Ben Nevis 10-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 1
Stated Age
10 years old
1st Fill Bourbon, Sherry and Wine
Number of bottles
62.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Dec 2018 12:02 pm by Jnpons
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 273.17

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old

86 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.67 points

  1. Koloman scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    In the light of some rumors regarding the Ben Nevis Distillery in general and this bottling in particular, on January 25, 2019, I asked Colin Ross, Managing Director of the Distillery, some questions that he answered the same day as follows:

    1. The Ben Nevis 10yo (46%) is currently difficult to obtain. Will it no longer be produced?

    Colin Ross: We ran out of whisky in our warehouse to continue with the sales of Ben Nevis 10 Years Old towards the end of 2017. The unprecedented demand for this expression, combined with an instruction from our parent company to cut back on what spirit we were laying down in our own name caused this problem. In October of 2017 my son and I visited our parent company in Japan and informed them of the situation and advised that a major competitor had considerable stocks that they were prepared to sell but as we did not have the necessary funding we had hoped that we could borrow from them but to be told that they were not prepared to lend us the money. However, they were prepared to purchase these stocks to be held own their name. We expected this to be fine thinking that we could buy back from them as and when required. This proved not to be the case as when we ran out of stock in March or April of last year they did not offer to sell us any of their Ben Nevis stock., so we had no alternative but to promote our MacDonald’s Traditional and 12 Years Old Nevis Dew instead. As we were aware of the stocks all matured in fresh dumped bourbon, sherry and wine casks we decided to vat these and sell as Batch No.1 but we were unable to get this to market until just before Christmas. As we had no available stock in refill casks to make a similar vattiing to our normal 10 Years Old we had to sell this as a different product and unfortunately at a higher price. We do have some stock with our bottlers at present so hopefully in the not too distant future we shall be able to bring our normal 10 years old malt back onto the market.

    2. Is the 10yo Batch 1 (62.4%) intended as a replacement for the 10yo (46%) or as a supplement?

    Colin Ross: Batch No.1 is not intended as a replacement for the 10years old, more, as you say, as a supplement.

    3. How many bottles of Batch 1 were produced?

    Colin Ross: We are not sure as to how many bottles of Batch No.1 will be released as we did not have sufficient empty bottles in stock to bottle the entire quantity and are awaiting further stocks of glass to complete the entire bottling of this batch but it does look as though we may have somewhere between 8 and 9 thousand bottles.

    4. Will there be a batch 2 and if yes, when?

    Colin Ross: At present we have no further plans to release a Batch No.2 but if something nice comes up then Batch No.2 would then be worth considering.

    5. Is it rumored that the Ben Nevis Distillery will be closed soon?

    Colin Ross: We were quite shocked to learn of this rumour. Apparently it stems from somebody speaking with another distillery company who a number of years ago expressed a possible interest in buying Ben Nevis Distillery, who on investigation discovered that the ground on which our distillery is built belongs to the aluminium smelter company neighbouring the distillery. The lease is a 99 years lease which dates from 1950 therefore we still have another 30 years to run with the current lease and at the moment our parent company are in negotiations with the land owners with regards to extending this lease into the future . I think that the current loss of our 10 years old also contributed to the rumour. I, personally, would be very disappointed if Ben Nevis distillery were to cease trading after 30 years of working under our Japanese owners in an effort to re-establish Ben Nevis as a whisky of quality, and prior to that being responsible for getting the distillery back into production in 1984 when owned by Long John International. Ben Nevis is very close to my heart with having been employed here for 34 years of my 54 years of working in production in the Scotch Whisky business. Hopefully Ben Nevis will continue to be located here and producing a fine whisky for many years to come otherwise these past 30 years will have been a total waste of my time and the greater part of my working life.

    Many thanks you to Colin Ross for his informative and helpful answers!

  2. Koloman scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    An absolutely typical Ben Nevis, reminiscent of the 10-year-old standard bottling, but much more voluminous, multi-layered, and complex, with rich fruit and flower aromas, raisins and figs, notes of earth and leather, wet stone, bittersweet chocolate, caramel pudding, Macadamia and nutmeg, old leather and moist wood, and a powerful, markedly salty coastal touch. The whisky works - like the standard filling - much older and more mature than the age suggests. Even the first nose is overwhelmed, but the more time you give it and treat it to water, the more clearly the individual components emerge. In swallowing, he unfolds once again a mighty boost, which slowly, but really only very slowly ebbs. This whisky is not a drink, but an experience, a fluid journey exactly where it comes from: in the rugged, yet harmonious tension of mountains and sea. Just great!

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    loud, make-up, directly with slight flaws - reminds me of the style of young SMWS bottlings with sherry finish - fruity, strong but not elegant

    where the nose gets better over time - the initial enthusiasm on the palate sinks with each sip - the delicious fruitiness is immediately gone on the finish and then it gets noticeably rougher - I do not like Carnival whisky - for me that's too much make-up soon flaking
    • Nose
      87 87
      the typical Ben Nevis herbal mixture, old resinous engine oil, old musty scrub cloth, butter, a certain metallic false note flashes again and again, thick honey leg, Weinfassfrontalangriff, oranges, grape must, gummi bears - somehow put on and a bit inharmonious - but is delicious with more time
    • Taste
      85 85
      sweet, yellowish fruit, sticky, but yummy - lots of mint, ginger and pepper - has some chewing gum - juicyfruit, cinnamon, toothpaste, sweetener, rear fresh boards
    • Finish
      84 84
      slightly dry, very warm, honey, tree sap, bitter walnut - more wood than fruit

  4. Dramned! scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    From the standard 10-year-old, it differs mainly by more volume and depth, and the fruit is more emphasized here, which is probably due to the wine barrels used. A gain, he is quite sure, even if he significantly exceeds the pain threshold for a ten-year whisky.
    No overly complex whisky, but it miraculously reflects the rugged and never-soft charm of the distillery character that makes Ben Nevis stand out from other Highland distilleries.
    It is to be hoped that the rumors about a closure of the distillery in the air and we can count on more batches.
    • Nose
      Gorgeous rugged and absolutely typical Ben Nevis it starts immediately. Rusty nails and deep dark oily cocoa powder bring the unmistakable character of this distillery, which I miss so many times in many independent bottlings. In addition, a nice sweet honey and malt notes and a lot of Muscovado sugar, ripe pears, cherries and mirabelle plums provide for an initially rather slight Fruchtaromatik, which is replaced after a while but of raisins, dried apricots and roasted hazelnuts and always spicy. The various barrels occur primarily through tart and dry spices such as cardamom and nutmeg in appearance. Despite the more than 60% of the alcohol is barely perceptible.
    • Taste
      Warm and peppery-spicy it starts in the mouth, everything is flooded with a thick heavy sweetness that reminds of spicy acacia honey and brown cane sugar. And here again dark dark chocolate in combination with prunes and raisins. Scruffy leather, harsh espresso beans, grated nutmeg and cardamom, along with harsh oak flavors, provide a lot of tart dryness, which counteracts the very domninante sweetness wonderfully. With extremely voluminous force this everything is presented, supported by the edgy alcohol.
    • Finish
      If I had estimated this Ben Nevis due to the spiciness and full aroma, the rather short finish brings the youthfulness to light. But even here it can convince with beautiful spicy honey and dark vinous fruit flavors and slightly tart oak wood provides for a dry becoming finale, which still hangs a delicate and barely perceptible plume of smoke.

  5. peatbogger scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Another high ABV off the "Norwegian Whisky Train".
    But this is considerably bolder than the Rosebank I just had.
    By no means a sophisticated whisky, it's actually a bit brutal.
    It's in your face without any manners, and I like that.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Not quite Springbank "dirty", but this smells a lot like an old time machine shop.
      Greased metal and lubricant oil. I enjoy these notes a lot.
      Getting more into it the sherry and wine mix is obvious, with red fruits and prune juice.
      There's also a faint note of peat.
      I would not have guessed the ABV to be as high as stated.
      Can't say water changed much in the nose, and it takes quite a bit.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The ABV is immediately more noticeable on the taste, right from arrival. Actually quite peppery and hot.
      Very bold on loads of dark red fruit, wine and tobacco leaves.
      Water makes it a lot more "drinkable" in terms of hotness.
      This also opens up for more nuances in the wine and fruit flavours. A lot of taste, although I'm not getting any peat.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Neat it is long and hot with very dry wine notes.
      Dry roasted nuts.
      Water really improves the finish. The dryness is gone and leaves it sweet and fruity, still with a decent length.

  6. DerDennis! scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    It is more in the direction of the traditional or the old 10s and is very different from the current 10s. Not my cup of tea, but surprisingly complex in the nose. On the palate and the finish, he then significantly after. Overall, rather boring. Water does not really help.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Flowery, clear alcohol, but not piercing, hair spray, wild honey, clove, malt, beef broth, maggi, leather, nutmeg, faint smoke, caramel sweets, wet earth, cinnamon, cocoa powder
    • Taste
      84 84
      Metallic, light sweetness, tannins, oily, tingling, slightly bitter, malt, dark chocolate, tart honey, caramel, with water it gets a little sweeter and peppery. Apart from light grapes, I can not find anything fruity here.
    • Finish
      83 83
      medium to long, light ashes, a lot of wood, a bit bitter-sweet and stale

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Overhyped and overpriced. Crazy young and very winey on the nose. I'd prefer three (or, at the current prices, two) bottles of the regular ten-year-old over this, for sure.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Hugely yeasty and fudge-y. Buckets of sweet wine and liquid caramel, with a fermented, mixed-pickles sourness lurking behind it all. Meaty, broth-or-boullion-like sherry notes. Noses very (and I mean: very) young. In all honesty, a dead ringer for the Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition (which clocks in at 1/4 the price). What's crazy is that you can't detect ANY alcohol on the nose, even at this young age and at this enormous strength. How did they manage that?
    • Taste
      84 84
      Without water: massively sweet and sherry-laden, with plenty of herbs and vegetal notes coming in behind the first wave of saccharine, vinous aromas. Kind of an event whisky, and on the palate, I can see why many like this, but for me it's too first-fill-oriented, with not a huge amount of the distillery character coming through (at least compared to other Ben Nevis bottlings I've had recently). A lot of wine in here, really.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Peach cobbler, linseed oil, dry red wine barriques.

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The Limited Edition shows in the nose a lot more of Kabapulver and Nougat together with the tree resin and the spices / herbs than the previously tasted "normal" 10 (WID: 113652). Intensive and voluminous. So imagine Ben Nevis in my nose. In the mouth then at first pretty creamy and just these notes. But then something bothers me. This is probably the wine that comes through a bit too strong for my taste and does not seem so well integrated. The mouthfeel also develops towards wine.
    I like the nose awesome. The taste and finish bothers me something this "vinous" impact. That makes him a bit inharmonious for me. Certainly still a good malt. The nose promises more.

  9. Rambojunior83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
      With a few drops of water
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83


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