of a long infused rum pot during christmas time (hey, it is christmas time!). I could sniff this for hours because of its unusual and complex profile - old style sherry maturation of the finest kind!
The taste is incredibly complex and layered too - it is fun and enjoying to explore it wave by wave. Water is not needed but does no harm either.
It arrives bold and instantly coating on the palate with no distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and without any drying or bitter notes despite 32 years in a sherry cask. Really, really good and dangerously quaffable.