Ben Nevis 2015 6 Years (Roger’s Whisky Company)
A little while ago I reviewed a young, sherry-matured Ben Nevis 2015 from Adelphi that was lacking… something. That something might very well have been peat. I was surprised to find out it was an unpeated release. Most young single malts from established distilleries are peated. After all, the peat is very capable of masking a whisky’s imperfections. Now there’s another young, sherry-matured Ben Nevis from the same vintage by Roger’s Whisky Company, yet this one IS heavily peated.
Roger’s Whisky Company is named after, well, Roger of course. He’s been an active member of the whisky community on Instagram, meeting and bringing together like-minded whisky enthusiasts. That’s actually where I first came across Roger sometime last year (I think). Due to global conditions, I don’t think I need to explain why we haven’t met in person yet. But that moment is edging closer, hopefully at a whisky festival in the near future.
The Ben Nevis 2015 from Roger’s Whisky Company has matured in a first-fill sherry cask with an output of 329 bottles. It’s actually his second bottling, following his collaboration with the Torsten Paul Whisky Company. Taking into consideration the high-quality of Roger’s first release, I’m very much looking forward to his new Ben Nevis.
Ben Nevis 2015 6 Years (58.4%, Roger’s Whisky Company, C#34)
Nose: Classic sour Ben Nevis aromas, not unlike copper coins, as well as rhubarb, cassis and lychees, but also sweeter touches of golden syrup and cane sugar. All of this is underlined by wood smoke, soot and dark notes of cinnamon, even some faint medicinal notes. Mature beyond its years.
Taste: An oily, somewhat dry mouthfeel highlighted by ashes, wood smoke and some dark chocolate, as well as licorice root and nutmeg. Sweet notes of cinnamon, nougat and cocoa powder with just a touch of rubber and rye bread, but also raisins.
Finish: Chocolate truffles, plenty of wood smoke and some soot.
No second album syndrome here, as Roger managed to follow his Caol Ila with another very good release. This peated Ben Nevis is already available from The Single Cask and TopWhiskies, but should also arrive in The Netherlands soon (hopefully).
Sample provided by Roger’s Whisky Company
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.