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Overall rating
87.99/100
votes
96
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Vintage
22.11.1996
Bottled
16.07.2019
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
2019
Number of bottles
580
Strength
55.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
Р/000936
Barcode
5060532806179
Added on
15 Oct 2019 10:35 am by Vassago Clynelish
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 185.18

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 ElD

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.99 points

  1. HwiskyNut scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Imagine that you are walking through a warm autumn forest, there are dead leaves all around under your feet, damp earth, moss, such a haze spreads and then you stumble over a root and fall flat on a rotten stump, all overgrown with mushrooms. You get up and do not know to be happy about it or upset. Here's about the same effect from this moldy Nevis barrel: www.whiskybase.com/whisky/140850
    It seems to me that there are definitely some real mushrooms overgrown inside the barrel, but it's absolutely fantastic how charming sherry mold can be in a malt!
    Serge usually gives such barrels no more than 40 points: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveaugust09-2.html#240809, but, thank God, I'm not Valentine, therefore: 3225'92 (the last 5 for an uncontrolled fairy fungal ugliness)

  2. Flou scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Ben Nevis is golden in the glass and I am happy to taste this whisky.

    In the nose I immediately have dark fruits with ripe cherries, candied strawberries and raisins. There are also fresher notes of sweet and sour apples, juicy pears and lemon and lime juice. The fruits are on a sticky-sweet cake batter that is still a bit damp and buttery. Everything is coated with a little honey and sprinkled with cinnamon and powdered sugar. A great first impression when smelling! The present acidic note is not disturbing here, but is well integrated ... Unfortunately, this is often not the case and mostly sour notes annoy me if these are not complemented to form a suitable whole. A little beeswax is added and gives the honey aroma even more depth and weight. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated, the whisky looks pleasantly creamy. For 22 years of ripening, the wood notes are noticeably noticeable, and the spiciness is less strong than expected.

    In the mouth, the whisky is strong with a tingling sharpness on the tongue but still drinkable pure. The fruitiness takes up the mouth, the sweetness comes right after. Delicious! The spiciness is stronger than in the nose with pepper and a little ginger, followed by the oak wood, which blends in wonderfully and with its tannins ensures a little bit dryness in the mouth. A great partner for the sweet and fruity notes. Dark chocolate and pecans can be felt. In combination with the dough and a hint of cinnamon, this is reminiscent of pecan bags from the baker, only with significantly more subtle cinnamon notes.

    In the finish you can feel a spiciness with pepper and a hint of cinnamon, the dark chocolate goes in the direction of espresso. The slight dryness and "bitterness" of chewed pecans is there without, however, really drifting in the bitter direction, which is more likely to be found in walnuts. Light and dark fruits are always with the honey sweetness. A pleasant, medium-long (with a tendency to long) finish.

    I really liked the whisky. I liked it best in the nose, in the mouth it was a bit too spicy, adding water softened it a bit, but the intensity of the sweetness and fruitiness decreased a bit and that's what I like so much. So I prefer to drink this whisky straight.

    I give 89/100 points. A great whisky!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  3. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Interesting and atypical Nevis 96, one of the releases with very versatile ratings. From the start I expected more, but the magic that I wanted so much did not happen in the body and the finish
    • Nose
      89 89
      an unusual nose for Nevis, rotten leaves, home brew and a little marsh mud with mushrooms. Salad greens sprinkled with salt, dried fruits and marmalade
    • Taste
      88 88
      citruses with salt and spices, raw skin and a little chocolate
    • Finish
      87 87
      citric acid, dry sherry, on the one hand, it is quite powerful and sharp, and on the other - some wateriness is felt

  4. Koning scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This one is much dirtyer than the other 1996 Ben Nevis I tried from Single Malts of Scotland. Although I liked this sherried one a bit less, it's still very good!
    • Nose
      88 88
      This is a heavy nose: after the initial sherry rush of dark chocolate, blackberries en citrus fruits a mustyness comes to front which becomes more earthy after a while (mushrooms!). Also notes of sweat socks, nail polish and bacon. Many elements, but not easy. Hey, it's Ben Nevis!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very metallic with fresh and sour fruits : grapefruit, mandarin, red grape and pineapple. Then some dark chocolate and a hint of sulphurous smoke. Not easy again, but I love it.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Much milder in the finish with vanilla, puff pastry, mandarin, red currants and mineral water. Lingers with more than a hint of smoke.

  5. bikenerd scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Who doesn´t like the dirty touch that´s quite common at Ben Nevis stuff matured in Sherry casks, won´t be happy with this bottling but I like it a lot!

  6. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    First tasted at The Whisky Show in London in 2019 and loved it (91), but then saw the divisive WB community scores and worried I was maybe misremembering it. Now tasting it again though I love it just as much - you just have to be into this kind of extra dirty profile (perhaps in a not too dissimilar fashion to the 1998 Hidden Spirits). There's so much creamy butter and overly ripe fruit compost, mixed with a bit of grease and oily dirt, maybe even a little sweet and sour beef with a sprinkle of sweet soy sauce and black pepper. Uniquely Ben Nevis (perhaps to a fault).

  7. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    fruits, spices on the palate
    the mouth brings a softer touch, more pastry, with caramel, a little frangipane
    the fruits are fine, mixed, cooked and annealed in compote and a little caramelized too, vanilla and some more cereals.
    wood, dark chocolate come back to perfect the impression of the nectar.
    final quite long.
    • Nose
      cereal, fruits, caramelized, leather, macerated grapes
    • Taste
      sweet spices that make sherry softer, it's almost pastry, red berries stewed with buttered caramel, wood well present, vanilla also seems cooked, the herbaceous feeling with glue and old leather mix, superb.
    • Finish
      long and intense.

  9. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It takes a lot of time and air to open, especially in the nose.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

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