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Ben Nevis White Port Pipe Cask 12 Years Old Tasting notes and reviews

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Ben Nevis White Port Pipe Cask 12 Years Old

Brand
Ben Nevis
Expression
White Port Pipe Cask 12 Years Old
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
12 years old
Abv
56.30%
Vintage
2003
Produced at
Ben Nevis Distillery
Region
Highland
Website
www.bennevisdistillery.com
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

80
Nose
Intense, herbal-coffee Oloroso. Taut citrus goes head to head with the prunes and orange conserve. With time some balsamic treacle, tea leaves and iron notes appear.
Palate
Dry, the treacle adding sweetness but the bitter tannins and alcohol make it very austere. Quite herbal and coffeed with dried fruit and stewed prunes.
Finish
Intense and alcoholic but the sweet treacle offsets to an extent allowing the big Oloroso fruit to linger.
Comment
Classy and blemish free but, as I've said before, this isn't my preferred type of whisky.

Joel Harrison

85
Nose
Warm and inviting, if not a little spiritus. Cherry spiced rum. With water, cinnamon and nutmeg give way to over-ripe plums and quince cheese.
Palate
Sweet black tea with an undertone of dark charred wood, some allspice and more over-ripe plums and figs. This needs water to deliver a truly balanced palate.
Finish
Too aggressive without water but lovely and fruity when diluted down.
Comment
Perfect to pair with cheese, but make sure you have some water handy.
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