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31 Mar 2011

Ben Nevis 1966 (Alchemist)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Ben Nevis

Alchemist (written Alc-hem-ist) is an independent Scottish bottler founded by Gordon Wright (member of the family behind Springbank, one of the people behind the resurrection of Bruichladdich and co-founder of Murray McDavid). There has been some momentum around this bottler a couple of years ago, but it seems to have faded quite soon. The website has never been updated since 2006 either.

 

Ben Nevis 1966 AlchemistBen Nevis 42 yo 1966
(40,6%, Alchemist 2008)

Nose: old polished wood mixed with a slightly tropical fruitiness (melon, banana). Nice coconut / vanilla combo. Hints of old grain whisky, but this is better and certainly smoother. Hints of lipstick. Heather notes. Honey. Verbena tea. A little smoke as well. Great nose, as great as old Ben Nevis can be. Mouth: interesting combination of sweet, sour and oaky flavours. Seville oranges, a little sherry. Heathery notes again. Light coconut. Getting quite spicy and oaky after a while (nutmeg, cloves, ginger). Maybe a little too oaky but hey, it’s 42 years old. Finish: long, fruity and waxy with a sourish touch.

Always be on the lookout for old Ben Nevis. Their 1960’s spirit is getting rare, but usually of great interest. This one is still available in some shops, but it doesn’t come cheap. Around € 220.

Score: 90/100

Ben Nevis 1966 (Alchemist) 4 Ruben Luyten 2011-03-31
  • aw

    There’s a lot of interesting information about Gordon Wright (and his uncle, and about Springbank in general) in John MacDougall’s excellent “Wort, Worms and Washbacks: Memoirs from the Stillhouse”.

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