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Overall rating
89.18/100
votes
52
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1650
Number of bottles
467
Strength
54.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
30 Jan 2019 12:03 pm by Blo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 179.90

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116 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 ElD

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.18 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Although the color indicates a "full sherry drone", this Ben Nevis is dominated more by dark and spicy wood notes in my opinion. The expected fruitiness shows almost exclusively in the nose, in taste and in the end dominate spicy and dark wood elements with a dominant smoky note. Spices and fresh mint provide variety, the mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and buttery. An interesting bottling, different than expected, but delicious and very full of character.

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      Dark copper shimmers with an orange sheen in the Premium Snifter while oily "legs" pull their long laps on the glass wall. At the first nosing, the alcohol immediately shows its voluminous and powerful side, after which a dominant spicy note in combination with a fresh fruit note stand out. Mirabelles and oranges play together, fresh peppermint and caramelized sugar combine to create a sweet and refreshing note. Minimal smoky notes dissolve from a touch of milk chocolate, the freshness increases noticeably. Spicy and reminiscent of a brine, the nose gets tart, again minimal smoky notes and a hint of burned wood to advantage. In the background is still this sweet and fresh blend of sugar, yellow fruits, mint, spices and herbs.
    • Taste
      Creamy and spicy, the Ben Nevis taps on the tongue. Smoke aromas and spicy wood tones flow through the palate, a pinch of white pepper spreads its pleasant sharpness and makes pearls dance on the tongue. The salivation is massively stimulated while caramelized sugar mixes with yellow fruits, velvety apricots and fresh oranges. Smoke flavors and minimally burned wood tones follow again, the sharpness on the tip of the tongue increases, as does the salivation. Subtle sharpness tingles between the lips, roasted hazelnuts end in old walnut flavor. The mouthfeel becomes noticeably tart and darker, as well as creamier and characterized by roasted nut flavors. Peppermint draws refreshing through the palate, juicy oranges stick to the tongue, abrasion of grapefruit and orange peel ends in creamy and dark wood tones. A touch of meadow herbs and a dried spice mixture stick to the palate, the taste goes creamy with hints of smoke and burnt wood in the finish.
    • Finish
      Creamy dark wood tones stick to the palate, zest of orange blend with roasted hazelnuts, a touch of Moroccan mint ends in meadow herbs and creamy wood elements. Butter flakes melt on the tongue, the spicy wood tones blur, slowly, the finish sounds and leaves a creamy mouthfeel with a touch of burnt wood.

  2. matts scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Character: A complex, time-honored Ben Nevis. Harmonious and charismatic, speak with recognition. Sherry and oak play the basic music. The strongest burns the earthy, leathery and herbaceous character in my memory. Paired with intense oak and delicious dried fruits.
    Review: A really characterful, delicious and dangerously good drinkable Ben Nevis. Exciting, varied and a little bit mysterious. At least 5cl are not enough for me to decode this beautiful bottling in full. From me there are really good, enjoyable 90 points. Different, but on equal terms with the Ben Nevis whic nymph (WID 114456).
    • Nose
      Intense sherry, a lot of nut and leather make for a tasty start. The nose looks a bit resinous. Herbs and anise provide a nice tension. At the back there is a handful of lemon peel and then it gets drier again. Soft tobacco notes come through: direction pipe tobacco. Milk chocolate plays their game of hide-and-seek and again and again sparkling grain notes flash through. On the one hand from the overall picture almost a bit earthy, on the other hand always floats a pleasant freshness above the glass. A harmonious, interesting and varied nose that makes you want to taste it. The alcohol is well integrated. Nevertheless, a few drops of water are good. The individual flavors are a little more dilute in one another.
    • Taste
      Slightly creamy, very spicy and surprisingly smoky, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. Immediately there is also the taste of tobacco. A slightly dirty suede taste sets an interesting counterpoint to the sweet sparkling sherry fruits: above all raisins, dried cranberries and dry cherries. A pinch of pepper and some anise will stimulate the saliva and stimulate the palate. Taken from a lot of milk and cocoa powder. Tender garden herbs are spreading: oregano, rosemary and thyme. In the transition to the finish, the taste is always tart, nuttier and woodier. With an association of cold coffee, the flavor development goes into its final phase.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium to long and dry. Sprinkled with bitter cocoa powder and with bonds of cold coffee and espresso, intense oak wood sounds like an intense taste. As if you had licked a piece of oak for a long time. The earthy-leathery basic tone is retained in the finish. Worn by some wood smoke. Long after the last sip, there is a slightly rough, aromatic oak wood surface on the tongue.

  3. Gee scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    It's a complex one. Nice layers reveal themselves in time. The nose is quite different from the taste. It's quite a nice surprise, this one.
    • Nose
      A little sweet like raisins. There's also something earthy, grassy. In the back a bit of menthol and some salt.
    • Taste
      At first it's sweet and salty. Wow! Again those raisins. Then the dark chocolate and malt revealed themselves. Later on I tasted some cranberries. And it's oily and meaty.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate is dominant. Again the sweetness and saltiness is there. It's medium.

  4. mer1973 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  6. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A very nutty-intensive sherry malt without any sulfur, with pleasant spice and fine wood smoke. The nutty Oloroso notes, paired with the oak smoke and the light and dark fruit potpurri, are extremely pleasant. Appear more sweet on the nose than on the palate and on the finish, dominated by the earthy-woody notes. A very a malt.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wood smoke, nut, sherry, some blackberries, some damp forest soil. A few sweeter flavors ("gums"), even slightly light grapes and also slightly grassy. Only very soft alcohol.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sherry, fine nut, again wood smoke. In the course of intense wax. The fruitiness is a little less, the nut dominates. In the last tests were more sweet-bright fruits to taste, as well as some cinnamon. Another nice oak, some pepper; The almost 55% are never disturbing and provide pleasant fresh power. Fine mixture.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium to long finish. The slightly smoky wood aromas dominate, followed by sweet freshness between light and dark fruit, some wax.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. mark-achterhoek scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Would not pay 150 euro’s for this. Definitely no 90 pointer or anywhere near that.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

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