Overall rating
Single Malt
Hidden Spirits (HiSp)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
12 years old
Heavily Peated Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Apr 2018 11:42 am by Speyside
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 114.99

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 2006 HiSp

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.38 points

  1. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An amazing barrel and an extremely exciting character Ben Nevis Torfer. Exciting, tasty combination.
    • Nose
      Fruity, intense sherry, marginal sulfuric acid, sooty peat smoke, not untypical for peated Ben Nevis. Sweet, fruity, peaty, barrel-emphasized. That's fun.
    • Taste
      Sooty peat in my mouth, bitter oak! Tart, fruity sherry notes, a little nutty, walnuts, slightly waxy, spices.
    • Finish
      Sweet and tart. The sooty peat says hello, the intense, non-sticky sherry barrel is there and the bitter oak. Intense without becoming bitter.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Woody Allen

    I don’t believe I have every tried a peaty Ben Nevis. This 12 years old from 2006, bottled at cask strength by the Italian company Hidden Spirits, matured on a heavily peated sherry cask. Not sure what to think of that. And I confess, it’s a dirty brown. Almost looks like rusty water. Well, no time like the present, I suppose.

    Okay, let me just start by saying that this is a schizophrenic nose! Dark fruity notes like plums, dates, raisins and a handful of nuts on the one hand, green garden herbs and Maggimix on the other. The whole is wrapped in a weird smoky blanket, giving me the feeling of nosing cooled down broth. And I have to admit… I’m in doubt. It’s a bit like a Woody Allen film: love it or hate it. In my book, this is a cacophony that does not work.

    Oh, much better on the palate! Dark fruit and oranges in a stew, the spices become Oriental, the smokiness underpins it all and gives it depth and warmth. Chewing tobacco and black pepper, espresso, origin chocolate and plums. It does work on the palate!

    The finish is very long, spicy with a nice note of plum liqueur and walnuts, while some mint offers an uplift at the death.

    Very surprising, but completely schizophrenic Ben Nevis. What a ride!

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    In my view, that was a bad barrel with a clear false mark. But confirm my relationship with Ben Nevis again. Some are crackers and most of them have a sulfur problem somehow. Is really like truffle hunting, because finding something for me. ;-)

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      76 76
      Full sherry board directly after pouring, some smoke, slightly fermented fruit, a little sweat and unfortunately also sulfur. After some life not quite as sherry overpowered, but now ripe yellow fruits. In addition, dark, earthy notes, mineral. A light touch of disinfectant floats in the middle of the bouquet and becomes increasingly strong. Still sulfur, but not so obtrusive anymore.
    • Taste
      79 79
      Jo, there's a lot of sherry again. Sweet and heavy, very oily, initially a bit powerless, but then it comes with a time delay. Dark fir honey and tannins come to the back, in the end also a touch of menthol. Again, sulfur.
    • Finish
      78 78
      The finish is not overly long, the sweetness is gone relatively quickly, the bitterness stays a little longer, espresso, a touch of ash on the tongue.

  4. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    An exceptional drop that has a real quality in it.

    Take time. Enjoy.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First it seems closed - there is hardly any smoke whatsoever. Then, intense sherry notes, figs, tobacco, plums, acidic components in the background, and fine barrel and spicy flavors. Complex and intense. If you seek smoke, you will find it, but discreetly.

      With water significantly more fruitiness.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very interwoven, subtle fruits, intense bitter tobacco and dark chocolate, smoke accompanied with light ash and pepper. In the background initially difficult to grasp fruit flavors (see below). The alcohol is still quite strong, slight dryness follows.

      It opens up clearly with water. The fruit flavors, with plums, black cherries, currant and dry raisins and a subtle fruit sweetness intensify. The smoke disappears almost entirely.

      After a few sips and the appropriate amount of water, a fruit bomb develops.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, with sour-mint oak, figs, plums and currants merge with light smoke. Dry mint hangs extremely long.

  5. DramJammin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Varrek scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Dark fruits, sherry, sweet after adding water
    • Taste
      89 89
      Intense and complex. Sherry, spicy, very reach, dark fruits, oily. Sweet at the middle of the tounge and spicy in the end
    • Finish
      86 86
      Not long, dry sherry and a hint of sweetness

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  9. mds51 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. DerDennis! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I might even have blindly recognized him as Ben Nevis, especially at first smelling. If you know it, these typical herbs will always sparkle.
    Strong fellow, the smoke is well integrated and does not harm. He gets better with a little water. Without it remains at solid 86 points.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Sweet, spicy, nutty, dark fruits, dates, harsh forest honey, nutmeg, impregnating spray, pickles, light sherry, some phenolic smoke, malt, herbs, menthol
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smoke, ash, tart spicy honey, woody, sherry, bitter orange marmalade, coffee, peppery spiciness. Water makes it softer, it takes away the sharpness and it becomes fruity.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium length, wood smoke, light sherry, licorice


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