Price Point: Unknown for 750 ML
Last time, I reviewed Blackadder Ben Nevis Distillery 32 Year Old. The 90 proofer ranks pretty high on my all-time list (90 out of 100), and is certainly deserving of that spot.
Today, I’m reviewing its older brother, Blackadder 1966 Ben Nevis, which is technically a 34 Year Old whisky since it was bottled in 2000 (someone may want to check my math for me). Considering it has two years on the last one and nearly ten additional proof points, I think I may be in for a treat with this dram.
The nose starts out sweet and rum-like. Blackadder Ben Nevis 1966 has an earthy/grassy undertone, with charcoal and pine. There’s also candy canes and perhaps a touch of grassy (not peat) smoke.
In the mouth, Blackadder Ben Nevis 1966 is very, very spicy and peppery; it tingles on your tongue. There’s more oak here with lots of charcoal. Again, there’s a bread-like taste, similar to Bruichladdich Rocks. This whisky drinks hot, but what should I expect from a cask strength whisky? This Scotch is very tasty and complex, and vastly different than the 32 Year Old.
The finish is long and spicy. A very pleasant finish with even more grassy notes.
Rating & Recommendations
Blackadder Ben Nevis 1966 is another solid offering from Blackadder, earning a rating of 89 out of 100.
Contrary to my usual preferences of age and strength, I prefer the 90 proof 32 Year Old over this cask strength 34 Year Old. However, this is still a very nice whisky.