A luxurious gift set including a bottle (should we say a crystal decanter) of 21 years old Ben Nevis, a pair of tasting glasses and a glass stopper.
The whisky was distilled in November 1990, soon after the distillery resumed operations under new ownership of Nikka Distilling Company. It was matured in traditional oak barrels until February 2003, then re-racked into Ruby Port casks for a lengthy finishing period of nine years and finally bottled at natural strength of 59.8% abv in September 2012.
Nose: smooth, with strong winey notes, rose petals, apricots, black cherries, strawberries, raspberries, milk chocolate, toffee and delicate notes of toasted malt.
Palate: very rich, delicate mineral notes, apricots, mango, chocolate coated cherries, raisins, quince jelly, heather honey, toffee, hints of tobacco and garden herbs.
Finish: long, winey, with lots of red fruits, chocolate and delicate herbal notes.