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Ben Nevis 1997 W-F

Overall rating
89.92/100
votes
144
Whiskybase ID
WB166702
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whisky-Fässle (W-F)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Strength
49.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
04 Oct 2020 12:29 am by Kovalyoff
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 224.98

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1997 W-F

37 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.92 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2020] Someone asked me to do a review on this high-scored new edition and luckily I was able to get one of these bottles, finally. To be honest, 180 Euro for a 23-years old from a second-tier distillery are quite a hell of bucks - fifteen years ago this was the price point of a 35+years old Bowmore (distilled in the sixties) or a 25+years old Ardbeg (distilled in the early seventies). But the overall score of this Ben Nevis is close to these legendary drams too, so I am very curious if my taste buds agree...

    ...and they acknowledge a fine but do not state an exceptional dram. This is flawless and very quaffable but the same time it lacks both complexity and depth (e.g., layers, waves) to be truly outstanding. Given the limited supply of casks to IBs these days it was a great pick by Jens and the price is adequate compared to other recent releases but to be honest: I would not spend more than 120 Euro on such a drinking experience even today. Nevertheless I do not regret to buy this bottle because I really enjoy to quaff it when I am not in the mood to dig very deep into a whisky's profile.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a delicious fruity profile, mainly of home-grown fruits like apples, pears or peaches. There are a lot more of other aromas like waxes, spices, sugars, floral impressions and a certain sourness which I like. This nose is very enjoyable, no doubt but it is by no means on eye-level to these old Bowmore stuff mentioned above (which trades well above 1000 bucks these days, unfortunately). By the way, I prefer to nose this dram out of a Glencairn glass instead of a big spherical blender's glass (usually it is the other way around). Breathing does no favour to this dram so I suggest to investigate this nose right away after serving it.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste adds an interesting flavour of white chocolate to the profile of the nose which is nicely countered by some bitter notes from the wood (tannins as well as green tea-alike impressions). This taste is not layered but greatly balanced and without any flaw. Nevertheless I recommend to chew it for a while because more impressions are released this way. Among them are nutty, oily and grassy notes.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with some peppery moments which are not distracting. The finish is of medium length and adds more barley sugars and spices. They do not enhance the profile further but they are enjoyable nonetheless. No bitter or drying moments, again. Water releases more fruits in the nose (now some exotic join in) and turns the taste sweeter with more honeys and sugars and less bitter notes. Actually, this dram benefits greatly from a slight reduction and I like it best at around 40-43% abv (I score the neat dram one point less).

  2. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very good pick by Jens. Congratulation to that cask :)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. sengaia scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great Ben Nevis, lacking the dirty/meaty side that it often gets when matured in sherry casks but offering a complex nose with wax, motor oil and a pine forest. The palate is thick and oily and adds just enough oak to enhance the whole. The finish is warm and lingers for a long time.

    This was bottled at the perfect the age and strength. Recommended if you like old highland style whiskies.

  4. Dottore scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Pretty much everything is right: Great barrel, great distillate, correct age, correct alcohol strength. Crystal clear distillery character. Please return such bottlings more often, bravo!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. Totoro scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
      Very raw and natural (read: close to the distillate), but not unripe or unplaned. Instead, it is very creamy, buttery, velvety in texture and with perfectly integrated alcohol. Vanilla, blossom honey and pastry notes in connection with this typical heaviness (or density?) That I associate with BN. Add a delicate elderflower aroma and remove maybe one or two sour raspberries. What is almost completely missing is that dirty, greasy, "workshop-like" page that BN shows so often. This one here is downright elegant and light-footed: a spring-like Nevis? In sum, quite delicate and subtle, but also downright lovely and fascinating in this mixture of weight and lightness.
      The longer it stands, it gets more and more (tropical) fruity, now towards melon, peach and papaya. Uff, it gets better and better the longer it is allowed to unfold in the glass. In the beginning I had it at 89-90, but after 20-30 minutes it gains two to three points. Needs patience and attention, but it's really worth it: After a lot of airing, you have almost pure, freshly squeezed, sweet peach pulp in the glass.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Fully fruity and floral in the beginning, wonderfully juicy-sweet (more nectar than fruit juice) with well-dosed spiciness from the middle. Perfectly drinkable at cask strength, extremely gentle and mild on the tongue, could also go for 46 percent. Here, too, delicate and velvety, actually totally atypical - as if Ben Nevis had been mixed with Glenlivet. Towards the end it gets a bit bitter (quinine), but nothing unpleasant.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long, slightly bitter, but still with fruity and juicy residual sweetness. Ripe pear with skin and even a hint of lychee. After a long time, I almost have to consider whether there is a tiny amount of smoke left, but maybe it's just the wood.

  6. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. whiskydramo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Gooseberry, sour starfruits, green mango. Yellow big Chinese pomelo, red apples, sweet and refreshing. More citrus acid after a sip. Lemon pith from the emptied glass.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Apple, some pomelo with peel, kinda rich. Cedar, more pomelo peel and pith later on, gooseberry, green apple peel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A splash of pomelo zest, then it was green apple that dominated the start, followed by cedar and some hay like woodiness. Baked olives.

  8. OJK scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wax jacket, grease, honey on bread, white peaches and cream, and herbal sweets (ricola) on the nose, with even a soft hint of smoke. On the palate it's unctuous, oily and bready, carrying through the cream and peaches, with added nuts and orange syrup, as well as almond nougat. Smooth and voluminous finish, building with liquorice, citrus boiled sweets and white chocolate . An especially warm and enveloping example of the 90's Ben Nevis profile. Score wavering between 91-92, but I'll err on the side of restraint..

  9. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    kind of simple enough, but very, very tasty and juicy.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Open, fresh fruit in flowers. Peaches in honey, vanilla, citrus and dusty wax
    • Taste
      90 90
      lemons with cream in honey, pineapple and papaya, fresh light fruity
    • Finish
      89 89
      tangerine zest, a drop of lemon juice, a little wood and spices

  10. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Not bad nevis, though high price. The aroma immediately feels a familiar profile, and the taste further enhances this impression. The finish is not as long as we would like. After adding water, there were slightly bitter notes in the taste. 22-23-22.5-22.5.

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