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Friday, January 26, 2018

Ben Nevis 24 year old 1991 Signatory, cask 3833

Two parties remain at the end of this Ben Nevis series: those who enjoyed this exploration, and those who did not. The former group is likely a party of one. Me!

But wait, there's more! There's one final review next week, when I open an actual Ben Nevis bottle of my own. The whisky's style is expected to be quite different than the other BNs from this month. This is still exciting, see!

I'm ending the dozen regular reviews with the oldest of the bunch. Its from Signatory's Cask Strength Collection. You know, those bottles that look snazzy but are a pain in the ass to pour from? I do not have a 700mL bottle of this whisky, but I wish I did.

Distillery: Ben Nevis
Region: Highlands (Western)
Independent Bottler: Signatory Vintage
Range: Cask Strength
Age: 24 years old (October 29, 1991 to January 22, 2016)
Maturation: sherry butt
Bottles: 566
Cask: 3833
Alcohol by Volume: 54.7%
(from a purchased sample)

Its color is light gold with a reddish hue. Its nose weaves three delightful threads, flawlessly. First: moss and black smoke. Second: cinnamon and coffee. Third: cherries, plums, peaches and mangoes! It also has a very Yamazaki 18yo note of sherry-soaked mizunara oak. The palate starts with a big note of tart fruits, along with toasted oak, toasted barely, bitter smoke and bitter coffee with rich sherry licking at the edges. After more than 20 minutes, tropical fruit juices flood in, carrying liquid honey and molasses. Its final act reveals toffee, salted almonds, cherry syrup, bitter smoke, lemons, mangoes and peat moss.

I was all, "This is pretty good", then the whisky was like, "Mangoes", then I went, "What!". True story.

One could say that this is a cousin of good ol' Ardmore, but I've never had an Ardmore behave so well in a sherry cask. One may also suggest it has hints of beloved '60s and '70s Longmorn, but then there's the peat.

It's harmony. Take that, Suntory. If you have a bottle from this cask, then ffffffffffff......fine. Happy Friday to you.

Availability - A few retailers in continental Europe, maybe
Pricing - around €150
Rating - 92 (best of this BN bunch)


  1. I had an unexpected layover at Calgary International today, and decided to browse the modest duty-free store. They have several bottles of this for $234 CAD (180 USD. My only question, should I have bought more than one?

    1. Dear lard, THEY HAVE THIS AT DUTY FREE?! They don't even have this is at regular retailers in Europe anymore. Wow. What a great find.