Ben Nevis 1996 ED

Overall rating
90.39/100
votes
88
Whiskybase ID
WB161735
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Edition Spirits (ED)
Bottling serie
The First Editions
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
HL 17618
Number of bottles
409
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
08 jul 2020 10:51 pm by Black Widow
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 543.12

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 ED

17 users have left 17 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.39 points.

  1. el Gato scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    These '96 BN single casks. What can you say. Superb. The tropical punch in this cask is just superb. With loads of berries, citrus, green notes and a hint of bitter spices, makes this single cask just another excellent result. Cheers
    • Nose
      93 93
      What a tropical delight. Pineapple, all sorts of melons, kiwi and passionfruit. Forest berries and strawberries. Caramel, vanilla. Then more green profile with mint, lemons and moss. Honey sweetness, fresh pears, cherries, tutti frutti.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Mouthwatering! The tropical sensations continue, of course. Fresh fruits with pears and red apples continue. Citrus, green spices and green tea. Soft touch of bitter notes, just right. Then mint and sour raspberries
    • Finish
      90 90
      Semi-long finish. Tropical salad until the end, naturally. Soooo fresh and full of sweetness. Forest berries are back. Citrus and the tutti-frutti as well. A tiny hint of bitter spices, not troubling me at all. Very well balanced

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  3. ConvalRen scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. MB28 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  5. FeydRautha scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

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

  6. SebStar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Almost *too* sweet, but only almost.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pretty intense. Fragrant oak, sweet sherry, dark honey, fruity/herbal BN character. A touch of woodsmoke. Surprisingly civilized, without any of the yeasty funk or greasy industrial touch that often accompanies older Nevisses.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Not hot at all, extremely well-rounded, mild and mature. No water needed, I'd say. PX sweetness in the lead, then you notice the buttery-smooth texture. The last third is pure peach cobbler.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Somehow it gets hotter after it's gone down. A bit too spicy in my humble opinion.

  8. whisky_knight scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A very good sherried Ben Nevis from the mid-1990’s. My favorite Ben Nevis bottles have been the ones without any special cask influence (Non-Sherried), which allows the Ben Nevis malt to shine. But this 1996 Ben Nevis from Edition Spirits, part of their “The First Editions” lineup, Single Cask #HL17618 from a Refill Sherry Butt is standout. The sherry influence never dominates, and allows the Ben Nevis core to shine.

    I appreciate the balance of flavors, some gentle sherry influence (mainly on the nose), with the palate having a beautiful coating mouthfeel, almost creamy with dark chocolate, playful, gentle cinnamon and ginger with tropical fruit notes, and old leather.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Ripe banana sweetness. Raisins, very faint stewed plums. There’s some sherry influence, but with this Refill Sherry Butt, it’s not as strong as a quality 1st Fill. Honey, red apple sweetness, caramel. No ABV burn on the nose. Pleasant.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Medium viscosity, nice mouthfeel. Cinnamon and ginger prickles the front and mid-palate, but it’s a gentle level. Beautiful tropical aroma. Dark chocolate (70% cacao), tropical fruits gentle sweetness, balanced by the dark chocolate. Some dusty, old furniture. The ABV is balanced and well integrated. Gentle cereal notes.

      Halfway through the bottle, the sherry influence is more apparent: Some distant stewed plums, raisins, but very far in the background, along with the beautiful gentle tropical fragrance on the front and mid-palate still present. It’s not distinct enough to call out individual fruits, but it’s delicious.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long. Gentle cinnamon on the finish. Ripe red apples, honey. Dark chocolate (70% cacao still), old leather.

  9. Vallado scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Great spices; Raisins; dark fruits; Molasses; Cane sugar; old furniture;
    • Taste
      strong and spicy; delicately bitter; dark chocolate; now comes a lot of leather; a little citrus, but it becomes clearer; tart wood; nut
    • Finish
      Citrus; Nut; dark fruit; beautiful spices;

  13. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really great, old whisky that can offer a wonderful balance between oak, sherry and sweetness.
    Definitely try it.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Simon Stood scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    22.5/23/22.5/22.5

  15. aspa scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    nose
    Very sweet sherry nose, smells super round, soft, old, dignified. Tropical fruits, especially bananas, mixed with raisins and cane sugar. Chocolate, fermented mango and overripe pineapple. Super, complex, stunning!

    taste
    Furthermore super soft and creamy, the alcohol is perfectly integrated and embedded. The tropical fruits and light refill sherry aromas continue to dominate. Cinnamon, chocolate, some leather and then again overripe pineapple and banana.

    Exit
    Continuing the same pattern, still fantastic. The taste stays in the mouth for a long time, now with a slight bitter note. Simply to enjoy.

    Conclusion
    A dreamlike paint that is convincing all along the line. Wonderful flavors, perfect strength, great complexity.
    N-94, T-92, F-92 totally very great 93 points
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  16. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tried only 50ml.
    Nose - heavy overripe red fruits and oak presence,
    Palate - fruitiness from nose continues on the taste, oak also presented.
    Finish - dry, oaky

  17. DramGoodLife scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Really nice whisky, good balance of oak and distillate.
    Cracker
    • Nose
      First impression is mindblowong, fruity and laced with sherry. A bunch of ripe bananas, then its banana dipped in chocolate, followed up by other tropical fruits such as papaya and mango.
      With time it becomes stewed apples, apple bread with honey and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Oh yeah, stewed apples and pears, chocolate drops with rum raisin fudge. It's thick and coats the mouth, wood spice and plenty of dried orange.
    • Finish
      Finish is medium to long, slightly oaky but with plenty if chocolate lingering.

  18. Kalamadei scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    dark fruits, bananas, chocolate, and no sulphur with a long finish. Me gusta

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