Look, the fact alone that this was distilled in 1970 is reason enough for me to give it a go. It is my year of birth after all. By now it has spent more than ten years in the bottle… which can be said of me as well (oh, Mark, please). Special about this Ben Nevis is that it’s composed with malt that was produced in pot stills as well as malt that was produced in a patent still. A single blend, if you will. Anyway, let’s get to it!
OMFG! Excuse my French, but this is absolutely stunning! Brace yourself: cherries, eucalyptus, tiger balm, sandalwood, plum marmalade, pineapple cubes, candied orange peel, marzipan, shoe polish, mashed banana, sharpening stone, elderflowers and even a medicinal note that is hard to pinpoint. Praise the Lord!
That medicinal note return immediately on the palate. How weird, but lovely. It gives this Ben Nevis real depth that you will not find in more recent (pot still?) releases. It is almost as if, next to the wonderful fruit, I also drank a drop of weapon oil. Boy, being transported back to my army days was not something I was looking forward to, but it’s easy to forgive this delicious whisky that fact. And no, it does not require a drop of water.
Very long, spicy, warm and sweet finish that turns this into an experience that will be long remembered.
Wonderful Ben Nevis that – in my opinion – is incomparable to anything else from the same house.