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Overall rating
90.28/100
votes
36
Whiskybase ID
WB143451
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Gene's Dram
Vintage
12.07.1996
Bottled
11.2019
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
978
Number of bottles
123
Strength
50.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
WhisJockey 2020
Added on
26 Nov 2019 10:09 am by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 185.00

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36 × member ratings

32 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 Arc

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.28 points

  1. HammerHead scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    This is simply a belter of a Ben Nevis: great nose, a fantastic taste and just a joy of a finish. Arguably the best one bottled by Archives yet. I'd definitely prefer this over the already impressive 1990 cask #22 bottling.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Complex and balanced: creamy, juicy, fruity, floral and nutty. All kinds of sweet citrus, peaches and dried apricots mashed together in a fruit jam. Sugar and honey coated nuts, some furniture polish and wood oils as well.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Equally impressive. It's very fruity and syrupy with again the sweet citrus, peaches and apricots. Also the sugared peanuts, coconut, some more bitterish notes like pomelo and mild but well integrated wood spices.
      Only needs a few drops of water to free the oils, but I wouldn't recommend diluting it.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Quite long and lingering: juicy sweet with honey and sparkling citrus bitters running right through it. Just a touch of wood spice in the end.

  2. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Mandarin and soft eucalyptus smoke, with a rich buttery profile delivering peaches, strawberries and cream, citrus oil and honey roasted nuts with a hint of chalk.

  3. etwa77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      very many flowers.. sweet bubble gum and patchouli.. orange marmelade.. the liquid opens up to the nose clean and complex.. a powerful earthy aroma grounds the more ethereal notes in a very cohesive whole.. i get a strong olphactory memory of my granma’s chinese herbal ointment, full of eucalyptus oils and greasy balm
    • Taste
      89 89
      can the taste keep up with the nose? yes, but not quite! slightly bitter then sweet and then a very savoury note that just takes it away and runs with it.. i wish the abv was a tad stronger (or that i had a more sensitive palate)
    • Finish
      90 90
      dill and a touch of honey.. long, smooth and elegant.. black ceylon teas dance long on the tongue.

  4. NectarSong scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The aroma of pineapple, mango and other tropical fruits burst out at the moment of opening the bottle. It's sweet and elegant, but it's also magnificent

    Balanced palate with berry, spice and oak

    Long rhyme

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  6. STL scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  8. jamesguo scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

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

  9. sphinx scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

  10. JeanChan scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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