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Ben Nevis 1995 WD

Overall rating
89.47/100
votes
104
Whiskybase ID
WB174218
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whisky-Doris (WD)
Bottling serie
Art Nouveau
Vintage
11.1995
Bottled
08.2019
Calculated age
23 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
653
Number of bottles
300
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Jan 2021 9:16 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 399.00

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168 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1995 WD

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.47 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The intense sherry aroma dominates from the start, and over time a variety of new and interesting aromas are added. Tobacco, earth, leather, a variety of red, dark grapes and berries, especially juicy sour cherries. Complex, multi-layered, intense and incredibly tasty!

    23/23/22/23 (91P)
    • Nose
      Reddish amber shines in the Premium Snifter while juicy sour cherries and dark sweet fruits are noticeable immediately after pouring. Hints of wet tobacco leaves, crumbs of dark chocolate and a handful of sweet raisins plus a hint of sour blackberries and shortbread cookies. I give the malt the opportunity to breathe for a few minutes, in the meantime a multitude of thick and oily "legs" pull their endless paths back into the glass. Sweet tobacco with a minimal smoky note, a touch of earth and malty grain, dark sour cherries and sweet dried fruits, the nose noticeably gains aromas and intensity.
    • Taste
      Dark sherry flavors make their way over the tongue with bitter wood tones, a peppery spiciness tickles the tip of the tongue while dark chocolate mixes with creamy hazelnuts. Brine dissolves from spicy wooden elements, sour cherries and currants merge with blackberries and abrasions from dried grapefruit peel, again dark earth tones with a "dirty" touch appear. Wet leaves float creamy and oily under the tongue, fresh herbs and spices appear. The alcohol is wonderfully harmoniously integrated, tobacco and hints of wet leather gradually come to the fore.
    • Finish
      Dark, dried fruits stick to the palate with sometimes bitter wood tones, voluminous warmth floods the palate, the mouthfeel becomes noticeably more oily and greasy. In the background there is again this dirty and earthy note ... The interesting and intense aftertaste lingers on the palate for a long time and leaves a smeary film on the tongue.

  2. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Chocolate, Genmaicha (brown rice tea), earth and a bit smoke from roasted mushroom. Brownie, toffee, mandarin orange. There's also some sulfur and rotten pipe.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Cherry, toffee, then more cherry skin. Purple grapes plus some citrus peel. Tannin.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A bit of dirty chocolate, old wood, nutmeg. Then a hit-back of cherry after approx. a minute.

  3. aspa scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    nose
    Soft, almost velvety, dark fruits, unobtrusive, very well integrated alcohol. Plum compote, but also very tart and spicy. More tart than sweet. Maple syrup and extremely spicy forest honey, somehow sweet, but very subdued, dark, boiled down and always tart and spicy. Sour cherry! Leather, some cinnamon, cigar smell / tobacco but without smoke (if you smell it without igniting). Wet rotten wood? Dates are slowly added, blackberries and burnt brown sugar.

    taste
    Significantly stronger, but still with very well integrated alcohol. Immediately mouth-filling, an explosion of dark sherry flavors. Preserved plums, leather, tobacco, but also red and dark berries, cinnamon and still a nice game between now a little more sweetness and tart-spicy aromas. Spice market, dried fruits and raisins. For me it is still more tart with oak and slightly bitter - the sweetness hides a number behind it. Then again a lot of leather and tobacco, and some wet wood. Blackberries here too.

    Exit
    Medium-long and bitter-bitter, now clear sherry flavors and still cinnamon, leather and tobacco. However, it still warms the palate with very well integrated alcohol. The woody-bitter note in the aftertaste is delicious and shows a successful, old sherry barrel maturation.

    Conclusion
    A delicious sherry bomb that shows typical Ben Nevis fruitiness for me, but has taken a lot from the barrel. Easy to drink, tasty, complex, appropriate to the age. An enjoyment!
    N-91, T-90, F-90 for very good 90 points
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Powerful, rich, interesting. But I would never have recognized Ben Nevis blindly here, very much reminded the release of Bunnahabhain Feis Ile 2019 in Sautern
    • Nose
      Rich and dense, salty nuts, tobacco leaves, leather, dried prunes, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      butter with tobacco leaves, raw leather, persimmon with cream, cherries in cognac, tartar
    • Finish
      lemons with cream, raw skin, strong cold black tea

  5. mothers_finest scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the Nevis (WID 67158) I would prefer the Doris .... Delicious malt!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. wehrwolf scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    The second Nevis from yesterday's set.
    This Nevis, for me, is autumn-winter. In summer you will not drink it)
    The first nose is tobacco and leather. Gradually add nuts, cream and autumn fallen leaves.
    Taste: aromatic notes became flavored and spices (white pepper and paprika) were added. Tongue pinched well)
    The finish is well warming. If you drink dram in volume as a generous Cherkasy, the evening was a success) In addition, you need to drink it near the fireplace and under a blanket in a rocking chair) So you can stick for 2-3 hours)
    22.5 + 22.5 + 22.5 + 22.5 = 90

  7. Dramtastisch scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Immediately dark fruits caress the nose, delicious berries and light acidity, which go in the direction of currants before they are replaced by sour cherries. Then the fruit notes recede and something becomes drier, tobacco and something earthy, moist comes out. Then creamy sweetness (raisins).
    • Taste
      89 89
      Somewhat concealed by the nose, the Ben Nevis profile comes through in taste and finish. First a little dry and then a little sweet tobacco and raisins. Followed by gooseberries and currants with a pleasant acidity, which then changes to sour cherries.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish also starts with sour cherries, then a little dry tobacco, as if the tobacco pipe is about to run out. The dry, slightly fruity mouthfeel lasts for a while. The alcohol is always well integrated and not disturbing, the Ben Nevis does not need any water.

  8. Kegelbogen scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It is very important that the sherry does not overpower the base of the malt. In the case of this Nevis, everything is fine, if this whisky is poured to you blindly, you will recognize in your glass of Nevis. To the opponents of sulfur, I must say that it is here, but after 20 minutes you don't notice it.
    • Nose
      The first nose is sulfurous and something swampy. Patience 20 minutes and - dried pear, prunes with raisins, dark chocolate. Further peach blossom, a drop of honey and a pinch of pepper.
    • Taste
      The taste is the same chocolate with peach pieces. All the dry fruits that were in the aroma fade into the background and this is really harmonious.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. The aftertaste has chocolate, peaches and a sufficient amount of pepper, which warms even more.

  9. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    strong and rich in aroma, notes of skin, spices, berries continue in taste, the finish is longer than expected, alcohol is well integrated 22.5-22.5-22.5-22.5

  10. JoshNRW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Blue blinders at the Super Bowl, so only short notes for such a great whisky.
    He has a lot of character. Not just beautiful, but also edgy quality.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wow, finally a very own profile again, so exciting. Sherry with a difference. Lots of earth, dried out leather, spice, dark berries and some exciting note that I can't define.
      One of the best high quality, suspenseful drams I've had lately.
      Oh yes, that you don't even notice the 52% here is almost a matter of course.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Super dry, super development from spice to a sweet berry finish, the alcohol exactly as it should be here, powerful but not spicy. Actually even the optimal drinking and enjoyment strength.
    • Finish
      90 90
      90.5
      Lingers long and dry and has a positive wood note

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