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Overall rating
87.36/100
votes
50
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L17/8911
Barcode
5026673000234
Added on
27 Mar 2019 6:39 pm by lsy

Average value

€ 53.22

7 × in wishlist

50 × member ratings

230 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.36 points

  1. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sensational aroma variety in the smell, looks much older than 10 years, great balance between spices, fruit notes and barrel influences. Here was a sherry keg in the game.

    Well balanced on the palate, strong and spicy, with a hint of herbal notes, which I would describe as typical Nevis flavors. Everything that has promised the nose, comes out here too. Nothing stands out.

    On leaving, he leaves a pleasant mouthfeel, which unfortunately subsides a little too quickly and could be a bit more intense.

    Great bottling and not comparable to the current 10s.
    • Nose
      90 90
      light sweetness, clear malt, dark fruits, cloves, nutty, nutmeg, heather, prunes, forest honey, white pepper, grated lemon zest, gherkins, raisins, tannins ... old kitchen cupboard, poor furniture polish
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, spicy, sweet, spicy, beautiful herbal notes, nutty, great barrel. Plums, honey, tannins, peppermint, malt, white pepper, light citrus notes, fresh sawdust, cereals
    • Finish
      89 89
      medium to long, slightly bitter, subtle mix of prunes and wood, some honey sweetness, peppermint

  2. topos did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    bottle code L17/8911. simply one of the best OBs on the market, near unbeatable value if you can find it under £50. profile reminds me of springbank 10 a bit. 8/10
    • Nose
      coconut macaroons with glacée cherry, "funky" raisins, rosewater, honeysuckle, raspberry jam and a bit of "old drinks cabinet". a few older casks in the vatting is definitely not out of the question but it has a youthful drive underlaying it. well balanced!
    • Taste
      arrival poised between soft and sharp, sweet and sour. turkish delight, golden syrup, mixed fresh citrus peels, rosemary, salted plums, figs. goes on with some spices joining in, nutmeg, white pepper and a litlte dark chocolate. there's an acetic/acidic and mineralic side to this that is not so apparent in the nose and works really well, although it needs a little water and time to be properly integrated.

  3. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Old style whisky. Offers more than the usual 10 year olds. The high price is also justified.
    • Nose
      90 90
      First: sherry, malt sweetness, wood and flower meadow. Carnation, nutmeg, plum and lighter fruits such as ripe pear and apple are added. Lychee and exotic fruits such as mango, also herbs. Some furniture polish. You always discover new nuances.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft on the start, lemon, exotic fruits, plum, malty, cinnamon and nutmeg. Light grapes and fruit cake. Spicy and mouth-filling.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A minimal tingling on the tongue, slightly astringent. Medium-long finish, at the end the fruit aromas and oak seasoning remain.

  4. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

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

  5. Jordanite scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    For anyone outside of whisky geek circles, Ben Nevis 10 could easily described as "the best, affordable whisky you've never heard of." The nose immediately grabs your attention with its beguiling mix of aromas that refuse to be pinned down. One minute you get a whiff of sherry and then it is gone, likewise there is some smoke but also not. There are big citrus notes of oranges and grapefruits as well as blueberries. Honey, salt, Earl Grey, macadamia and even some faint florals in the background. At only 46% the palate is beautifully oily and mouth coating. There is no smoke but there is a definite sooty sensation, lemon, grapefruit, pepper, honey, ginger, goodness. The finish is decently long, tangy and herbal. Ben Nevis is always a surprise in the glass.

  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    NOTES & COMMENT OF A BLIND TASTING:
    Very nice part, goes very much in my direction with its exotic fruit, I also love with my No. 1 Distille Caperdonich or Lochsides, also some old 80s Caol Ila. But since here there is neither salt nor the typical notes for the others, even though it is generally difficult to capture such a malt with such special notes, I can think of another one: Glen Elgin (or a Coal Ila), 10-14 years, bourbon cask, maximum short refill sherry finish (and that if Fino), 50-54%, with a better nose and a little less alcohol punch he could have got 1-2P more
    • Nose
      Dusty, clear dusty notes, freshly planed wooden shavings, cocoa powder, slightly earthy-mushroomy afterwards, changes beautifully and gets its own, difficult to describe fruit acid, towards tropical fruit gums, guava and kiwi most likely, cumin, some green apple
    • Taste
      Significantly stronger start than expected from the nose strength, punchy, great exotic fruit acidity away, guava, papaya, kiwi and some pineapple in between, green apple, camphor, light cardamom, white pepper, a little wasabi, nice green notes of green tea such as matcha , later gooseberry
    • Finish
      Gooseberries, green apple, kiwi, ginger, lemongrass, a little white pepper, medium length, warm, intense

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  8. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. LordBellamy scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    with water: unfortunately it loses something, there is also some sulfur, so I would recommend pure enjoyment here

    Conclusion: Bamm, that's a standard bottling that sets new standards
    • Nose
      88 88
      Malt, fruits (blood orange, grapefruit), coconut, vanilla, spices, ginger, subtle sherry feet, strong wood notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      great start, light caramel sweetness, herbs, blood orange note, well balanced oak
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, malt, spices and a little cocoa powder, the oak is again very pronounced, dry, somewhat bitter at the back

  10. praisethepasta scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A superb, top quality whisky. Hard to believe this is a 10 yo, as this would easily outclass whiskies twice its age and double the price.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sherry and Christmas cake, lots of fruit ( berries, cherries, raisins, figs, raspberries, prumes...), candy (cuberdons and candyfloss), old sherrycasks, wood and a very slight, pleasant sulphur note.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Full, rich and round, with sherry and malty notes (grains and bread), chocolate and again the fruity notes. There are also quite some salty and briny notes that add lovely layers of complexity.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and syrupy with walnuts, dried old wood and a very long lingering salty touch.

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