Monday, May 7, 2018

Tasting: Douglas Laing's Old Particular. Ben Nevis - 14 Years

Ben Nevis is sadly an often-overlooked whisky and in my book a real hidden gem.
One of the reasons people aren’t paying Ben Nevis attention, is mainly due to a poor ownership strategy, or simply because the owner doesn’t care too much about building the brand, because most of the whisky produced at Ben Nevis is being exported for Japanese’s blends, so why bother spending money on advertising, a proper visitor center and maintain a webpage - which by the way, looks like it was last updated somewhere around the millennium - when you don’t really need too?

Besides the regular 10 years old Ben Nevis and their blended whisky; Dew of Ben Nevis, there haven’t really been many official distillery bottles available in the recent years, but luckily the independent bottlers know there’s a lot to gain from Ben Nevis and have released their fair share.

Douglas Laing’s Old Particular. Ben Nevis – 14 Years
Single Malt Scotch Whisky – From a Single Cask
No Coloring/No Chill Filtration

Distillery: Ben Nevis
Bottler: Douglas Laing
Region: Highlands
Age: 14 Year
Proof/ABV: 48,4%
Distilled: June 2001
Bottled: August 2015
Cask: Refill Hogshead
DK Price: $107USD/650dkk
Release: Limited 348 bottle release

Points: 87,5/100

Floral, sweet malt, honey, orange marmalade and pineapple.  

Tropical juicy. Lemon, apricot, raw sugar and a hint of the pineapple in the back

Crisp medium-long finish: Fruity sweet with citrus fruit and a bit of cinnamon at the tail end.

Photo & Review By: Hasse Berg