Ben Nevis 19 1999 Valinch & Mallet Hidden Casks Collection

Thanks to /u/the_muskox for this sample.

It’s tough putting parts of your life back together after the last how many years we’ve been by ourselves.

Personally I’m still trying to figure it all out: Curling sees me losing my balance and having no ability to judge the weight/speed of the rock. Dungeons and Dragons sees me reading as normal, and my game is still going on, however I really do miss my friends and cooking and baking for people. Then there’s whisky, which has jumped in price, been hard to drink when I’m stressed, and sadly falling by the wayside as I smoke more pot (it’s legal where I live).

So if you’re still figuring out your hobbies, that’s okay. It’s been a crazy bunch of years. It’s still years, right?

That’s all my excuse as to why I forgot I had another Ben Nevis sample and posted my review of the first one, rather than bundling them up to cut down on the amount of rambling time the readers deal with.

So what is Ben Nevis 19 1999 Valinch & Mallet Hidden Casks Collection? A single cask, cask strength, ex-Bourbon Ben Nevis that was released after losing at Hide & Seek (Citation Needed). So we know that 1996 was the turning point year for Ben Nevis, and also the point where the prices went up, but we haven’t asked if they kept that momentum going or not.

So let’s see, shall we?

Price: €133

Region: Highland

Vintage: 1999

Bottled: 2018

Cask type: Bourbon Hogshead

Cask number 18-1901

Abv: 51.7%

Colour: 7.5YR 5/8

Nose: Persimmon, canned peaches, butterscotch, sunflower, Twizzlers

Peach, peach, peach peach, peach, peach, peach. There’s a lot of peaches on this nose! I mean, I crave the tasty tentacles of octopi for tea as much as anyone else, but holy damn that’s a lot of peaches!

Yes, there’s floral, there’s candy, there’s some tropical, but it’s a pretty peach party.

Taste: Brine, green apple, anise, oak, butter, cherry

Less peaches. We can take a second for a second. Gonna have to move to the country now. We’re on a Peach Search, Yeah, but it’s not in the whisky anymore.

More of that ex-bourbon casks influence, with vanilla, butter, though not overdoing it. Heck, there’s even some brine

Finish: Wood, peach, lemon pitch, toffee, gravel/earth

Wood, and then more and more peach. Sure, those peaches taste so funny, and maybe we need some cream to go with it.

Earthy and peach don’t work. Like how you got the beach and blue cheese but now we have to talk about money, right? The toffee is the money, the wood and some of the lemon is the money, but that ain’t all meshing right.

Conclusion: No need to go to the country or order from Georgia directly… This has all of the Peaches. I’m surprised this wasn’t in a can, put there by a man, in a factory, potentially downtown. Or made in Georgia.

To put it another way without constantly quoting lyrics, I’ve had moonshine with peaches infused into them and it had less peach flavour than this. That’s not too bad, but it takes what should be an interesting if flawed whisky and turns it into a variety of K-pop, Hip-Hop, 90s rock, and meh Canadian pop star songs really quickly. It’s Peach when I see you, Peach when I feel you, Peach when you show (shit quoted another one).

So if you don’t mind peaches, get this. It’s worth it for that. It’s interesting and odd.


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