Overall rating
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
15 Oct 2019 10:35 am by Vassago Clynelish
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 174,46

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 ElD

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.43 points

  1. Flou scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    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

  2. 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.

  3. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Balance (21)
    This is not what I expected. Maybe a few weeks of oxidation will change it for the better (84)
    • Nose
      Mineral freshness, rich fruitiness, overheated caramel, a drop of varnish, ripe sweet cherry ... grape sourness. Very familiar aroma, but I can't remember where I have already met it ... caramelized prile leaves (21)
    • Taste
      Spicy, dried fruits, leather ... it is difficult to drink, I immediately want to add water. With water it is not too better, a little chocolate, varnish and everything. (21)
    • Finish
      Finish varnish, viscous, wood, dried fruits leather (21)

  4. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ben Nevis, 22 years old and a single cask bottling with 55.3% vol. In early 2020 for € 175 in stores, chestnut colored in the glass.
    Without water there are very weird aromas in the nose, but these fade away. However, I would not buy a second bottle at this price
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very ripe fruit, almost fermented, something buttery, even rancid in the glass. Spruce resin in the background, light wood notes, some juniper. The alcohol is well integrated.
      After adding water, fruit notes appear more strongly and it becomes slightly waxy and acidic. The rancid note disappears almost completely and the whisky looks fresher.
    • Taste
      87 87
      With water, the dram is very fruity, oily and soft. Citrus tones and red berries, some vanilla, wood and mint dominate.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long finish, fruity and with mint on the palate. Not uncomfortable but the big "Aha" is missing.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur


    N: What the deuce? Cheesy [yellow & orange fruity] feet! No doubt some palates are more susceptible to lactose action than others, and in any case, Ben Nevis certainly divides people.
    T: More cheese from a pokey spirit that’s most likely sat for most of those 22 years in inactive oak.
    F: Firm echoes.
    C: This lactose-y offering didn’t go down so well with some malt mates, but it’s no bad whisky. You just may have to like twangy Wotsits.


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