Ben Nevis 1996 TWA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
TWA Spring 2020
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
47.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 May 2020 9:03 am by Connaisseur
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 599.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 TWA

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.78 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2020] A quick review of a small sample.

    I do not know what they did at Ben Nevis in 1995/96 but it was all damn right. So far I had not a single below-average Ben Nevis of these vintages and this bottling again is excellent - both interesting to explore and dangerously to quaff. I like it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a powerful fruity-honeyed profile with tons of over-ripe fruits in a sweet and spicy stew. After some breathing fine oils, shy herbs and some bitter wooden notes join in which are very welcomed. This smells very tasty and I am keen to take the first sip...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is very chewy and offers several layers of fine fruits, molten barley sugars, spices (both sweet and hot), waxes and oils which combine to a delicious amalgam over time. This is truly old-stylish and both very interesting and quaffable. I enjoy it very much.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives a little hot on the palate with peppery moments and immediately covers the whole of the mouth with a creamy texture. This is a pretty nice mouthfeel. The finish is long and turns both more sugary-sweet and waxy-oily without any distracting moments. Water releases more interesting aromas both in the nose and on the palate, among them leathery and chocolatey impressions.

  2. nallacam scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    You can rely on TWA again. One of the best bottlers for me.
    However, I am not sure whether they accidentally filled a Littlemill ;-)

    The issue price of around € 180 is absolutely fair if I see / taste the quality of this filling.

    92 points 93/92/92
    • Nose
      93 93
      Directly the nose of a classic boubon barrel ripening.
      Sweet and waxy with pear and passion fruit. Apricot and peach are also there. A little hint of detergent, but pleasant, just like walking through a laundry room. Langnese split ice cream, the perfect combination of vanilla and passion fruit. Now there are also green aromas, freshly cut grass and flowers. The road after a summer rain, the minerality of an Alsatian Riesling. The apricot has now been made into a jam. There are always sweeter fruits, overripe mango and banana.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The whole mouth is slipped right out, incredibly creamy and juicy. No trace of the oak, absolutely no bitterness. Just perfect.
      Brioche, banana, some citrus, Breaburn apple, the appeal of polished furniture.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Just long! A slight dryness and the fruitiness remains. Round and harmonious.

  3. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ruben found some words, too: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/ben-nevis/ben-nevis-1996-23-years-whisky-agency/

    And slowdrink.de says: https://www.slowdrink.de/2020/05/twa/

  4. jjkmlss scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    A very pure dram
    Nose: honey, wood, malty, pears

    Palate: mineral, banana, pear, honey

    Body: light and waxy, easy

    Finish: long with wood and malt

  5. torstenB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very interesting - the first whiffs from the bottle remind me of some bottlings of the 60íes.
    • Nose
      Reminds of some old bottlings from the sixties, with less Sherry influence. Tropical fruits, Pineapple, peaches, i also get some faint berries, the typical spices of Ben nevis emerge, garden herbs, parsley, a bit ginger, Teak wood
    • Taste
      liquorice, Tropical fruits, spices, chocolate Maybe, hazelnut Skins, pine resins
    • Finish
      Long Lasting finish of dried apricots and spices. Seems to stay in the mouth until the next morning, which is a good asset in this case.

  6. BlueFire scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    The stand out in this batch in my opinion.
    This is my style, my palate loves this.
    Balance and complexity. Bright fruits, some tropical, vanilla, oak, funk, industrial, wax, herbs, dusty, musky loveliness.

  7. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Who bottled a pre-Whisky Lake cask as a 1996 Ben Nevis? Do you have any more casks like this? Can I have them all? I promise to pay back at some point.

    Thanks to member GIORGOS for the sample!
    • Nose
      At first, buttery and closed up. Doesn't hint towards either sherry or bourbon, just some refill wood. A lovely dried malts note, some sugary sweetness, and some slightly dirty vibe I can't quite place. With some time and a dash of water, an unusual leatheriness (neither couches nor jackets, something dirtier), with a touch of nectarines, comes up.
    • Taste
      Stale leather and butter. Sounds bad, but this is truly refreshing after attending some tastings with heavily wood-driven whiskys in the past few weeks. Some great interplay between the distillate and the cask, and a resulting maturation that tastes unique instead of just having the same wood spices as every other bottle. Some herbs, that faint highland peat, leather, and wax. Tastes as strange as Springbanks, but in a different way. Lovely!
    • Finish
      Long and lingering. Some familiar Ben Nevis tastes, and that musty leather again. A dash of water makes it rougher, but also more complex.

  8. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. DocF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: Pale straw

    There is little that can go terribly wrong with bottlings from this herd, archetypal Ben Nevis with a great nose, astonishingly much smoke in the mouth and a tolerable finish. Hogsheads like this keep asking me from which barrels the rare malts were cobbled back then. The distillate has to give off steam from nose to finish with complete deadwood storage, good, certainly feasible with Ben Nevis, but bitter (and woody at all) there was nothing, absolutely nothing. When I think of the Signatory Cask Strength-Ottonormalhogshead distilled from 1995-97 (or this bottling here), half of the times I chew on dry sawdust or coffee from yesterday. As already written above, Nevis in its purest form, maybe not the best, but also not the worst and probably not the most expensive.
    • Nose
      Fresh and cool, minty, rape blossom, mustard seeds, cress, papaya and a little pineapple. With air it looks warmer and sweeter, lemon drops, a touch of real vanilla, incense, tree sap, malt and toasted brown bread. After the first sip, more resinous, hashish, more tannins. With water: takes away even more freshness, more tree sap, thuja hedge.
    • Taste
      That is a barrel strength, still has a strong bite for the "few" percent, hardly any barrel, air freshener (?) - moderately fresh, pure lime juice, candle soot and rapeseed oil, charred rind, straw and malt. With more chewing, it becomes more sooty, resinous, less “green”, but actually sooty campfire. With water: rapeseed oil, rapeseed blossom + soot, a few violets, just a little lime juice.
    • Finish
      Soot, resin, malt and straw, some cress, some cold coffee, smells like a while longer, then dry wood and dry sawdust.

  10. Foudos scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88


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