Nose – Cereal, honey, freshly sawn wood, pineapples, mango
Palate – Vanilla, honey, cherries, white pepper, cinnamon, damp wood
Nose with water – Unripe peach, lightly toasted, buttered bread, white chocolate – milky bar, fruit salad
Palate with water – Cherries, vanilla, cinnamon brioche, white pepper
This young Ben Nevis cask shows great potential, but would really benefit from a few more years of maturation. Without water, it is the nose that shines, with crisp cereal notes, honey and a hint of exotic fruit – pineapples and mango, and a distinct note of freshly sawn wood. The palate offers more honey, and mixes it up with cherry, vanilla, cinnamon and damp wood – like eating a fruity breakfast bowl in the garden on a wet morning.
With just a little water, the spirit opens up to deliver lightly buttered toast on the nose, with a touch of milky chocolate on the side and a dose of fruit salad. The palate with water gives us full on cherry pie – fruit, vanilla, cinnamon, white pepper, and nicely browned crust. It’s still a little undeveloped, so this would be one to lay down for the future. And when the time comes, the owner is in for a treat.