Ben Nevis 1996 BR

Overall rating
89.81/100
votes
88
Whiskybase ID
WB169832
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
1196 (part)
Strength
52.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Royal Mile Whiskies Exclusive
Market
sc Scotland
Added on
13 nov 2020 10:37 am by NRS
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 307.56

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 BR

26 users have left 27 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.81 points.

  1. YD84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Once you peel back the sherry coating the Ben Nevis distillate shines through nicely. Water works wonders. It's a fruit burst in the mouth. Lots of tropical fruits peppered with darker fruits. There's also white chocolate and marzipan and milky coffee and a smattering of spices. The slightly industrial distillery character is on display here. The oloroso influence is fairly subtle. There's a slight vegetal sulphur element which I'm not fond of, but overall this is a lovely dram.
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      87 87
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      87 87

  2. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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      90 90
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      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Second try of a just opened bottle.
    Quite different from the first sample experience on this Ben Nevis.

    Very good, fruity and buttery.
    The finish is a little too spicy
    • Nose
      89 89
      Soft, fruity nose with apricot, peach and tropical fruits.
      Pineapple, papaya.
      Butter, scone.
      Light mineral.
    • Taste
      91 91
      In the mouth it is on honey, camphor and tropical fruit.
      Pineapple, papaya, jackfruit, apricot and candied orange.
      Cookie with butter and rainwater.
      Light leather.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium finish on pepper, minerality. Stone, rainwater.
      Pepper, ginger, and tropical fruit. Light sugar syrup.

  4. geriud scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
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      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Steven79 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
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      90 90
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      88 88

  6. Killswitch scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. whisky_knight scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    This is an interesting Ben Nevis. Different from the previous bottlings I’ve had. The nose is enticing and pleasant. The palate is a bit more spicy than the 1991 Ben Nevis I tried, and it feels hotter than the 52.1% ABV, but it’s controlled and balanced.

    I appreciate the interesting grapefruit bitterness and brightness mixed with sherry cask influences so there’s a very even balanced bitterness and sweetness battling it out, with it leaning more on the grapefruit side with notes of sherry cask maturation.
    • Nose
      71 71
      Honeycrisp apples, mango, vanilla, caramel, apricots. Halfway through the bottle, toffee notes as well.
    • Taste
      68 68
      Ginger on the front palate, but nothing too potent. But it stays consistently at this balanced ginger spice throughout the front and mid-palate. Nice mouthfeel, medium viscosity. Oloroso sherry influence appears here. Raisins, grapefruit bitterness, but also brightness associated with it.

      Some tropical notes appear as well, but distant compared to the 1991 Ben Nevis Signatory Vintage Cask #2915 bottling I tried previously. Rancio notes on the end of the mid-palate.
    • Finish
      66 66
      Long, lingering ginger that fades to a warming. Grapefruit bitterness and that citrus quality continues here. Faint notes of stewed plums and raisins in the background.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

    Good on the nose, little bit green and spicy on the palate
    • Nose
      88 88
      A lot of pear, apple, little lemon, little vanilla and honey, dry hay - not bad
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy, little punchy, little sirupy, subtle sweetness, citric, spices, lemon peel, green apple, pepper, green fruits, vegetables
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, warm, spicy, little zesty

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Interesting integration of the sherry and the bn distillate, leather, toffee, chocolate orange with more muted tropical notes and citrus, very drinkable.

  10. whiskyclick scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fruity bomb.
    It needs time for alcohol to settle but overall it's delacate, balanced, very tasty dram.
    Sherry well integrated.
    Recommended.

  11. sagara-kun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very good ben nevis or the sherry is very discreet.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A fresh nose, on eucalyptus.
      Pretty natural wax, with a nice dose of wood.
      Minerality.
      Very light rose water. Fresh but discreet.
      Light orange zest, pear.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth it is more fruity and very well balanced.
      Pear, apple, candied lemon, light pineapple. A little chemical candy.
      Drink, pepper, always a nice dose of wax.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long finish on barley, pepper, white fruits, pineapple.

  12. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Water is adding some magic here.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. Dris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  14. HammerHead scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Sweet and round, juicy and tropical fruits, ripe apple and pear, pineapple, some mango and dried apricot, sweet and bitter oranges, slightly nutty, sweet butter, subtle wood spice with a faint note of furniture polish.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, a juicy tropical fruitiness, canned pineapple and peach, mango, ripe pear, more of a bitter citrus (pomelo), bitter almonds, a bit spicy on pepper.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long: more of the (tropical) fruit juice (lingering all the way), drying towards warming wood spice (pepper and a bit of nutmeg).

  15. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  16. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
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      90 90

  18. rpvdwel scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
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      89 89

  19. sengaia scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The nose is the best part of this whisky, with lots of dried fruits, vanilla and sherry notes. On the palate a hint of dirtiness Ben Nevis can get in sherry casks is present but not excessively so. Also hints of new make, how strange. To me this is a nosing whisky with a so-so palate, but if you enjoy the 1996 Ben Nevis profile this will be right up your alley!

  20. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    famously balanced, tasty and very harmonious nevis, thirsty and thirsty
    • Nose
      89 89
      Open and fresh, ripe exotic fruits, bananas, pineapple, mango and passion fruit, honey wax
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet and buttery, a mixture of lemon and mango juices
    • Finish
      90 90
      lemon juice with coriander, gentle, medium

  21. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    What a fruit bomb! Even more than comparable 96s. I love it!
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  23. JNuyts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  24. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  25. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The original bottling of this cask (prior to the re-rack of the second half) was a tropical fruit bomb, and here we get the same tropical fruit notes, albeit slightly muted underneath the oloroso remix. Also some marzipan, black pepper, chocolate milk and strawberries. On the palate it's rich and buttery fruit, butterscotch, stewed berries and merengue. Onto the finish it builds further with orange syrup, mocha and herbal spice. A very interesting experiment comparing the two bottlings from the same cask - the first one was more focused on the exceptional tropical fruitiness, while this older version perhaps provides a broader spectrum of the Ben Nevis profile, combining oily tropical fruit with an oloroso funk. It comes down to preference as the quality is equally high.

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

    Can't stop buying '96 Ben Nevis. Help me.

  27. switzyuk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose is lovely, but the fruit explosion in the mouth is next level.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fruit salad - apple, pineapple, tangerine, mango amongst others. Little nuttiness, mainly on almonds. Some white chocolate.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Massive hit of tropical fruits. Sweet syrup from a can of fruit cocktail. Little peppery. Unctuous - lovely mouth feel all the way to back of teeth.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Fruits for a long while, slowly fading with some creamy white chocolate and pepper.

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