Ben Nevis 1990 Gs

Overall rating
87.79/100
votes
115
Whiskybase ID
WB115878
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Glenscoma (Gs)
Vintage
14.12.1990
Bottled
25.04.2018
Stated Age
27 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
1368
Number of bottles
317
Strength
56.4 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Bottled for
SCOMA GmbH
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
06 aug 2018 5:45 pm by Schlumpfus
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 239.00

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1990 Gs

24 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.79 points.

  1. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  2. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Need air and water - so just some time and care.

    You will be rewarded for it. Opens very nicely, is very complex and the malt dances between typical Nevis herbs, European fruit, fine use of wood (vanilla, some spice) and a light nutty note.

    Value!

  3. Killswitch scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. C_a_r_s_t_e_n scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Energy drink or gummy bear juice, deep menthol and liquorice, mint
      The alcohol is noticeable, but in no way disturbs and acts as if below 50% vol.
      old and set
    • Taste
      sweet for 2 seconds, then slightly bitter or briefly soapy
      clear influence of wood, but not moldy
      Here, too, the Ben Nevis looks like it is below 50% vol.
    • Finish
      slight, pleasant bitterness

  6. DocF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: Pale Gold

    Comment: I had it in my glass about 2 years ago, it seems to have had a bitter day, it's not that bad after all, if you look for aromas, you can discover a coastal malt, but it is after its predecessors relatively easy to knit. If that was the bottle with 100 € / 0.5L, you haven't done anything wrong.
    • Nose
      Fresh, sour sawdust, vanilla sugar, vanilla croissants and some cinnamon. Tree sap, a lot of straw, brown bread, lime peel and some unripe pineapple. Probably not a bad whisky, but looks simple after its predecessor. Air and gentle swirling reveal more vanilla, a little soot, a lot of pineapple and dry herbs. With water: fresh and wild, salt water, some spray, gravel and wet undergrowth.
    • Taste
      With water: sweet and thick, ripe apples, pineapple, some green banana, glue and tree sap, a good swath of hash smoke, then again near the coast with spray and wet stones. Wet undergrowth. Then more and more earthy, and sootier, more bitter. Oldschool Oloroso yeast notes (without Oloroso).
    • Finish
      ??? Short fruit, some soot, then dry-bitter. Sentence with x.

  7. WSP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. jmallios scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      83 83

  9. 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.
    • 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.

  10. rallev scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I am similar to hs305! Have the Ben Nevis now for the third time in the glass and find him always better.

  11. 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!

  12. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  13. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Malthead: 84 points
    https://www.malthead.org/malthead/ben-nevis-7yrs-signatory-vintage-vs-ben-nevis-27yrs-glenscoma-tasting

  14. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    87/88.
    • 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.

  15. hans1971 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  16. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  17. 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

  18. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  19. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A pretty interesting, slightly different whisky. In my view rather untypical for Ben Nevis. He is surprisingly soft for the strong-barreled 56% Vol and with his pronounced sweet impression probably well suited for sweet tooth.
    • Nose
      88 88
      A lot of caramel and vanilla. Sweet tea. Later bright fruits, some pepper and slightly pungent alcohol.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, light fruits (pear), a hay, peppery, but relatively well-integrated alcohol.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Pretty long finish with spices, malt and oak.

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

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

  21. 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

  22. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. DerDennis! scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    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

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