Ben Nevis 1996

Overall rating
90.40/100
votes
45
Whiskybase ID
WB141991
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Vintage
1996
Stated Age
19 years old
Casknumber
1424
Strength
51.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
04 nov 2019 12:49 pm by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1996

14 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.40 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/11/28/four-your-eyes-only-ben-nevis/

    Last but not least, it’s take #3 for me and this modern Nevis masterpiece.

    Take #1 [2021]: 1996 is to Ben Nevis what 1965 is to Springbank, or 1972 is to Glendronach [WLP]. “Quintessential Ben Nevis” [WLP92].

    Take #2 [Oct 2022]: A forthright faultless cracker, this is everything you could want from Ben Nevis [WLP93]. I take home another generous sample to have alongside a handful of other 25yo Nevis’s for a future tasting.

    Take #3 [Nov 2022]:

    N: When whisky is ‘just-so’, there’s no talking of casks this or finishings that and listing descriptors feels redundant. What the previous three 25yo are saying, this younger expression is saying all of the things more eloquently.

    T: It’s a fine line, this flavour hunt/search for quality. Whilst you’ll enjoy the previous 25s time and time again, this is the bottle you will lament when it’s finished.

    F: Remember at the beginning when all whisky tasted the same? Don’t share this with those at the beginning. Then again, you could argue that cheap blends aren’t particularly ideal beginnings either, often putting people off the spirit rather than inspiring them. That’s what Balvenie Double Wood is for!

    C: “Music is like a dream. One that I cannot hear”, a quote attributed to Ludwig van Beethoven. If not as sensational as Glen Mhor 1937 [WLP95] or Bowmore 1955 [WLP96], as Ben Nevis goes, it’s a beauty – perfect in its own way.

  2. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    This came in my “Investing in Whisky” pack from the 2020 Whisky Show which I attended virtually, as did all attendees. It was a good chance to listen to Sukhinder talk about how he thinks about it all.

    Keep in mind that when Sukhinder talks about selling Ben Nevis for 65 GBP and then it selling at 250 4 years later on the market, that with tax and listing fees and shipping etc, you are not making ~3x on top of what you paid, probably more like 2x. And only if you are in the UK.

    But what’s more, making ~150 GBP after waiting 4 years seems like a tough business model. It means you need to sell 500 bottles appreciating just as well to hit 75k GBP a year if that’s your only source of income, which means 2,000 bottles at steady state. And you have to pour a lot of that back into buying your next round for 4 years down the line. And if you have room for 2,000 bottles somewhere why are you selling whisky as your job? It must just be your hobby. Not to mention that there are probably not 2000 bottlings a year that see 2x over 4 years. The whole thing doesn’t make sense. Unless you are part of the Whisky-as-investment hype machine. Which Sukhinder flirts with in this talk. Or unless you are a bottler, or retailer. Which he is, and he clearly has scale, since he sold tons and tons of whisky for years as a retailer. Investing in whisky makes sense for him. As the Ween song goes: Don’t believe the florist when he tells you that the roses are free. But I digress.

    Anyway, Sukhinder also talks about the quality of the liquid. Let’s see what this brings.

    This would have been an 88 or 89 but the explosion of fullness on the palate and the hint of osmanthus really pushed this across the line for me. It wasn’t a 93 for me like it was for Serge, but great nonetheless.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediately a slight caramel toffee note, a bit of char, light peat with some brambley quality. Wool closet and woolite washing liquid, some candies citron, citrus menthol lozenges, pink grapefruit. A brief but wonderful osmanthus note. Some minerality. As it warms and opens you get more of the grapefruit and menthol less of the toffee and brambly peat. With water the fruit note deepens and ripens, perhaps honeyed pink pomelo, muscat grapes and ripe peaches.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A burst of nutty fullness, some Sancerre and Chardonnay. Fruit is taut and perhaps more of a backseat, limes. Buttery like a Chardonnay. With water similar.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Buttery, slight gentian, pebbly, full, drying. With water: Woolite, oilier, mineral

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/11/11/the-whisky-show-2022-old-rare-part-2/

    Although I fail to recall at the time, I tried this at last year’s Whisky Show and loved it [WLP92]. Plenty of peeps were astute enough to buy bottles/cases of the stuff at the time.

    C: A forthright faultless cracker, this is everything you could want from Ben Nevis. Happily another point this year. I take home another generous sample to have alongside a handful of other 25yo Nevis’s for a future tasting.

  4. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

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

  5. -sAxo- scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  6. ConvalRen scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Light in terms of complexity but intense in its fruitiness. Pineapples, kiwi, honey, wheatgrass, kumquat, honeydew.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/12/06/the-whisky-show-2021-part-7-11-old-rare/

    1996 is to Ben Nevis what 1965 is to Springbank, or 1972 is to Glendronach [WLP]. An official bottling labelled as a private cask, Ben Nevis did buy back a lot of their old stock at that time back.

    C: Many peeps tweeted about this one already, not surprising given Serge’s 93 points. Ex-Malt Maniac, Alex says “Quintessential Ben Nevis”. I wholly agree. If you don’t like this, you don’t like Ben Nevis. As a whisky enthusiast, to appreciate this at the very least, is a must. Incredibly, this was just half a token once again!!!

    Scores 92 points

  8. cavalier66 scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    Stunning whisky - intense tropical fruits, candlewax, whiff of smoke at the back, some minerality too. Long finish. No rough edges. Reminds me of a 1970s Bowmore or Clynelish.

  9. Funtik scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    It was as if I had tasted a blend of two favorite profiles: nevis + klay, here the creamy nevis and wax klay, chalk, grass, vanilla. Good correct strength. I would have waited another 5 years before the spill. 23-23-22.5-22.5

  11. detachedblue scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Fresh and young, austere, fresh peach and pear, malty, cereal, white blossom, stone fruits.
    • Taste
      94 94
      Very fruity, stone fruits and tropical fruits, ver juicy, intense, Magnolia flower, fresh sweet peaches, wonderful, waxy, some chalk, maybe some smoke? root vegs.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Chocolate brownie, herbal tea, leek and fennel, distillate driven

  12. Ricky scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

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

  13. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    One of those bottles made famous by Serge. He is right most of the time. In this case, he is very right.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sharp and precise. Crystalline. Lime juice, mint, and a damn good smelling lemon dishwasher liquid... weird, I know, but at the same time, I am not saying this is soapy at all. It's not.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Wow, this is great stuff... Again, very slow and precise in its attack. Like an old Rare Malt Clynelish. Clean, citrusy, with peach, nectarines, and honey in midpalate onwards. Loads of lime! None of that heavy sherry that can ruin an otherwise great distillate.
    • Finish
      92 92
      I've always thought Ben Nevis produces a great distillate. This proves it. You put the juice in a pretty naked barrel, give it some years, and the end product is absolutely terrific. Great stuff.

      A few drops of water makes this rounder, but it's more intense without.

      Would love to have a full bottle of this baby.

      Easy, easy 92 points here.

      ... PS... I did ended up getting a bottle of this from auction. Not sure when I will open it, but I am looking forward to it.

  14. stephend05 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Serge at Whiskyfun rated 93 points

  15. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  17. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at Old and Rare 2020. Very good Ben Nevis, typical dirty distillate.

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