The Ben Nevis distillery sits at the bottom of its namesake mountain, but it also borders a coastal loch, and definitely considers itself a coastal distillery. There is definitely a wiff of sea air with this whisky. Owned by Japanese whisky giant Nikka since 1989, the majority of the output of Ben Nevis goes to Japan. Their standard expressions are this 10 year old and a 25 year old , but they also sell a selection of blends under the brand "dew of Ben Nevis"
The Whisky Tasting Club Notes:
Nose: Grape and sherry. Chocolate fudge. A wisp of smoke and salt. ĎChristmasí oranges
Palate: Initially macaroon-like then itís a spicy little chap with a lightly-smoked heart of sherry and ginger cake. On the finish, itís increasingly spicy, lip tingly and slightly bitter.
Retails for around £30