Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
58.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
25 May 2019 4:33 pm by drammelzee
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 325.00

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126 × member ratings

178 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1997 ElD

28 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.84 points

  1. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22.5)
    Despite the high degree, it is very comfortable to drink. Interesting whisky, not boring to taste (90.5)
    • Nose
      Lacquered wood, leather, grass, a little pine needles ... then coffee with chocolate, oranges .. raw bread. (22.5)
    • Taste
      The taste is explosive, juicy, fruit and caramel with raisins, leather with tobacco (23)
    • Finish
      Caramel finish, chocolate, leather, varnish, grass, coffee foam with a drop of menthol (22.5)

  2. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted alongside BN SMOS 20Y cask 1531.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense punch of chocolate, mint fudge and cherry compote. Some dried orange peel, prunes, plums, sourdough bread. Wood polish, turpentine and overcooked cabbages.

      Apple cider vinegar, dark chinese vinegar, sugar plums in sugar water.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Heavy on the sherry, both woody and spicy as well. Caramel, chocolate, meaty. Like dried beef slices with salted peanuts. I don't smoke but there's lots of tobacco and cooling mentholatum.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and intense, herbaceous yet consistently full on chocolate. Demerara sugar, toasted bread almost burnt. Leather and spicy oak.

  3. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ruben wrote: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2019/ben-nevis/ben-nevis-1997-single-malts-of-scotland/

  4. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Ben Nevis H2H
    1996 #1531 52.2% vs 1997 #91 58.4%

    Overall I prefer the #1531 slightly due to the freshness on the nose. Both have equally good body on the palate.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Both very similar in some ways, with #1531 fresher on the notes, more on fresh and juicy fruits while the #91 is heavier on dried fruits and more oaky and dark chocolate. Some nice honey for the #1531, with a sweet and floral background. After sometime, the fruits started to come alive for the #91, and some vinegar and slight bit of ginger. Some nice vanilla come in for the #1531.

      Overall the #1531 is fresher and lighter, while the #91 is heavier and stronger.
    • Taste
      88 88
      #1531 - rather bright, clean and oily. Nice resinous sweetness, tropical fruits, red fruits, taste like a PX cask to me. A little bit of dark chocolate and ginger.

      #91 - more oaky, similar sweetness, more on dark chocolate and mixed nuts. More powerful, with lots of herbs and spices.
    • Finish
      88 88
      #1531 - nice fruity finish, not very long but very refreshing. Some orange peel and ginger.

      #91 - nice length, with more oakiness and tannin. Slightly dry, and nutty.

  5. Dris scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. whioli scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  7. eselsim scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    an excellent sherried cask strength whisky
    • Nose
      fermented sourness like you'd get in sourdough, sauerkraut or kimchi, pickle juice, sherried raisins and portobello mushrooms earthiness, take your time and it slowly evolves into a way more nuanced chocolate, dark fruit, marsca cherry notes
    • Taste
      extravagant chocolate fondant and wood polish, nuts and spices,

  8. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    1495) Ben Nevis, 1997/2019, 22YO, #91, The Single Malts Of Scotland, Elixir Distillers
    • Nose
      N- Masculine sherry influence took shape with arrays of spicy ginger extract, demerara, warm oatmeal and grounded coffee spent, with chocolate underlay and blossoming lavender, though the later bordering from being soapy, but well dissolve into nutshells with authentic dried fruits nipping thru the smog of spicy floral nuance. Feel the breeziness on weight and appeared effortless despite the pushy aroma. Opened up greatly with intensified olorosso, spicy oil and chopped shallot/garlic mix. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Big and wild sherry run riot on a skim milk texture, shiny sweet with waxy mouth coat. No sign of the soapiness which were great, but with wee loud on the oak. (87/21)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, sherry, coffee, dates with mouthful of bitter brown candy. Dry and chewy with gentle but lasting cooling sensation. (89/22)

      B/B- 88/22

      Weighted Rate- 87pt. With both #1531 and this #91 at the same score, while the 20YO shows more refinement with a total 352pt, I am leaning toward this 22YO that has shows more sophistication with a total of 354pt.

  9. MrYens scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  10. 33rdCASK scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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


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