Ben Nevis 1997 ED

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Edition Spirits (ED)
Bottling serie
The First Editions
Stated Age
23 years old
Refill Sherry Butt
HL 17330 (part)
Number of bottles
57.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Sierra Springs Liquor
Canada Canada
Added on
29 nov 2020 10:43 pm by Jackson05
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 144.89

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1997 ED

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.47 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Certainly has potential, but to me, this isn't the optimal fit of cask & spirit.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A lot of biscuity / pastry notes and fallen, overripe apples upfront, followed by typical, modern seasoning-sherry and American-oak aromas: Cherry Heering, marzipan, trail mix. While the high ABV doesn't sting at all, the nose does come across as very "extractive," i.e., you get the sense that the alcohol has done quite a job of eating into the wood and extracting the (seemingly pretty fresh and active) oak's flavor compounds. To my mind, this makes it seem a bit younger and more aggressive than I would have liked. However, behind this more cask-centered character, you can definitely glimpse the BN distillate with its yeasty, funky, grimy aspect. Leavened dough, apricot and/or peach cobbler, perhaps a few sprinkled herbs and an indistinct oiliness: it's Nevis alright. With more time in the glass, the spirit begins to better assert itself against the wood, which is a definite plus. Even with water, though, it never really loses a slightly „boozy“, almost rum-like character that I’m not exactly fond of.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Pretty hot to start with: the high alcohol content and peppery oak don't leave enough room for flavor. Wine gums, sherry-soaked oak, peach-flavored iced tea… Not much else, really. H2O to the rescue! 
With water it settles down somewhat, though it remains perky. More sweet barley flavors now (pastry, croissant, brioche) and less „artificial“ fruitiness (adios, wine gums). The best part is the end, when the typical Nevis flavors – peach and elderflower – really come through. Too bad they don’t last very long.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Too hot without water. Yeasty, again with plenty of cereal notes and teetering between tart and sweet. Ends up more on the bitter side in the end, with just a touch of acrid smoke.

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  3. whiskydramo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Peach and green grapes, a bit more punchy at the start. Then it turned into toffee, dark chocolate, some roasted nuts. A bit earthy too with a hint of sweet vegetables like beetroot. It smelled like roasted sunflower seeds and ripe apples after breathing in the glass.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Rotten apple and pineapple, black pepper, tannin.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pineapple, pomelo peel, kumquat, bitterness came from hay and it got woodier. Tannin.

  4. aspa scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It flows extremely sweet from the glass. Ripe tropical fruits covered with vanilla sugar - yes, that's how I love it! A light fruit acid is added, pineapple, kiwi and a little lemon? The alcohol is easily noticeable, but all in all it is well integrated. The dram is very strong and has a strong aroma. A bit of tangy oak emerges. I hardly find the typical sherry barrel aromas, there was probably a rather worn out refill barrel at work. Herbs and some orange peel show up. The tropical fruits have now moved into the background while the spicy oak notes and citrus fruits are more in the foreground.

    The first sip flows out of the glass strong, powerful and somewhat hot. The alcohol pushes hard here and is now only moderately well integrated. It tingles the tongue and the roof of the mouth. A nice mix of sweet fruits and tart, tangy oak is also evident here. Bitter chocolate and coffee beans, with light vanilla but only discreetly hidden behind it. The spicy, slightly bitter side is dominant. Oranges and lemons, with some unripe peach. Malt and oak continue to dominate. Here, too, I actually don't find any aromas typical of sherry. AFTER a while in the glass, the bitter and sour aromas take over and you might think the oak barrel had a somewhat strong effect here.

    Rather short, and more of the same - tart oak, citrus fruits and malt. I can't say much more. The alcohol is now better integrated again.

    Egg paints more interesting - the first smells were sensational, but then it flattened significantly. The nose is clearly the best here, these tropical fruits are in a good league. The rest is then a little too uniform and too dominated by the oak. Delicious, but unfortunately not as spectacular as I had hoped after the first smell.
    N-91, T-86, F-84 for unfortunately only 87 points which are also strongly driven by the nose
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  5. Jour.Ray did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    the initial price was about 140€

  6. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Too hot. With water it’s much better and even classic Nevis. I did just open this bottle, but it’s too hot out of the gate and out of balance. Could definitely see it getting better with air time but so far I’ll give it an 86. We’ll see how it progresses. Not a home run to start.

    Edit: Just a little left in the bottle now. It’s... OK. Not one of the better Ben Nevis in this era. It’s too hot and unbalanced, even with the addition of lots of water it never really comes together. That said, there is still lots to like. Even a poor Ben Nevis is better than half of what’s out there.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Hot. Ethanol, stone fruit, soft wax, milk chocolate, fermenty - wort. Even a little bready and yeasty.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Waxy on melons, green grapes, kiwi, peach yoghurt. Still quite hot, but it’s nicer with water. Best part of the dram for me.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Spice picks up. White pepper, cayenne, ginger. Less fruity and waxy, but it’s still there. Heat is definitely there on the finish and that’s not my preference.


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