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Signatory Cask Strength Collection 1992 Ben Nevis

First, I am a fan of full disclosure – so before writing further I must thank ImpEx Beverages for being kind enough to send me a sample of this Ben Nevis.

From the expressions that I have tried, Signatory’s Cask Strength Collection has been very solid.  Their Dallas Dhu was fantastic, the Monnochmore similarly so, and the Brora…well I don’t even want to discuss it because it hurts too much knowing that I can’t afford that bottle.

Ben Nevis is located in the Highlands and is one of Scotland’s oldest licensed distilleries – established in 1825.  It was also one of the first distilleries to install a Coffey still and produce a grain whisky along with a malt whisky.  The distillery was subsequently purchased by Japan’s Nikka Whisky in 1989.  Ben Nevis firmly holds on to traditional methods of whisky making – I am guessing it might have to do with the owner Nikka Whisky also being a very “traditional” whisky producer.  Ben Nevis malts are generally strong handed and powerful.  I have only had independent bottlings of Ben Nevis.  So how did this indy Ben Nevis do?

Stats:
Distilled in 1992, Aged 18 years in Sherry
Bottled at 56.4% ABV
~$135

Color: Light shimmering gold

Nose: Intense, full alcohol and a strong sherry presence – quite attention getting, honey, dutch apple pie, hints of toasted almonds, buttery, green apples, fresh, cinnamon and spices, slightly dusty – in sum a beautiful nose.

Palate: Immediate alcohol up front, then an onslaught of dark and tasty spices, middle tongue heat that livens things up, malty, charred oak, sherry sweetness – by no means over powering, slightly drying, some sulfur notes – but not too overt or distracting, apples, a nice nuttiness.

Finish: Medium long, dark spices, nuts and some sulfur notes still stick around

Comments: A big powerful spicy fellow as expected from the Cask Strength Collection as well as from Ben Nevis. It did not disappoint but I was left wanting a little more complexity in the palate to match up with that wonderful nose. – Chris

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