Ben Nevis 10 Year Old - Dràm Mòr

Mellow, Sweet Fruity
Some time ago, we had the pleasure of tasting the blended malt "Dumbarton Rock" from the Independent Bottler Dràm Mòr. The company's primary focus lies in bottling individual single malt casks. They showcase a seasonal selection of special releases quarterly – of course uncolored and unfiltered. Today, we savor a 10-year-old Ben Nevis from the Summer Collection 2023, featuring a finish of undisclosed duration in Palo Cortado Sherry Hogsheads.
Ben Nevis 10 Year Old - Dràm Mòr
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Single Malt Whisky | 10 Year Old | 57,40 % ABV. | 128,56 €/l | Ben Nevis Distillery | bottled by Dràm Mòr | produced in Scotland (Highlands)


The opening on the nose is characterized by intense maltiness. A fascinating blend of sweet scents evokes memories of roasted marshmallows and milk chocolate. Over time, the aroma unfolds into more robust notes. A hint of old leather becomes perceptible, and the chocolate note evolves towards bittersweet. In the background, a subtle notion of blackcurrants emerges. Top notes carry a touch of honey and vanilla.


Notably, the malt exhibits a pronounced dry mouthfeel. Coupled with its high oiliness, it imparts a distinctive astringency to the whisky. On the palate, it presents a spicy-oaky profile with subtle hints of forest honey on the tip of the tongue. These harmoniously evolve into typical Sherry notes of forest berries and chocolate, where the "Sherry bomb" is present in flavor but not overpowering. Towards the back it reveals an almost mineral note reminiscent of tobacco leaves.


The finish of this Ben Nevis is medium-length and warming, with the image of an old leather sofa consistently present. Here, a persistent honey note remains, while the conclusion is pleasantly spicy, accompanied by zesty white pepper.


Overall, this Ben Nevis from Dràm Mòr is truly delightful. Its simplicity, pleasant straightforwardness, and delicate flavor make it a noteworthy choice. The successful combination of sweetness, intensity, and complexity bestows upon it a prototype character for a Bourbon maturation with a Sherry finish. Bottled at cask strength and though it may not be extravagant, we would highly recommended trying it.

Rating: 84/100 - Excellent (Marcel: 83 | Sascha: 84)

Value for Money: 4/5 - Good

Product for review provided free of charge by Drám Mór
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