Archive BEN NEVIS 1991 Over 25 Years Sherry 8th Edition ARTIST S.V

BEN NEVIS 1991 Over 25 Years Sherry 8th Edition ARTIST S.V 55,3%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland, 70cl, Ref: 55165

At the end of the 1800s, three distilleries were set up in Fort William. Glenlochy, established in 1898 and closed in 1983, Nevis Distillery, established in 1878, which only remained in action for a few years, and, of course, Ben Nevis, which continues to produce whisky today. With its intense oxidative character, this version immediately embodies the unique Ben Nevis style. Refusing to do things by halves, it draws out the essence of each note in its palette of flavours and aromas. The particularly luxuriant mid-palate is a perfect example of this.

Profile: the original initial nose is at once oxidative and exotic (pineapple, mango), evoking a Jura vin jaune. Allowed to breathe, citrus fruits (lemon) and verbena refresh the aromatic palette. The lively attack is honeyed and fruity (apricot). The finish is also exotic and reveals spices (clove) that are even more direct in the empty glass. Single Cask no. 2375 – Sherry Butt. Exclusive to LMDW.

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vibrant gold.
  • Nose : archetypal, original. With a very exotic oxidative register (pineapple, mango), the initial nose wonderfully summarizes the Ben Nevis style. Allowed to breathe, the sherry's influence paints a clear picture of a fino sherry. Notes of almond, walnut and curry even bring to mind a Jura vin juane. With lots of depth, it develops into citrus fruit (lemon, grapefruit), praline and verbena. And yet the aromatic palette still has many more secrets to reveal.
  • Palate : lively, spirited. The vanilla attack is also deliciously honeyed (acacia), vegetal (cucumber) and fruity (dried apricot, gooseberry). At once mentholated and lemony, the mid-palate reveals a luxuriant savage character, nuanced by shades of green that range from soft to dark. The end of the palate is nobly spicy (saffron, ginger, cardamom).
  • Overall : long, smooth. With the same seductiveness of the nose and the palate, the finish wavers between almond milky, candied pineapple, cut hay and spices (ginger, clover). On the retronasal olfaction, Mirabelle plum and quince flesh out its fruity character. The empty glass is medicinal (ointment), spicy (cinnamon), roasted (coffee) and oily (walnut, almond).
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The brand

Acquired by the Japanese group Nikka in 1989, the Ben Nevis distillery was, under the ownership of Joseph W.Hobbs in 1955, one of the only distilleries in Scotland to have its own traditional pot stills and a Coffey-style column still. Bought by Long John Distillers in 1981, the Coffey stills were subsequently dismantled. Although the majority of its whisky is aged in ex-sherry casks, some ex-bourbon cask bottlings have recently appeared on the independent market. It’s worth noting that the distillery was mothballed for six years at the end of the 1970s, and then again in 1984 and from 1986 to 1989.

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Merchant

Artist, Lands of Scotland, Malt Pedigree, Tartan, The Ten, Very Cloudy... all of these whisky ranges – composed of single malts and single grains – have one thing in common: they were all created by the team at La Maison du Whisky. They are the fruits of many decades of close collaboration with some of the most prestigious bottlers in Scotland. For some years the French importer and exclusive distributor of the classic ranges of well-known spirits producers, La Maison du Whisky was soon granted the very rare privilege of being able to complement these ranges with their own, bringing together two sets of expertise, two reputations and two complementary histories under one, single label.

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The line

Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.

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