Ben Nevis – That Boutique-y Whisky Co (batch 1)

Bought: Amazon, 21st November 2014

89/100 – Whisky Bible 2015
86.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from two member votes)

I’ve had my eye on the independent bottler ‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ for a while. On the downside, all their offerings are NAS, assuming you consider an age statement important. Personally I don’t care, so long as the whisky tastes nice. Certainly one negative is the bottle volume of 50cl rather than the more standard 70cl. So, at a diminutive size, what’s inside needs to be better than average. Things start to improve when you discover that most, if not all Boutique-y’s whiskies are cask strength. And lastly, the company generally gets excellent reviews.

Speaking of reviews, Jim Murray says of this Ben Nevis in his Whisky Bible “massive chunky delivery. All kinds of fruit in play, as well as barley sugar concentrate” and “a malt to match the mountain: just…big!” Then he scores it 89/100 which is “very good to excellent whisky definitely worth buying”.

You can’t help but notice the naïve, almost VIZ-like cartoons on the bottle labels, all of which tell a quirky story and relate to those involved in the bottling process. Initially I didn’t like the artwork but I’m warming to it now. It’s certainly unique in the world of whisky, which adds a certain charm. I got bottle no.129 of only 161 released so there aren’t many opportunities to get a taste of this interesting whisky.

Ben Nevis NAS 50cl

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