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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1995 whic
52 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.76 points
- beautiful color.... thats it!
- 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!
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!
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.
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.
- why so many offers in marcetplace? Is‘nt it delicious?
- Outstanding nose for the price range (109 €) - the level he can not hold on the palate - prefer to crawl away, do not try :)
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.
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.
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
- - 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!
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.
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.
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.
- 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!
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.
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.
Woody dryness, dark sweet malt, forest honey and spicy dried fruit form a very long and dry finish.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- The dark color shows already in which direction it will go here. The nose is very pleasing with beautiful cherry flavors and a lot of dark honey. Sherry is always present without being stuffy or sulphurous. In the mouth, the dry woody notes are clearly present, the sherry and honey sweetness is a bit more discreet. Chillicatch is on the tongue. In the finish dominate the dry-leathery notes, espresso is long on the tongue. A beautiful Ben Nevis independent bottler whic with a very good PLV. For me, here is a bit too much sharpness in the mouth and a little less bitterness would have been perfect for me. The interplay of cherry-fruity nose, sweet mouth feeling with the Chilicatch, which merges into a long dry finish, makes this malt a real highlight that should have tasted. Recommendation! 90 points
- 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.