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Ben Nevis 1997 MBa

Overall rating
87.69/100
votes
77
Whiskybase ID
WB113043
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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77 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1997 MBa

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.69 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 Connoisseur

    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. ep11ripee scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    21/22/21.5/21.5
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. SRB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  6. vlad78 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A good dessert drink.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Apples, peaches, yellow duchess pears, lime scents.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The taste is just as fresh, full of yellow fruit.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The aftertaste is fruity, of medium duration. Good ballanced

  7. Макс scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. toklian scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N20 P22 F22 B21

  9. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    20 22 22 21 85

    delicious drinking Nevis, but again the nose upset and did not allow to give a high score. If you do not smell but only drink it is very good!)

  10. Mark-E scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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