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Grindlay's Single Cask Release Ben Nevis 1997 Tasting notes and reviews

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Grindlay's Single Cask Release Ben Nevis 1997

Brand
Grindlay's Single Cask Release
Expression
Ben Nevis 1997
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Age
18 years old
Abv
52.60%
Vintage
1997
Produced at
~ Ben Nevis Distillery
Region
Highland
Website
www.scotlandgrindlay.com/acceptance.php
Availability
Worldwide

Chris Goodrum

82
Nose
Raw, intense, gritty, herbal Oloroso. Earth, manure with hints of walnuts, chicory and coffee. Water brings out a touch of prune, dried plum and orange, as well as softening the rawness.
Palate
Surprisingly soft, well, relatively so! Like the nose it is Oloroso dominated, lightly tannic and herbal with a touch of treacle and malt. Water brings out some coffee/caramel notes.
Finish
Quite herbal – mint and heather with plenty of drying, coffeed tannins.
Comment
A good, clean sherry matured malt.

Joel Harrison

80
Nose
There is some good oak influence from the cask on this whisky, which gives it body and broad shoulders for a nice spiritus element to stand upon.
Palate
The initial hit of spirit it tamed well with water which reveals ripe black cherry, plums, damsons, figs and quince. This is dark and brooding. Velvety.
Finish
Much more of the dark fruits, there is a really tasty element which fights a little too much with the spirit.
Comment
I'd say this would be perfect with cheese, in place of the quince jam.
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