1997 Ben Nevis 21 Year Old "Old Malt Cask" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Cask Strength Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)

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Ben Nevis sits just at the base of its namesake, Scotland's highest mountain. A coastal distillery in the Western Highlands, Ben Nevis draws its water from the Allt a'Mhuilinn which originates from two pools, Coire Leis and Coire na'Ciste, which are both sited a good way up the mountain. The distillery was founded in 1825, by the gloriously named 'Long John' MacDonald, for whom the renowned Long John blended Scotch was named. After Long John's death in 1856, ownership was passed down to Donald McDonald, his son. In 1989, the distillery was sold to the Japanese distiller Nikka and that's where most of the malt is used (both in blends and malt for the Japanese market). We've always loved this special idiosyncratic distillery on the gorgeous western coast of Scotland. The thick weighty malt that's produced here is often too much too handle in the 3rd and 4th fill barrels we often see from the IBs. But when great Ben Nevis is filled into a first fill bourbon or sherry butt, there's absolutely nothing like it. This cask is rich with funky malty aromatics, but not over the top. A medium amber hue and tons of texture, the most shocking thing about it though is the incredible price. We're very lucky to have an advantageous exchange rate and some really serious negotiating power. The oily richness of Ben Nevis loves plenty of air and a dab of good spring water will really help open this monster up.

Price: $99.99
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By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
While I am an equal opportunity Scotch drinker, overall I prefer the Highland Region whisky's. This 21 year old from Ben Nevis is flat out delicious and a flat out bargain. A mere 483 bottles were produced of this single cask spirit aged in Sherry Butt. Textbook aromatics of herbs, orange peel, and wild berries. Great intensity on the palate which encouraged me to cut with a light splash of water. The finish is a touch smokey, dry, with just a touch of sweetness that lasts for minutes.

By: David Othenin-Girard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
I guess I shouldn't be surprised that current suppliers of Scotch are asking for such an incredible premium for high quality single cask single malt. We see tons of stuff in the 5-10 year range from independent bottlers that would easily clear $100 on the shelf. Occasionally we're being offered older stocks and even rarer still a sherry butt, but you can bet the importer is asking $150-200 wholesale. And I don't blame them. This stuff is hard to find and it's not cheap to make or acquire. That's why its so unusual for us to have found this cask and the other two or three sherried gems we're bringing in this year. But few malts will match this incredible Ben Nevis from Hunter Laing's venerated Old Malt Cask line. And this is very classic Ben Nevis, funky herbal, but with some air the old beast opens up to reveal some delicate strawberry jam, bold peppery malt and expensive green tea. A slightly idiosyncratic malt that will please some of the geeks to no end. It says a lot about the state of single malt today that finding a cask like this under $100 is so challenging. For those who know how Nevis and sherry play, you'll want to grab one asap. This one loves water so don't be shy.

By: Anthony Russo | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
This is, in my opinion, probably one of the best value-per-dollar whiskys available at our store today. The 21 year old Ben Nevis is all that the Highlands have to offer: a robust nose of heavy fruits and tobacco with a touch of raisins and a smooth palate showing cola, leather, and dark raspberries. I love this stuff because it almost seems like a new whisky with every sip.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/31/2018 | Send Email
You can nearly smell the weight of this dram. The aroma is dense, waxy, pungent. It reminds me of an amped up version of Cointreau or Grand Marnier - tons of bitter orange peel, all of the viscosity, but none of the sugar. The sherry is perfectly integrated providing a salty edge and a slight rancio note. A little bit of water opens up the floral and fruity components of the whiskey and provides a softer, gentler drinking experience. This is a work horse whiskey perfect for any occasion or Scotch lover.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2018 | Send Email
This 21 year old offering from Ben Nevis has developed a lot of deep flavors after its prolonged aging and Sherry Butt maturation. It's delicious with components of deep caramel, honey-graham cookies, salted toffees, old leather, dried peaches, chocolate-covered berries, wildflower honey, beeswax, and just a bit of an oxidized Sherry note. Scrumptious!

By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/29/2018 | Send Email
Ben Nevis produces very interesting and tasty single malts. This 21 year old single malt is absolutely fantastic. The nose is very expressive with wax , honey and distinctive savory notes. In the mouth this continues with a nice mixture of the above flavors. This single malt is delicious, interesting, complex and a very good value.

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