Ben Nevis 1990 Gs

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Glenscoma (Gs)
Stated Age
27 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
56.4 % Vol.
500 ml
Bottled for
de Germany
Added on
06 Aug 2018 5:45 pm by Schlumpfus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 219.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1990 Gs

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.72 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2018] The only way to buy whisky at Scoma when they started their business 40 years ago was either to go there in person or to send a postcard with your order (because even the PC was not invented yet, not to mention the internet). I own a price list of Scoma from the early nineties and guess what: You will not get a single dram of these whiskies nowadays for the price of the full bottle on that list. So was the whisky world crazy back then - or turned it that way during the last decade? I have a clear opinion on that...

    ...and my opinion on this anniversary bottling of Scoma is: Another exhausted cask was sold to a small IB - obviously it is almost impossible for such small businesses to get a hand on a really good cask these days (because there are not that many good old casks around after 15 years of an ongoing whisky boom). Actually it is not bad but it is not great either - but Scoma reflected this in its reasonable price setting of 80 Euro which is fair. Others might have been tempted to price this at more than 100 Eurobucks, so thanks for not being greedy - Scoma (an old school business behaviour that is rather rare these days)...

    PS: I re-tasted this dram after several weeks and either it impoved due to oxydation effects in a half-empty bottle or I simply like it better tonight. I raise my score by three points on all three dimensions compared to my first review (that was 83/84/85).
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is deep copper and the nose offers the shy profile of an exhausted cask like so often with bottlings from rather small IBs these days. Nonetheless there are some fine nutty, floral and barley sugary / mashy aromas to catch after a while. Some water opens up the nose (somewhat) and releases waxy and toffee aromas, finally.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is sugary sweet with some nice ripe fruits (e.g. bananas, papayas) and shy spices (mint, clover). Again there is almost no wood influence (e.g., vanilla, tannins) to detect but there is no flaw either. In a blind setting I might have guessed a rather young whisky of 10 to 15 years first but after some chewing the growing complexity indicates an older dram. Water smoothes the dram and turns it more quaffable, I like it best when reduced to about 45% abv. Do not get me wrong: This is very enjoyable to sip on a warm summer evening...
    • Finish
      88 88
      The whisky arrives a little hot in the mouth what turns into a warming and a creamy coating feeling after some moments with no unpleasant wooden notes (how should come from an inactive cask?). The finish is of medium length and gets more oily and spicy on peppers and a pinch of salt. Some very shy white chocolate notes lurk in the background but do not dare to enter the spotlight, unfortunately. But again, no flaw or distracting feeling in the finish.

  2. DerDennis! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    For me, the first needs a lot of air and then some water. His age did not hurt him, I find neither meekness nor bitterness.
    • Nose
      light sweetness, spice, vanilla, Ben Nevis note ... herbal ... heather, hay, nutty ... nutmeg, ginger, some pepper, honey, sweet grapes, light mint, grated lemon zest, some furniture polish, some cocoa powder, no stinging alcohol, but somehow ... locked.
      With a little water, it opens up and becomes much sweeter and more fruity .... honeydew melon, tropical fruits ... but also a little spicy ... Bouillon cube ... I like it really well.
    • Taste
      sweet, light spicy, then fruity ... menthol, some oak, becomes creamy, nutty, raisins ... pineapple ... white gummy bears. There's nothing biting, despite the cask strength. Great mouthfeel, no bitterness, but somehow not as complex as the nose.
      With water, it wins for me here again clearly, is fruity ... sharpness is less, but it is pleasantly spicy ... nutty ... honeydew melon ... Pepper, honey and ginger, peppermint, slightly chocolaty.
    • Finish
      long, pleasantly sweet and subtly woody, light fruitiness and sharpness ... creamy ... tasty ... dark chocolate

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Similar to the last 24yo 1990 bottling, it is not recognizable as Ben Nevis in the nose - I do not find the typical herbal notes - at most a hint of canned pineapple. Remains of his genes are still present on the palate.
    For me, a difficult malt, not so easily accessible, needs a droplet of water - has rough edges.
    Somehow he likes me - I doubt a bottle, but I doubt it.
    • Nose
      87 87
      mhhh at first pretty shy, very gentle and not very intense. If you give it time and some warmth of the hand, restrained, ripe citrus notes rise, neutral cookie dough, toffee, a hint of melon, it becomes oily with more time, but already very restrained.
      A drop of water adds a light acidity and now I have a delicate exotic fruit basket with various light-clay melons, pineapple, papaya, lemon yoghurt, mint and grated coconut in the glass
      Add to that light oak, licorice and a hint of vanilla.
    • Taste
      88 88
      charming, elegantly sweet, soft and very pleasantly textured, it arrives on the tongue. Then there is a slight tingle, oak, mint, yogurt, dried pineapple and sweet melon, fine teenagers, astringent - somehow fresh - fine oak, light, concentrated birch juice, almost no bitter substances - beautiful sweet and sour balance - while he is very long chewable, pulsates from oak over pepper and rosemary to bright fruit flavors and back
    • Finish
      85 85
      Bark of green branches, toasted green wood, chocolate, walnut shells, melon - here I have a little bit of bitterness - where the dram has been very supple and fine like a mildly sweetened dessert, it pats in the balance note, so to speak

  4. Thermidor scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I was not expecting too much from this sample since I haven't found the Ben Nevis single casks I've tried quite as much to my liking as many others have, according to the bottles' average scores, which is why I'm shocked to find this an excellent malt, one with a capital M for its fortrightness.

    Tasted with Glengoyne 28yo brass spirit safe (90 pts.), Glen Elgin 23yo 1995 Cadenhead 50,6% (88), Collectivum XXVIII blend (88), and Caol Ila 25yo 1979-2005 (90).

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!

    [edit] I ended up buying a bottle of this. Excellent.
    • Nose
      Cigarette smoke at first. It's rather dry for a Nevis. A certain burned note that's reminiscent of high ester rums sans all their tropical fruit. Some dry oak, and raw peanuts, but no bitterness. Water: a piece of antique furniture in a cotton candy machine. That is to say, a great, soft old oak note with no harsh or dry tannins, with a sugary sweetness on top. It's simple, but in its simplicity it offers perfection. A temple gong ringing into eternity.
    • Taste
      Neat: Sugary, sharpish, and unexpectedly peaty, as if I'm sipping a Glen Garioch. The body is voluminous, colossal, and bold. Some chess pieces (old oak with varnish and lots of oils from fingers :) ), and a pure malt note to die for. Water takes the edge off, leaving all the good parts.
    • Finish
      Long, saccharine, with malts and a fantastic, slowly sinking oiliness, and the peanuts making a comeback. Proves to me they don't have to be complex to be amazing.

  5. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Fruity fresh on one side slightly musty on the other. There are overripe pears, bananas, pineapple, peach, bright grapes and a touch of lemon. Beside something old, dusty. Muffy mop. Funny, but pretty good in the nose. The alcohol is not really well integrated. Water helps and opens the malt. I like it a lot better with water, because it gives the malt a little lightness.

    Taste: Strong, sweet, with honey, vanilla, ginger and again overripe bright fruits of all kinds. The influence of the barrel is clearly noticeable. Dry and slightly bitter. With water he likes me even better on the tongue.

    Finish: honey, clear nutmeg, lemon sap and subtle heather.

    Conclusion: At first disappointing, but with water and some time this Ben Nevis develops wonderfully. Reminds me of an exBourbon Mortlach. Delicious!

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Creamy vanilla, peach, blood orange, peach and a little caramel.
    • Taste
      88 88
      More of that sour fruitiness. Also a bit dirty, but not at all as much as Ben Nevis can be. Almond, peach, caramel and a little banana.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Almond, peach, caramel and chestnut.

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely needs water to reveal its quality - nice old-style bourbon cask oak whisky - that wants to be tickled and therefore wants to have a lot of time for itself
    • Nose
      Relatively spicy without water and despite its ripe age very closed - ripe hazelnuts, ester notes, nuances of vinegar - it becomes more pleasing with water and opens visibly with appropriate ventilation
    • Taste
      At first I do not really know what to do with the older gentleman - adding water and then comes the aha experience, it is immediately oily, nutty, very round and his age becomes apparent, grain salt, vanilla sweetness, a significant boost of oak in the back pockets - very interesting - old-stylish
    • Finish
      Medium long dry and sweet, very pleasant oak

  8. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. ARDBERG scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Not much happening in this dram. The cask must have been tired. The bottle is decently priced maybe because of this. Maybe spicing it up with the very good Ben Nevis 10 yo would help?
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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


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