Ben Nevis 1998 HiSp

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Hidden Spirits (HiSp)
Stated Age
21 years old
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Special Edition for Stefano Cremaschi's 40th Birthday
Added on
17 Jan 2020 3:17 pm by Glen Positive
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 499.00

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89 × member ratings

119 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1998 HiSp

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.07 points

  1. maurisso scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What a beautiful olfactory spectrum.

  2. OJK scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. ConvalRen scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Pleasant but not as good as the palate.
    • Taste
      92 92
      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.
    • Finish
      91 91
      A tad bit short but still as complex as the body.

  4. maurisso scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    On 22/01/2021 I opened a new bottle, what to say...

    This whisky is simply a CANNONATA!

    Off 20/02/2021 It is finishing.

  5. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Empty glass of this smells terrific, with the sulfur gone. Would have been an easy 90-91 if not for the gunpowder.
    • Nose
      Pepper, cloves, and cinnamon spices along with a bit of sulfur. It's very aromatic.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  6. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 62 points Super Administrator

    Way too much bad sulphur for my taste.

  7. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Entirely singular, chock full of flavour and highly complex.
    • Nose
      Classic dirty Ben Nevis profile with copper coins, a slight acidity and some sourness to boot. Touches of walnuts, cranberry juice and some praline chocolates, but also tobacco, soy sauce and cured meats. Cask and spirit work in great harmony.
    • Taste
      Whiskybase says this is from a sherry cask, but I can't find it anywhere on the label or box. I find it a bit winey almost, but let's not judge too quickly. Plenty of almonds, some strong coffee, and whiffs of cloves and cracked black peppercorns. Also burnt toast and some more of that cranberry juice. Some toffee and oranges as well.
    • Finish
      Lingering jammy fruits with a touch of umami. Medium in length.

  8. vlad78 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This sample is like a warm and sunny September day.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Dusty, dry flowers. Sweet as churchkhela. Dry prunes, raisins, dried apricots, and even a few dried red apples. Dry, rising like a mist or haze at dawn, a thick smell. Spicy, clove and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is sweet, dry, not persistent, delicate and very balanced.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, sweet with a hint of dryness, full of dried fruits aftertaste.

  9. the_muskox scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It's delicious! Like astellar Benrinnes I had the other day, this dram has the full package of sweet, tart, bitter, salty, and savoury. Individually, I love the flavours of tropical fruit, cedar, herbs, and seashore individually, but together, they all compliment and amplify each other. I tried this blind and the pine and green tea notes had me thinking this might have been a Bowmore.

    Nose: A blast of fresh sea air right up front. Various stonefruit: peaches, apricots, and red-on-the-inside plums (and plum sauce!). Sweet and waxy honeycomb, some barley sugar, vanilla pudding, rice crackers, mango lassi, and pralines. Some savoury spice: dried oregano, cedar, pickled ginger, and some green olive maybe. Oh, miso soup! Some green tea, particularly from the empty glass.

    Palate: Thick texture. Honey and apples on the arrival, turning to guava jelly, pomelo, pineapple, strawberries, and melon, then rapidly to herbs and oak. Long herbal development, with pine trees, charred oak, light peat, birch logs, and oregano. Cooked sugar and some more savoury dashi-ish notes here. Candy apples, plums, boiled sweets, almonds, and honey on the back end.

    Finish: Medium-long. Honeycomb, milk chocolate, tangerine peel, yellow apples, rhubarb, raisins, and more red plums. Matcha, clove, and sandalwood. Seashore mud and stone dust. Lingering earth and a bit of blue cheese.

  10. Kumachan scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Ben Nevis 21 years old, 1998 - 2019, 55.4%. Cask: BN9819 for Hidden Spirit.

    One of the most difficult bottles to obtain this year. A media slaughter on social networks has almost killed all possibilities of obtaining it normally. (Sold in pack).
    But after multiple visits to LMDW, yes, it's good, it's on the side, then finally no, we can't sell it to you, then, yes again, I got it.
    Let's see this little beast from every angle.

    ● The coat: copper, large drops, slow and spaced.

    ● Rancio, walnuts, Jerez wine, Olorosso. Well oxidative.
    An old wood.
    The soybeans heated in the pan then the four quarter which comes out of the oven, hot butter.
    Milk chocolate, prunes and cherry in brandy.
    Freshness escapes, mint.
    I let breathe.
    Fantastic !! Manjari dark chocolate, tangy and very fruity: blackcurrant and blueberry in jam.
    Leather and brown tobacco.
    What a nose!

    ● In the mouth it is sweet, the liquid covers the entire palate.
    It is clean and neat, very oxidative aromas reminiscent of nuts, old wood, earth and leather, brown tobacco.
    A Sherry Olorosso, clearly.
    Lots of tannins, peppery power and bitter liquorice.
    Everything is very dry.
    Time, a salty touch, retro olfaction pushes dark chocolate, coffee beans, and dark fruits.
    Leather again.

    ● the finish is relatively long, dry, with a salty return, a salt that is difficult to target, rather saline, the bonito dried at first sensation, the one I usually take at Atami.
    Long persistence on this black pepper and tannins, the minerality ends.

    An amazing whisky, it certainly deserves a very long opening, and will develop really later. I left him 1 week before describing it.
    The nose is fabulous, makes you want to dive in, the mouth is rich and fine, dry, saline and oxidative, obviously dominated by the notes of Sherry, it's a good whisky but, but ... but I don't know .

    If it had to be given a subjective score, it would be an 88.


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