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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1998 HiSp
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.09 points
- What a beautiful olfactory spectrum.
- I just love the velvety dirt that goes with this type of Ben Nevis profile, but with added fruity elegance that keeps it constantly evolving. Initially very fat and buttery with mushroom, soil and toffee. Then orange peppermint, dark fruits and leather, as well as kiwi and honey. So much oily tobacco on the palate, with fruity dark chocolate and old leather on the finish.
Ben Nevis 21 yo 1998/2019 (55.4%, Hidden Spirits, sherry, cask #BN9819, 279 bottles) Five stars
Do the 1998s match the 1996s? Let’s see… Colour: deep gold. Nose: meats this time, soy sauce, jamon iberico, glutamate, bouillons, a little leather and some tobacco, then damp plaster and drops of Thai sauce. Look, I know there are probably thousands of different Thai sauces, but there, the red ones that you would pour over any stewed crab claw. What’s the name again? With water: perfect dry nose, or when the cask and the distillate did complement each other to perfection. Blue Mountain coffee, crude cocoa, old walnuts (no one in particular, lol), palo cortado, whiffs of exhaust fumes, umami sauce..; Could be that BN and dry oxidative sherry would just tango to perfection when the proportions are right. Mouth (neat): simply further fortified oloroso. Or distilled oloroso? I shall try to do that one day, as sherry’s become so cheap (which is totally unjust and would make you lose faith in the drinking mankind). With water: the rarest chocolates, the best coffees, and some just perfect salty, umami-y brown sauces. Finish: long and much saltier, with a bit of Ben Nevis’s trademark ‘soft’ dirtiness. So not just vanilla-ed ethanol. Monosodium glutamate. Comments: the saltiness keeps growing even after the aftertaste. I would happily tell you more about this dram but both the wee bottle and the glass are now empty. *** carried away ***
SGP:462 - 91 points.
- Hmm, this goes for like £350 on auctions, but can it be as good as the price is. Will the price be justifiable? Heck yes. Just buy and have second thoughts later.
Pleasant but not as good as the palate.
Like Raz said, sulfurous, though I love the taste of it. Like shooting a muzzleloader in the morning. The gunpowder, sulfur with metallic scents enter the nose to the mouth. Mean and heavy on the body with the thick taste of raisins, serrano ham and plenty of juicy scrumptious pomegranate bits.
A tad bit short but still as complex as the body.
- Way too much bad sulphur for my taste.
- Empty glass of this smells terrific, with the sulfur gone. Would have been an easy 90-91 if not for the gunpowder.
Pepper, cloves, and cinnamon spices along with a bit of sulfur. It's very aromatic.
Yup, sulfur again, but this is highly drinkable. Dr Pepper soft drink, BBQ sauce slathered on meat, black coffee grounds, with loads of spices again. Some peat here. Good complexity.
It's a consistent start-to-finish malt. What you smell is what you get. Soy sauce and salt at the end.
Does it deserve its high price tag nowadays? No. Blame Serge for his 91 pts.