BEN NEVIS 22 ans 1996 The Single Malts of Scotland 54,1%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 56759

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After being renovated in 1984 and closed in 1986, Ben Nevis was bought by the Japanese group Nikka in 1989. Today, a small part of its production (2.5%) is used for a very peaty single malt named McDonald’s Traditional in tribute to the Long distillery’s founder, John McDonald. For some years now, Ben Nevis’ authentic and uncompromising style has inspired growing passion from enthusiasts around the world. Superbly fruity, herbaceous and malty, this incredibly natural bottling is a reminder that simplicity is a virtue capable of highlighting an underlying complexity.

the unctuous first nose is a combination of acacia honey, cinnamon and green walnut. Allowed to breathe, the aromatic palette becomes more herbaceous (sage), candied (pear), medicinal (camphor) and exotic (pineapple). The exuberant attack (passion fruit, kiwi) is superbly oxidative. On the mid-palate, vanilla envelops the taste buds. The end of the palate is juicy (William’s pear). The rich start of the finish is like a vanilla flan. Tangy (lemon), it develops notes of blonde tobacco and toffee. The retro-nasal olfaction pays tribute to malted barley.
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Tasting note

  • Appearance : deep golden yellow.
  • Nose : refined, smooth. On the first nose, notes of acacia honey, roasted apple, cinnamon, green walnut and coconut milk mix together with lots of harmony. Allowed to breathe, the aromatic palette narrows and becomes more herbaceous (verbena, sage) and candied (pear). Increasingly concentrated, it gradually reveals a lovely medicinal sequence (ointment, camphor). In the background, very ripe exotic fruits (pineapple, banana) appear alongside malted barley. Ben Nevis in all its glory!
  • Palate : clean, lively. The exuberant attack (passion fruit, kiwi, fig) takes on the same oxidative character of the aromatic palette. On the mid-palate, bourbon vanilla and acacia honey gently envelop the taste buds. Next, notes of bay leaf and sorrel refreshingly draw out the juicy (William’s pear) and herbal (lime blossom, verbena) end of the palate. With time, a handful of citrus fruits (lemon, grapefruit) arrive to bring lots of energy to the flavour palette.
  • Overall : long, generous. Clearly evoking a vanilla flan or a pineapple tart, the start of the finish is also tangy (lemon, mandarin). Notes of blonde tobacco and toffee then rival each other intensity. The very end of the palate is mentholated and chocolatey. On the retro-nasal olfaction, malted barley resurfaces to definitively take the reins. With its notes of acacia honey, cinnamon, ginger and walnut, the empty glass is an exact copy of the first nose.
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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.



A wine merchant recently founded by the Singh brothers, the owners of The Whisky Exchange in the United Kingdom, Speciality Drinks offers three ranges of very different single malts. The first, Port Askaig, is composed of four bottlings of an Islay single malt, including an expression with no age statement and a 30 year old! The second, Elements of Islay, celebrates the different distilleries on the island, each easily identified by their initials. The third, simply dubbed Speciality Drinks, offers a wide selection of single malts from Scottish distilleries.


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Single Malts of Scotland: Over the years, Speciality Drinks has been acquiring top quality casks of maturing single malt whisky. Since 2005 we have been releasing these whiskies as ‘The Single Malts of Scotland’. Each Single Malts of Scotland bottling is individually selected for its particular quality & character.
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