Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
52.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Feb 2020 6:23 pm by DerSchreckliche
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 249.00

32 × in wishlist

21 × member ratings

45 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 ElD

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.79 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2020] The market is flooded with Ben Nevis single cask bottlings these days and most of the older ones (20+years) are pretty good, some even excellent. It seems as if Ben Nevis did a lot of things right during the nineties...

    ...and this dram is a fine example for this. Both very interesting to explore and dangerously quaffable it offers the best side of a naked Ben Nevis - but to be honest: A price point of 200 Euro is a bad joke for a 23-years old Ben Nevis. I really enjoy this dram but I am not willing to spend more than 120 Eurobucks on a bottle of such quality. We will see if the current (Corona) crisis will adjust the inflated whisky prices to a more reasonable level - but I am not sure about this. It all depends on the customers...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a delicate and complex profile of fruity, honeyed, waxy, spicy, floral and oily aromas in a perfectly balanced mix. No off-note that I can find but the intensity of the nose vanishes with breathing, unfortunately. So take the first sniff right after serving the dram and cover the glass to lock the aromas in (this makes a huge difference).
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is nicely chewable and releases a lot of different flavours this way, the barley sugars are more present here and they are greatly complemented by bitter waxes and autumn floral notes, spicy wooden impressions and vanilla-toffee flavours. The fruits are rather shy and show up lately but if you chew long enough they clearly enter the spotlight. All is perfectly balanced again and without any flaw.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with some bitter-drying moments (tannins at work). The finish is long and adds more old-style impressions of waxes and oils as well as grassy and barley sugary notes. Again it turns a little drying but this is not distracting at all. Water releases mineral-chalky aromas in the nose and the fruits grow stronger with the taste. I like this dram both neat (very interesting to explore) and a little reduced to 46% abv (even more quaffable).

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  3. gast198 scored this whisky 99 points Newbie

    Excellent whisky, 2016 looks very good for Ben Nevis. This EID traffic jam seems to be on point, we are enjoying it.

  4. VISION_CHEN scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Nose: Nail polish, oak, slight ben nevis genes, alcohol like heat wave, ginger blossoms, grease, pineapple juice, these all require your efforts to find out, the expressiveness is very low. Adding water will help her open it up a bit, and it will capture more lemon juice.

    Drink: The body is full of fat, and you can feel the juice beating in the taste buds without swallowing it. The combination of the genes of ben nevis and oak explodes in the mouth. Citrus, licorice, floral fragrance, very long ending.

    Overall: I always feel that ben nevis needs more time to open himself, and those who wait patiently can always get joy in it.

    Cup: 1920s blenders
    Bottle: 30ml

  5. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. abistodenas31 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Drink in parallel with the birds series 1996 cask 892 EID. More conventional with more volume and less charming dynamism. More atmosphere: cream, hazelnut, honey and a touch of eucalyptus. A very nice note of fresh vanilla develops on a background of orange notes. More of everything but this little thing less ... 88.


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