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Overall rating
90.13/100
votes
129
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Vintage
28.09.1990
Bottled
25.06.2018
Stated Age
27 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
22
Number of bottles
236
Strength
58.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 Jun 2018 3:35 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 186.93

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129 × member ratings

124 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1990 Arc

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.13 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Creamy butter, fruity, apricots, peach, a tropical sweetness (some pineapple), oily and a bit earthy with a touch of hay.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Again the apricots, a greasy mouthfeel, nutty, overbrewed tea, woodspices like nutmeg and clove.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long: a faint fruitiness switching to nice bittersweet wood notes.

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2020] A quick review of a sample which came a long way from down under (no, not from Samoa - thanks, Jack)...

    ...which proves Ben Nevis owns an interesting and powerful profile. This release shows more of the bitter-nutty side of the Nevis but both sugars and fruits do a fine job to balance this somewhat. The tannins are at the edge (to my taste buds) but wood-heads will adore them, surely. Another good Ben Nevis release, it seems the nineties are a "golden era" for this fine distillery.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers the trademark fruity-floral Ben Nevis profile enriched with honeys, nuts and spices. After some breathing earthy notes join in (pine needles, wet forest floor) while the fruits retreat significantly. The spicy woods grow stronger as do the bitter nutty impressions (almonds, walnuts) which drives the nose a little out of balance, missing the sweeter side of the dram almost completely now.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste offers more fruits again, contained by an even bigger nuttiness than with the nose. The wood is firm but does not over-power and the barley sugars soothe the bitter impressions. After some chewing an interesting breadiness (sourdough) pops up which is a strange but tasty combo with the nuts and fruits (by the way, I never had a sourdough bread with nuts and fruits). Some water releases the bready aromas in the nose too but it turns both taste and finish less interesting. I prefer the neat dram.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The dram arrives a little hot on the palate with a nice coating effect but some bitter-astringent moments too (tannins at work). The finish is medium to long and adds more of the nutty impressions alongside the wooden notes. Surely, it dries out towards the end on tannins but this is no major deal. The finish is more simple than both nose and taste.

  3. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A typical Ben Nevis from this era, with that Littlemill / Loch Lomond like style and not so dirty / fudgy / chewy as the mid-90s. I can understand why this ended up as an Archives bottling.
    • Nose
      Nut mix. Cruesli with dried fruits. A little caramel. Then hay. With water some grapefruit.
    • Taste
      Buttery. Blood orange, macadamia, vanilla and caramel. With water there's porridge.
    • Finish
      Blood orange, butter, hazelnut and caramel.

  4. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Surely one of the most divine noses I had the opportunity to smell. In the Fruity genre it's just magic. Unfortunately the result is not up to par. I could have put less than 87 if the nose had not marked my mind.
    To enjoy with water for a final opinion.
    • Nose
      A plane of fruits simply. There is peach, apricot, exotic fruits ...
      The fruit is good but with a little honey, vanilla and a bit of "pastry" is even better.
    • Taste
      Attack quick, too lively. In the middle of the mouth alcohol is always too present. I can still see some notes of fruit, wood and spices.
    • Finish
      Alcohol still present on my taste buds.
      There is vanilla, spices (oak ...) and a fragrant wave of fruit. There is some hint of exotic fruit over time.

  5. joep scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. gooos scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Amazing nose and taste with a lot of coconut which very nicely balanced with the spices in it.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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