The KOTQ has enjoyed 3 tastings from the Ben Nevis distillery

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Distillery Region Open Blends
Ben Nevis Western Highlands 1825 – Today Unknown
       
Status Ownership Water Source Production
Active Ben Nevis Co / Nikka Allt a’ Mhuilinn (The Mill Burn) 2,000,000 liters/year
       
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BEN NEVIS yo 04Q2 – BEN NEVIS 10 yo [Signatory bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Heather, sweetness on the nose, vanilla
Rich, well-rounded
Peppery, slightly oily, initially sweet
Dry finish, fairly quick and clean.
04Q2-Bop
July 24th, 2004
Bop
Tasted at night – outside :o(
Sweet heather, dry/sharp, strong- really fantastic
Think mouth feel
Tasty, sweet, a hint of smoke, caramel
Chocolate-minty
Short and firm
04Q2-Bop
July 24th, 2004
Cyclone
Gold
Apple, cherry
Slight and soft
Sour and light
Long and aggressive
Ok. A little too long in the finish.
04Q2-Bop
July 24th, 2004
Irving
Salt air, sweet
Iodine, minty
Dry
Very quick; disappears
Easy, nice drinker
04Q2-Bop
July 24th, 2004
Lakeview
Vanilla
Mint and pepper
Chocolate
Very good – worthy of collection
04Q2-Bop
July 24th, 2004
Tao
Honey, sweet, walnut
Full, smooth
Short, light pepper
**
04Q2-Bop
July 24th, 2004
Ville
Sweet, smoke, salt
Thin legged, tight a$$
Flowers, honey, walnut
Short – fun
Excellent – Want to Purchase
04Q2-Bop
July 24th, 2004

BEN NEVIS yo 14Q3 – BEN NEVIS 10 yo [Distillery bottling at Standard Strength]

BEN NEVIS yo 09Q4 – BEN NEVIS 13 yo [Wild Scotsman bottling at Standard Strength]

Name
Color
Nose
Body
Palate
Finish
Comments
Meeting
Bluff
Caramel or toffee, chocolate
Rich
Bitter, sweet, burnt toffee
Kind of bitter
Least favorite of the night. Macallan is a better fit ??
09Q4-Lakeview
December 4th, 2009
Bop
Butterfinger bar
Has a little skunk to it. Leafy cabbage, brussel sprouts?
Hard to say: conflict with the dessert. What I imagine a cigarette tastes like.
Wild Scotsman. Paired with Bananas Foster. A better match would be a Macallan.
09Q4-Lakeview
December 4th, 2009
Ville
Grass. Butter, pepper albeit weak
Firm. Sharon Stone
Fruit some tartiness
Short/firm
Again – fair to medium. Lower half of buy list.
09Q4-Lakeview
December 4th, 2009