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November 5, 2019


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Little duos, today Ben Nevis (again!)

I know we just had something like 20 Ben Nevis the other day, but let’s take this as a wee sequel session. Mind you, we have to try WL Paris’ official bottling before the year is over!

Ben Nevis 2011/2019 (57.1%, Signatory Vintage for Whisky Live Paris 2019, first fill bourbon barrel, cask #161, 275 bottles)

Ben Nevis 2011/2019 (57.1%, Signatory Vintage for Whisky Live Paris 2019, first fill bourbon barrel, cask #161, 275 bottles) Five stars
We have fairly good hopes here… Colour: white wine. Nose: someone mad has blended sunflower oil with white chocolate sauce and brake fluid. Ooh that’s nasty. With water: love this. New Golf (whatever), mineral wax, plasticine, new leather jacket, one whelk, and one wee glass of stale seawater. Mouth (neat): this is despairingly obvious whisky. Ticks all the boxes, balance, precision, minerality, fruitiness, everything. Pristine distillate and a bourbon cask that played it cool and unobtrusive. Who said not quite like their prez? With water: lemons out, and with flying colours. Finish: long, and just totally accurate, for lack of a better term. Comments: immaculate, perfect young Ben Nevis. Haven’t they kept updating their game since the glorious 1990? This is probably sold out, but let’s keep looking for sister casks…
SGP:462 - 91 points.

Ben Nevis 21 yo 1996/2018 (50.6%, The Whisky Agency for Liquor Library, Australia, sherry wood)

Ben Nevis 21 yo 1996/2018 (50.6%, The Whisky Agency for Liquor Library, Australia, sherry wood) Five stars
A Mad-Max-themed Ben Nevis for our friends at the Liquor Library in Melbourne. I suppose it was that, or Kylie Minogue. Who said they should do referendums in whisky? Colour: gold. Nose: the moderate sherryness imparts additional notes of tobacco and, perhaps, a few raisins, walnuts and gunpowder (Mad Max indeed), while the distillate got a tad more game-y, beyond the usual wax, chalk, and diesel oil. With water: this perfect dirtiness. Soot, more gunpowder, paint, concrete powder… Mouth (neat): high accuracy again, it’s totally mad indeed that the sherry would not have changed the DNA of this malt one iota. And yet, the sherry’s very perceptible, with a feeling of sweeter tobacco, orange cordial, young rancio wine… Some fab grapefruits in the background. With water:  a tad sweeter and rounder, but some cured ham is coming out too. Rolled around dried dates. Finish: as long as a car chase in Mad Max. Comments: I tend to like the puros even better, but this is brilliant too. And frankly, no other malt would have fitted the Mad-Max theme better. Very well done, loved this… bullet-proof whisky (S., that’ll do).
SGP:562 - 90 points.

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