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Ben Nevis 2012 Oloroso Sherry Cask, Swell de Spirits, 500ml

Bottle Details:

Distillery: Ben Nevis

Bottler: Swell de Spirits (SdS)

Bottling serie: Wonders of The World

Vintage: 2012

Bottled: 2021

Stated Age: 8 years old

Strength: 59.2 % Vol.

Casknumber: 1902

Casktype: Finished in an First Fill Oloroso cask

Number of bottles: 297

Volume: 500ml

Ben Nevis 2012 Oloroso Sherry Cask, Swell de Spirits, 500ml

  • Colour: light gold. It's really a new thing that 1st fill oloroso would impart this little colour. Nose: I seem to spot some sootier tones here and there but it's hard to say whether that stems from the spirit or from the cask. It's clearly fermentary, having said that (bread dough, beer). With water: yess! Bidis, green cigars and walnuts – the sherry doing its job in a rather fino-y way – sourdough, a little mint tea, some chalkiness… This is more classic Ben Nevis. Mouth (neat): big, fat, lemony, waxy, quite pungent. Wasabi aged in wood. Green oranges too. It's actually a little brutal but remember, almost 60%. With water: lovely indeed. Chalky lemons, soot, ashes, green pepper, paraffin, horseradish, then orange blossom water and earl grey. Peppery rhythm section. Finish: long, rather on bitter oranges. Turmeric and ginseng powder, perhaps (I'm feeling better already)… Comments: a wee step above, I would say.

    SGP:461 - 88 points.

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