Colour: Light straw/gold
Nose: Creamy, with homemade vanilla fudge, peanut brittle and a lovely soft milk chocolate note. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find some fresh plums, dried apricots and freshly-baked Portuguese custard tarts.
Palate: Delicate and slightly perfumed at first, then comes a swathe of fresh creamy custard, a touch of menthol, some well seasoned vanilla-steeped oakiness and a touch of pipe tobacco. A little water brings more fresh fruitiness, with ripe pear and summer pudding.
Finish: Lingering notes of creamy custard and a slightly tropical note of kiwi fruit, balanced nicely with a light incense and a touch of parma violet.
Overall comment: A dream come true for dessert connoisseurs. This is creamy, unctuous and beautifully balanced.
By Neil Ridley, Drinks Writer and Presenter on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch
Colour: Pale lemon.
Nose: Enticing plump berry sweetness coupled with mild spice and a background note of milky coffee.
Palate: Very clean, crisp flavours on the palate: ‘Old Jamaica’ chocolate with rum and raisin, and a minor note of brand-new leather.
Finish: A long, smooth finish of burnt toffee and fat, toasted grain, with just a hint of citrus zest.
Overall comment: This is a hugely enjoyable whisky – busy with fast-moving sensations on the taste buds. It is medium-bodied, packed with flavour, and benefits from the addition of only a few drops of water. The Ben Nevis is a delight to discover.
By Gordon Coxhill, Whisky Enthusiast & Journalist