What's in a name? Ben Nevis 20 Year Old 1992 Cask 2523 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) whisky is called whisky because it's produced in Scotland. Were it from America it would be spelled Ben Nevis 20 Year Old 1992 Cask 2523 - Cask Strength Collection (Signatory) whiskey, rather than whisky.
Nose: Over-ripe grape and hints of Danish pastries. Sweet cereals, porridge oats and perfume.
Palate: Gingerbread, grist and sultanas. Sweetened lattes, pipe tobacco and chicory. Becomes rubbery.
Finish: Long, sweet finish with a mix of jams.
This is delicious, complex, smooth stuff. This joins my other favorites: Bunnahabhain 25, Signatory's Glenglassaugh 32, Highland Park 18, Tobermory 15, Balvenie 21 Portwood (and others!). On the nose? Yes, sure, Danish pastries, fruity ... and is that vanilla? Mmmm. Upon tasting I'm hit first by smoky, sweet, and chewy. But that morphs into something with a kind of hot-chocolatey or mocha malt goodness, followed by a mild peppery zing. The finish is sweeter, less peppery, earthier. Wish it lasted a tad longer.
6th February 2013