Ben Nevis flies under a lot of people’s radars, which is a shame, as the distillery is more than capable of putting out some excellent whisky – as would be expected for a distillery owned by Japanese giants Nikka, who have owned it since 1989.
Bottlers Signatory, meanwhile, eschew almost all publicity and promotion, and sadly this little sherry-matured gem has been languishing in obscurity since being bottled towards the end of last year.
20 Year Old / Sherry Butt #2523 / Signatory
Raisin fudge, rum’n’raisin ice cream, Fruit & Nut chocolate, then a treacly note, plus prune and plum, and hints of blackcurrant & liquorice boiled sweets. Water brings out hints of dates and cocoa powder.
Very pruney, sweeter than expected, with Christmas pudding, plum duff, chocolate fudge and a faint savoury hint of aged balsamic vinegar. Quite big and drying at full strength, but opens up beautifully with a drop of water.
Chocolatey again, with a mince pie pickle sweetness and lingering spice.
Perfect for Christmas, definitely one for the sweet-toothed out there. A lovely sherry cask dram.
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