Ben Nevis 1998, Duncan Taylor NC2 range, 46%

Price: $90.00 Issue: Summer 2011 Reviewer: Gavin Smith

Initially mulch and damp undergrowth on the nose, with a whiff of sulfur. Then developing soft toffee and vanilla notes, though the ‘outdoors' odor remains. Big and oily in the mouth, with a chewy texture. Oak, citrus fruit, hazelnuts, and spices, plus a hint of gunpowder tea. Medium to long in the finish, with more oak, ginger, and quite bitter coffee. A typically ‘off the rails' independent Ben Nevis. Great if you have a soft spot for a ‘bad boy!'