Ben Nevis 18yr Dancing Stag (Robert Graham)
I was lucky enough to have been invited along with my friends at EH10 Whisky Society (@EH10Whisky) to Robert Graham's (@WhiskyCanongate) Canongate store for an intimate tasting of some of their recent bottlings.
The first dram of the evening was this Ben Nevis 18 year old from the Robert Graham Dancing Stag range which is a range of single cask bottlings at 46% with no added colouring and non chill filtered.
This bottle won a Bronze Medal in the International Spirits Challenge award for Independents single malt in the 13-20 year old.
This is a really fruity dram, with lots of tned fruit salad, vanilla and smooth galaxy milk chocolate, it's a complex yet easy to enjoy dram that is full of flavour and would be as ideal in the glass of a whisky beginner as it would in the glass of a whisky connoisseur. Understandable why this is winning awards.
You can buy this dram online from Robert Graham now.
When I first stuck my nose into the glass I got a,massive hit of tinned fruit salad in a light syrup, vanilla pods straight from the packet, some slightly underripe greengages and plums, it grows more and more in the glass, adding wood spices, oak sap and edges of galaxy chocolate
Quite a bit different to the nose, lots more fresh fruit salad than the tinned salad in syrup, talks melon coming strong, vanilla essence and a caramel centred toffee like the soft centred werthers, more galaxy chocolate
A spicyness and pepperyness on the finish also also quite fresh and mouthwatering with it