Ben Nevis 1995 whic

Overall rating
89.00/100
votes
223
Whiskybase ID
WB114456
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
whic - Whiskycircle (whic)
Bottling serie
Nymphs of Whisky Collection
Vintage
10.1995
Bottled
03.2018
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1510
Number of bottles
472
Strength
52.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
02 jul 2018 3:08 pm by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 499.00

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309 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1995 whic

58 users have left 64 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.00 points.

  1. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Outstanding nose for the price range (109 €) - the level he can not hold on the palate - prefer to crawl away, do not try :)
    • Nose
      91 91
      Passed red berries, blueberry, blackberry with water - not overly intense - which suits me, a subtle acid released from the berries with a touch of gunpowder - maybe even a tiny trace of sulfur - remotely reminds me of Deanston Oloroso 20 and Bunna Wy Viceroy Elixir.
      In addition, there is an oily oak note, partly old partly fresh, with carnauba wax and furniture polish. The nose is alive - acid levels, fruit and oak pulsate up and down - oak and fruit dance - while always remaining elegant.
      With more time shows clearly orange, tea tree oil, coated green tea, jasmine flowers. You can dive deep into the Snifter - nothing stings - on the bottom of the glass always waiting for this rich oiliness - I like it.
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet - red fruit - clear Nevis herbs - in the nose could have been anything - on the palate, he can not disguise its origin, the proportion of the taste - which is characterized by the distillate, unfortunately goes slightly to neutral / grapefruit peel Bitter, the Fassaromen catch that quite good - but as they alternate on the palate always - unfortunately comes to the delicious strawberry always a bit too much bitterness for me.
      It is solid fruitiness without drowning in the wet barrel, which I feared in the color first. Ginger, pepper, spicy, bright, untreated oak - the second sip makes it milder and no longer bothers you. But he can not reach the promising nose. Reminiscent of the 1991 SV Nevisse of recent times - a little red fruit.
    • Finish
      85 85
      dry, warming, some pepper, the fruit disappears comparatively fast - medium to long - where the really delicious part is rather short - also here clearly a Nevis with some pineapple in the finish

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  3. Tommy_71 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Mannix65 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Issue price upon publication: 109 EUR

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Dark sherry meets peach iced tea.

    Lots of wood on the nose and on the palate and clearly sharp on the finish, but otherwise a beautifully tart cocoa and coffee base through which the Nevis-typical elderberry and peach aromas flash through - the latter especially in the finale, when he has his throat going down (and before sharpness takes over).
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Petitcham scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Savory, cherry-like flavours coming up from behind, balance and perfection are good

  7. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  8. Cubey666 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    what a treat! chocolate, red fruit, that typical Ben Nevis dirty / quirky edge, thick marmalade, sticky jam, and chocolate coated cherries
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Relatively complex. Nice acid game. In addition, very creamy. Chocolate, nougat. Date, dark fruit. Classic modern sherry malt. Definitely one of the better ones.

  10. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    This Ben Nevis is a true value for money champion. A great sherry cask, that was available for around 100 euros when it was released.

  11. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very clean sherry barrel without missing notes. It will have a certain age and will not be younger than 20 years. About 52%, the distillery and the region I have to steer clear of.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A fat sherry sauce with raisins, dried figs, chocolate and leather. Appears fleshy and thick and has an underlying spicy and herbaceous note. Gingerbread, marzipan, removes lovage. Sherry barrel maturation through and through ...
    • Taste
      88 88
      ... that continues seamlessly on the tongue. In fact, it is as meaty and thick as the nose suggests. Delivers everything the heart of a sherry barrel whisky fan desires: raisins (bread), dried figs, dusty tomes bound in cracked leather, tobacco crumbs, dark chocolate. Slightly dry and spicy, a little bit of menthol.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish, an echo of the nose and palate. The fruits are a tad sweeter, hardly any menthol. Marzipan, acacia honey, flavored vanilla pudding.

  12. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    90s bottling from Ben Nevis has experienced a little hype in recent years. Here is a Ben Nevis for Whic in the Nymphs collection with a beautiful label. Matured from sherrybutt for a total of 22 years at an initially extremely decent price of 110 euros. On the nose, sweet strawberry puree and juicy freshly sliced peach. Oak seasoning, matcha tea and cardamom in the background. In contrast to others, I do not notice any sulfur here and I am really very sensitive here. Looks very playful and lovely, very complex and changeable in the glass of very sweet fruit and spicy aromas. Less sweet and quite tart in the mouth. Cocoa, coffee, toasted bread. Somewhat musty, freshly ridden leather saddle. Not spicy, to drink undiluted without problems. Spicy finish, now a slight chili match on the nose and tongue, a slightly musty mouthfeel remains. I like this whisky very much because of its diversity. 91 points

  13. Dogs2 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great nose with red berries, not dominant, herbs, in the background after a while the association of an old wardrobe, and yes, a leathery impression lingers. The flavors change, again sweet fruit with strawberry and orange (?), Light, but also only very lightly pepper. In terms of taste, it definitely cannot compete with my nose for me. It is still sweet, red fruits - strawberry most clearly - not as evident as in the nose, herbs, slight bitterness, subliminally again pepper, rather becoming dry. Finish for me medium-long, dry, again the pepper, little fruit. Great nose, okay in taste and finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. craide scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Great sherry-heavy malt. The nose is extremely complex and versatile. Somewhat behind it in terms of taste but always harmonious and very consistent.
    I like it very much.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Very nice nose, versatile and complex. You notice that right at the beginning.
      Honey, sweetish, woody, fruity like orange zest, raisins, plums, cherries, everything nice and dark fruity. Initially very spicy oak notes turn into fruity notes. In addition, leather and good-smelling vanilla tobacco that you never want to get rid of. Dark chocolate comes out in the background, but it becomes more and more obvious. The alcohol content also keeps the aromas nicely up for a longer period of time without being pungent itself.
      Without having tried it, it is clearly a malt for the nose so far.
      In terms of taste, it can only lose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Spicy, tingly sharp start.
      Clearly fruity like strawberries and raspberries. The red fruits are slightly acidic. A great, pleasant and balanced sweet! Every now and then a slight bitterness comes through. In addition, light tobacco, after a while, a milder oak seasoning. A fine herbal note lies above everything. The barrel dominates here already badly, astringent, slightly dry, full of heavy sherry. Somewhat behind the nose in terms of taste, but still very good.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium-long finish, white pepper pictures still have a certain sharpness that gives way to this great sweetness. Chocolate with espresso.

  15. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's good that I only had one sample, it didn't have to be a large bottle.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry schnapps - very immediate and smelling of dark fruits. After three Nevissans today, I now have the feeling of alcohol in front of me for the first time ...
      After half an hour, something oily, dark and spicy comes out, such as an oiled antique cupboard.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruit mint paste, oily again, already tasty, but a bit one-dimensional.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The aromas of the palate are carried on, but there is not much left.

  16. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's good that I had a sample of it, it definitely didn't have to be a large bottle. Modern sherry paints without the Nevi character.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Sherry schnapps - after three Nevissans, for the first time today I have the feeling that I have alcohol in front of me :)
      Very immediate smell of dark fruits.
      After half an hour of standing there comes something light, dark and spicy like an oiled antique cupboard.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruit mint paste, again oily, intense but not exactly complex. A good whisky to drink without thinking too much.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The flavors of the palate are carried on, but overall there is not much left.

  17. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  18. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  19. daverdaz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, thick, nutty and a little dirty. I like!

  20. Thermidor scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    - So, my dear Watson, what do you think happened to Mr. Nevis over there?
    - I do believe he was drowned. It was the Whiskycircle folks, in the warehouse, with the sherry cask.

    I poured this without expectations or checking the cask specifics, and found one of these modern sherry drams, where the cask aromas are very much the same from whisky to whisky (get a young Glendronach SC, a Macallan Rare Cask, a Glengoyne CS, and something like this on the table at the same time if I've lost you), which is a bit tiring. Is everyone using the same casks and seasoning now? if this tickles you, you might like Elements of Islay Br7, which I think is also of the same style, but slightly fruitier and with more punch.
    It's certainly good, as my 86 points indicate, but it does make me pine for the sherry casks of yore.

    Tasted with Mortlach 22yo 1997 SS cask 10090 "Giorgio D'Ambrosio" (85 pts.)

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      At first nosing it's quite boozy with a dominating hazelnut liqueur note, so I expect it'll be a cask-driven thing with a lot of tannins. Even after waiting a while it's still quite tight, with the alcohol pushing through, so I'm getting pear eau-de-vie, coffee grounds, disinfectant, and once again those hazelnuts. With water it tends toward a rich chocolate smell. Despite Ben Nevis being famously a big distillate, it does get lost in the cask here. Adding some more water turns it first into coffee liqueur, but then some pears, dry barley, and sugar come in. You could call this archaeological whisky, in that you have to dig through a few layers of sherry to reach the Ben Nevis below.
    • Taste
      A surprise, in that the booziness on the nose does not translate to the taste at all. A big whisky, with a winegum sweetness (another modern sherry cask marker) and some milk chocolate driving it, but the distillate helps give it a big body so it doesn't feel like only the cask is talking. With water both the distillate's peat and the tannins from the oak start to catch up to the winegums, but apart from the amount of oak, I find it hard to judge the age based on the body and the taste, past a general "must be older than 10yo" feeling. On adding several teaspoons of water I find the cask influence recedes and finally the expected BN taste is here.
    • Finish
      The dastardly ethanol returns to strike a villainous blow, numbing my senses at the moment after swallowing, terminating the finish before it even gets going. WIth water it's drying and tannic and faintly metallic, not really holding up to the mouth.

  21. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Sherry again, here we go. Pleasantly surprising that this sherry is not hard to swallow but very mellow. Would buy a bottle !!!!!!!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Well chocolate, cherries, hazelnut, creamy cadbury caramel. Some sri lankan black tea. MIlk.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet herbal essences with dark fruits of plums, prunes, ginger, pepper, five spice power, tarragon.
    • Finish
      95 95
      I dont smoke but it tastes like tobacco. Warm for the the body and the soul, not dark but bright and brilliant. Overly ripe bananas, woody and dry. Medium in length.

  22. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  23. mr.p9 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  24. Mascht scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic dark and complex Ben Nevis. The nose is terrific, the taste especially something for oak lovers.
    • Nose
      91 91
      dark and complex and musty after raisins, dates, panna cotta, leather, forest honey, forest berries, orange jam, tobacco and a fine oak flavor
    • Taste
      89 89
      oily and mouth-filling, sweet with honey, multivitamin juice, forest berry jam, dried apricots, a nice oak flavor and a hint of chilli
    • Finish
      91 91
      long and bitter, memories of cinnamon, roasted hazelnuts and leather are awakened

  25. Hammer-Whisky scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Wow what a drop. This Ben Nevis is just great irresistible sherry-heavy malt, you don't want to stop smelling the malt. The sherry barrel did a great job. It is rare to find such an exceptional bottling. When it comes to the smell, I would give a smooth 100.
    • Nose
      100 100
      Raspberries, currants and blackberries, leather, tobacco, forest honey, raisins, dark chocolate, oak
    • Taste
      94 94
      Powerful spicy taste, raspberries, forest honey, caramel as well as tobacco, leather and espresso
    • Finish
      92 92
      Ben Nevis typically dry, sticky, raspberries, leather, tobacco, espresso

      You don't like to give away such a whisky, even if you still have a reserve. An absolute dream of a sherry whisky.

  26. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Good molt, great nose, but without much development and extravaganza in the body and finish. Although standing in a glass gains its zest and wholeness a little
    • Nose
      Soft and delicate, dried fruits in honey, vanilla, salted caramel in powdered sugar, cherry in liquor and some dark chocolate. It seems to be nothing complicated, but very pleasant and addictive.
    • Taste
      bitterness oil, some spices, dried fruits and dark chocolate
    • Finish
      dry, citrus zest, a little vanilla and spices, a little later added caramel notes

  27. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The nose and the initial taste are quite epic, but this Ben Nevis can't sustain such a high quality throughout.
    • Nose
      Somewhat herbacious and with notes of eucalyptus, tobacco leaves and menthol cigars, but also classic fruity, orange-y notes with ripe apricots that I so often find in mid-90s Ben Nevis. Finally some walnut skin and cassis as well. Nice balance between cask and spirit, which I honestly didn't completely expect.
    • Taste
      Blackberries and raspberries and an overall intense fruitiness. A touch of apples, oranges and sultanas as well. Somewhat dry though, with a slight bitter woodiness.
    • Finish
      Finish is short to medium, drying, and a tad bitter.

  28. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    DDT= Destroyed Distillery Taste ...
    I do not like this kind of generic sherried whisky at all, they're kind of lame.
    If I want Ben Nevis, I like to have the ideosyncrasies that go with single malt from that distillery.
    Actually I do not get why some people make a fuss about this whisky, there are better Nevises by far.

  29. mds51 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  30. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    20 19 20 20 79

    Modern sherry style, raisins and alcohol, not my format, sorry ...

  31. toklian scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    N20 P21 F20 B21

    82 - because that was the year by friend Oleg became a father.

  32. Jean Ginster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Interesting and complex whisky. He needs a lot of time in the glass and you have to like strong wood influence with lots of bitter tones.

  33. Buecherwurm scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Ben Nevis 1995/2018 Whic 22 years WID: 114456
    22 years 42.9%
    Nose: very reserved for a cask strength, but not weak rather a little shy, more berries rather than a dark fruitiness, hazelnuts, nut nougat spread, a really beautiful present dark red wine gum, as if you had just opened the bag
    Taste: wow an incredibly dark fruit on the nose with a wealth of fruits, dates, plums, dark berry jam, cinnamon, dark sugar (possibly raw cane sugar), the viscosity is particularly nice after the addition of some water, at one point or another is crowded Oak in the foreground
    Finish: continue to cinnamon, wood and oak settle here and are present a few minutes later without being intrusive, or even unpleasant, again and again you will find echoes of the wine gum, which you could already see in the nose
    Conclusion: Great whisky, which I could not fully open after 5cl and may always be taken for the original issue price. On the one hand, what you expect from 22 years of sherry keg, on the other hand, again, a very individual character that I have never found in any other whisky (wine gum).

  34. Nickolaas scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  35. pianoman scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dry. Freshly ground coffee, garden soil, tree bark. Then baked plums, yellow cherries, some mint and sage. Hot stone wall.
    • Taste
      Sweet blueberries, dark chocolate and chili. Baked bananas with honey. Sage, eucalyptus. Sugared black tea. Warming.

  36. edhunter15 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    A few years ago I once had a 1991 Ben Nevis by SV from the Sherry Butt in the glass, which I remembered with its tasty peach flavors. The dominant fruitiness is also a determining factor, with the intense fruit-sundae flavors once again adding to it. So specific flavors that do not vary greatly even after repeated tasting, I had until now very rarely with a whisky. That's exactly what distinguishes this Ben Nevis for me.
    • Nose
      As the color and the basic data suggest, this Ben Nevis shows up as a real sherry board. But as I have remembered with other malts of the distillery, the sherry aromas present themselves here in a refreshingly different way. So I am initially very summery-fruity aromas, which reminds me of a combination of vanilla, walnut, and melon ice cream, contrary. In addition, warm sweet pastries (baklava, pistachio / marzipan pastry) and aromas of roasted walnuts are developing. With some oxygen, the fruitiness continues to grow, so I now have to think of a sundae with peaches, melons and red grapes. The whole is accompanied by a slightly spicy-chocolate oak, which harmoniously envelops the exotic flavors.
    • Taste
      The first sip feels (as hoped) as if I would taste a spoonful of the sundae with the exotic fruits, the sweet milk ice cream and cream. Now I feel like summer! Behind it are also some chocolate and brittle.
    • Finish
      The sundae flavors are still very present. But now the oak can give a nice counterpoint with slightly spicier notes and darker chocolate.

  37. Patrick93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  38. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    I like this profile
    • Nose
      90 90
      Intense, chocolate, coffee, toffee, oak wood - very good!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, liquorice, more coffee and toffee, milk chocolate, spices, cloves, nutmeg, hints of cinnamon - great!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, more of coffee and toffee

  39. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A delicious sherry whisky. No question. I like it already. Pretty spicy / spicy. And if it still existed, you could already buy a bottle there. Of the beautiful Ben Nevis character is virtually nothing left. Of course you can now say that a more subtle distillery character would have made another whisky out of it.
    All in all, I prefer Ben Nevis to refill butts or bourbon barrels. There's more left over from Ben Nevis.
    • Nose
      Jup. Sherry is neat. Sour cherry jam. Red fruit jelly. Forest honey. Dried plums. In between always a certain spice note. Nutmeg. Also walnut. Every now and then always something moss. Of alcohol actually nothing to feel.
    • Taste
      In the mouth now much spicier. Chilli and pepper. Not as flattering as in the nose. This tingles right from the beginning and not just towards the end as often. But sweet too. Then comes a taste that reminds me of these kids Em-eukal wild cherry cough drops. In addition Jostabeere and red gooseberry. Black tea. Now it gets more bitter. Licorice root.
    • Finish
      Still the tingle. Milk chocolate with pieces of orange. Drying. Cinchona bark.

  40. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  41. kot1803 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was pleasantly surprised by this bottling. I would have expected dark fruit notes, chocolate, walnuts, solid oak and the like when maturing for 22 years in a sherry butt. But this Ben Nevis impresses with its extreme fruitiness of red berries and refreshing fruit acid which interact fairly nicely with warming spices and some tobacco notes. It looks very fresh and yet it brings the elegance and complexity of an old whisky. Chapeau to the Whic team. Here they have proved a lucky hand in the selection of casks.

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2018/07/09/ben-nevis-22yo-1995-2018-whic-nymphs-of-whisky-collection/
    • Nose
      There's immediately sherry on the nose, mixed with rum-soaked dark fruits. Then more and more fruitiness with red berries - especially red currants - comes through. Fruity and sour with creamy vanilla in the back. Over time, notes of leather, tobacco and a hint of walnut, typical of old sherry cask matured whisky, arrive. The alcohol tickles slightly but pleasantly in the nose.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and voluminous on the palate. Rich with sherry, fruity red berries and a pleasant fruit acid. Clearly warm due to the alcohol, but also due to white pepper and some oak. Becomes velvety with creamy vanilla, red fruit jelly and sticky fruit jam.
    • Finish
      The finish is beautifully long with creamy red fruit, slightly dry oak, bitter dark chocolate and fine notes of tobacco, surrounded by light fruit acid.

      With water: Lots of red fruits on the nose when a few drops of water are added. Creamy vanilla, ripe banana, fruit acid and a whiff of tobacco in the back. Vibrant on the palate. Prickling with red fruits and a fairly spicy kick of black pepper, oak and nutmeg. Red berries linger towards a dry finish. The finish is a bit shorter with creamy fruit jam, vanilla and dry notes of tobacco leaves and oak on the tail.

  43. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balance sheet (22)
    Tasty (90)
    The
    • Nose
      A warm tree, spices and berries ... leather and lacquered wood ... orange sweets with cinnamon ... wax and tobacco (22)
      The
    • Taste
      Soft, oily, sweet ... dried fruits and chocolate (23)
      The
    • Finish
      Leather and nuts, varnish and spices, viscous wood bitterness ... cherry ... orange oil and tobacco ... burnt match ... melted milk (23)
      The

  44. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  45. Bram84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  46. Joschbert scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The initial solvent notes and the vanilla and caramel notes make me think of American oak. Won with a little water and especially with a lot of time enormously (initially about 86, after about 3 months 89-90). The Brennereicharakter is still recognizable, even if the slightly bitter oak finally dominates.
    • Nose
      89 89
      At the beginning, some solvents, which dissipate later and on dilution - blackcurrants, sour raspberries, gummy bears, then spicy oak notes, rooibos tea, vanilla, softwood / resin
    • Taste
      89 89
      starts dry and slightly bitter, cherries, blackberries, then sweeter, chocolate, caramel - with water, pepper and teenage add. After some oxidation dark fruit notes dominate (plums, stone fruits)
    • Finish
      88 88
      Vanilla, bittersweet oak, caramel, tobacco - long
      After a little bit of oxidation in the bottle, more dried fruit will break through, as well as sweet and sour exotic fruits, as I often see in Ben Nevis.

  47. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  48. Segens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    great review Hemdl! For me even too bitter in the finish and no stunner at all. Nose is great, mouth is good but finish is not enough... Unfortunately too long in the casl!

  49. hans1971 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    beautiful ben nevis!
    • Nose
      rood fruit, metalic, zwaveltje, sherry, honing, tabak
    • Taste
      sherry, pepper, spices, honey, red fruit, wood tones
    • Finish
      nice long dry aftertaste

  50. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    A very popular malt, with a great look and a very appealing, fruity sherry nose. That the Ben Nevis character under the years in sherry barrel 'suffers' hardly deserves the mention. That's only natural. It is a pity, that the Malt on the palate and in the Finish something superimposed acts. A bit too bitter, too woody, the dark fruit flavors seem a little "over it". The extreme dryness of the finish also suggests that the malt would probably have been even better had it been bottled some time ago. Maybe as 18yo? Too bad, because the former glory is still very well audible. Further notes and reviews on Facebook at #Maltkanzlei

  51. daverdaz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Can not understand the high scores at all. The part has missing notes without end. Plastic, rubber tires and nail polish remover. Nothing for me......

  52. daverdaz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      72 72

  53. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The entire review is available on mrbarleycorn.com
    • Nose
      Right at the beginning meets me the full force of grape nut chocolate. Then the Ben Nevis is always fruity with forest fruits, sour cherries and pleasant notes of wine. Overall, the Malt looks nice and balanced. Over time I discover the typical leather and spicy notes of older exSherry matured whiskys. Also some polish and burnt toast come through. With water it looks more flowery and slightly nutty. Add to that a pleasant touch of pine forest and delicate vanilla. Great nose, which gives more and more price over time.
    • Taste
      Strong in the start, nice tingling on the tongue and then immediately red groats, berry jam and raisins. Ginger, red apples and, with water, woody notes, some fruit cake and subtle mint accompany this. The chocolate can also be found in the taste. Citrus notes come out at the back, starting a nice game between sweet and sour.
    • Finish
      Very medium to long with dark fruits, coffee, citrus notes and some herbs. The Ben Nevis leaves a pleasant bitterness on the tongue.

  54. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Just a random sherry bomb with little ben nevis style. if you like those, this will be fine for you. Definately not a 90++ whisky
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  55. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Dried fruit, plums, rum raisins, cherries, cotton candy, tobacco, spicy forest honey, in the background a few matches, later also orange and ripe apricots, to feel zero alcohol, at the very most in the form of a subtle, pleasant mint note, now come a few sour Berries, so in the direction of currants. Very pleasant to here!
    • Taste
      Goes well without water, velvety and sweet on the tongue, but also tingling, with chilli and ginger, prunes, some licorice, forest honey, cherries and some tobacco, yummy, but not quite as complex as the nose let hope
    • Finish
      Warm, fruity, with forest honey, dried fruit, some leather and a delicate walnut note, slightly dry, medium

  56. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  57. Fränky Roock scored this whisky 94 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      95 95

  58. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was pleasantly surprised by this bottling. I would have expected dark fruit notes, chocolate, walnuts, solid oak and the like when maturing for 22 years in a sherry butt. But this Ben Nevis impresses with its extreme fruitiness of red berries and refreshing fruit acid which interact fairly nicely with warming spices and some tobacco notes. It looks very fresh and yet it brings the elegance and complexity of an old whisky. Chapeau to the Whic team. Here they have proved a lucky hand in the selection of casks.

    I thank Leonie and Arne from whic (Whiskycircle) for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2018/07/09/ben-nevis-22yo-1995-2018-whic-nymphs-of-whisky-collection/
    • Nose
      There's immediately sherry on the nose, mixed with rum-soaked dark fruits. Then more and more fruitiness with red berries - especially red currants - comes through. Fruity and sour with creamy vanilla in the back. Over time, notes of leather, tobacco and a hint of walnut, typical of old sherry cask matured whisky, arrive. The alcohol tickles slightly but pleasantly in the nose.
    • Taste
      Full-bodied and voluminous on the palate. Rich with sherry, fruity red berries and a pleasant fruit acid. Clearly warm due to the alcohol, but also due to white pepper and some oak. Becomes velvety with creamy vanilla, red fruit jelly and sticky fruit jam.
    • Finish
      The finish is beautifully long with creamy red fruit, slightly dry oak, bitter dark chocolate and fine notes of tobacco, surrounded by light fruit acid.

      With water: Lots of red fruits on the nose when a few drops of water are added. Creamy vanilla, ripe banana, fruit acid and a whiff of tobacco in the back. Vibrant on the palate. Prickling with red fruits and a fairly spicy kick of black pepper, oak and nutmeg. Red berries linger towards a dry finish. The finish is a bit shorter with creamy fruit jam, vanilla and dry notes of tobacco leaves and oak on the tail.

  59. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  60. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  61. Rhönräuber scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Forest fruits, honey (summer dress), cherries, raisins, library smell
    • Taste
      Pepper, red groats, nutty, sweet, every now and then some sulfur stings through.
    • Finish
      Rich Mon Cheri with a touch of oak

  62. Dramned! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Good old bottlings are slowly becoming rarer, younger and younger whiskys are crowding the market with lots of blah, often crude finishes and colors at ludicrous prices. I am always happy about old, straightforward and beautifully matured whiskys at a fair price. And this is one - if you like strong woody flavors. Wonderfully old-fashioned, with rough edges and no mainstream attitude - at any rate, he is not graceful and tender as a nymph.
    If you do not like musty-dry oak woody notes, you may have a hard time, as these are really dominant and borderline. If that does not bother you, he will stay enthralling for a long time and not very tasty, which makes him an excellent connoisseur whisky that you can spend a whole evening with.
    For me a frontier worker in his austere, but aromatic woodiness. But in his totality of flavors he likes me very well.
    Gladly more of such barrels, Arne!
    • Nose
      Like a thin string of pearls, tiny droplets line up on the glass wall, running down only hesitantly and tenaciously like old oil - that and the dark, rich tobacco-brown color promise opulence.
      First of all, old shoe wax blows out of the glass, so give me time to breathe - with a proud 22 years, I allow him a good half hour in the glass. Then no trace of false notes, but then a violent spicy and oily sherry load with everything that goes with it. Dark dried fruits and rum raisins, a piece of old leather, dark dark Demerara sugar with a nice malty sweetness. Vanilla in connection with sweet pipe tobacco, I perceive true, albeit modest. The dark chocolate flavors that are so typical of Ben Nevis I hardly have, because the sherry barrel does a great job. This is noticeable by dry tart wood notes like a creaking scuffed wooden staircase in a slightly rundown musty house. The strong alcohol is well integrated, it appears as cooling as fresh mint in appearance, barely stinging in the nose.
    • Taste
      Oily, warm and dark, the Ben Nevis spills over the tongue, in the mouth spreads immediately a beautiful fruity-floral sweetness with spicy prunes, ripe mangoes and a beautiful berry compote, in addition dark caramel and cooked herb-sweet malt. Salty licorice and tobacco bring even more spice.
      But then beats the same old barrel mercilessly and puts the entire mouth dry. Heavy, musty and old, it gives off harsh woody aromas that tingle with sour notes and tart spices on the tongue - as if you had wrung out a soaked old barrel stave. He should not have stayed in the barrel for much longer.
    • Finish
      Woody dryness, dark sweet malt, forest honey and spicy dried fruit form a very long and dry finish.

  63. maltexpert did not rate this whisky Newbie

    A whisky from the old beat.
    Very intense and harmonious whisky.
    Those who find woody flavors disgusting should buy others. Who they belong to: a must-have!
    • Nose
      Spicy-sweet wood tones, dark fruit compote, powerful honey, herbs, sap cherry, dusty leather chair, tobacco, mint, raisin.
    • Taste
      Forest honey, pepper, raspberry, cherry, leather, after-eight leaflets, tobacco, leather, oily, nuts, roasted almonds
    • Finish
      Chocolate-velvety, spicy, intense and very harmonious! A really big movie!

  64. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    What a sherry board! This elegant and balanced Ben Nevis is simply gorgeous and impressively meets the expectations of every sherry lover. For me there are no criticisms, except that unfortunately I have too little of this dream material in the pantry ;-). The hype about this bottling is in my opinion completely justified, a great malt with a wonderfully sherrylastigen character. I like it very much!
    • Nose
      Dunker Amber shines in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall a large and oily streak has formed from which occasionally long legs dissolve and run back into the glass in slow motion. Dark oak tones stand out powerfully from the glass, juicy cherries and tart leather dissolve from the dark and spicy wood tones. Dried tobacco leaves combine with leather, caramel, cherries and deep red raspberries to a wonderful fragrant blend. Sweet and creamy forest honey drips on velvety vineyard peach, raisins and dates stand out. The spicy oak tones slowly submerge in the sweet and ripe fruits. Abrasion of old orange peel, currants and dark peach are permeated with sweet honey and caramel. Echoes of bitter milk chocolate are dimmed by cherries, old leather and dried tobacco leaves. Cedar wood and dried tobacco crumbs remind me of my open humidor, the chocolate dominates more and more over the dark and old berries and grapes. A touch of cinnamon and a fresh mint note give the nose a spicy and fresh note. Slowly, the velvety peach is again dominant. I could forever smell that harmonious and elegant nose. Slowly, the salivation begins with me, I want to finally try the Ben Nevis!
    • Taste
      Spicy and fruity oak tones spread powerfully on the tongue with the first sip. Cherries and raspberries dance on the tongue before slowly wooden sharpness envelops the tongue. Sweet honey and creamy caramel on the edge of the tongue drip creamy, dark apricots and peaches are voluminous on the palate. A pinch of white pepper tickles the tongue and lips, while fiery chili makes the tip of the tongue glow. A true firework of flavors burns on the palate. Slowly, the pungency fades, old leather comes to the fore in combination with sweetish tobacco. Creamy and elegant, the second sip flows through the palate. Sweet raspberries and ripe cherries flash briefly, then a load of black pepper explodes again on the tongue, chili burns on the tip of the tongue. Dark apricots and velvety peach accompany the fiery sharpness with fruity elements, again show creamy caramel, leather and tobacco. Milk chocolate and a touch of freshly brewed espresso slowly linger.
    • Finish
      The plump warmth still sticks to the palate, creamy and spicy wood elements rest on the tongue. The initial sharpness is still noticeable for a while, but slowly outweigh the harsh leather and tobacco notes. Dark raisins and dates give the finish with raspberries and cherries a fruity finish, the milk chocolate and the freshly brewed espresso impressively return. Slowly the wooden oak tones are showing again, the pepper-chilli mixture is still very dominant in the foreground. Earthy hints and a hint of oily and creamy walnut give the finish a slightly dirty and greasy aroma. The creamy walnuts stick to the palate while under the tongue creamy wooden elements float in the saliva. Sour cherries and a wonderful blend of tobacco and leather are delicious for the last time.

  65. Hemdl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I liked the nose a lot, then the malt can not hold this latte anymore. Good taste, without being a high flyer, the finish is too dry and too bitter for me. Overall a good whisky, but by no means the big litter. Who can not handle strong wood flavors, should avoid this here.
    • Nose
      Instant sweet, slightly dry sherry with some oak in the background. Dark, red fruits and Turkish honey. The cask strength is present, but not unpleasantly alcoholic. After a few minutes in the glass, the malt appears even creamier and more pleasing. Without fault and blame.
    • Taste
      The influence of the oak now stronger than in the nose. Oak spice and a few bitter notes are now clearly noticeable, it lies - how can it be otherwise - the sweet sherry together with the Turkish honey, red fruits. Is there still some leather in the background? At least one of those old and slightly dirty notes, as you will also like the Campbeltown - Malts finds. The longer the malt stays in the mouth, the stronger the interaction between the oak and the sweet sherry notes. Overall, that suits, but I do not like as good as the nose.
    • Finish
      Long and strong, astringent and with slight bitterness. A pity, this is where the malt falls off. The sweet sherry can not escape into the finish, here now the tannins have taken command. Too dry for my taste and a bit too bitter to be really good.

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