Ben Nevis 1992 Gs

Overall rating
89.28/100
votes
141
Whiskybase ID
WB143118
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Glenscoma (Gs)
Vintage
28.04.1992
Bottled
10.2019
Stated Age
27 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
1609
Number of bottles
409
Strength
47.4 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
22 nov 2019 5:27 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 182.57

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1992 Gs

39 users have left 41 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.28 points.

  1. DerDennis! scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    Ingenious nose with constantly new aromas, very harmonious and soft with the typical Nevis notes.

    Also a taste in terms of taste. Nothing bothers you, you can leave it forever in your mouth and chew, so that constantly new impressions arise.

    Pleasant, long finish. Great Nevis!
    • Nose
      93 93
      Sweet, fresh, spicy, honey, malt, pleasant tannins, lemon rind, ginger, plum syrup, fresh peppermint, nutmeg, cereal, heather, clove, pickles, cocoa powder. I mean, again and again to find a very soft smoky note ... Campfire. Overall, very complex, with constantly changing and always new flavors.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet, light spicy, pepper, licorice, plums with honey, nutty, mint, creamy, great Nevis herbs, cranberries, malt, candied orange peel, vanilla. Again, there are always new flavors, difficult to grasp, but very harmonious
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, licorice, light ashy note, subtle fruit note

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  3. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. I_am_not_HS305 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    when it was 99 Euros, a ultra bang for your bucks.

    But worth double the price. The 29y old brother is as good as this one.

    Ben Nevis from a bourbon cask with long maturation. Great stuff!

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful, very classic Ben Nevis with all the notes of earth, hazelnuts and very light sherry aromas (although this was a pure bourbon aging - after 27 years it is sometimes difficult to tell apart).

    The whisky offers no surprises at all, but still everything you can expect from a 27yo Ben Nevis. So no disappointment, but a great whisky.
    A solid 90 points.
    You can hardly give less points here because the quality is so good, but you can hardly give more than max. 91 points here because the whisky has so little to offer behind the quality.
    • Nose
      89 89
      89.5
      Ben Nevis at its best.
      A classic Speysider profile from the bourbon cask.
      After 27 years I find here a lot of hazelnut, earth, sweet red fruits of strawberries, vanilla, some wood and a lot of harmony.
      Totally unspectacular, but totally beautiful.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The palate picks up where the nose left off. A mature Ben Nevis profile at 27 and who wants to get to know the distillery character of Ben Nevis: here it is! Everything is super delicious, hazelnuts, dark biscuits and a few fruits.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The mouthfeel is not heavy at all after 27 years, still very mouth-filling and the finish is almost long but not particularly intense or impressive.
      That's what you hope for after 27 years. Clean

  6. Petitcham scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tastes like balloon gum, miscellaneous fruits, distillery-specific characters, not dramtic but well-balanced

  7. Gregorsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    90,5
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. Gregorsky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  9. marcusjang scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Sample courtesy of a friend.

    At first I did not recognize it as Ben Nevis, and even after the reveal I'm not too sure. Then again I was never an aficionado when it comes to Nevis.

    Quite delicious as it should be and the nose is quite outstanding. However it felt a bit watery at the first sip and as it comes to the finish it gets a bit too woody for my taste. It gets 89 from me in that regard - close to 88 than 90. Otherwise quite a flawless dram which I'm glad to have experience on.
    • Nose
      Green apples & green grapes, slightly yogurty, lemon zest, quite vibrant, perhaps floral
    • Taste
      Apple peels, slightly watery, black peppercorns, slightly waxy texture, celery stalks
    • Finish
      Quite woody, black pepper, lemon zest, bit fermenty maybe, slightly herbal

  10. SebStar scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  11. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Banzai scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Vallado scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Especially in the nose it gains enormously with a few drops of water. Beautiful bottling with everything you could wish for from an ex-BC - fruity, vanilla, caramel, even a little waxy, slightly floral
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Slightly sour on the nose, great creamy mouthfeel
    (--> multivitamin juice)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  16. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. Jour.Ray did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The initial price was about 100€

  18. dapoinbua scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  20. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is an excellent bottle, but unlike many others, I do prefer SCOMA cask 1368 (91 pts.). I also feel the TWA 1996 23yo sherry cask I recently tried was just a bit better at 90. Still, this one is totally worth getting.
    • Nose
      Ooo, there's something almost "Cadenhead" about this inviting, impressively balanced nose where a good quality bourbon cask meets a characterful distillate. In fact, it almost noses like some quality violin next to a bowl of pineapple candy drops. Aged, faintly herbal, soft oak, some nuttiness, Jaffa cookies, pineapples, nectarines, and a peppery spiciness. Some nuts and something faintly dirty.
    • Taste
      An excellent body that is ready to go neat. I like very much how the bourbon has integrated here, becoming a part of the dram rather than drowning it in simple vanilla or pear notes. The Jaffa cookies are strong here, as are taffy and caramel notes. With water a sugariness I've learned to associate with the BN distillate comes out, and some caramel mixed with honey. I think some water makes this just right. There is a certain, very appreciable complexity here.
    • Finish
      Long, with caramel and pineapple candy drops, mixed with a wisp of smoke, and in the tail a bit of bitter chalk. The caramel stays a long time.

  21. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  23. mnljng scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. DocF scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: amber

    For me, Ben Nevis has a considerable overlap with Clynelish (rapeseed honey, rapeseed blossom, soot, vegetable oil), and sometimes also bears more exotic fruits (papaya, pineapple and occasionally mango; also hashish), which go well with a more active bourbon barrel. This bottling is therefore one of my favorites of the 90s Nevisse (the best is a 96er Cadenhead's). The only flaw is a tightly woven, but unfortunately reserved nose.
    • Nose
      Closed, but with a second sniff, old and - I don't want to say it - noble. Candied overripe oranges, papaya, lemon drops, bergamot, some vanilla (powdered) sugar, well-drawn green tea with burnt wood, rapeseed honey, a little mustard seed and even less hashish. Freshly cooked applesauce, quince jelly and some glue. With water: darkens, more real vanilla than vanilla sugar, fully ripe oranges, more papaya.
    • Taste
      Sweet, oily, old and dignified, little mustard seeds with a lot of malt over polished oak, some incense, olive oil and rapeseed honey. Sooty with chewing, as usual, but the freshness never disappears completely, sour sawdust, tree sap, then more mustard seeds with charred orange peel and rapeseed oil. Dry earth, ripe mango. With water: thicker, more resinous, more tree sap, some thuja hedge, herb candy and hot coffee. Rose hip tea, honeysuckle.
    • Finish
      Long, warm, slightly sweet, fruity-dry. Soot from candles, hot coffee and orange peel, malt, maybe some hops, elderflower jelly.

  25. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Notes from the second tasting. The nose was more informative this time, a bit too 'palatable' in my mouth and then too bitter on the outside. A few years less, but a few more revolutions. So he doesn’t go over the 90s. I liked old Moray better!

    Notes from the first try:
    Yes delicious part!
    I gave him water and time straight away, but too complex the first time. The focus was only on enjoying.
    It's a shame that it's not a 0.7l bottle ... I think the price is marginal, but value ...
    • Nose
      91 91
      First of all, light-fruity and sweet. Light grapes,
      Vanilla, malt and a slight hint of alcohol that fades with time. Then peach, gaja melon, pears, sweet cereals and white chocolate. Very convincing nose!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Quite mild and slightly creamy to begin with. Here, too, initially sweet and light-fruity, with a similar aroma constellation as in the nose, only without the exotic fruits. The alcohol content allows longer chewing, then at some point the bitter barrel notes dissolve and you notice the 26 years of storage.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is then again strong. Here the alcohol and the barrel seasoning harmonize again properly. The taste is rather spicy and slightly bitter. Ginger heat, tart herbs, white balsamic vinegar.

  26. matt.schwarz scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  27. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    What do you want to say? A grenade.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Dirty, "charcoal", oily and greasy, fat. Almost as if it came from Campbeltown and, as I see it today, also slightly smoky (or at least amorphous with peat). At the beginning there was an ex-bourbon barrel character, including a delicate note of glue, as well as vegetable-yeasty aspects, which were gradually replaced by beautiful age flavors. Can take a drop of water, but you can also just give it time in the glass; the effect is almost the same. Either way, it becomes rounder, deeper, fuller, more fruity, more waxy: literally grows into itself. In the end, you have an all-round happy synthesis of dirty Nevis workshop aromas and the elegant, fine-spicy notes that a good bourbon barrel brings in after almost three decades.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The nose was excellent, but this? Okay: wow.
      Slays you down with a broadside fruit basket, just at the moment when it goes down your throat. First dark, sooty, with massive roasted aromas and nice wood spice, and then BÄM, peach iced tea and multivitamin juice, you can hardly tell it apart. The wood is noticeable, but perfectly integrated, only reports with the pleasantly warm, resinous, mildly spicy-waxy aspects that one desires, while there is no trace of bitterness or acidity.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Waxy-fruity-oily-dirty ... oh, see above.

  28. robse211 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  29. Ed Radour scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  30. KingKutte_4.0 scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Said "Nevis take it slow, and it'll work itself out fine"
    All we need is just a little patience
    Said "27yo make it slow and we'll come together fine"
    All we need is just a little patience (Patience)
    Mm, yeah...

    Important:
    oh boiZ really? "lacquer, glue" - this alone said more about YOU, than about this malt.
    AngeloMerten I red this hate party around 13th of December in FB from you and your friends with low manipulative scores here. I made screenshots and will report it maybe to all my good friends here working for the base - we really dont like rating manipulations by you boiZ.

    btw
    best Nevis ever 4 me
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  31. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    needs time and warmth.
    highly rewarding if you take your time
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. dRambo scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    controversial bottling? may be - I suspect this is mainly due to the fact that, in my opinion, this one needs both water and time for its nose and who does water on a bottling with 47% at 27yo.

    For me the best modern ex BC Nevis I've ever had in a glass - I just love these exotic fruit baskets - and it works in the way of the aromas - crystalline, noble as from one or two decades before, I'm honestly glad more than a bottle to have got hold of it - it sold out so quickly that the first coil went almost entirely to my friends
    • Nose
      92 92
      starts difficult - some lemon, some glue hardly any presence.

      2 drops of water, a little time, a little hand warmth at winter temperatures and it slowly opens up - dried candied fruits pineapple, mango, white gummy bears, fresh lime - the nose has an increasingly fruity sweet and sour note - freshly cut green wood, herbal notes I remember freshly peeled branches, freshly toasted wood, fine wax, crystalline yellow fruits and dried summer flowers - it takes well over 30 minutes to be fully there - then the shy nose has become a fragrant fruit basket

      If I didn't recognize blindly as a Ben Nevis, if you know it, he reminds me of the fruitiness of the 1996 ex BC Nevisse - I don't find the typical dirty herbal notes - but I don't miss it either.
    • Taste
      92 92
      sparkling crystalline fruit notes, pineapple, mango, yellow melon - very oily, with creamy, pulsating wood aromas - birch water, wax, sage, rosemary aroma, lime zest, mint, lemon balm
      very fruity and delicious - very round with perfectly integrated alcohol - only minimal Nevis genes flash here
    • Finish
      91 91
      White chocolate, green branches, the fruity notes on the palate linger for a long time - chewing the finish reveals delicate Nevis herbs, with the typical dirty oil rag charm - the Nevis is easy to recognize in the finish - nevertheless a bit atypical - otherwise it starts at my nose

  33. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Wow, a wonderfully complex (especially on the nose) and exciting malt with perfect drinking strength. Very well matured and everything is wonderfully balanced without any missing notes. You can occupy yourself with it for a long time and, above all, it is simply super tasty and very tasty (and that's what matters most in the end).
    • Nose
      90 90
      At first there is a clear bourbon note (the distinctive glue) in the nose, then opens up nicely in the glass over time and complex, sweet, fresh, fruity notes emerge. Citrus, pineapple, pear - wow, a really intense and complex fruit basket. A little vanilla, with delicate, spicy oak notes in the background. A dreamy nose, very exciting and changing variety of aromas.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very elegant and full-bodied. Less sweet than on the nose. Oranges, red berries, honey, a little vanilla and herbal notes paired with a light maltiness. The sweet and fruity notes are perfectly balanced by a bitter, slightly tingling oak spice without slipping into bitterness. Everything is well balanced, tasty and well matured.
    • Finish
      88 88
      long; Licorice; subtle fruit notes; tart and spicy oak (no bitterness)

  34. Oldie61 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Outstanding cask!
    Thanks for sharing @SSS
    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      95 95

  35. gopro scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      95 95
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  36. Whiscask scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  37. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  38. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Is it already Christmas? : D
    All good things come in threes ... 3 times I was able to try a Ben Nevis 27 this year. This time from a bourbon barrel.
    I see this as interesting for those who the Nevis 27 from SV (Cask: 3862) has not given the best grades. Testing is above studying!

    I really like it, I also like it better than Cask 2381.
    Can't get Cask 3862.
    He lacks approach and complexity.
    Still a nice malt that you can enjoy every day.
    • Nose
      82 82
      First nose, light lacquer notes.
      I give him some more time, looks a bit closed.
      After 20 minutes, he opens and unfolds the typical bourbon notes. Vanielle, some toffee, pear skin and light pineapple. The paint note is still present and bothers me a little.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Soft and elegand.
      Malty sweetness spreads.
      Orange is added with a light lime.
      not too complex but very tasty.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium finish, very subtle fruitiness.

  39. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2019] I found last year's Ben Nevis bottled by Scoma (WB id 115878, a 27-years old too) of average-only quality due to a rather exhausted cask so I am very curious if this year's edition is better - as the unusual high scores of other members indicate...

    ...and my taste buds confirm these! This cask was neither leached nor too aggressive and it supported the maturation of the spirit perfectly over the 27 years. The dram offers a flawless and balanced profile which is centred around the spirit-driven flavours like fruits, waxes and floral impressions. The wooden notes are perfect (not dominating but backing the spirit) - just the way it should be in Traditional Scotch malt whisky.

    [June, 2021] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score, except I increase the taste score by one to 90 points. A trademark 90's Ben Nevis with tons of adorable fruits to discover, very quaffable.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers an impressive old-style profile that is both delicious and interesting. The trademark Ben Nevis fruits are supported by honeys, autumn floral impressions (haystacks, dried flowers), waxy and oily aromas, spices and some fine OBFs (lacquer paint, aceton). The wood is perfect to provide a firm backbone structure but it never tries to enter the spotlight (as it should be for Traditional Scotch). All is balanced and without any off-note (by the way, I use a big spheric blender's glass). After significant breathing time this nose turns even more old-stylish with waxy and earthy aromas.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is layered on sweet sugars and honeys first before bitter waxy and hot spicy flavours create a balanced profile. Later the fruits, milk chocolatey notes, floral impressions and more spices (vanilla, caramel) join in as do toffee notes. All very balanced and without any flaw, but I found the nose offered a more complex hence more interesting experience. Water releases chalky-mineral aromas (I always use distilled water so no chalk or minerals in there) and turns the taste smoother and fruity-sweeter, it is even more quaffable now. I like to explore this dram neat and enjoy to drink it at various reduced levels (from 45 to 38% abv).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and charming on the palate with a fine creamy texture that coats the whole of the mouth instantly. No bitter or astringent moments, a great mouthfeel! The finish is long and adds some bitter-herbal impressions first that quickly turn into sweeter fruity notes and it ends with waxy-oily flavours. Very tasty again, and no distracting moments here either. A flawless dram, no doubt!

  40. LDB scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Another excellent Scoma-Nevis! Alcohol content and flavor intensity are perfectly on point here. In any case, I have rarely experienced such a balanced, harmonious maturity from A to Z.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Initially seemingly closed and with a few Bourbon sticky notes, after a while it becomes refreshingly complex and you dive into a fruity wonderland - wow, ripe pineapple, the whole program of tropical fruit baskets. A few notes of wood are noticeable, but so subtle that they are absorbed by the creaminess. A real candy rasper!
    • Taste
      93 93
      Absolutely harmonious with hints of oak already in the mouth, but without any disturbing bitterness. There is enough room for the elderberry sweetness that characterizes a Nevis. But again not so sweet that it kills you. Some vanilla, then again deliciously piquant fruit flavor like mango chutney.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Even in the endlessly long finish, this crazy fruity-sweet oak juice is without bitterness - wow, that makes my mouth water - and already Pavlov-like for the next time!

  41. Rick78 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    My latest bottle division this week and already sold out?
    Then let's see what Benni can do.
    I'm not the Biggest Ben Nevis fan and especially not from Sherry-Nevis bottlings.
    But Sherry is in fashion, so more ex-bourbon is left for me :-)

    I would not have expected such a fruit bomb now. Peach, apricot, cantaloupe.
    Very elegant and yet direct. A full bouquet of cinnamon and honey. The age is already noticeable to him at the first nose.
    The taste is very fruity as in the nose. For the first sip something too complex for me, because he is so sweet and fruity. The second sip I can concentrate a little better and disassemble him.
    Beautiful soft oak, honey, fruit cocktail, pineapple banana and a lot of apricot.
    Is this really a Nevis from the 90s?
    Comes more like a Benriach from the 70s over.
    The finish is quite long and again very sweet and pleasant.

    This substance is dangerously tasty.
    Not surprisingly, Scoma only sells one bottle per customer.
    At the price this will be a perfect Christmas present.
    But I think he could never be offered so cheaply if it were not Scoma's own barrels.
    If Zanzibar or the TWA had released such a top malt, the price would be twice that.

    Respect and a class value for money

  42. JürgenWhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A great Nevis from Scoma.
    Very good PLV. This is my Christmas bottle for this year.
    An excellent nose with a lot of fruit and some oak.
    Comes nicely in drinking strength and without water addition to enjoy.
    Long and round finish.

    For me the best Nevis this year and a much better quality of sherry bottlings from SV.
    Is probably a matter of taste, but the quality will not hide.

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