Ben Nevis 6, 1st Fill Amontillado Gorda


This cask bottling, distilled in December 2013, spent six years maturing in a first fill amontillado butt. It was bottled at cask strength in September of 2020 at 67.6% ABV. Cask #1278 yielded 754 bottles.

You can see Joshua and Jason discuss this bottling HERE.

Our tasting notes are as follows:

Color: Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Nose: This is the stuff! Grocery store onion bagels, ballpark hotdogs, stewed parsnips, fountain pen ink, fresh potting soil in the corner of a warm greenhouse, apricot seeds, hard root beer candy with Good & Plenty candies in there for good measure

Palate: Effervescent yet still tongue coating, there’s a distinct funkiness on entry but with Yellow Jujyfruits, dried papaya, and German whole grain sourdough rye bread appearing midpalate

Finish: Salted watermelon, peanut skins, dark chocolate covered cherries

On the label: A study in contrasts: effervescent yet unctuous, drying yet juicy, salty yet sweet. Walk through a warm greenhouse, smell the fresh potting soil, and pull warm fruit from the vine and you’ll have an idea of what this dram has to offer. It’s a lot of fun!

Founded way back in 1825, Ben Nevis distillery, located in the town of Fort William in the western highlands of Scotland, has been under Japanese ownership since 1989. Two stills can produce up to two million liters annually with up to 75% of that production heading to Japan for blending purposes. There are only a couple of bottlings put out by the distillery but independently bottled Ben Nevis continues to shine a light on the quality distillate produced in Fort William.
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