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Ben Nevis 17 yo 1996 / 2014 The Nectar of the Daily Drams 49.3% vs Ben Nevis 1997 / 2015 Pearls of Scotland #614 50.9% vs Ben Nevis 16 yo 1998 / 2014 Lady of the Glen #1407 52.1%

Ben Nevis 17 yo 1996 / 2014 The Nectar of the Daily Drams 49.3%

Yes, a barrage: Honey, chalk powder, struck gunpowder and wispy white smoke. Molten wax, lime zest, and quite a massive pile of yellow fruit. One of the mineral but honeyed ones. Tiny hints of gentian, clean earth and white mushrooms. Very honeyed on the tongue, with a real sour tinned fruit note and bristling texture to die for. 90 pts

Ben Nevis 1997 / 2015 Pearls of Scotland #614 50.9%

Ben Nevis’ sulphurous quality can be a bit tricky, and here’s why. Dirty flints and quasi-sulphur step to the fore. Soot crusted pots, and the fuzzy effervescence of struck matches. Little grains of burnt this and thats. Soil clogged roots of discarded vegetables in the bin if you leave it till tomorrow. Despite this the chalk, the honey, zest and yellow stonefruit remain just a step behind – and are louder on the tongue but could do with a lot more airtime. 87 pts

Ben Nevis 16 yo 1998 / 2014 Lady of the Glen #1407 52.1%

Yeast, burnt hair, muddy flints, and then fatty with margarine, sunflower oil and shortcrust. Less honeyed but more of an oily whisky than the previous two. Celebrate the differences. On the palate it’s fairly nondescript, being mostly sweet oils, dough and that Ben Nevis fuzzy almost-sulphur not-sulphur that keeps the texture lively. 85 pts

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