Review: McDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis

mcdonald's traditional ben nevisMcDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis – 46% abv

Info: McDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis is a special edition that celebrates the distilleries 185th year. It’s a combination of the current Ben Nevis style with a slightly more heavily peated version aimed at reproducing old style 1880s whisky. Limited to approximately 700 bottles. IWSC 2012 – Gold Outstanding Medal. No age statement.

Colour: Golden, slight autumnal hints.

Nose: Gentle, light to medium peat.  Meaty, grippy, toffee, caramelized banana, ripe fruits. Lovely chubly.

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Quick Review: Ben Nevis 16yo IB (LotG)

LotGBottleShotBen Nevis 16 year old – Lady of the Glen – 52.08% ABV

Info: Distilled 3rd December 1998, aged in Sherry Hogshead cask, #1407. Cask strength, no colouring added & non-chill filtered. 273 bottles.
Colour: Light straw… 2nd fill hogshead? Fino?
Nose: Packed with malty flavours and a slight salty fruitiness. Hints of tar. There’s a real toffee caramel note to this. A slight sparkling wine type nose.
Palate: Thick, instantly sweet and buttery, quite a wine like character.
Finish: Long, sweet, and enjoyable. Slight tannin wood sourness at the end.
Thoughts: I’ve seen a few great independant Ben Nevis bottlings and LotG seem to have managed to pick a great cask here. Water not needed!
Extras: Please note the bottle shot featured is a generic shot, no specific bottle shot was available at the time of posting.

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Review: Ben Nevis 16yo – Abbey Whisky / The Rare Casks

Ben-Nevis-16-Year-Old-The-Rare-Casks-Release-3-250Ben Nevis 16yo – Abbey Whisky / The Rare Casks – 55%

“Distilled in 1997 and aged for 16 years in a single sherry hogshead, the whisky has been bottled at natural cask strength and only 96 bottles have been filled and made available.

The whisky has been bottled in its natural form, at full cask strength, 55% vol, without chill filtering or colour additives.”

Read on for my tasting notes…

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