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Overall rating
88.77/100
votes
59
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Vintage
08.11.1996
Bottled
10.04.2019
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
1862
Number of bottles
202
Strength
53.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
20 May 2019 3:49 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 135.00

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59 × member ratings

87 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 Arc

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.77 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Beeswax & Motor Oil

    Archives is het label under which the owners of Whiskybase bottle and in 2018 and 2019 they bottled two hogsheads of Ben Nevis 1996. Hogshead #521 got a reptile on the label and was shipped to Shinanoya in Japan, hogshead #1862 got a fish and remained in Europe. I am happy to be able to put them head-to-head, ending with the 22 years old for the home market. It is a lot darker and has a significantly higher ABV than that of its sibling.

    On the nose, it is ‘darker’ as well, if you catch my meaning. Tropical fruit is mixed with beeswax and motor oil! And it works. Raisins and banana go hand-in-hand with fresh figs and para nuts. Underneath a sneaky pepper note is abiding it’s time.

    Oh, yes! This is very oily on the palate. Fatty. Waxy. Call it what you will, it sticks to the teeth. The tropical fruit is now put aside a bit by the dark, syrupy honey and baking butter, while muscovado sugar makes it sweeter still. Thanks to the higher ABV it packs a punch. The pepper comes out of its hiding place. This is delicious.

    The finish is a good continuation with lots of beeswax and dark honey.

    A liquid dessert of the highest order and much better than its sibling that went to Japan. No offence, my Japanese friends. Our palates differ, after all.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In store sample.

    Serge and Angus put Ben Nevis in the “Rectangle of minerality” along with (Springbank, Highland Park, Clynelish) or was it the “axis of minerality”. Who am I to disagree? It just so happens I love this golden rectangle. So much character.

    At one point Ben Nevis went away from using 100% brewers yeast and did not like the result, so they went back and continue to be the only Scottish distillery using all brewers yeast. A fascinating topic to get lost in and no doubt makes Ben Nevis one of the more interesting distilleries to follow.

    This Ben Nevis tastes like you mashed the best parts of Ben Nevis and Clynelish together. A huge compliment in my view. Greasy Ben Nevis meets hyper waxy Clynelish and everyone wins.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wax seal and rubber gasket; a blue collar start. Some grease, rose water, tablet, toffee, black pepper, grass.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Enormous wax - beeswax, brown butter, very fatty and oily, engine grease, thick floral honey.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and characterful. Scottish tablet, beeswax and honeycomb, oily, greasy, awesome.

  3. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      very sweet and very alcohol-y.. white flowers and yellow fruits through a fine curtain of dirt & dust
    • Taste
      89 89
      sweet holy mother of sweetness..! and bourbon ben nevis galore!
    • Finish
      89 89
      more sweets.. this time, salted caramel and milk chocolate.

  4. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Today I try this Ben Nevis. Over the last few years Ben Nevis has become one that I seek out as I've been happy with what I've had the chance to taste. Let's see how this tastes.

    Nose starts off with fruit harvest in autumn, then quickly to machine oils, wood spices, and perhaps some wet limestone, touch of campfire ash.

    Palate is honey, orange zest, very oily feel, more campfire ash, and vitamin B12.

    Finishes with wood spice, beeswax, autumn fruit harvest returns, lingering oils, dash of salt
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Strong, powerful, full of aroma's and flavours, a lot of peach as I'm used to with Ben Nevis, I really like this strong peach and orange-like 'base'. And this one is definately even above the Ben Nevis standard quality, very good.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very fruity and intense, citrus, lemon, and some hay, grassy. Also some incense. Then some milkchocolate and caramel come in. Very full scent.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Strong, fruity and sweet. Orange, peach. Very intense, full taste. Also a hint of chocolate.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still some pepper, sweet and fruity, peach, pretty long finish.

  6. TheNose did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    So lets see what Serge thinks of this one!

    Colour: gold. Nose: whereas the first one had a more immediate and obvious fruitiness, here we’re rather on waxes, cereals and an almost Clynelishesque minerality. Chalky, notes of sandalwood, white flowers, heather, dried herbs. There’s even a very slight coastal element too along with things like petrol, putty, vapour rubs. Really excellent! With water: full of lovely notes of oily sheep wool, hessian, ink, fabric, pebbles, vase water, seashells and dried flowers. More medical, more fatty and more waxy with water, I love it. Mouth: Seriously, blind you could say this is an old Clynelish. Or even some old Cadenhead dumpy bottling due to these wee metallic and sooty touches it displays. Something extremely pure, old school and distillate dominated. Gets increasingly polished, waxy and sooty. More medicine too. With water: that slight grassy edge is fully developed now and there’s lots of overripe green fruits, baked banana, custard, lime cordial and elderflower. Hints of fennel seed and waxed canvas too. Finish: long, herbal, medical, waxy and slightly salty. Comments: I’m always looking for reasons to score whiskies down, or not to go to 90+ etc. However, this one is pretty indefatigable and unequivocally superb. This really could be some old full-bodied highland malt distilled in the early 60s.
    91 points.

  7. branneman scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Floral, nutty, figs, some fresh mint
    • Taste
      89 89
      Blossom, honey, dried fruit, a touch of smoke with the typical Ben Nevis waxyness
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, fatty and smooth, roasted flavours, cocoa

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Skiddilly scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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