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Ben Nevis 1996 TWJ

Overall rating
90.01/100
votes
84
Whiskybase ID
WB153061
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Jury (TWJ)
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
1315
Number of bottles
260
Strength
51.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
26 Mar 2020 8:07 am by thewhiskyjury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 145.00

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128 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 TWJ

31 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.01 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Superman

    Belgian bottler The Whisky Jury made his entrance last year with a Ben Nevis 1995. By now he has launched his third release (the second, a Caol Ila 1983, will be tasted right after this one) and behold: it’s another Ben Nevis. This one was distilled in 1996 and like it’s predecessor matured on a refill hogshead.

    Candy-like sweet and very waxy nose on tropical fruit. Think pineapple, peach, banana, sugared orange peel and meringue. Underneath some chalk and pebbles. I experienced the same with the previous release. A fresh leaf of mint and some cherry tea. Who remembers those so-called ‘Superman-logo’ candy that tasted like apricots? Yup, but then in liquid form and with cajones.

    OMG, this is good! Waxy, sweet and fruity, powerful, mineral. And yes, that Superman-logo candy returns in full force on the palate! A nice peppery note gives it some punch, while the sweet, tropical fruitiness effortlessly seduces your taste buds. Honing offers a succulent twist, while mint offers a fresh uplift. What a balance!

    Long, waxy finish on mint, pepper and tropical fruit that keep the party going. A bittersweet death.

    Critics might say it’s too close to the first release, but lovers of excellent malt will rejoice (for their bottle of the first release will be long gone). 140 EUR? Really? Take my money! Recommended.

  2. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Wonderful Nevis. First enclosed in flavor then revealed in branded creaminess as well as waxiness and fruity. It tastes just a fruit bomb: tropical fruits, honey, a little spice, delicious! The finish is quite long. 22.5-23-22.5-23
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Steven79 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very good Ben Nevis with the pleasing mix of citrus, tropical fruits and minerality. Dangerously drinkable, be warned.
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity with mineral notes in the background. Pink grapefruits, lemons, white peaches, hints of passion fruits. A waxy touch. Fresh hay. Chalk and hints of hessian.
    • Taste
      Very fruity, creamy and peppery. Passions fruits, grapefruits, bananas, peaches.
      With a few drops of water, the nose is more citrusy, the palate more creamy and chalky.
    • Finish
      Long, chalky, spicy, lingering tropical fruits.

  7. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In my opinion, the best part is the mouth with a nice honey sweetness and tropical fruits. A bit more reserved on the nose, yet complex, but less fruity. Alcohol involved very well.
    Another fantastic BenNevis!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very fruity, tropical, peach, passion fruit, lychee, pineapple, pear, orange, lemon, fruitcake, vanilla, a little honey and also a bit vegetal.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy with soft butter notes clear vanilla some honey, again the tropical fruitiness with peach, dried apricot, lychee, pineapple and some citrus, also cake and some drying and gingery wood spices (just a little dusty).
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length: vanilla cake, fruit juice shifting to dry and somewhat bitter wood notes quite quickly.

  10. zerg1129 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    It is a fruity and layered Ben Nevis, the sweet and fruity aroma is fascinating, unrestrained without losing the level, and the taste performance is surprising, there is a passion fruit scent that the aroma cannot be felt, and the soft taste will enhance the flavor It gradually spreads in the mouth, and the end rhyme leaves the tropical fruit with the sweet aromas of passion fruit, banana and melon, which is pleasant in the mouth
    • Nose
      88 88
      The first section is sweet and ripe melon, western pear, sweet orange, apricot, banana, the middle section is malt, honey syrup, citrus sauce, cream, nuts, vanilla, the second section is coconut, cardamom, woody, waxy and sweet mint. After being left for 15 minutes, the melon and fruit scent persists in the front section, the middle section is citrus, yellow lemon, cream and vanilla, and the rear section has the woody, waxy and sweet mint of the new wood furniture
    • Taste
      91 91
      Medium smooth taste. Vivid passion fruit, citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, malt, cream, walnut, wood and mint
    • Finish
      92 92
      Long tail rhyme. Citrus, banana, apricot, passion fruit, malt, cream, nuts, wood, cardamom, spices and mint. The sweetness of melon and the faint passion fruit aroma stay in the mouth

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