Overall rating
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
20 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
30 Jan 2019 12:03 pm by Blo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 150.35

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 ElD

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.94 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. 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.

  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. Lakerfield scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This one presented itself as a mature Glendronach, and switched to something Clynelish alike and Springbank-y within a few minutes. All in all another very characteristic Nevis, which was ever evolving with every sip I took. And that was only 3CL.. Some oaky bitterness keeps me from scoring higher.

    Based on a sample.
    • Nose
      Lots of wood, a shy sherry influence, salty marine air and 'dark' fruit. We've got another chameleon here.
      Dried apricot, orange zest, fig, cranberry, citrus
      sour cream, caramel, licorice, cheap peach yoghurt,
      almond, walnut, espresso, cristallized honey, oak tannin,
      cheese, chalk and a little smoke.
    • Taste
      No surprises here, although it has more of that creaminess from other 96'ers. Needs some time to open up as it's shy at first. Apricot, apple, fig, plum, blood orange, citrus zest, dark chocolate, salted caramel, sultana, demerara sugar, leather, tobacco, honey, vanilla, pepper, and balsamic vinegar.
    • Finish
      Medium to long in length. Creamy malt, salted caramel, apricot and some dry oak.

  5. MrYens scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  6. Bretorianer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Mark-E scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  9. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior


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