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Overall rating
90.06/100
votes
37
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Jury (TWJ)
Vintage
10.1996
Bottled
06.2020
Calculated age
23 years old
Casktype
Refill Hogshead
Casknumber
1372
Number of bottles
242
Strength
50.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
12 Jul 2020 12:17 pm by thewhiskyjury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 153.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 TWJ

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.06 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Trifecta

    When I first read the announcement that The Whisky Jury would launch a new Ben Nevis 1996, I thought it was a mistake. I had just tried two Ben Nevis from that Belgian bottler. Both his 23 years old from 1995 as his 23 years old from 1996 were great, but apparently Joeri was not yet done with Ben Nevis. Indeed, it was not a mistake, but a third Ben Nevis release and like it’s predecessor a refill hogshead from 1996. You can imagine that my expectations were high!

    Yes, that nose is bull’s eye again. Nicely waxy on apricots and pineapple, green banana and almond paste. Silver polish. A touch candy-like, like its siblings, but slightly less mineral and slightly more herbal. Without a doubt an outstanding nose!

    On the palate, it is candy like sweet (Superman logos, quite appropriately) and softly seasoned with pepper. Wonderful agrums and papaya with hints of pineapple. Goes the tropical route, which fits in perfectly with the season. Some pebbles on the beach and a wonderful bitterness from the wood. Perfect balance and great strength. Add water? What, you think I’m nuts?

    The finish is cozily warm on pepper, bittersweet as if from grapefruit and lime.

    That’s how you score a trifecta. Better yet: this is the best of the three. But you’ve guessed it: the bottles were spoken for before they even hit the shelves. Classy malt!

  2. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      At first fruity, with apricots and tropical fruits like passion fruit and pineapple (unfortunately not quite as fruity as the TWJ1995); behind that the same thing in glazed, cotton candy. Less mineral and "dirty" than other Ben Nevis' this vintage.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet and fruity with bananas, candied pineapple, some pepper, oily and waxy
    • Finish
      91 91
      long, short fruit explosion initiated by passion fruit, then candied fruit, ginger, dry white wine. I love it

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Kind of a clean Ben Nevis but exotic fruits really shine in this one, one of the best from that vintage

  4. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose is shy at first, but then slowly opens up and reveals a melee of fruits (kiwis, coconut and banana specifically) mixed with greek yoghurt, white chocolate and brown sugar. The palate is unexpectedly dense (in a good way), oily and fructose, with just the right amount of salt to give a savoury balance, carrying through to a honeyed mineral finish.

  5. Dominique69 scored this whisky 90 points Moderator

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

  6. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. mer1973 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Willum scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  10. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ah, Ruben found some words for that beauty: https://www.whiskynotes.be/2020/ben-nevis/ben-nevis-1996-the-whisky-jury/

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