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Overall rating
88.22/100
votes
105
Whiskybase ID
140806
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whisky-Doris (WD)
Vintage
11.1996
Bottled
04.2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
2028
Number of bottles
299
Strength
52.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 Oct 2019 8:19 pm by Arwen
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 249.99

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 WD

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.22 points

  1. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    What a fantastic nose! Finally a modern whisky with "old bottle flavor" again. That was a great barrel, dear Whisky Doris! Old wood, minimal smoke, dusty library. Very complex. Pronounced spiciness. Some white wine. Cinnamon, rum fruits and candied nuts. In my mind I'm flying towards Christmas ...
    Sweet, slightly musty sherry in the mouth, but no sulfur. At first it looks very gentle, almost mild in the alcohol but with a concentrated load of aromas. Very oily and spicy-tart. Lots of oak but without an often unpleasant bitterness. A little milk chocolate and then at the very end the throat gets really salty. I've never had such pronounced salty notes in a Ben Nevis whisky.
    The finish is long, astringent and earthy. The tongue tingles a bit, everything is slowly warming up, I'm happy today.
    Insane part. Really believe me. I like to give 91 points today ... thumbs up!

  2. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    No doubt a great whisky that will find its fans. Nice cask distillery relationship, excellent alcohol and a wonderful sweetness, BUT I'm annoyed by this rum note in the nose. Also, long breathing did not help. I'm still glad to have a sample and will give him a chance in a few weeks.

  3. art-bett scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I fully underline the Roman note.

    The mildness in the taste is very pleasant and makes the Ben Nevis interesting ..... Give the whisky time and warm the Nosingglas nice in the hand and the Ben Nevis unfolds more and more, and is getting better.

  4. linus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      golden brown
      Rum pot rises in the nose, fat raisins and smoky wood and warm dates without bacon
      this guy likes to breathe, because then leather, old library with dusty leather bindings
      Cinnamon comes out in the back, paired with baked apple fresh wind from the open oven door
      I also hear peat, only the mentioned salt note bwz sea breeze
      ?!? could be that the open bottle must leave something?!?
    • Taste
      90 90
      It oilyly runs down the tongue, like peat, dust and fat raisins
      Strong and various spices tickle the palate. Cardamom, salt licorice, wood discreet, espresso notes
    • Finish
      91 91
      Stay present for a long time

  5. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      That's all sorts of things: a blackcurrant and fruit gum skid mark, which could also be described as a present sherry note, and which reminds me a lot of the old 10er OA, only more dignified and not quite as dirty.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oh yeah, it's also good in the mouth :)
      Give full fruit gum, is the motto, the alcohol carries the flavors super, and the whole thing is nice and oily.
    • Finish
      87 87
      You notice the age when you finish, I still like to stroll for a while on the light, untreated oak parquet and keep chewing on the sherry fruit, which is now becoming sour.

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Surprisingly fermented / yeasty for old age, with distinct fermentation aromas (sourdough, sauerkraut ...). Behind it nice refill sherry notes, also on the sour side, slightly nutty-creamy and delicately fruity, but you can also feel some rubber (sulfur). Everything rather mellow and set and not "in your face": apricot jam, shortbread biscuits, vanilla curd, natural apple juice, red currants. In the third place, I notice something that reminds of the typical Ben Nevis "dirtiness": machine oil, jute sack and coal cellar. I probably would not have thought of BN blindly and would have guessed Glenfarclas. The peach and / or elderberry aroma that is otherwise so common at BN is nowhere to be found. Wood only becomes perceptible over time (and after the first sips). Overall very interesting, "natural" and lively, but personally almost a little too impetuous for me for 21 years (looks more like 16-18 years).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Acid-mineral appearance, then it becomes tart and spicy, almost slightly peppery in the middle, before creamy and fruity sweetness flash in the end. Beautiful roasted aromas in the finish and this slightly dirty oiliness that always reminds me of workshops and boiler rooms. Very complex and deep, with a varied taste development and significantly more Nevis DNA than in the nose. I find it really difficult to isolate individual tastes, everything is very closely interwoven and maybe a bit "mushy" - which is not meant negatively here. Nothing that keeps you busy all night long and invites you to search for flavors, but a great, calm, classically oriented drinking whisky.
      Drinkable without water, nothing burns, but it can take a few drops and is a bit rounder and more fruity.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Tart, acidic, sooty / "charred". Maybe a little too oaky at the end when a few minutes have passed.

  7. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The first impression is violent and a bit impetuous, but then a very exciting and multifaceted whisky develops.
    Typical Whisky Doris bottling ... give it time and you will be amazed.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The Ben Nevis "dirt" literally gets in your nose and I mean that positively.
      In terms of smell, we are more likely to be in a workshop here. Grease, rubber, car tires ... the fruit notes have a hard time. The sherry can also show itself, but it has to fight. I also have some sulfur ...
      A few boiled apples, raisins and dried fruit on the horizon.
    • Taste
      90 90
      It is unexpectedly different in the mouth. Almost harmonious and incredibly sweet. Lots of fir honey.
      Still strong, tobacco and leather are added, the oak doesn't hold back either. And above all the car workshop and the "Ben Nevis dirt" drone .....
    • Finish
      87 87
      Rather medium-length, dry, fine

  8. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      A real board. Candle wax, gummy bears, rum raisins, forest honey, apricot jam, tire changes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Grapefruit, mineral notes, spices, vanilla sauce, citrus fruits, again candle wax and a little honey, pepper, oak. Overall, a clear and high-quality refill sherry profile, which I like so much.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Short to medium length, charcoal, orange peel, spices, warming.

  9. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An old Ben Nevis that I really liked again. A dream, especially in the nose: old and still alive.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Initially still quite closed, the malt needs time, air and a little hand warmth to be able to develop properly. During this time you can take a look at how fat it is in the glass. The tears run very, very late and occasionally down the glass wall.
      Even after standing still, you can expect a slightly musty, musty cellar door from Holt that you have to smell past. But then it starts: chocolate lentils, cocoa beans, moist tobacco leaves, something herbal, citrus, ...
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very oily mouthfeel. Not too harsh at the start either. The alcohol is very well integrated. I haven't tried water yet. Not overloaded in terms of taste, like so many wet kegs. Very clear aromas. A noble sherry painting that offers a nice balance between tart aromas (wood, tobacco, herbs) & fresh fruitiness (citrus, red fruits, dried plums).
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pleasant medium-long finish, which unfortunately drops a little in relation to the smell and taste. Which is not the end of the world, because there are no offnotes and otherwise it fits well into the overall picture. Do you just have to drink another sip.

  10. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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