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Ben Nevis 1996 ElD

Overall rating
89.19/100
votes
60
Whiskybase ID
WB171790
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Vintage
01.11.1996
Bottled
25.08.2020
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
1750
Number of bottles
214
Strength
53.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060188981756
Bottled for
Kirsch Import
Market
de Germany
Added on
08 dec 2020 4:56 pm by Kovalyoff
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 389.90

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 ElD

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.19 points

  1. AnnEm scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Truly great cinema for me as a white wine and above all Riesling lover. This Ben Nevis looks round and harmonious on the nose. I perceive it as perfectly (long) ripened and I am very impressed by its pronounced fruity character (light stone fruits ripe for summer), the delicately aromatic and perfectly dosed oak wood and especially then by the powerful, expansive GG Riesling feeling that it unfolds on the palate . To quote from the Falstaff evaluation of a Van Volxem: animating, with elegant but emphatic power development and a very long reverberation.
    • Nose
      90 90
      On the first impression extremely fruity (overripe). A basket of juicy, sweet mirabelle plums, peaches and apricots. Then there are chalky-mineral impressions and waxed cotton cloth. Maybe something like wet clay, a subtle earthiness. Flowery, fruity Pinot Blanc, enjoyed in the refreshingly cool stone cellar of a slate house. Delicately toasted, finely aromatic oak wood remains confidently in the background and leaves plenty of room for the other aromas to unfold. Something herbaceous and herbaceous also fits harmoniously into the overall picture. A beautiful nose that after the first sip also has a few very special, wonderfully noble botrytis notes in store for me (yay!).
    • Taste
      93 93
      Creamy-sour-sour-fresh, then immediately an overwhelmingly powerful association of old, long-aged Rieslings (large plants, old vines, Beerenauslese - sigh!), Including a wine cellar (slate walls, well ventilated). Really a great mineral structure, fruity with lively, well-integrated acidity. As if that wasn't enough, toast, brioche and shortcrust pastries are added and make the mouth feel fuller again, hmmmm! The wood contributes a very fine flavor.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Crazy, this incredibly delicious, deep, highly concentrated ancient Riesling feeling. I've never had it like this before. Heavy, almost molasses-like grape must. Again very discreet, elegant-aromatic, vanilla-tofee-like, finely spicy oak wood. All of this lasts a long time and makes the tongue pleasantly dry, while at the same time stimulating my saliva flow. With an invigorating vibration, it stays on the palate for ages.

  2. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A classic up-and-coming Ben Nevis nose in bourbon, but there is an overabundance of acidity and wood in the body and finish, which spoils the overall impression
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh, open, fruity. Peaches and citruses, flower honey, wax and attic dust, barberry candies, a little varnish and wood.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Lemon juice with spices and peppers, wood, green, unripe apricots, strong black tea without sugar
    • Finish
      88 88
      Citruses, dry wood and iron, long and dry

  3. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    great nevis96! creamy (creamy), with hints of herbs, cucumber)) dense and with a good balance 2'3'2'3
    • Nose
      90 90
      cream, cucumber, light floral notes
    • Taste
      90 90
      creamy, with a pinch, dense
    • Finish
      89 89
      holds well, warms up nicely

  4. Astrid scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Doesn't like to open up (to me), although the alcohol is not ideally involved. With water, it loses too much of its strength and appears unbalanced. Occasionally, however, it becomes clear that he is 23 years old.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Creamy vanilla with chopped almonds and hazelnuts, dried dates and sticky caramel, red currants, cherries, dark chocolate, prunes and almost ripe plums, aromatic oak with tingling spice, lime, hints of biscuit and honey, a little banana and apricot
    • Taste
      86 86
      spicy oak with cardamom and pepper, malty grain notes, slightly oily, coconut and many other nuts, cloves, prunes, grapefruit, banana and vanilla, pure it is slightly astringent, I lack the complexity here
    • Finish
      84 84
      dry, malt, walnuts with a touch of dark chocolate, spicy oak, pepper, banana and vanilla, a touch of nuts, slightly grassy, strong, but without emphasis or finesse

  5. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Nebuchadnezzar scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  7. vlad78 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Hoh, it reminded me of my childhood. 27 school in Vladikavkaz and when we were taken from lessons to the Philharmonic Hall, listen to classical music. Since then, Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Shostakovich, and Bach have been playing their works in my head. And now for more details: there was a bread called brick. Everyone in the USSR will understand me. But it was the same, only rich, sweet, yeast-like, with a buttery dough, with a toasted crust, generously sprinkled with powdered sugar. And I even remember the saleswoman, who then lost her mind... But that's not what I'm talking about.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Muffin, powdered sugar, bread with raisins. And October. The leaves is still on the trees, but you can already feel the approach of cold weather. Cinnamon. I dipped my nose into Glencairn again and felt the living flora enveloping the cask.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is rich, sweet, yeasty and seasoned with spices. Cappuccino with coriander. Candy.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Aftertaste of sugar, which was burned in butter, bay leaf, buckwheat honey and sealing wax with honeycombs.

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Shows what it can do on the palate, but in total it is too peppery / spicy / extractive / astringent for me compared to other things than nineties Nevis, with a bit too loud wood.
    • Nose
      88 88
      First find it closed and, above all, characterized by naturally cloudy apple juice and a slight spiciness. After a bit of waiting, peach pulp and marshmallow are added first, then caramel from the wood, and finally a slightly bitter herbiness - bay leaf or sage, maybe. Without the addition of water, it doesn't really impress me.
      With water, however, it opens nicely and quickly. Mineral and earthy notes emerge, plus warm coconut milk, the texture becomes waxy, oily, greasy. Warm wood tones, more sweetness and fullness - whereby the fruitiness still remains rather subliminal.
      87 points without, 89 with water.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Flawless 96 Nevis on the palate, with a full load of peach iced tea, elderflower syrup, apricot jam, and fat oiliness. Thyme honey, sprigs of rosemary, charcoal, cinnamon and caramelized brown sugar. Sweet, fruity, full, but with a bit of tangy and spicy oak notes. Without water, it tends to be too biting and peppery for me.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Very tasty, with honey sweetness, peach fruitiness and crisp wood that conveys a note of dry straw and still a lot of heat. Dries out the mouth very much. In addition, quite succinctly; could be longer.

  9. robain scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
      Oaky, rough, oak, exotic, pear, raspberry, new oak, tofffee
    • Taste
      90 90
      sweet, salt, dry, exotic fruits, vanilla, coconut
    • Finish
      88 88
      tropical fruits, some oak bitterness

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