Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Kensington Wine Market
Added on
18 Nov 2019 7:06 pm by ScotchGuyTO
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 125.33

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16 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 ElD

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.64 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    There are many great 1996 Ben Nevis, and this is one of them. Whisky comes out in parcels of casks now it seems, and this is one of the best parcels, along with the 1991 Burnsides and 1997 Glentauchers... Heavily sherried Ben Nevis, but retains its distillery character. A very good sherry cask here, which is definitely not a given in 2019. Very easy drinking, but in no means boring. I’m a big Ben Nevis fan so this is recommended and the price point makes it a no brainer ($179). Nice work KWM putting out a great malt at a great price!

    I heard these are almost gone, so grab one while you can.

  2. EvilAFI scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, sour, funky, oaky. This is unique. Water helped tame the spiky flavors, and the finish is everything coming together just right for me.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sour sherry, furniture polish, caramel, musty dank, sweet plum/figs
    • Taste
      87 87
      Tangy, cooked red fruits, oak and oak spice, grape jelly,
    • Finish
      89 89
      Sweetness condenses here, almost syrupy, fruit cocktail, slight salinity, nice heat and spice and length (Medium long)

  3. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    It's a red whisky, I've been dabating buying it but judged it too harshly based on the colour. I think it's over sherried but it's a delicious drinking whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Let's dig in, loads of sherry... maybe too much sherry? Jam, fruit compiote, fruit leather... maybe some exotic spice. Bright sherry nose, some tea leaves and some cask char. Coffee gorunds,
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sherry, still sherry... loads of cask here... it covers the spirit. I'm not super in love with this as a '96 Ben Nevis... but as a sherry whisky this is tasty. I think the spirit is in there, but it's really hidden. Clove and Mizunara, black cardamom and hemlock needles.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Bright and woody, black oil and sharpness. Clove oil and playdough. Birch sap and red cedar decks, pencil shavings and almost a touch of barbecue.

  4. the_muskox scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Pretty nice, all in all. There’s plenty of that yeasty character that Ben Nevis is known for. That fermented tea note throughout is interesting and quite nice. I think it’s not quite jiving with me as much as I expected it to. It’s quite good and interesting, but maybe just not my kind of profile.

    Nose: Spicy and intense. Various fresh-baked brown breads, some sourdough too. Very dusty, lots of dried earth flavours, with plenty of old musty basement and yeast. Chocolate ganache, dried herbs, fennel, caraway, cinnamon, candied nuts, and toffee. Intense fruit too: blood orange, macerated strawberries, sweet cantaloupe, banana, figs, raisins, and dried apricots.

    Palate: Medium texture, slightly oily. Sweet yeast, salted butter, caramel, cherries, and tropical fruit up front. Fragrant tea and sourdough next, along with earth, hay, salted nuts, and rich barley. Then it gets earthy: fragrant oak, tobacco and more exotic teas on the back end. Lots of tea, actually. Black pepper and honey towards the back.

    Finish: Subtle, but fairly long. Tart citrus and plums fade to various fragrant teas, nectarine, manuka honey, brown sugar, barley, black licorice, pear, French toast, coffee, and gentle cinnamon. Lingering tea, with salt and pepper.

  5. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I'd have scored it higher if it were a tad better integrated and less punchy.
    • Nose
      Funky sherry, alcoholic grape juice, christmas spice, saw dust. Water tames to alcohol notes and brings out sweet red fruit.
    • Taste
      Alcoholic grape juice, sweet red fruit intense spice (clove for sure, maybe a touch of cinnamon). Water makes the arrival sweeter and cuts the alcohol notes. Nicely balanced with the intense spice.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet, with residual grape juice, spice, and honey.


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