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However ‘Single Blend’ is not an official Scotch whisky category the Ben Nevis expression presented here is by all means extremely unique whisky.
Back in 1955 Joseph Hobbs, an eccentric owner of the distillery installed a Coffey still to produce both malt and grain whisky. The experiment lasted until 1981 and was abandoned with the distillery sale to Long John International. Curiously, some 1970 vintages were blended together before being filled into casks, marrying in wood for over four decades. Here we have a Specialty Drinks Ltd. release of Ben Nevis Single Blend from 2013. The whisky was bottled at 44.5% abv with an outrun of 300 bottles. (Producer’s tasting note.)
Nose: soft milk chocolate and crème caramel with rich, plump sultanas. There is an underlying sweet-scented candle wax note that lends an element of depth. With time the fruit elements evoke into something richer and darker, such as macerated raisins.
Palate: at first it is light on the palate but it still seams to coat the mouth. There is a soft creaminess to the whisky and flavors of butterscotch and Satsumas. After the second sip there is more fruitcake and toffee where the malt and grain have integrated well.
Finish: the finish has a good length and is rather warming with more dried fruit, particularly currants, becoming evident.