Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks A New item, ‘McDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis’ – Scotch Whisky News

Loch Fyne Whiskies Stocks A New item, ‘McDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis’

McDonald’s Traditional Ben Nevis
46% abv
£69.90 inc VAT
£58.25 ex VAT

An Ace peaty Ben Nevis, as good as the best. Ben Nevis (McDonald’s Traditional) OB 46%alc.

A peaty Ben Nevis, as good as the best – from anywhere!

My LFW Descriptors Mat tells me this pale straw in colour.

The aroma is oily, fishy (salmon flesh) with pipe shag-smoke. It covers more parts of the flavour spectrum than most, leather and oilskins (from feinty). Woody notes manifest as orange zest and cinnamon. Wine notes are brown sauce, port and white chocolate and esters are represented with bananas and general fruit. There is also marmite-gravy and biro ink. Over all this is a canopy of smoke, all-covering but masking little. It’s a smoky/kippery/lint smoke, lacking Islay brine and just how you imagine a proper West Coast mainland whisky should taste like.

The overall neat aroma note is, in short, “spectacular!”

The packaging is not at all clear. This is a single malt from Ben Nevis made up of present style Ben Nevis mixed with some more heavily peated Ben Nevis. The purpose is to replicate the style of whisky sold in the 1880s, I can’t vouch for the quality of the forgery but it is a brilliant old-fashioned style of whisky. Limited to about 700 individually numbered bottles this is a gem to-be-sure.

Tasted there is instant smoke, it’s peaty-smoke, TCP peaty. With an oily texture, there’s wet burnt wood (rained on ashes) and oily smoky oysters served with Lapsang Souchong tea. With a long coating finish of smoke, this is as good as the best whisky from anywhere.

Water reveals licorice and more of the above but I enjoyed it most just neat.

Best regards,
Loch Fyne Whiskies
david@lfw.co.uk

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