WhiskyBroker is one of the more affordable bottlers out there, together with brands like The Ultimate and such. The brand started its existence when the Bladnoch Forum bottlings stopped, which also was a rather erratic, but always affordable bottler.
The erraticness hasn’t changed, prices are still quite okay too, even the website is still quite hard to navigate. Great service though, even when I got a completely smashed package with this one in it, they nicely replaced everything that was broken.
Anyway, properly aged Ben Nevis, from a mix of casks, from an erratic bottler. And an erratic distillery, although that seems to be more and more consistent in more recent years.
Wood and malt, with slightly funky hints of vanilla. Gentle, some pastry cream and a strange combination of leather and tree bark.
The palate continues down the same street, mostly. It still has the funky vanilla, but is a lot more dry. Coarse wood flavors, cracked leather.
The finish is seamless with the palate, and the slightly bitter oak and spice works well with the vanilla.
This is an interesting one to rate. It’s never a bad dram, and the funkiness teeters on the brink of ‘too weird’. It’s quite unlike any Ben Nevis I’ve tried in recent years, which makes it a lot more like Ben Nevis a decade or so ago.
Having said that, I quite enjoyed going through my bottle, but it’s not a ‘great’ dram. It’s not bad either, it’s just a tad weird. So it suits the bottler and the reputation of Ben Nevis a few years ago.
Available in the secondary market for € 160, at the time of writing. That’s too much though.