Another 1996 Ben Nevis Duo!

It’s summertime and I would like to enjoy some fruity dram today so let’s get some Ben Nevis 1996 matured in hogshead!

Ben Nevis 18yo 1996-2015 (52.7%, The Whisky Agency & The Nectar, Refill Hogshead, 276 bottles)

Colour: Gold.
Nose: No alcohol presence. It’s very fresh with a lot of citruses, lemon zest, freshly cut Granny Smith apples adding acidic notes and also some hints of grapes.
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is oily. It’s very fresh and fruity with loads of freshly cut Granny Smith apples, grapes, tannins, noble wood, white pepper, bourbon vanilla and hints of chalk.
Finish: Long. White pepper, apples, grapes and a lot of lemon zest. The end of the finish is dominated by this freshness and also some tannins.

A very nice dram full of freshness and power. The Ben Nevis mineral DNA is still present but quite shy compared to the rest of the profile.

Score: 88

Ben Nevis 23yo 2008-2020 (51.3%, Elixir Distillers for The Nectar, Hogshead, cask #536, 249 bottles)

Colour: Gold.
Nose: No alcohol presence. Mainly a mix of tropical fruits and preserved pineapples and canned fruit salad. Vegetal notes, clay, chalk and citruses. Way more Ben Nevis DNA in this one, let’s see the mouth!
Mouth: The alcohol integration is perfect and the texture is oily. Fresh tropical fruits, pineapples, mangoes, passion fruits, papaya, noble wood, and a lot of wax slowly disappearing to let some place to clay, chalk and mineral notes at the end of the mouth.
Finish: Long. Very mineral with a lot of chalk, hints of clay, paraffin oil, hints of tropical fruits. Very dry and mineral, nice one!

Way more dry and austere than the last one with also a bit more complexity in the profile while being as powerful!
The Ben Nevis mineral DNA is way more present in this dram which is more enjoyable to me.

Score: 89

This match was pretty close but the final winner is the Elixir Distillers one. Well, both were very nice and full of fruits (As I wished) and the most important part in all of this: I enjoyed them both!

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