Ben Nevis 10-year-old

Overall rating
87.52/100
votes
499
Whiskybase ID
WB122230
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Batch 1
Vintage
21.04.2008
Bottled
09.2018
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon, Sherry and Wine
Number of bottles
9000
Strength
62.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5026673000852
Added on
08 dec 2018 12:02 pm by Jnpons
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 404.83

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old

100 users have left 107 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.52 points.

  1. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  2. JJKATED scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 49 points Photo Moderator

    Totally flawed in my mind
    • Nose
      83 83
      Intense, white wine, vinous notes, vinegar, cider, nuts and raisins, hints of leather, woody, spices, pepper, marzipan, earthy
    • Taste
      49 49
      Punchy, chocolate, subtle sweetness, massive leather and sulphur
    • Finish
      15 15
      Short, leathery, sulphury - end of the story

  4. -sAxo- scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A strong wine whisky that leaves a very pleasant impression. Surprisingly "drinkable" despite such a high fortress. Such molts are usually referred to as “sherry monster”, but in this case it is more appropriate to call it “wine monster”.
    • Nose
      Filled to capacity with dried fruits. There are prunes, dried apricots, figs and dates. In the background - chocolate, hazelnuts, oak bark, toffee.
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, curry pepper, toffee, cocoa, tannins.
    • Finish
      Quite long, pleasantly burning, peppery, with a strong vinous influence, with nutty, oaky and chocolate tones, with a cherry note at the very end.

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Ben Nevis funkiness but also leathery notes from the wine cask that spoil it for me

  7. SebStar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. praisethepasta scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I am a sucker for the regular 10 year old. This one is less meaty-savoury compared to the standard 10 yo, but it sort of takes it from there and adds new yet different elements of richness to it.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Things start out with rich orchard fruit, like a picnic involving cotton candy, a lot of honey and a lot of apples. Also there’s that savoury Ben Nevis note which grows and grows over time – that meaty-beefy element mixed with barbecue char the day after. The wine and sherry casks leave a mark with notes of sandalwood, sultanas, prunes, figs and raisins dipped in chocolate. Luscious! A drop of water – this is 62.4% ABV we’re talking about here, and the vanilla and oiliness merge to the front.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Closed and dense at first, with an oily yet drying mouthfeel. A bit hot and peppery, but not as aggressive as the ABV might suggest, although this really needs some water to reveal what it has to offer. And that’s a lot indeed: rich, thick honey, clove, all those dried red fruits from the nose, more clove and then more spices like cinnamon, mint, soft ginger, and, would you believe it, clove, all coming together nicely and meandering towards a dry, red wine.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, and I do mean looong, with echoes of dried meat and a slightly sappy woodnote.

  9. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Flawed but interesting. This is not a bad whisky perse, it has some spirit full of character, and some lovely spices and fruits, but it is all hampered by a big dollop of sulphur which mutes the fruits and spoils the nose quite a bit. Too bad. Too winey.

  11. P.K.S scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This one I have wanted to try fore a copple years and I got me a 3cl sampel so happy.

    Lets dig inn
    • Nose
      87 87
      Oh first I get is vine on the nose
      Its like dark fruts with an Odd candy finnish.
      Strange must be the port and vine finnish
    • Taste
      87 87
      First arrival is thick oily, candy pepper oak spisyness,
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dry wood, strange vin finnish dark frut

  12. tancerz11111 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  13. WhiskyPEATer scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    88,5
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. MB28 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

  16. notesofmalt scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Ben Nevis 2008 - 2018, 10 years, batch no. 1, 62.4%. Original bottling. Expansion: Bourbon, sherry and wine casks (all first fill)

    Nose: Lots of grain, malt, rye bread and then mustard seeds, caramel and varnish polish. I can also find thick cocoa, hazelnuts and even nougat. This is followed by spicy (not bitter) orange marmalade with pepper and cinnamon, delicate cloves, some lovage and tarragon. You can give this Ben Nevis quite a lot of time, oxygen has a very calming effect on it and sorts the aromas really well, I can now smell a wide variety of fudge types, a bit like in a Scottish sweets shop.

    Palate: Lots of orange marmalade, broken chocolate with pepper, mustard and caramel. Some Crema Catalana, oak, sea salt water and cinnamon, a highly complex and intense affair. A wide variety of herbal aromas emerge that are not so easy to differentiate. I would guess sage, maybe Ricola herbal sweets with a hint of menthol.

    Finish: Long, but aromatic rather very short. The intensity of the palate fades briefly and then few flavors linger longer. Oak, fudge, molasses and pepper, some cinnamon.

    Conclusion: A typical Ben Nevis, pleasantly dirty and deep. Here you need rest and a lot of time. 90/100 points (2022)

    Notes: Contrary to what the name suggests, a second batch was not intended or planned at the time of release. At the same time, the distillery's inventory was getting dangerously low, which is why the regular 10-year-old had to be discontinued.

    www.notesofmalt.com

  17. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nice and dirty and on the twelve. Can you leave it like that? It is perfectly drinkable without adding water.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. L_Gillian scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      In-your-face sherry violence! Though the distillery character is clearly found. Flinty minerals, machine oil, rusty metal.
      Sweet strawberry jam, sandalwood, Maggi and turmeric powder? Lots of fun exploring this one! Though the amount of sherry and wine makes it a bit of a cheap thrill.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Intense wine sweetness and dry oak spices. The sweetness works well with the mineral note. American mustard, sooty, dried flowers, dry earth, hoppy IPA, bitter but it works.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Surprisingly soft. Turns a bit too bitter for me personally. Bitter tonic, light tobacco ashes, linseed oil and a faint wine sweetness.

  19. Teomarg scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  20. JimJaws scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  21. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great dirty nevis profile which had a lot of power. A bit too much in the finish if you ask me way too hot and spicy.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  23. Yarema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose - 22
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 22
    Rating - 87

  24. 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.

  25. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. Comet67 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  27. geriud scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  28. Rody024 scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Blind sample.
    Big, bold and punchy. Not really my taste due the harshness and the overpowering sherry- and wine finish.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Caramel fudge, wood, sherry, dried fruits.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Caramel fudge again with some tabacco leave, dried fruits and nuts.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Wood and sherry.

  29. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Salted caramel, hazelnut, wild cherry. Slightly dirty, but rather in a sourish Deanston/Edradour kind of way, not the typical buttery dirty I associate with Ben Nevis.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Wild cherry, hazelnut, caramel, apple.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Caramel, hazelnut, peach, apple.

  30. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 880: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUqkIywPoKg (90/100).

    "Whoever blended up this whisky is a master of the craft 'cause you can't be taught this. This quality of blending of the single malt. This only comes with the experience. Simple as that. And it's a fabulous version of Ben Nevis. ... Even with four teaspoons of water still big, rich, super rich."

  31. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  32. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    WF Whiskyfun 10/05/2021 (Serge):

    "This baby matured in bourbon, sherry and wine casks. I would say this is one of the very last 'emblematic' BNs Colin Ross composed, which makes it even more moving. Colour: gold. Nose: no winey notes, that's sorted. Then pure Ben Nevis, very fat, full of oils, petrol, sesame, some kind of thick bread, roasted pecans, walnuts, a touch of metal polish and one of mustard, soot, lees and beers… Plus, I have to say, quite some ethanol. Mind you, 62% +! Oh and a manzanilla-y touch, always a hit at WF Towers. With water: I so love manzanilla! Does manzanilla grappa exist, by the way? Wonderful salty, coastal, walnutty and mustardy nose. Mouth (neat): huge, full of mustard, manzanilla indeed, green walnuts, seawater, green peppercorns… In truth it's pretty brutal, but water will help. With water: perfect sootiness, saltiness, and, well, finoness (?) What a distillate! Finish: very long, on just the same flavours. A great old fino by Bodegas Tradición. Comments: 90 + 1 for Colin. I do what I want, this is my blog. No, no refunds, who do you think you are? Cheers Colin!
    SGP:373 - 91 points."

  33. DGV scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Great Benya! Delicious, drinkable, rich in derivatives, plus classic aromas diluted with shades of "barnyard". It is a pleasure to spend time with him.
    • Nose
      Saturated. Wet wool, freshly cut grass, fermented plums, milk chocolate, liqueur, gingerbread.
    • Taste
      Powerful, thick. Cocoa, fermented berries, chocolate gingerbread, paprika, shades of wool.
    • Finish
      Long, enveloping, with hints of sweet liqueur and cinnamon.

  34. EloeOmoe scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    It is very good. Very bold. Light burn of ethanol briefly betrays the complexity. Width and depth to this bottle. Fresh leather, almond, amaretto flavors abound, light honey notes, finishing with the aforementioned clotted cream. Buttery rolls, yeast, very bready. Get some sherry notes at the roof of your mouth just as it begins to finish, accompanied by cinnamon and cardamom. Finish is long and yeasty, more rolls, deep fried beer batter. Thick in mouthfeel, chewy, and oily in texture. Some red raspberry tails just at the very end. Absolutely knock out of a bottle. Only 10 years but full flavored and absolute mature bottle.

  35. Bembel scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Advance information about my point allocation:
    I rate my whisky's privately with a ten-point scale
    (XX, X of 10.0)!

    Smell / nose
    Raisins, sweetness, leather, earthy, salt, wood, light grapes, musty, wet wood, herbs, melted butter, oranges. Looks very sedate - more like 18 years.
    A full load of lovage is added later. Floral notes.

    Taste / mouth
    Directly drying (dusty), sour and bitter at the same time with a note of pepper, cinnamon, heavy sweetness, chocolate, plums.

    Departure / throat
    Medium-long, dry, bitter, woody, light fruit, ashy, nut.

    notes
    Nose: 1A! Super complex. Mouth: Full in the face!
    Subjectively, however, the wine barrel gives a slight off-note.

  36. dominikbraun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Difficult. Compact and intensely fruity-sweet, quite intertwined and difficult to dissect because classic bourbon, sherry and wine notes intertwine. Red fruits, cocoa powder, honey, cherries, cowshed, popcorn.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Freshly ground spices, honey, yellow fruits, flower syrup, charcoal, espresso beans covered with dark chocolate. Bittersweet.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Intense, tart and fruity at the beginning with a pleasant oak, but then the finish drops off relatively strongly and fades.

  37. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    Don’t understand nobody does notice the sulphery notes on the nose and clearly on the finish.

  38. Patrick93 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  39. sarthur71 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  40. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Hard to give this one a pass as much as I would've like to. Just pure aggressivness, badly-integrated alcohol, lacking balance, roundness. Harsh experience overall, water did not really help as it uncovers other flaws of the distillate. Love the new bottle style, but after trying shied away from getting a bottle. Only for hard core fans, investors or those who indulge in brutality malts. ;-)

  41. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very earthy peaty whisky with unique herbal character. Unique dram
    • Nose
      89 89
      Peaty herbal mix of flavors - earthy, moss, resin, machine oil, and herbal honey with raisins. With water - a lot of dark caramel
    • Taste
      89 89
      Hot burn, very oily and savory, sweet herbal heather honey with light earthy peat
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long, peaty, herbal, honey flowers and light bitter resin. With water - even more fruity

  42. Chesterfield scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  43. vlad78 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    The mix of barrels left mixed impressions - a lot of everything at once.
    • Nose
      Fruits, dried fruits, wine notes of stale leaves. Very high degree.
    • Taste
      Sweet taste of all berries and fruits and grapes.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is sweet and bright, long lasting.

  44. Tordeaux scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  45. Foudos scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  46. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Sour musty sherry, caramel, musty dank basement, over ripe strawberries
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful, big strong oak and sherry, semi sweet, cocoa powder, leather
    • Finish
      86 86
      Almost a powdery sensation, dry and confectionary sweetness, orange and strawberry but dehydrated

  47. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  48. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  49. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  50. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  51. sengaia scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    There is much to like here, but the influence of the red wine casks is really off putting to me. An experiment that does not need to be repeated.

  52. matwall scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Beautiful taste, sparkly mouth feel. Great whisky.

  53. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great and very complex malt. You should have tried it!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Malt, baked bread, (with) honey, some vanilla, apples and pears
    • Taste
      89 89
      creamy-sweet, a little salty caramel and a slightly sour component. The 62.4% vol. warm pleasantly, but the dram is not alcoholic
    • Finish
      88 88
      slightly drier towards the middle finish. There is also a meaty note that spontaneously reminds me of chicken broth.

  54. Petrovitski scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  55. OJK scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Rich and enticing, with plenty of familiar Ben Nevis funk and oil, but the wood spice and wine notes are a little too loud to just call this the standard 10 on steroids. It's very much its own beast, and albeit a entertaining one, it's a little too bombastic and lacks some of the elegance that we've come to expect with recent Ben Nevis bottlings.

  56. nallacam scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    It may be "only" enough for an 89 because of the sometimes extreme flavors .... but the uniqueness deserves at least 2 more points. Bravo Ben Nevis!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Hello Ben Nevis!
      Direct and unmistakable.
      A wonderful interplay between sherry and bourbon barrel. Black tea, herbal sauce, tobacco, burnt vegetables, burnt caramel, bread, green waste, salt, white pepper, always against a flashing sweetness.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Strong, sweet, herbal candy, Armagnac, chicken broth, salt, beer, hops, fermented apples
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, dry, vegetables, intense

  57. ipchrist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  58. ipchrist scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  59. nallacam scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  60. LeChiffre scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A very idiosyncratic malt. On the one hand, it shows a nice, intensely sweet and interestingly fruity profile, but unfortunately the slight missing notes keep coming through (I can't exactly describe them) and I also taste a certain youth. In the finish it is gone quickly and not very interesting. No large bottle candidate for the price called.
    • Nose
      86 86
      full and intense; Honey; Caramel; Leather; some cocoa; Grapes; Pear; Raisins; Alcohol noticeable but not annoying; slightly metallic touch?
      - There is a nice fruitiness behind the rough and violent aromas. Gains noticeably with time in the glass.
    • Taste
      85 85
      strong and intense; oily; pretty cute; spicy; peppery and sparkling; yellow fruits; Apricots; Brown sugar; Dark chocolate; Tobacco notes; Oak
    • Finish
      83 83
      slightly dry; spicy; Tobacco; Pepper; tart oak wood; slightly metallic notes flash through

  61. Alfredadalbert1 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  62. thijs100 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    A far cry from what makes Ben Nevis great.
    • Nose
      A typical, dirty Ben Nevis with notes of copper coins. However, I suspect the gunpowder is the result of the wine casks. Hints of prunes and dates too, as well as a touch of red grape juice and ginger.
    • Taste
      The wine influence is very much in your face. Some redcurrant jelly, as well as blackberries. A bit sickly, some gunpowder too, but also notes of ginger and pepper.
    • Finish
      A whiff of espresso and chocolate, but the red wine is undeniable.

  63. mikekallmeier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    This Ben Nevis is really not made for every connoisseur. With a Spiegelau Premium Snifter it is significantly better than in the "normal" tasting glass. But more about that now !!!

    Nose:
    A smoking clutch that fights sweet wine gums. The wine finish looks inharmonious and is complemented by some menthol and vanilla.

    Palate:
    Very oily, very sweet but also spicy, it flows on the tongue.
    The riot brother tastes of strawberries, real strawberries that float in used oil and wear a topping of caramel with burnt-on cotton candy.

    Finish:
    The finish is surprisingly long. There remains a certain wine sweetness, bittersweet chocolate from the wood and a slight aftertaste of vodka fades at the tongue edges. This Ben Nevis is never bitter!

    Wow this whisky hits your face, you have to like that! Important he needs some time in the glass!

  64. Elmer_Fudd scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The normal 10 year old is already beautiful, but this is a whisky that you really have to sit down for. Very firm on the alcohol!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Full and rich, aromas of fresh fruit, honey, dried dates, spicy, ginger, leather.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Solid alcohol, then soft and refined sweet, dark chocolate, honey, spicy notes of oak.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The aftertaste is long and spicy. A very light bitter from the oak, but not disturbing. Musty! Oh boy, what a whisky.

  65. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  66. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  67. IIIZIII scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2019.04.09
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very dense, heavy sherry, blown match sticks, toffee, dates, brown sugary, burnt sweetness. A hint of cherry. Chocolaty. WIth water even more chocolaty
    • Taste
      85 85
      Initially very hot, but sweet and creamy heavy fruitiness, oily
    • Finish
      86 86
      With water, the finish is more prolonged

  68. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  69. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For me a very decent Ben Nevis.
    Somewhat more complex than the standard 10s.
    But at over 100 € not recommended.
    Since the standard 10s may offer something less but definitely not much worse for a reasonable price.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very full, intense. roasted cereal notes, floral notes. Roasted nuts with honey mustard crackers. very fruity after pear, apple, after some time, the fruit notes become more intense and go towards compote, overripe fruits. In the background is a Magginote there. The alcohol is very well integrated in the nose.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Here I have to dilute ... With water: very oily and creamy, sweet, brown sugar, white chocolate, some fresh mint is added., Nuts get through. Great balanced and harmonious. Raisins, dried apricot, dry oak, fruity with leather and tobacco notes.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium long, dry, tingles with a sharp peppery note.

  70. robain scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    Priceworthy!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sherry... ALOT
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sherry, oak, vanilla, very dry, raisins, explosive sherry..
    • Finish
      91 91
      sherry, sherry, sherry - druied fruits, raisins, butter.

  71. FlamingSpeedy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
      Wow. What a PX board. Such a bouquet I know almost only from sweet Glen Els barrels.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Hot in the start and very sweet. The 62.4% dominate. Maybe let it breathe for a little longer.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long-lasting dry red wine. Great whisky

  72. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Not evil, young and evil (87)
    • Nose
      A sharp nose, aggressive, sour dried fruits with the scent of suede, grass, chocolate. On the whole, not bad, young and sherry ... standing there appeared light honey notes, raw salty dough and a little farm (22)
    • Taste
      Thick, even oily fruity, slightly brittle, skin and pepper (22)
    • Finish
      The finish is dry, spicy, salty, skin and grass, dry chocolate and raisins (21.5

  73. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22)
    Not evil, young and evil (87)
    • Nose
      A sharp nose, aggressive, sour dried fruits with the scent of suede, grass, chocolate. On the whole, not bad, young and sherry ... standing there appeared light honey notes, raw salty dough and a little farm (22)
    • Taste
      Thick, even oily fruity, slightly brittle, skin and pepper (22)
    • Finish
      The finish is dry, spicy, salty, skin and grass, dry chocolate and raisins (21.5

  74. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  75. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      slightly musty, pear, dried fruit, some honey, herbs

      Who should have over 60%? I do not smell alcohol
    • Taste
      Ok ... has a lot of alcohol. First, a little bit of pure water.

      With water I have gummy bears in my nose

      In the mouth is really very strange. First sticky sweet with honey and herbal drops, then really hot with pepper, ginger and chili, then again sweet and a bit bitter and woody.

  76. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Sample from Edwin Lim
    • Nose
      90 90
      With water - Lots of ginger and honey, with some chocolate-y notes. Fruit cakes with raisins, and nice leather notes. It's pretty singular, and it's perfect. Wine notes appears after a while, nice oakiness, red wine sweetness and tannin. Very complex nose for a 10YO
    • Taste
      84 84
      Ginger, nutmeg water, and slight nuttiness.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium long, with some oakiness and ginger.

  77. wilhelm scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    beautiful whisky...

  78. wilhelm scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    error

  79. Calmar scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A very attractive whisky, an intricate mixture of sweet sherry and an industrial-mineral base, flavored with a bit of peat, ash and rubber, very harmonious, drinkable, quite complex and deep.
    • Nose
      Open, wet, the first nose - moonshine, ash; fried potatoes, fried meat, animal fat, wool, caustic mineral shades, fried vegetables, stone dust, grindstone, raw boards, window putty, some dry herbs and raisins, fried nuts, smoked boards, salted caramel, pipe tobacco, leather goods.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, sweet-raisin, oak, with strong industrial-mineral notes, ash, peat, pepper wave, metallic acidity, raisins again, leavened must, burnt jam, barely noticeable rubber shades, tobacco.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, mineral-metallic with sweet raisins, tobacco, cocoa and nougat.

  80. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    At the first nose / sip a really nice bastard Nevis - rough, untamed, creaky, earthy, bread crust, wood, leather, roasted nuts, horse stables ... then come through there completely undisciplined small, sassy fruit notes, red wine, berries, ever not "integrated" or "harmonious", but not out of place, but active contrast program, as mix a few goblins the forest farm powerful, which is fun in the mouth. Dilute would probably be a crime, I will not do it. Leeecker ....

  81. detachedblue scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very complex, oily, burned caramel, rich orange, very smoky, a rather special nose for entry-level whisky, much much better than nowadays synthetic-style whiskies.
    • Taste
      Sulphorus but OK, dirty and woody, tannic, grape juice, lemon, full and rich.
    • Finish
      Long, burned sugar, a touch of sulphur, dried orange and leather.

  82. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    From the start we feel spirituality ... Well, I would - with such a fortress.
    Let stand for 10 minutes.
    Nose: alcoholism is completely gone. Very similar to the standard Ben Nevis 10, only with a pronounced wine tint. Overripe fruits, raisins, hazelnuts, dark chocolate, herbs.
    Sip sip ...
    Taste: sweet, but with sourness ... honey, propolis, orange, pepper ... Powerfully and not scorching.
    Finish: fruit with a pleasant sourness ... Orange zest ...
    Add a drop of water.
    Minerality and salinity appeared in the aroma ...
    Sip sip ...
    Nevertheless, honey and pepper are in the foreground ... Some flesh appeared - a steak with blood and iron ...
    The finish is still pleasant ... but salt showed up (apparently they did not forget to salt the meat) ...
    We finish the cast ...
    The finish is long ... Raisins, with cinnamon and pepper ... Warm ...
    It was a good Molt for his money. Perhaps it is worth putting in the closet - after all, the first Butch ... If it does not take off, you can always open in good company and, of course, have fun.
    89

  83. butt scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  84. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  85. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      With proper water:
      Fruity; sweet and wine-sour at the same time (the wine barrel is clearly recognizable); slightly metallic (again and again); To recognize alcohol clearly, but not stinging; some cookie dough in between times again and again flowery; clear citrus note available;

      With less water:
      Wine barrel influence significantly stronger; Tenor is more the acidity of the wine, covers the sweetness; Now come the fresh fruits and sherry; if you get used to the sour note, the sweet fruit note comes through; In the background I have this cookie dough again, but much weaker than in the variant with more water

      undiluted:
      somehow "cleans" everything at the same time (sherry, wine barrel, immediately again this cookie dough); citrus; sweet molasses, dried fruits; the wine note increases over time, but is relativized when the malt is quiet for a short time in the glass
    • Taste
      93 93
      With proper water:
      Fruity, then comes a beautiful oak tree; short citrus; then damp leather, then dark chocolate (oak, almost with cinnamon), then again citrus and fresh fruit; Cinnamon changes to tobacco; After a long time in the mouth a slight Nussigkeit is noticeable, which becomes stronger
      At first a metallic note, then vanilla and citrus, then more sherry, insanely interesting facet changes

      With less water:
      Creamy and oily; sweeter, here is the sherry in the foreground; Honey and vanilla; Cinnamon sharpness and a great oak note (really spicy, but zero bitter); tender tart (very dark chocolate);

      undiluted:
      creamy; sweet, sherry; tingling; Vanilla, honey; now comes oak and tobacco; Wine and citrus tend to be in the background, just stop, now they both come in handy and strong; Citrus full, herbal freshness, nut full again. Wow
      First, the salivation is massively stimulated. At the second sip but rather dry in the mouth, very dry, but then sweet and then stimulates again massive salivation
    • Finish
      92 92
      With proper water:
      Nutty, oak, more nut, some citrus, then again fresh fruits (this time but more citrus fruits), sherry, beautiful barrel wort

      With less water:
      Here I find the wine barrel first dominant. First slightly sour, but then turns back to sherry (sweet) and nice spicy. The nut comes once azf and is fully there. Delicious

      undiluted:
      Nut; Oak; Tobacco; again nut, which also lasts long; later added a hint of citrus, but throughout nutty

  86. domani scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    As already mentioned, this potentiates the 10-year-old from the standard range. Unbelievably voluminous and intense, it presents the aromas but also a bit stormy therefore it can handle water in any case. With water, the barrels are also evident. However, the price for a 10-year-old is slightly overambitious - 06.07.2019
    • Nose
      Very voluminous, what delivers the standard 10-year-old here is a lot more intense.
      Intensive toasted cereal notes, roasted onions, bicycle chain, very fruity to pear, apricot, after a longer Verriechen the fruit notes are intense and go towards compote and jelly.
      In the background the intensive magginote is perceptible. The Brennereicharakter here comes to full advantage and the alcohol is very well involved in the nose

      With water: aromatic, bright yellow fruit, the apricot is very intense, fresh herbs, rosemary, milk chocolate
    • Taste
      Very spicy and sweet, the alcohol is immediately noticeable and fires white pepper, fruity, leather, giving an aromatic and creamy, oak

      With water: very oily and creamy, sweet, brown sugar, the alcohol is less intense, white chocolate, mint is added, ice candy, macadamia nut, the aroma is now balanced some raisin and dried apricot, dry oak
    • Finish
      medium

  87. coldsun scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Oily, spicy, citruses, new wood, sandalwood, butter, milk, malt. Finish echoes taste with strong spicy heat!

  88. 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

  89. Cask Is King scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  90. 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.

  91. 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

  92. StephanB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice Dram, with 110 euros but unfortunately about 30 -40 euros too expensive the bottle.

  93. logo229 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

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

  94. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Caramel, tobacco, leather, sweetness, wine, very intense, later spice, sherry notes predominate, the wine is subtle.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very complex and interwoven, at first you mainly encounter sherry with tobacco, figs and dates, then the wine with a sweet dryness and overloaded red fruits, the Ben Nevis character is present.
      Water is a very good opener and should definitely be used abundantly.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Oak bitterness, dryness and wine notes remain in the mouth for a long time.

  95. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tried this one H2H with the standard 10yo. This CS is much more intense, more chocolate and coffee, more spicy. The standard one has more fruits, peach.
    Actually, because of the use of different kind of casks ánd CS vs. 46% makes it completely different whisky's.
    These two are often compared by it's price, the CS being more than twice as expensive, but with these different kind of whisky's it's not really fair to compare.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy and fruity, curry, pepper, prunes, chocolate, coffee, intense nose.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Still intense, powerfull, pepper, caramel, coffee, very full. Spicy, chocolate, also some honey sweetness, and somewhat of peach.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still very powerfull, spicy, pepper. Very long finish, coffee, chocolate.

  96. jabguit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  97. Dottore scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Wow, I did not expect that. I really wanted to complain about how outrageous it is to ask for a 10 year old whisky over 100 euros, but this Ben Nevis is something of yummy and meets my taste. Resin notes, walnut, unrefined brown sugar, cocoa, iodine, cherry, white wine and brittle make the nose an absolute experience. There is so much to discover here, super complex for a 10 year old whisky. Impetuous, wild but really awesome. The Ü60% do not bother me in the mouth, clearly here it goes wild to the point but he never burns uncomfortable. Very voluminous, surprisingly sweet and nutty he comes along. Turkish honey biscuit with pistachios and cardamom. He is also sweet on the finish, one thinks to feel a hint of white wine, then the walnut, resin and honey notes stay in the mouth for a long time. Wonderful malt, which brings me straight from the socks. Great. 90+

  98. Willum scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  99. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/whiskylive-2019-day-1-part-2/

    C: The  standard 10yo, amplified. This means more blatant action, so eking out the subtleties may require more effort/time – not ideal in a festival environment.

    [Provisionally scores 88+]

  100. dandan798 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    I always wondered why people were buying a 10 year old whisky for such a high price. Then I tried it and damn, I get it now. I still think it's too expensive but it is a superb dram!
    • Nose
      90 90
      chocolate, cocoa, fruit, dried fruit, earth, nuts, cinnamon, cloves, oil
    • Taste
      92 92
      chocolate, cocoa, fruit, dried fruit, raisins, honey, leather, citrus, cloves, oily, vanilla, honey
    • Finish
      93 93
      cocoa, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, raisins, honey, leather, oak, cloves

  101. ezioaudit scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  102. 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.

  103. 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!

  104. 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!

  105. 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.

  106. Rambojunior83 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  107. Mannix65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

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