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Overall rating
90.38/100
votes
23
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Vintage
09.07.1996
Bottled
13.07.2020
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
887
Number of bottles
228
Strength
49.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
17 Jul 2020 11:15 am by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 185.11

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23 × member ratings

73 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 Arc

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.38 points

  1. Johannes de Silentio did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Woo, bought one just before they sold out! You Dutch folks are quick on the draw!

    :)

  2. MaltMartin scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Archives has built up a solid reputation on good and relatively affordable bottlings of Ben Nevis in the last few years. This one is no exception, though - in my humble opinion - it not as stunning as other recent BN expressions of Archives.
    • Nose
      A bit acidic at first nosing. After a while clear notes of gooseberries and blueberries. Followed with apple-mint and rosewater. Flowery notes of geraniums and freesias. Some mineral notes of wet stones as well. Slightly metallic edge at the background.
    • Taste
      Now more on the citric side of the spectrum with peel zest, lemon and pear-drops. Enjoyable bitter-sweetness of pink grapefruit. Also blood-oranges and some kiwi-fruit. Later on hints of honey-clover and some sandal wood. Spices of camphor and a little eucalyptus. This BN definitely needs time to reveal all its flavours.
    • Finish
      Medium long. White pepper and a little clove. Bitterness developing into a minty end. Enjoyable whisky no doubt, but a bit 'nervous' to my taste.

  3. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The nose leads with honey, herbal mint and vanilla cream, before the fruits then fully take over with a burst of strawberry, then lemons and mandarins. The palate leads with the herbs, and is surprisingly less fruity than the nose would suggest. Very much more the mineral side of Ben Nevis that comes through here, with a slightly chalky bite. The honeys and fruits come back along with a herbal wave on the finish, giving it an overall balance between the sweet and mineral. Overall a very clean compilation of Ben Nevis characteristics, that's neither too fruity nor too austere.

  4. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

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