The Fisherman’s Retreat is set to release Edition 13 (Ben Nevis), a new addition to their collection of single cask, single malt whiskies. This upcoming whisky will be available for pre-sale starting Friday, 17th November at 10 am.
Edition 13, a Ben Nevis single malt, has reached maturity at just four years of age. This rapid maturation process is attributed to its aging in a first fill American oak, ex-Yalumba fortified wine barrel. The unique size of the cask has facilitated greater contact between the spirit and the wood, contributing to the whisky’s rapid development and transformation.
With an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 54%, Edition 13 is a limited release, with only 173 bottles produced.
Appearance: The whisky exhibits a remarkable color for its age, featuring deep, rich tones of mahogany, orange bronze, and deep red reminiscent of autumnal leaves. The presence of natural oils is notable, creating a slow movement within the glass.
Nose: The aroma of Edition 13 presents a rich and fruity profile, with notes of raisins, figs, and Christmas pudding. Additional swirls of the glass release scents of toffee, bananas, and hints of vanilla and marzipan, making the whisky increasingly intriguing.
Palate: At 54% ABV, the whisky offers bold flavors, starting with a hit of fruitiness, including figs, raisins, and more pronounced vanilla than on the nose. Its sweetness is well-balanced, accompanied by an oily and creamy texture that envelops the mouth, leading to a gentle and lasting finish.
Finish: This whisky is described as flavorsome, maintaining its character from the nose through to the palate. Both the Ben Nevis spirit and the Yalumba Fortified Wine cask have contributed to creating a dram of notable quality. Despite its young age, Edition 13 is positioned to compete with more mature whiskies.
Edition 13 (Ben Nevis) represents The Fisherman’s Retreat’s latest foray into cask exploration and whisky crafting, offering a unique tasting experience.