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Overall rating
88.24/100
votes
62
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 97
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
142
Strength
49.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
30 May 2018 4:04 pm by ElmoHC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 130,00

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62 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1997 MBa

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.24 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2018] A Ben Nevis release from a bottler known for its usually excellent quality is a must try, for sure...

    ...and it is worth a try but it is rather a (sub) standard Ben Nevis according to my taste buds. In the end it is not a Ben Nevis release I will remember after the bottle is finished, finally...
    • Nose
      83 83
      The nose shows some strange sulphurous-cheesy off-notes (like sweaty feet, that usually come from a distillation that did not meet the exact cut-off points, so some feints or foreshots are incidentally included). This is not to my liking, sorry.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is better but still a little bit of the sour-cheesy notes shine through, unfortunately. Too bad, as the overall profile (without these flaws) is quite good actually with nuts, honeys, fruits and marzipan - and whoever likes such cheesy notes will adore this bottling too...
    • Finish
      86 86
      The initial mouthfeel as well as the finish owns some minor drying-astringent moments (tannins) that are not really distracting. The finish is long and chewable with more sour-winey flavours (that are better than the sweaty feet in the nose) and sweet sugars. I like it a notch better than the taste itself. Some water helps to reduce the cheesy aromas in the nose and turns the taste more approachable - I like this dram best when reduced to about 43% abv.

  2. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A naked Ben Nevis... so gorgeous with some fantastic soft honey notes and characteristic clean farmy tones.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose is lovely and light, hay fields and minerals, creamy wheat and white chocolate. Heather and spices, quite herbal... almost a bit farmy.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Paste is fresh, more creamy malt porridge. Cocoa powder and bay leaf, some hints of coffee butters and lashes of honey. It’s a bit meaty and rich, just a twinge of horse stalls.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish is light and herbal, almonds and cloves. More cocoa and spice cake and some touches of bitterness in the finish that makes your mouth water. As it fades away there’s almost a hint of smoke... maybe even a tiny bit of peat?!

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Strange drink. The first nose is frankly frightening, an undisguised fervor blocks anything. Subsequently, she leaves, but the overall impression of this does not improve much. A mixture of bitter grass and sweet pastries, and the grass is very dominant. Taste already at least as a whole draws this molt, but the finish is one of the strongest places, although not - the empty glass smells like 89
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  8. Ostap scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I do not like such closed and ascetic aromas. The aroma does not correlate with the age of exposure, looks much younger, with characteristic brown notes. The taste and aftertaste are brighter and more pronounced. Controversial impressions of this whisky were higher expectations from both 21 years of exposure and from Ben Nevis. However, there is no obvious negative in whisky, it is pleasant and drinkable, though simple.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A brash first nose, sulfur, stagnant water, fruity I am in a good moonshine, notes of milk caramel, lemon peel, orange, mineral notes, tangy peach. At the end of the tasting, there were notes of a farm with cows, salinity came. The score went up during the tasting from 83 to 85.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Peach, juicy fruitiness, basket of sweet-sour tropical fruits, vanilla, candy, nuts, at the end comes the meat under the sweet sauce.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Perfume, fruit, sweet sparkling water, dry, long lasting, nutty, herbaceous, pepper.

  9. Varrek scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Herbs, honey, grass, some lemon peel without so much sweetness that I expected. Very good dram still

  10. Vallado scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I'm torn. The whisky has a very dominant sulfur note (so dominant that I find it distracting, although I've had little real problems with sulfur so far), but there is also much to discover.
    • Nose
      81 81
      sulphurous-sweaty, soaked sultanas, fruit schnapps, wine-sour, pears
    • Taste
      88 88
      Slightly sharp onset, slightly oily texture, again sulfur (but less than in the nose), cashews, pears, quince, forest honey
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium to long, sweet and sour: vinous, candy, almond syrup

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