Ben Nevis 25yo, 1984, Cask 98/35/12, 54%

I usually try to find excuses to buy whisky. Generally I also try to celebrate the little things, just to get a little bit more joy out of things that would otherwise go barely noticed. Of course, some things warrant a more luxurious whisky purchases than others.

Then, my blog turned two. I needed something special. I found this bottle as a left over in a great little liquor shop in Sint Oedenrode. I added to my excuse that we missed the tour at Ben Nevis because that silly Harry Potter train between Fort William and Mallaig. Long story short on that: Steam engine, very bad weather, not enough power to get up the hill, 2 hours delay on a 2 hour train ride.

Anyway, I picked this up. Back then you could, apparently, get an official 25 year old for € 85 or so. Unfortunately, that time has gone. But I’m glad I picked it up while I could. It’s nice to be able to grab something like this off the shelf.

Ben Nevis 25yo, 1984

Ben Nevis 25yo, 1984

Sniff:
Quite some sherry input, and rather strong on the alcohol too. Some pencil shavings, peach pith and a hint of white pepper. Some leather, furniture polish and slowly a more fruity scent comes through. There’s definitely sherry going on and dates. I dread to say it, but there is some Christmas cake happening. The candied fruits are here too.

Sip:
The palate is dry at first, and quite some peppery heat. Quite some heat indeed. Some peaches and pith. Dates as well, that thick sweetness. It gets a bit more oily after a few seconds. Leather wax, candied fruits and those pencil shavings. Some crayon or playdoh maybe.

Swallow:
The finish is sweet at first, with that syrupy thickness. Then it goes quite a bit dryer. Fruit, dates, peaches. A rather long finish, with that slightly industrial scent of oil, wax, and stuff like that.

This is quite a lovely dram. I find that pencil shavings and leather was combination rather tasty, especially on a background of fruit and sherry. This, to me, is what Ben Nevis is about. I have found some other drams that prove that theory, but also some that don’t. All in all it’s a pretty unpredictable distillery, but this dram turned out just fine.

Ben Nevis 25yo, 1984, Cask 98/35/12, 54%. No longer available, but it has gone up in price, according to Whiskybase.

Samples available

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About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y and beer. I like to listen to loads of music and read an occasional book. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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One Response to Ben Nevis 25yo, 1984, Cask 98/35/12, 54%

  1. Pingback: Rosebank 25, 1981-2007, 61.4% | Malt Fascination

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