The second one for today is a Ben Nevis 1996 bottled by Douglas Laing as a festive bottling for Germany. That said, Douglas Laing did also another festive bottling for Germany last year, which was a 18 year old Blair Athol matured in a sherry butt.
|Name:||Ben Nevis 1996|
|Bottling series:||Old Particular|
|Age:||18 Years Old|
|Category:||Single Malt Scotch Whisky|
|Cask Type:||Refill Butt|
|Cask No.:||DL 10884|
|No. of bottles:||354|
Kinda cheesy… no seriously, there is literally some sort of cheese upfront… maybe Parmesan? Then mashed bananas, hard caramel, raisins and slightly burnt vanilla crescents, followed by icing sugar and wholemeal flour.
Fruity, yet intense. Sweet malt, ginger, caramel and cooked bananas with nutmeg. Hints of oak.
Long and drying. Oak alongside some fruits. A bit of smoked cheese perhaps.
Maybe not the “classic” festive bottling I would expect, but very interesting and extremely tasty once you get used to cheese aroma.
Score: good but not exceptional (86 / 100)