Always happy when an old Ben Nevis crosses my path. There is also a 55,9% version, also 26 years old and bottled in the same year.
Ben Nevis 26 yo 1968
(54,6%, OB 1994, 213 btl.)
Nose: very waxy, with lamp oil, graphite and a little silver polish. Carnauba wax too – lipstick indeed. Some apple aroma and honey in the back. Warm cedar wood. Soft menthol. Hints of almonds and hazelnuts.
Mouth: slightly hot. Sweet and spicy – not exactly fruity whisky but still nice apricot, grapefruit and pineapple. Again clear waxy components (paraffin). Fades on herbal teas and chamomile.
Finish: long, slightly harsh with ginger and an alcohol kick.
Not an easy dram, interesting but slightly rough and with plenty of waxy notes. I personally love Ben Nevis for this lipstick greasiness, but there are more enjoyable examples. Nowadays around € 275 in auctions. Thanks Carsten.