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Overall rating
89.40/100
votes
74
Whiskybase ID
WB139776
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Exchange (TWEx)
Bottling serie
The Magic of the Cask
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1465
Number of bottles
519
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
19 6255 196
Barcode
2000000075136
Bottled for
The Whisky Show 2019
Added on
01 Oct 2019 2:47 pm by Silversoul
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 349.90

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74 × member ratings

127 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 TWEx

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.40 points

  1. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: Amber.

    Nose: When this hit TWE's site, I was initially disappointed reading the tasting notes they provided. They made it sound as if the cask was doing most of the talking and had essentially transformed one of Scotland's most characterful distillates into a typical, even if good, sherry monster: dried fruits predominating, leather, and a bit of earthiness. Then I saw Serge and Ruben's respective notes, and I cheered up. Of the three, I probably get the most out of Serge's: it's big on oranges. There's also some great chocolate there as well as a varnish-type note. But it's that lovely Ben Nevis citrus (lemons in other bottlings, like the OB 10 yo) that really shines against the more rustic background. Terrific nose, and not at all a typical "big sherry" profile, although after a bit in the glass I do start to pick up on some sour cherry. Seems to take water fairly well, and brings out more of the spicy notes.

    Mouth: The extra age improves the spirit vis-a-vis younger incarnations (again, thinking of the OB 10 yo). The mouthfeel is good in the younger bottlings, and that's still the case here. It's the depth of flavor that stands out here. I continue to get the oranges and chocolate combination. Water here emphasizes the chocolate even more.

    Finish: It's a pretty big one, with lingering spice and milk chocolate.

    Comments: Needless to say, I'm a fan. Based on the impressive number of indies that have bottled '96 Ben Nevis in the past couple years, and their near uniform acclaim, I have been seeking out a good, representative example for a while now. As noted above, when TWE's Whisky Show bottling dropped online, I was initially disappointed, because it seemed as if this was not going to be a great representative and other, new '96 bottlings were starting to become difficult to purchase. Well, I'm quite happy with this one. Very glad I could snag one. Hopefully, I can try an ex-bourbon (preferable refill wood) mid-90s Ben Nevis in the near future for comparison's sake.

  2. galg33 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: sweet and fruity with heaps of luscious fruit mainly sultanas, cherries and plums. Lots of sherry goodness, wine gums and dried fruit soaked cake with a touch of sour cherries and damp earth that balances it all. Lovely.

    Palate : starts quite tropical and fruity with excellent wood notes, then the sherry kicks in on the form of chocolate and Sultana, brown sugar and earth, and spices. More dark chocolate sprinkled with cinnamon, ending on big olden wood notes.

    Finish : brownies, and spiced chocolate, leather and cocoa.

    Conclusion: A very fruity and delicious Ben Nevis from the TWE. My favorite of the 3 I’ve taste so far (with the Coal Ila not far behind). Not cheap, but whisky is no cheap these days… is it? Buy.

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Not bad, just very much vanilla and a leafy touch, I would never guess a sherry butt but think of a bourbon barrel - personally I like the BN 96 from Caora #1381 a little bit better
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, green leafs, green banana, raw apple mash, carambole, coconut powder, lemon peel, hints of vegetables
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very oily, creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, fruity, vanilla, pineapple, banana, pear, lemon peel, spices, pepper, little ginger, oak wood
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, more vanilla, more spicy

  4. prz22 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Really good, coherent, smooth but intense Ben Nevis. Easy to recommemd.
    Very well linked taste+finish which are alike and act as one, enjoyable, integrated experience, very nice!!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I don’t get much tropical fruits more chocolate orange some sweet spices, the typical bn dirtiness. I guess the fruitiness of the distillate is a bit hidden behind the sherry. A very enjoyable one

  6. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I think water is pretty obligatory here. 88-89 points --> 90-91. You're welcome.

  7. jujutoulouse scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Nose on the marshmallow, Turkish delight border, honeyed, with a touch of minerality in the background. In the mouth it is powerful and dense, the alcohol is well integrated, the wood too which is present but not annoying, in the end there is a herbaceous side which arrives and takes it to a higher level, a delight

  8. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivedecember19-2-Laphroaig-Glenfarclas.html#301219

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveoctober19-1-Ardbeg-Dalmore.html#021019

  10. mema82 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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