Ben Nevis

White Port Pipe Cask 12 Years Old

ABV 56.3%
REVIEWED Issue 133
Brand: Ben Nevis
Expression: White Port Pipe Cask 12 Years Old
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 56.3%
Country/Region: Scotland / Highland
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
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Ben Nevis Distillery, Lochy Bridge, Fort William, Highland, Highland, Scotland
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: Warm and inviting, if not a little spiritus. Cherry spiced rum. With water, cinnamon and nutmeg give way to over-ripe plums and quince cheese.
Palate: Sweet black tea with an undertone of dark charred wood, some allspice and more over-ripe plums and figs. This needs water to deliver a truly balanced palate.
Finish: Too aggressive without water but lovely and fruity when diluted down.
Comment: Perfect to pair with cheese, but make sure you have some water handy.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Intense, herbal-coffee Oloroso. Taut citrus goes head to head with the prunes and orange conserve. With time some balsamic treacle, tea leaves and iron notes appear.
Palate: Dry, the treacle adding sweetness but the bitter tannins and alcohol make it very austere. Quite herbal and coffeed with dried fruit and stewed prunes.
Finish: Intense and alcoholic but the sweet treacle offsets to an extent allowing the big Oloroso fruit to linger.
Comment: Classy and blemish free but, as I’ve said before, this isn’t my preferred type of whisky.
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