Ben Nevis 2015 MMcK

Overall rating
84.51/100
votes
74
Whiskybase ID
WB148399
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Morrison and MacKay (MMcK)
Bottling serie
Càrn Mòr - Strictly Limited Edition
Vintage
2015
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
04 years old
Casktype
Sherry Hogsheads
Number of bottles
900
Strength
47.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060109227161
Added on
06 feb 2020 12:15 pm by DramTimeNL
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 49.00

5 × in wishlist

74 × member ratings

104 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 2015 MMcK

11 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.51 points.

  1. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    A blind sample in a tasting. This was not on my list of drams that I enjoyed that evening. The youth shines through, and the peat covers some... but I feel like this should have been settled for a few more years... or maybe bottles at Cask Strength?
    • Nose
      82 82
      Dry winey Sherry and smoldering peat. There's a bunch of sweet grains here too, like porridge or oat biscuits, but there's not a whole lot else happening. Touches of smoked meat, pork fat and banana or green plantains.
    • Taste
      74 74
      Here's where it starts to unravel. The youth and peat come first...this tastes hotter than it is. Sweet peat, heather and gourse with matchsticks and ash. The sweetness is one sided, doesn't really develop into anything more that syrup and the body turns very grape-y. It seems like it was finished and the finish was rushed in a wet cask.
    • Finish
      70 70
      This is short.... really short. Peat, oak, vanilla and then nothing. Leaves you wanting more, but there's just nothing there.

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  3. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    The dirty Ben Nevis character is on show here, combined with some lovely fresh tropical and orchard fruits, butter, honey, ginger, wet leaves, cumin and a hint of fennel. I'm struggling to get the sherry influence. It does nose young, but the palate is surprisingly well developed. A couple of drops of water really help open it up and lengthen the finish. Overall, a rather tasty drop.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. whisky_whims scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Another Dirty Dirty Whisky

    Ben Nevis 4 year old by Carn Mor. There are 900 bottles which are bottled at 47.5% ABV and matured in sherry hogshead. I believe I paid £38 for this whisky which is cheap for a non chill filtered, no added colouring, single malt that boasts an age statement.

    Nose:

    A pleasant youthfulness bestows this whisky. It is vibrant with a lovely malty and buttery aroma which reminds me of the heavily peated Kilkerran Batch 1. A subtle smoke comes through with some interrogation. Real boozy raisins are evident from the sherry influence. If you didn't know what the ABV was you would expect this to be 50% or more as there is a little nip to the nose. There is a spiced fruit cake on the nose that reinforces the sherry influence.

    Palate:

    Quite spicy to start with as this whisky nips the tongue, possibly pepper and not to do with the young element of the whisky or the ABV. This whisky, on the palate, appears to be a lot older than just 4 year old. More smoke comes through from the nose. Then you get the earthy and dirty characteristics coming through that I just love. Drying on the palate with some sherry bitterness. Raw is one word to describe this whisky however the whisky is so cohesive and balanced.

    Finish:

    A medium finish for this Ben Nevis. The sherry is more dominating in the finish and I believe this is because all the other flavours have dissipated and made way for the sherry. Raisins, dry spices, cinnamon and all those sherry flavours you would expect.

    Conclusion:

    Although this whisky is raw, dirty and in your face there is something so beautifully balance about it. Almost like chaotic good. If I could pick this up again, for the price I paid, I would be tempted to get two. I definitely recommend this dirty dram if you like it that way... The RRP is way under selling itself but don't tell Carn Mor. This is undoubtedly a whisky win.

    Check out the full review on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhRMZeauUGc&t=3s&ab_channel=WhiskyWhims

    My Scoring Process:

    My process is simple. I rate it on three factors: Is it worth it, would I buy it again and would I recommend it? I will the determine if the whisky is a whisky win or a whisky bin. A whisky can have 2/3 of these factors and still be a whisky win. Usually, anything lower than 2/3 is a whisky bin.

  5. the_muskox scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Solid and interesting, but not nearly as good as last year's cask strength version of this whisky.

    Nose: Salty, savoury, and herbal. Wood smoke, beef jerky, smoked pork. Benedictine. Smoked fish. Banana, dark chocolate. Wheat crackers. Burning birch bark. Ginger and root beer. Chocolate fudge. Grape syrup.

    Palate: More sweet barbeque smoke. Rich dark bread in the middle, with maple syrup and chocolate. Lighter notes of honey and cereals. Green apples, green grapes, wood fire.

    Finish: Sweet and woodsmoke. Pears, heather honey.

  6. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/10/09/rmw-independent-bottlers/

    Graeme is back. AM asks: “What do you like about Ben Nevis in general“? GM: “Erm,,… it’s stinky“.

    N: I totally agree: stinky, and pongy. The ‘warts n all’ is where Ben Nevis is at for me. With crisp-soft apple snow into nutty oaky gingery-sweet sugar icing, this is yeasty, fresh, vibrant, tastefully phenolic, young, fresh, relaxed,.. Nothing spikes, everything is just-so if formidable.

    T: Tart apples, a dribble of milky custard, “doughy” [AM]… the crips/young,….
    F: ,….. barley-faithful spirit carrying the [peppery/spirity/husky] apple-y qualities till the tail.

    C: You can see why this kind of juice might find its way [in small quantities] into Japanese-labelled blended whisky. Reminds me of the 3yo Queen Margot [WLP] in some ways, but, fresher, more forthright,… unfinished? On the flip-side, it’s a perfectly permissible unapologetic bold release.

  8. Dris scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. dcsicsak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Squinugie scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  11. gaboruso scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. bikenerd scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Fine distillate with potential that would have deserved a few more years in the barrel.

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