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Overall rating
88.04/100
votes
36
Whiskybase ID
120623
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Guide to the gallery of reptiles
Vintage
19.04.1996
Bottled
27.09.2018
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
521
Number of bottles
265
Strength
49.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Shinanoya
Added on
05 Nov 2018 12:15 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 Arc

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.04 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Arigato

    Archives is het label under which the owners of Whiskybase bottle and in 2018 and 2019 they bottled two hogsheads of Ben Nevis 1996. Hogshead #521 got a reptile on the label and was shipped to Shinanoya in Japan, hogshead #1862 got a fish and remained in Europe. I am happy to be able to put them head-to-head, starting with the 22 years old for Japan. It is fairly light in color and the ABV is significantly lower than that of its sibling.

    The nose is very delicate and needs quite a bit of time to reveal itself. But make no mistake: it’s delicious! Lots of tropical fruit (apricots and banana), vanilla and beeswax. A touch candy-like. All the way in the back there is a slight metallic note, but it does not bother.

    Silky soft on the palate, even a bit docile upon arrival. But the tropical notes are soon joined by a lovely spicy pepper and some candied ginger. Liquorice and a bittersweet note as if from a grape pith kick in. The spiciness increases, without becoming piquant. The tropical fruit, together with some late honey, make for ample juiciness.

    The finish is very long and evolves towards Dutch licorice (aniseed).

    Grand Ben Nevis again. Good on you, Japanese whisky aficionados. And what do you say? Arigato!

  2. Erik1908 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I guess I got this sample from the WB shop when I visited them to buy another Ben Nevis bottle. In general, I rate Ben Nevis IB's to my favorite whiskies.

    Great Ben Nevis releases are often difficult to find. Same is applicable here, so I can only enjoy this 2cl sample.
    • Nose
      89 89
      No "bang-in-your-face" nose. Delegate and soft. Vanilla and exotic fruits. When adding just 3 drops of water, the nose becomes a bit more outspoken.
    • Taste
      89 89
      With an abv of 49,5% I am vary careful with adding water. Warm feeling in the mouth at first taste without water. Lots of "drop" (typical Dutch sweets). Tropical fruit as well as vanilla. Really really nice. Things do not change too much after the adding of the drops of water.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long; very long even. The taste of "drop" does not want to disappear.

      Great Ben Nevis release; wish I could get a bottle.

  3. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. joep scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

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

  6. Sylvia scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

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