1995 Ben Nevis 21 Year Old Faultline Refill Bourbon Hogshead Cask Strength Single Cask Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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This incredible collaboration between Alexander Murray and K&L is part of the first batch of Faultline casks we've had in years. There are a couple of factors that qualify a cask for inclusion in this special program. The casks must be absolutely exceptional, and they must represent the best possible value for our customers. As the whisky boom has continued to explode across the world, fewer sources are available and scarcity means higher prices. The great casks we find are less likely to be made available to us under our own brand as our suppliers want credit for great casks under their own labels. That's why this find is so incredible. Ben Nevis is an unbelievably good distillery that is unfortunately NOT regularly available in the US. It's located on the western coast of Scotland in the town of Fort Williams, and the owners are Japanese, which means that's where the whisky goes. This gorgeous old hogshead, filled once previously, was fashioned from American oak and shows all the great texture and depth we'd expect from Ben Nevis, although with none of the saltpeter or sulfur that is sometimes present in their heady distillate. Pungent and almost extreme, the nose is a concentrated particle beam of fruit and malt flavor. This cask is all about freshness, maturity, and balance. While it may not be as showy as the others on paper, the absolute purity of the aromatics and the unrelenting energy of this malt will leave a lasting impression on anyone lucky enough to procure one.

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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2018 | Send Email
Ben Nevis is a coastal Highland distillery owned by Nikka since 1989. This particular cask is a second fill bourbon cask, giving you an ultimately focused, classic and exceptionally good highland malt for a great price. On the nose, it has creamy baked cereals, caramel and a hint of tropical fruits with underlying floral notes. On the palate, it is fresh and light with great integration of creamy malt flavor with hints of tropical fruits like banana and citrus. In my opinion this is the best of the Faultlines for the money.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2018 | Send Email
I might have to count this weird and wonderful Ben Nevis as my personal favorite of the new Faultline casks. Ben Nevis is such a cool little distillery that we have almost not working relationship with. The vast majority of their malt gets blended into Japanese whisky - sounds stupid, but it's true. It's a fab malt driven style, that always has this funky little backbone but as it ages the sulfur can take over or take a back seat. That's part of why Nevis does so well in sherry, the sweet flavors of the sherry balance out the funk - but this little hoggie is naked Nevis and I love it. The nose is an absolute dream. Tangerine, fudge, freshly malted barley, Oolong and an odd sort of wonderful red fruit quality that's pungent but not overly perfumed. There's something raw about it, but equally inviting. On the palate the sweet malt is absolutely astounding. Creamy vanilla, rich grain, crunchy fruit all held together with this subtle brackishness. There's no doubt this will be the sleeper of the four current Faultlines, since it lacks the obvious credentials of the other three, but this will return on the malt geeks once they taste it. One for those he like something a bit more spirit driven.

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/21/2018 | Send Email
The nose on this single cask selection is seductive and inviting with pretty bees wax, honey and floral notes. There are no smoky aromas or flavors. It is rich and soft with complex and subtle malt and fruit components .There is a tongue coating finish. It it not big and full but medium bodied.Of the current Faultline selections this is the most elegant.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/20/2018 | Send Email
This is only my second chance to try a Ben Nevis seeing as they never come into the US and this bottle impressed me as much as the last one maybe even more. Lovely vanilla and white stone fruit on the nose with hints of orange and oak. The palate is balanced and elegant with layers of vanilla, candied fruit, saline and spice notes. On the finish creeps in an earthier grain notes that combined with a touch of salt lead to a long and surprisingly gristly finish. Delicious whisky and with an absolutely gorgeous label art this is one to snag immediately.

By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/16/2018 | Send Email
Ohhh yes. Definitely smells like a super old bourbon. Butterscotch, toffee, and caramel all melt together with a touch a vanilla. The Ben Nevis "freshness" and "fruitiness" really comes through with a bit of air. The classic scotch whisky flavor is much more apparent on the palate. This is the bottle for bourbon loves who want to branch out a touch or scotch fans who want to try something off the beaten path.

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