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Ben Nevis 1995 TWJ

Overall rating
89.52/100
votes
90
Whiskybase ID
WB138867
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Jury (TWJ)
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2019
Calculated age
23 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
970
Number of bottles
245
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Sep 2019 10:52 am by thewhiskyjury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 176.33

65 × in wishlist

90 × member ratings

87 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1995 TWJ

25 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.52 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Belgium’s Got Talent

    Hooray, our little country has another independent bottler. Joeri has been working on his project for many months and now he is ready to be discovered. The name The Whisky Jury is well chosen, as he is a jury when it comes to selecting the casks he wants to bottle, but it is also the phonetic version of his first name in English. He enters the market with a 23 years old single cask of Ben Nevis, distilled in 1995. Lovely label, by the way. If this was Belgium, he’d already have his first yes!

    Wonderfully waxy nose on tropical fruit. Think banana, peach, mango and pineapple. A touch candy-like. Sugared orange peel, nougat and a hint of gyproc (alright, that sounds weird, but it really works) and mint. Finally some cherry tea and meringue. The second yes is there!

    Waxy on the palate as well and perfectly drinkable without adding water. Immediately very fruity and tropical (the mango and pineapple are enhanced and some extra lime kicks in), while a lovely mineral side appears. Honey over pebbles, should that exist. Fonding with a peppery bite. The third yes has just been awarded!

    The finish… no, make that Finish with capital F please: long, waxy with lots of mint, pepper and the slowly fading tropical fruit. Lovely bitterness at the death. That’s four yesses!

    The Whisky Jury has been voted to the next round! Coincidence: this is the 30th Ben Nevis that I tried. What an entrance! Congratulations, Joeri, and good luck. Looking forward to your second release. And 140 euro? That’s bang for your buck right there.

  2. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a sample
    • Nose
      92 92
      Incredibly fruity, tropical fruits, first of all passion fruit, also mangoes, guava, peach, partly also candied, behind that wax, milk ice cream and some noisette
    • Taste
      90 90
      tart and sparkling start, again passion fruit, guava and vanilla, slightly mineral
    • Finish
      91 91
      Among other things, kiwi, guava, milk cream, ..

      Less "dirty" than expected, but extremely harmonious

      tried with a Riedel Vinum Tasting glass

  3. wataya scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Compared to Ben Nevis 1996 TWJ, I liked this bottling a little better. More tropical fruits. and a similarly delicious melon note as in the 2017 archive bottling. Recommended.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Citrus fruits, tropical fruits, wax, not as dirty as some other expressions, very drinkable

  5. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I underestimated just how tropical the nose is the first time I tried this. Need to give it some time in the glass, but it's a tropical fruitbomb when you do.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Tastingbros scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/07/18/back-to-the-future/
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    O wow that nose, I could smell this all day. Taste is great as well. Finish lags behind just a little, but overall this dram is just really well done.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Wonderful nose: a thick almost syrupy fruitiness with lots of waxy notes. Tropical fruits (passion fruit, peach, mango, lychee, some pineapple), orchard fruits (slightly sour apple and pear), sweet orange, lemon, fruitcake, butterscotch (Werther's Original), also mildly floral and vegetal.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy, oily and waxy: a continuing tropical fruitiness (mango, peach, lychee, pear, lemon zest), a cake note, a bit of caramel, accompanied by pretty well integrated wood spices like clear pepper and more subtle notes of ginger.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium length: juicy fruit, spices and lingering drying wood notes. The juiciness falls away a bit too quickly.

  9. Lakerfield scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A mature, ex-hogshead Ben Nevis from their golden '90s. Let's say this didn't disappoint! Lots of fruit, oils, wax and that trademark industrial side to it. Not much at fault, although we just know it can always get better. Comparable to an Archives 1996 (WBID:131896) that I've had and maybe slightly better. Can't really compare as that was a full bottle.. What I'm sure of is this: 90 points to Ben Nevis and The Jury.

    Based on a sample.
    • Nose
      On the nose; Tropical, waxy and a firm malty core. Could as well be a famed 1996. Orange, lemon, pineapple, mango, strawberry and overripe banana. After that some sultana, sweet Dutch licorice, peach yoghurt, beeswax, custard and vanilla. Then creamy malt, walnut, almond paste, soot, ointment and dunnage funk.
    • Taste
      In the mouth; An oily and tropical fruit monster indeed, even more concentrated here. To start: orange zest, apricot, fig, blueberry, mango and maraschino cherry.
      Further on Belgian praliné (there must be a reason the Jury bottled a few Nevis' already ;-) ), toffee, orange marmalade and licorice. Malt, stout beer, salted pistacchio and tonic water too. That tonic note makes it a little bitter in the end.
    • Finish
      Oof, just a little too short in my opinion but nice nevertheless. Orange marmalade, dark chocolate, old honey, licorice and cookie dough.

  10. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

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