An independent bottling of Ben Nevis, distilled on 5th December 1996 & bottled on 17th February 2010 by Dewar Rattray. One of 525 bottles drawn from Sherry cask #2214.
Appearance: Lager amber in colour. A thin film quickly forms with a mixture of beading, droplets and some thin to medium legs.
Nose: My first impression is the balance between not only the aromas but the ABV too. It all marries nicely on the nose.
The sweet shop sweetness is there, which seems to be a signature of Ben Nevis. A slight woody element, along with foam sweets and American chocolate with hazelnuts.
Palate: Lovely mouthfeel. Custard, honey, black pepper and milk biscuits. It’s a very mellow palate at first. The chocolate comes in almost straight away, it’s really prominent, which is not a bad thing.
This is a lovely palate, really friendly, mellow and interesting. The chest warming increases and adds to the cosiness.
Finish: The sweetness and malty mellow flavours linger for a medium amount of time. There’s also a berry fruity note that appears late in the day.
Overall: Another very nice dram from Ben Nevis (and A.D.Rattray). A mellow sweetness, coupled with that berry fruit at the end, is really nice and interesting.