Ben Nevis 11yo 1st fill PX Hogshead (Dram Mor) 54%

Ben Nevis 11yo 1st fill PX Hogshead Dram Mor

Appearance

Mid gold again in colour, the thick swirl line beads up straight away, and drops several thick legs. #thewhiskeychaps

Nose

This starts off much like the first dram we tried, definitely related going by the nose. It’s kicking off foresty again for me, botanical aromas, could be agave, and more wood is coming through with this one. #thewhiskeychaps

This dram is also sweetening up on the nose, dusty dates and cloves, interestingly some old style glazing putty @jenkaloid. The wood is coming across quite aromatic. #thewhiskeychaps

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Palate

The mouthfeel is decent, not thick or thin, and it’s instantly spicy, lots of it too. Plenty of cloves, figs and blackcurrants, black pepper, hot cinnamon, one for you @gordonsmith63, it’s a spice bomb for sure. #thewhiskeychaps

Deeper, more rounded, wider range of flavours too. Aniseed/cough candy, cinnamon gobstoppers, stewed dark fruits, redcurrants, raspberries, dark chocolate, dunnage, ginger cake, cola cubes too. #thewhiskeychaps

Finish

Quite long, chest warming, now sulphur or drying at all, and the spices anaesthetise the roof of my mouth, that is quite a dram I have to say. The dark fruits just continue to pile in, quite relentless tbh, a perfect autumnal/ winter dram. #thewhiskeychaps

My thoughts

Trying whiskies on a regular basis, i’m bound to come across what i think is a wow dram. I generally have ideas which bottles could be wow drams, rarely do i come across one i’m not expecting. This is one of those unexpected wow drams. It turns out that indie bottled Ben Nevis whisky can be very good indeed, especially ex sherry cask offerings.

Both @whiskeychap and myself agreed that this whisky is very impressive, it is everything you hope to find in a bottle from the cask type. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s absolutely bursting with flavour, and we couldn’t find anything we didn’t love about it, what a wonderful surprise. Yes, yes, yes, i’d love a bottle, it has to be up there as one of the best ex sherry cask drams iv’e tasted.


Bottle image courtesy of @whiskeychap.

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