Ben Nevis 1990 LEG

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Le Gus't (LEG)
Bottling serie
Selection XV
Stated Age
27 years old
12 years Sherry / 15 years Port Pipe
Number of bottles
58.9 % Vol.
700 ml
fr France
Added on
02 Aug 2018 8:10 am by Francisque
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 164.68

63 × in wishlist

206 × member ratings

291 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1990 LEG

36 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.00 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Musty and musty, fermented and dried berries, pleasant sharpness and an incredibly intense aftertaste (leather, tart tobacco and tart wood, old walnuts) make my heart beat faster. This is certainly not an "ordinary" bottling, rather a characterful and multi-layered malt that knows how to convince with its intensity and complexity. Unusual, but unusually tasty and good!

    23/23/23/22 (91P)
    • Nose
      Dusky pink with a velvety reddish shimmer, the malt shines mysteriously in the glass. An oily streak has formed on the glass wall of my Premium Snifter, from which syrup-like "legs" come loose and pull their endless tracks back into the glass. Musty, slightly rotted fruit notes rise clumsily from the glass, dried and fermented berries exude their idiosyncratic aroma. Hints of chocolate and dark caramel appear, sour fruit aromas end again in muff and mold. Meadow herbs and a hint of thyme are released from the idiosyncratic fruit mix, sweet pears and bananas come into their own, the nose is extremely complex and varied. Rum pot, raisins and caramelized sugar appear, the flavors change every second ...
    • Taste
      Sour fruit aromas and spicy wood tones dominate the first impression. Suddenly, sharpness floods the palate and envelops the tongue in a plump, warm cloud of wooden sharpness with white pepper. The second sip shows fermented and dried berries, slightly musty and moldy, old wooden elements come into their own before peppery pungency with dark caramel and sour fruits comes into its own. Caramelized sugar floats creamy on the tongue, raisins end in tart cedar wood and hints of tobacco and leather. This is followed by a touch of furniture polish, leather, tart tobacco and old walnuts become more intense and dominate the transition to the aftertaste with spices and herbs.
    • Finish
      Tart wood elements, leather and tobacco stick to the palate, old splinters of walnut are spread on the tongue, again there is an extreme herbal and spice note. The dried fruits combine for the last time with cedar wood, tobacco and hints of leather before sour fruit flavors herald the end of the aftertaste.

  2. DerDennis! scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    An outstanding, complex and pleasant smell, excellently integrated alcohol, which one notices only briefly peppery sharp on the tongue, great variety of aromas on the palate and a pleasant, long finish. Great!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet and spicy, dark fruits, plums, raisins, wood, sawdust, marzipan, hazelnuts, honey, cereals, herbs ... heather, thyme, sourampher, malt, vanilla
    • Taste
      91 91
      sweet, tingling, oily, raisins, prunes, licorice, honey, rum grape nut chocolate, great herbal notes, sourampher, pepper ... you can find almost everything that the nose has promised. The alcohol does not bother at all, I do not need water
    • Finish
      90 90
      Eternally long, oily, warming, sweet wood, dried fruits, honey, herbs, very pleasant

  3. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A Ben Nevis whose usual markers disappear in favor of Porto & Sherry.
    It's good, I had a good time but there is this frustration that prevents me from putting 89 or 90. (Not the Ben Nevis profile, closer to a Glendro without being as successful. ass between two chairs)
    • Nose
      The first fragrances are on cherry and raspberry. Then come the caramel, the grapes, the honey and especially the butter, a lot of butter. The nose develops gradually to a pastry side on the cake and bread.
      After a long aeration the Sherry side clearly takes the ascendancy.
    • Taste
      The alcohol seems well integrated, it is warm but without aggression.
      We mainly find Sherry and Vineuse notes.
      The woody and the usual spices take place little by little.
      Finally we find notes of dried fruits.
    • Finish
      Nice length on spices, dried fruits and sugar syrup.

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    porto and sherry, who will win?
    • Nose
      sherry! mold, red fruits, candied almost rotten, macerated grapes, grape marc and that vine side!
      nuts, leather, it's also waxy and spicy
      wet woody
    • Taste
      heat of alcohol, fruity and sweet spices, fragrant wood, then sherry again, a good old with candied oranges
      Milk chocolate, a little buttered, scented herbs too, leather, damp wood, mildew comes back!
    • Finish
      quite long and tenacious
      it becomes more chocolate with cream, more on the maderized wine too, it is very warm, very embalming !!

  5. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fruity fresh on the nose, strawberry jam, a little nail polish remover, sour fruits, rum pot, a bit overripe pear and even a hint of mirabelle.
    The proud age of 27 is so imperceptible in the nose, as the logging can not prevail against the dominant fruit as you might suspect.

    On the palate sweeter than in the nose, but with a strong start. Caramel sets on the palate against medium ripe strawberries but also sherry. Raspberries and the certain acidity on the palate, as I often have in Port whisky, I honestly do not hear. On the palate, the oak is then clearly noticeable, especially on the finish, which warmed the esophagus for a while. In the mouth, the finish is however medium, the fruit disappears after about 1 minute but the spicy oak that pleases me here, remains long in the esophagus. Even after 10 minutes, this Oak Kick is still present when exhaling from the nose (a little musty). But again, just before nosing dominated the red fruit, whereas the barrel / age only played on the palate ne role.
    The malt is not very thick; So no viscous soup as you could guess from the color. A dominant matured, multi-layered malt that still remains a whisky. The spoon does not stay in my paper cup;)

    Can be enjoyed without water; However, 2-3 drops do not hurt.

  6. Casketje scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It's not bad but it didn't blow me away either - something you'd expect a 27 year old Ben Nevis single cask to do.

    It has an earthy, slightly sour and obvious port nose, a bit similar to the famous Deanston Bordeaux Casks (which I wasn't very keen on either it has to be said), albeit less alcoholic. I wouldn't have guessed this was 27 years old when nosing. In the taste you again get those red wine notes - I personally don't get any leather or tobacco notes whatsoever. Aftertaste is long but sadly quite bitter and musty - revealing the age a bit.

    I'm glad I didn't buy a bottle even though the price tag of less than €150 (still available from Cave Conseil as I write this review) for the age and heritage is more than acceptable.

  7. TheWhiskyDungeon scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      port, licorice, brown sugar, leather, nuts, plums, coffee beans, cherries, apple, citrus, beeswax, vanilla
    • Taste
      creamy, raisins, chocolate, caramel, strawberry jam, cinnamon, raspberries, wood tones, syrup, brown sugar, mocha, coffee, vanilla

  8. Fabio2 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    a very tasty drop ... exactly my taste ... but where does the phrase "12 years Sherry / 15 years Port Pipe" come from ????????? There is nothing on the bottle

  9. Lakerfield scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A profile you don't come across every day, a bit of a Frankenstein. Very challenging to write about. Let me start by saying this cheats its given age. It might as well be a 15-year-old, which lets me down. I do like it in a strange kind of way. Every dram seems to uncover something new and at the same time it feels like it's not grown to its full potential. Intriguing whisky but it lacks the magic you'd expect of a 27-year-old Nevis.
    • Nose
      That Sherry cask was definitely sulphured. 15 years of extra Port maturation and it's still there to an extent! Not in an annoying fashion to me nevertheless. We start with moldy and fermented fruits like raspberry, tangerine, peach, mango and raisin. After that orange marmalade, Turkish delight, Nutella, butterscotch and chocolate brownie. Also crystalised honey, a hint of cinnamon, gunpowder and briny olive. Packs a bunch of flavor but likes to dance, a lot. Hard to follow but very interesting.
    • Taste
      Sweet and sour with a spicy touch, it's challenging. Sulphur takes a more prominent role. Moldy fruit again, blueberry, raspberry, raisin, blood orange and something that reminds me of bitter lemon. Then moccha, dark chocolate, marzipan and toffee. Further on whole grain bread, roast almond, chili heat, sulphur and soot. Not so sure about this one. Lots of heat that doesn't seem to go away even after time in the glass. And then the taste, totally unbalanced and all over the place. But that's exactly what intrigues me with this one..
    • Finish
      Drying, sweet and sour. Banana, sultana, salted caramel, pepper and dark chocolate.

  10. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90


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