Ben Nevis 1996 Cao

Overall rating
89.58/100
votes
67
Whiskybase ID
WB128640
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Caora (Cao)
Bottling serie
N°6
Vintage
10.1996
Bottled
02.2019
Calculated age
22 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
1381
Number of bottles
321
Strength
50.7 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
30 mar 2019 9:44 pm by pe
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 95.00

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 Cao

20 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.58 points.

  1. Fight65 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Mineral notes with great fruity sweetness !! Requires no water and sticks forever on the palate. Compliment for the great bottling !!
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  3. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Beautifully surprising Ben Nevis. Where I find several 1996 bottlings complex and spicy, this one is very fruity, on top of those mentioned elements. Very handsome bottling.

  4. erikz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Extremely fruity Ben Nevis, nothing like the manure filled barns you sometimes get (love those as well).

    A lot of green fruit notes with fresh apple, pear, mirabelles. Some spices as well. Arrival is very clean for this abv, very mature with Chinese five spices. Drying at the end and a bit of acidity as well.

    This one is stunning, great example of a well aged fruity Ben Nevis.

  5. DannyDram scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Fruity, pear, apple juice, Asian spice, citric notes, roasted aromas, some paraffin. Balanced, oily texture, warming, slightly drying, good intensity, suitable body.
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  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very fruity not too dirty but still that typical Nevis character, yellow fruits, exotic fruits, as expected from a bourbon Ben nevis

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Quite complex, very fruity and drinklable! Great pick!
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      92 92
      Yellow fruits, stone fruits, white peach, apricot, little citric, also some green fruits, pear, green apple, little green banana, honeydew, some minerals, limestone, almonds, also little exotic fruits, pineapple and mango - great!
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, creamy, sirupy, subtle sweetness, more on tropical fruits, more mango, coconut, some marzipan, spices, some citrus fruits, lime, grapefruits - very good!
    • Finish
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      Medium long, warm, spicy, zesty, more grapefruit, little herbal, coconut milk

  8. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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  10. Jnpons scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: straw gold, golden reflections

    Nose: a little solvent, cereals, pear, grilled malt, lemon notes, pepper, apricot, I would even say a smell of creamy apricot yogurt, distant notes of passion fruit .

    Palate: pepper, dark chocolate, fruit, passion.

    Finish: long on passion fruit.

    Comments: well integrated alcohol, a good surprise for a decent price.

  11. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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  12. grinface scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    An impressive and very distilled Ben Nevis variant. A really good barrel selection and a really good decision not to do any finish or re-racking here. Hats off to Caora! Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/02/06/ben-nevis-1996-2019/

  13. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very 90’s clynelish-like Ben Nevis. Peppery butter, salty fruit, waxy minerals.
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  14. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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  15. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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  16. olegborgol did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SV: Ben Nevis 22 yo 1996/2019 (50.7%, Caora, refill hogshead, cask #1381, 321 bottles) Five stars
    Got to love these minimalistic labels, a good change from all the slightly pompous new liveries seen elsewhere. You know the ones that even the Great Mogul would have found a little ‘too much’. Colour: white wine. Nose: ah, a more austere Ben Nevis, more on straight green lemons and clays, agave, sweet roots, dill, and perhaps fresh verbena. With water: ultra-precise. It’s funny that the spirit would resemble the label, in some way. Mouth (neat): absolutely terrific! Pristine citrus, wax and chalk, with some astounding purity. With water: up there with the best clean Ben Nevis (and Springbank, Highland Park, and Clynelish). I’m rambling now. Finish: a wonderful blade. A hint of mocha in the aftertaste, possibly from the cask. Comments: a perfect distillate in its (almost) naked glory. Exactly my preferred style.
    SGP:562 - 91 points.

  17. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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  18. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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  19. Hhhhh scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Great!!

  20. Doppelpass scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Congratulations to 91 points by Angus!

  21. Daveomat scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

  22. Doppelpass scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Excellent pick by the Caora guys, fairly priced!

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