Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Anniversary Exclusive
Stated Age
26 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
70th Velier Anniversary
Added on
26 Oct 2017 9:33 am by harlan
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 382.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1990 SV

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.65 points

  1. abv40 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    This is an excellent Ben Nevis. Can be overpowering (medicinal, chems, sherry) when first opened, but after a couple of months, it is very impressive. Somehow, this reminds me of the 1998 21YO HiSp Ben Nevis.

  2. odyssey0815 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    At the beginning there is more glue and solvent than I can smell.
    After adding water and waiting 15 minutes,
    it becomes vanilla, dark red fruits emerge.
    As is already the case with the smell, vanilla and dark fruit intensify, hot and peppery on the tongue with a light solvent taste, which is not bad but rather interesting.

    The pungency remains only in the mouth, not in the esophagus, long-lasting, peppery, fruity and multi-layered in the finish, a multifaceted interplay of the flavors begins,
    this is where you really notice your age. Delicious.

  3. Silversoul scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I've just opened the bottle, due to the ABV a little time would help to open up. I might re-review it later this year.
    26 Years old, 60.5%, looks like the angels did not know that Ben Nevis reopen in 1990. Some of the sister casks are about the same.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Do not expect a Sherry bomb here, despite the age we are facing a rather fruity ad waxy Ben Nevis.
      Fresh orange peels, apricots and a bit of sour fruits, at the back a classic Ben Nevis waxyness and dusty warehouse, polished wood, everything is well integrated.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very expressive, without any dubt the alcohol delivers everything of the above, it's punchy but not too aggressive, very fresh considered the age, a winey style of sherry, distillery profile is there, well evident, dustiness comes through at the end
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long finish, starts on polished wood, wax, the sherry comes at the end, rather elegant and winey again, not very dry, some cashews. Doesn't leave the palate dry, very moreish. One of the best Ben Nevis I had. Very anemic malt as it is very fresh and expressive as you would expect form a 10 years old, but with plenty of age and complexity.

  4. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is rather calm, dried wood, a dusty attic, dried apricots, some vanilla, surprisingly little alcohol given the strength
    Taste - tart pear, olive oil, then envelop the spices
    long aftertaste, dry wood, oak, spices, dried fruits
    Despite the fact that it is a nevis of sherry aging, there is quite a bit of wine wine. very interesting molt

  5. K C Wong scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  6. -sAxo- scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Second try after trying from an opened bottle.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Pretty obvious rubber and leather. Probably need some air time.

      Very strong vanilla, and good amount of dried figs. Some sherry influenced detected, burnt tea leaves, tobacco, some yeasty sourness, chocolate with mints. New wood based furniture, with that formaldehyde smell. Complex, but can be more harmonious on the nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Great depth, full and rich. Mild sweetness, vanilla again, pretty malty, honey, kind of fruity and nutty as well. Some citrusy, and some mild sherry influenced.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and warming, pretty fruity, slightly bitter and nutty.

  8. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    An interesting nectar. I would never say that it is sustained in sherry ... There are wine notes, but very little ... Besides, 26 years of aging, and a fortress of 60.5% ...
    Let him stand and unfold. A couple of drops of water will reveal the aromatics ... I would say to the blind that this is a bourbon extract with not a long wine finish, something not sherry, but something like Marsala ...

  9. daverdaz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Exceptional filling. The grades of solvent outweigh. But are also cool somehow

  10. KonstUA scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22.5, finish 22.5, balance 22


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