Ben Nevis 25 Years Old Single Cask 98/35/5 

Style: Sweet and Composed

Nose:
Wow… Intoxicatingly aroma, rich plums, brown sugar sweetness laced so elegantly by a touch of smoke, mineral and dry spices. If you have a nostalgia for Yoichi Sherry casks, this is going to be your thing. A light dab of acidity opens up to a handful of roasted almonds, black currant pie, subtle floral tone overtime as very dense malt sitting deep at the back.

Palate:
Rose petals raining over a deep, resonating sherry juggernaut. Ruby grapes, dates and goji berries combine as thin smoke twists around them. Caramel sauce drizzles over more red fruits. Chilli flakes peak at the back, then the tone drops with the first sight of fuzzy malt. Walnut bread, doughy painting territory with traces of tannins. Vanilla drying up towards the end.

Finish:
Flour powdering on another black currant tart, red grapes in a tantalizing swagger while cereal malt echoing softly at the back.

Thoughts:
Somehow this reminds me of Yoichi so much. The majestic of the sherry in this dram is as identical as what you can get from my favourite Japanese distillery. The spirit is dense and composed, sweet and complex. Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise at all as they are under the same company. Is it because of the cask? The spirit? Or both? My guess there is something to do with both but probably more from the cask. The malt drops a bit too deep to my liking at the back. But overall, it is a very good whisky. You will love it.

☆ [Recommended]

[56.3% • 2010 Bottled • 1984 Distilled • Original Bottling • Single Cask • Cask Strength • Cask Number: 98/35/5 • Non Chill Filtered • Non Coloured • Double Wood Matured]

-Esmond