Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Sansibar (Sb)
Stated Age
24 years old
Ex-Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
43.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
29 Dec 2020 10:49 am by Flo1337
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199.90

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 Sb

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.61 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Extremely long and oily streaks are still sticking to the glass wall, what a fantastic sight! 24 years of aging in a Bourbon Cask have left their mark: vanilla, apricots, mirabelle plums, herbs, lots of wood and nothing compared to a Ben Nevis from a Sherry Cask. With this type of barrel, the tart and spicy wood tones dominate, but the fruity notes unfortunately fall by the wayside. Nevertheless, a very interesting and tasty bottling with a lot to discover.

    22/22/22/23 (89P)
    • Nose
      In the Premium Snifter, light caramel shimmers, thick and oily "legs" adorn the glass wall, while creamy apricots and velvety peaches gently rise from the glass. More yellow fruits come into their own, slightly floral and grassy, mirabelle plums and quinces are followed by hints of sweet apples and ripe pears. Spicy wood tones and meadow herbs appear discreetly with a touch of dried vanilla pod, the alcohol is wonderfully soft and mild. A touch of cane sugar and old mint, hints of milk chocolate and toffee, the nose is incredibly mild and yet very complex and multi-layered.
    • Taste
      A mixture of spicy wood and dark yellow fruit makes its way through the mouth after the first sip, a minimal pinch of white pepper envelops the tongue and lines the palate with a mild spiciness. The spicy wood tones become more intense, apricots and apples appear dark, hazelnuts swim tartly in the stimulated saliva under the tongue. Grassy and floral elements appear again, fresh meadow herbs and vanilla pods emerge and end in tart and spicy wooden elements. After another sip, the peppery spiciness on the tongue intensifies, the saliva is massively stimulated again, grassy walnuts mingle with tart and sometimes bitter wood tones.
    • Finish
      Unripe walnuts stick to the palate with tart wood tones, white pepper massages the tip of the tongue while grassy and floral elements reappear. Dark, yellow fruit notes rest flat and muted on the palate, the pleasant sharpness slowly fades on the tongue and stimulates the flow of saliva again. Nuts, a touch of wet leaves, spicy and creamy wood tones, fresh herbs and sweet caramel, the aftertaste burns off a firework of aromas before it gradually fades and leaves an oily or greasy film on the tongue.

  2. WhiskyNotes scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior


    Nose: instead of the waxy and tropical 1996’s that we’ve come to love, this one starts mashy, even a tad rubbery. Hints of yoghurt and gravel. Lemons, green apples and grapefruits make it brighter after a while. Back to dough and herbal notes. There are flashes of pineapple and peach as well, but they never really come to the fore.

    Mouth: fruitier now, showing unripe nectarines, grapefruits and green banana, but still not the fruit bomb we were hoping for. The fruits are overtaken by grassy notes and oak spice (mainly ginger and white pepper), walnuts and citrus peel. Plenty of herbs again.

    Finish: medium, with pepper, citrus peels as well as some floral notes.

    We may only remember the highflyers, but in reality we’ve had very different scores for seemingly similar casks of Ben Nevis 1996. They weren’t all convincing. This one is not a bad dram but it suffers from comparison.

  3. ARDBERG scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    I can not follow the reviews and scores. Yes, Ben Nevis as a name has weight, but to me this is an immature whisky probably out of a 4+th fill cask that was not able to provide any depth to the whisky. For what it is, a 24 yo @ around 200 Eu, I'd have to put the score at 65 or even lower. Though, this is drinkable, has a nice fruity floral malty component that hides some of the immaturity with its sweetness, but apart from that an utter disappointment. You want proof of that? Look here: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/166702/ben-nevis-1997-w-f

    So as a courtesy 80 points because it is drinkable...

    (5 cl samples each)

  4. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Nearly two and a half decades of maturation in an ex-bourbon cask gave this Ben Nevis single malt wonderful fruity aromas of ripe, yellow fruits, plenty of vanilla, plus floral notes, some herbs and a pleasantly warming and not too oaky spiciness. A malt for which you should take plenty of time to explore its complex variety of flavours in its entirety.

    I thank deinwhisky.de for the complimentary sample!

    • Nose
      Fruity start on the nose with notes of peach and apricot. Then fruit compote on toast, followed by herbal notes and spicy oak. In the background vanilla cream with fruity wine gum.
    • Taste
      At first, the wonderfully sweet fruit aromas of peach, apricot with a bit of banana dominate. Then a slightly warming spiciness with oak and white pepper expands before vanilla cream and floral notes take over.
    • Finish
      The finish is long and slightly warming with creamy vanilla. Becomes increasingly dry towards the end with oak and some allspice.

      With water: After the addition of a few drops of water fresher and fruiter on the nose with apricot and passion fruit, along with floral notes and a little more oak. Fruity also on the palate with peach, wine gum and juicy pineapple. Plus vanilla cream and slightly warming spicy notes of oak as well as a touch of pepper. The finish is a bit shorter and slightly warming with dried herbs, floral notes and dry oak.

  5. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Long lasting nose of smoked paprika
    • Taste
      89 89
      Wood, spicy and salty
    • Finish
      89 89
      Peated and warm

  6. zaphod155 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, the whisky starts out very promising and versatile. Unfortunately, the taste can't keep up here and the finish doesn't take place at all for me. Either I had a bad day or I'm not getting really warm with this Ben Nevis.
    • Nose
      It starts with distinct citrus notes, lemon and lime. In addition, a sugar-like sweetness. Then there are other fruits, apricot, peach, pineapple and apple. Vanilla comes to the front. Everything accompanied by a chilli heat. Last but not least, there are also spices.
    • Taste
      Here comes the vanilla first, then a slightly sugary sweetness and ripe light fruits. Spicy notes show up. Also a little light chocolate. The sharpness is not quite as clear as in the nose.
    • Finish
      I find the aftertaste extremely short. It disappears very quickly and is not remembered.

  7. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose: The first nose shows that there is a Ben Nevis in the glass. Nevertheless, this one is different from the one I've had in the glass before. Quite closed at the beginning, light fruity aromas of ripe lemons, green apples, unripe peaches and star fruit emerge over time. In addition, white chocolate and vanilla, some cake batter, but also tart notes. These go in the direction of bergamot, but also baking cocoa. Over time, the malt becomes a bit fleshy on the nose, along with cake herbs.

    Taste: Sweet lemon cream, peach, white pepper, again white chocolate. At the same time tart with grapefruit peel and Earl Gray. With the second sip, the fruit comes back. Peaches, light grapes, mirabelle plums, pears. In addition wormwood and thyme.

    Finish: medium. The grapes now bring the tannins with them. A little pepper remains and a sweet and sour citrus note remains.


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