Overall rating
Single Malt
Phil & Simon Thompson (PST)
Bottling serie
Royal Mile Whiskies
Stated Age
23 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
52.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Royal Mile Whiskies
Added on
12 Nov 2019 11:13 am by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 344.95

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 PST

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.31 points

  1. mjts93 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Beautiful, with a nose and taste similar to an older sherried Clynelish (specifically reminds me very much of cask 11252 bottled by Signatory for TWE 20th anniversary)
    This has an extra layer of complexity over that for me with this wonderful greasy, old antique store note really driving the entire experience of this whisky with other notes being carried along as passengers.
    • Nose
      94 94
      Chestnut puree, old leather/old antique store, tobacco pouch, grease, paraffin and toffee. Later there is chalk, aspirin, sand and a tiny menthol and herbal note.

      With Water: nose is fresher, toffee becomes more pronounced and grease oil begins to dominate.

      After 15 minutes: Wax, wax, grease, some zest and more wax. It's almost as if this has been replaced with a clynelish from refill bourbon! The change is huge and immensely satisfying. A chameleon malt going between my two favourite distilleries.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Initial arrival mostly on chestnut puree, old leather, tobacco pouch, musty/sour chalk, wax, oranges and grease.

      With water: Juicier, orange and orange peels, getting more citric

      After 15 minutes: grease and oil take over along with oranges and wax
    • Finish
      93 93
      dry, similar to the taste but with more wax and oranges in the finish, no grease and a slight nuttyness

  2. whiskyFRA59 scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    very good Ben Nevis indeed. I would even give 93/94 points but my point scheme is normally a little higher.

  3. DramTom scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    I can relate very well to mjts93's review. I'm a big Clynelish fan and this is up there with the waxiest examples of Clynelish I've had so far (all from the 90's). But it also has its distinct Ben Nevis character. Brilliant whisky. 91/92 points.
    • Nose
      Big wax straight away. Beyond that some chalk, minerals and honey. Peach, papaya and orange. Leather. Sandalwood in the distance.
    • Taste
      Again the wax comes first, it's also oily and creamy. The fruits from the nose come back, mostly bitter oranges and lychee, and the honey comes back as well. It is lifted by soft spices, the sherry cask was very elegantly subdued.
    • Finish
      Medium long, but the wax and oil stays on the tongue

  4. SAND scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    (Tasted blind)
    APPEARANCE: Deep golden towards tea colour.
    NOSE: Old sweet wood, butter, concentrated, nutmeg. With a few drops of water: fruitier, yellow fruit salad, apricot (89-90p)
    TASTE: Sweet arrival, very concentrated on the mid palate, some black pepper. With a few drops of water: sweeter, rounder, waxier, pastry (91p)
    FINISH: Waxy, peppery (89p)
    OVERALL: Total score 90 points.

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    pineapple with its syrup, vanilla, trace of almond and flint stone at the end with a pot of wax. malt too and baked apple.
    a basket, not a velvety fruit basket!
    bitterness arises which hides this beautiful start a little
    the strength of alcohol transforms bitterness into crushed, fresh almond and its juice, there is pepper, a minty trace there
    dry oak appears, slightly moldy, honey then with white chocolate, a little vegetables on the leek
    vanilla cream on the return with this fruit compote (apple, peach and pineapple syrup)
    fruity, oily, limestone reflecting heat, more on orange peel.
    final that lasts.
    • Nose

  6. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This can be a challenging dram, but ultimately rewarding. If your palate is even slightly off, you get a lot of varnish and bitter notes coming through. Once warmed up (I'd recommend calibrating with a familiar Ben Nevis first) it's incredibly layered and textured, and you can sit back and enjoy the rich fruits, waxes and earthy minerals.

  7. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Vali scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Serge says :
    Ben Nevis 23 yo 1996/2019 (52.2%, Thompson Bros. for The Amber Light, Royal Mile Whiskies, refill sherry, 497 bottles) Five stars
    The Amber Light is a new documentary about whisky and Scotland. Please make sure you watch it, I certainly will. So, this was selected by Dave B…. Colour: gold. Nose: looks like it’s one of those lightly sherried Ben Nevisses that have got this sulphury touch that we enjoy so much (when it’s like this). Leather, oranges, limestone, tobacco, old magazines, parsley and even a wee slice of turnip, metal polish, a drop of flower water, Barbour grease and teak oil… This is almost Sun Ra with John Gilmore in the band, no wonder Dave selected it. With water: cigars, engine oil and leather. An old smoker’s Daimler. Mouth (neat): it’s rounder, very rich, and pretty amazing indeed. Fantastic honeys, propolis, cigar tobacco, argan oil, candlewax, bitter oranges… Long story short, it’s just as fab as expected. And actually pretty close to the OBs’ style, as far as their interpretation of sherryness is concerned. Pretty Sun-Ra-y indeed. With water: meats chiming in. Walnut wine too. Now, don’t drown it, it’s slightly allergic to H2O (gets a little cardboardy and too tea-ish if you’re not careful enough). Finish: very long, rather on honey cake. Sublime lemons in the aftertaste, always the best aftertastes when lemon seize control. Comments: exceptional whisky once again. Now, Coltrane or Sun Ra, Dave?
    SGP:462 - 92 points.

  9. etwa77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A warm lava flow of wax and minerals.. peaches, apricots and overripe pears.. the nose is outstanding.. the taste, however, borders on too sweet, but never quite getting there, thankfully.. lemons and pepper keep the whisky zinging in the mouth.. it deserved a 90, but i would take away 1 point, because.. and i don’t find a better way to put it, but just to say that its flaw is that it is too without any flaw

  10. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      84 84


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