I wrote these notes a little while ago but the end of the year was a bit hectic, so apologies. The Nevis is still available though and the Coig thingy hasn’t even been released yet. I would definitely recommend them both.
Thanks David for sorting me out with (some of) these samples, and thanks Ed for sharing the Nevis.
Nose - Dark, almost rotten fruit with deodorant, cut, ripe mango, hairy peaches and Haribo. That's the kind of weirdness I love in Ben Nevis, and this is a wonderful one - ripe fruit and plenty of wax and structure.
Body - Tobacco, burnt caramel, sesame snaps and sangria. Lightly butyric.
Finish - Long and full of fruit - travel sweets and a little hubba bubba. Weird lowlandery peach at the end.
This is a real cracker. I love finding these.
Coig Deicheadan, Butt 17 years old, 45.6% A⊕
Body - Quite gentle with felt and cardboard, orange segments and fruit toffee.
Finish - Something extremely Christmassy in here, I actually think it might be the smell when you cut wedges off the base of the new fir tree when you're trying to jam it into the base. It's literally that Christmassy. A long finish, with strident tannins and bracing wood against the fruit. Lots of citrus and orange peel at the end.
An extremely delicious blend of stuff that was supposed to be the Christmas bottling but didn't make it to being bottled in time. A great shame as it would have been perfect! I hope it will be out for Burns night.
Body - Delicate, considered and delicious, exceeding expectations from the nose. Barley sugar and toffee apples. Much fruitier with water, more complete.
Finish - Long and deeply sweet, with soft brown sugar, malt extract and just a little popping candy.
This is another cracking young Ardmore. I tasted a 4 year old Ardmore in a Springbank dunnage warehouse a late last year and it was absolutely stunning, bought it immediately. This is similarly age-defyingly-good.
Body - Stern but sweet, with Marlboro lights, black pepper and crème brûlée. Fruitier with water, more tobacco.
Finish - Medium to short, warm white wine with an underlying fug of cream and sugar.
A hard, closed, slightly grumpy whisky. This grew on me but the Ardmore is a lot better.