I have a bit of a fondness for Ben Nevis so I may ramble on a bit here. You can see my thoughts about a tour round this fantastic distillery here.
Ben Nevis 10 y.o 46% abv (available here)
The nose fully indicates the depths of this particular drams flavours. It is powerful but not oppressive. Rich and dry with some slight green notes as well as hints of bitter chocolate, coconut, peach stones and a faint wisp of peat covering it all. On the palate its smooth despite its initial dryness, coffee, bitter chocolate and Seville oranges are wrapped up in a big delivery. This is most certainly a dram with presence. The finish rounds off with, again, peat notes, through hints of buttery toffee and a dry nuttiness, leaving a flavoursome and oily tang.
This whisky is one of my favourites and is a great example of a traditional, powerful and yet still smooth dram. Whether that is the influence of its fantastic old school packaging or if I’m just all wrapped up by my own opinions not I’m not sure.
One to try.