Ben Nevis 2012 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Wood Range - Sherry Cask
Stated Age
08 years old
Number of bottles
56.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 apr 2021 1:35 pm by Luigisim
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 85.54

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 2012 CA

13 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.31 points.

  1. LordBellamy scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    with water: he can tolerate water very well - conclusion: is that still whisky? Typical new modern dark sherry style that so many lovers like today... unfortunately not for me. Too many bitter substances, too much wood, too much sherry, too young, no balance
    • Nose
      Solid sherry, but not the sweet sherry, but spicy, cocoa, lovage, herbs (Ramazotti??), Ricola herbal sugar, plus a lot of wood and a subtle hint of smoke
    • Taste
      not as fat as expected, of course mainly dark, spicy sherry, peppery note, oak
    • Finish
      medium to short, sherry, herbs, cocoa, wood, dry, bitter

  2. Gregorsky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  3. u485tfu scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    dirty sherry, mon cherie on oak, somehow I still find it delicious

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    leather, dark fruits, cocoa, hay, cereals, burnt sugar, strong modern sherry, not bad per se but not very interesting either

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2021] I found this dram in this year's advents calendar...

    ...and this is not a whisky to me, not at all. I suggest to define a new drinks category for such stuff because all of the malt is both completely drowned in the sherry and stabbed-to-death by the wood. I really want to meet these super-noses and super-tasters who are able to identify spirit-driven malt flavours in such a drink (let alone a distillery-specific profile) to ask them how I can better train my stupid olfactory cells and dumb taste buds. But I never met one so far, unfortunately.
    • Nose
      76 76
      The colour is very dark for a just 8-years old at russetmuscat which looks as if a wet cask was involved. The nose confirms that suspicion because it is completely dominated by modern (young) sherry aromas. Where is the malt? I am jealous on all these super-noses who are able to identify malt-driven aromas in this sherry-drowned drink - my olfactory cells surrender, sorry folks.
    • Taste
      78 78
      The taste is high-proof young (unmatured) sherry wine, nothing else. Sorry, but I prefer any solera-matured plain sherry wine over such a bizarre dram because these wines do not own such unpleasant bitter-tannic notes from the virgin wood of the wet cask. (All casks in a solera system have to be tannic-free before they are build-in which is why it is stupid to say any whisky matured in ex-solera casks. There is no whisky maturation in ex-solera casks at all because their wood is and has to be dead, dead, dead!).
    • Finish
      75 75
      The initial mouthfeel is hot, hot, hot! - very alcoholic and punchy with significant drying-astringent moments and no coating effect, I do not like such a mouthfeel at all. The finish is rather short (again: Where is the malt?) and displays just the young winey flavours in a bitter-drying tannic finale. Is this whisky? Sorry folks, not for me. Water takes away the hotness (because of the reduced abv) but releases no new impressions, no malt aromas or malt flavours show up. The malt is dead, long live the sherry!

  6. Joschbert scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Typical dark soup as they are so common right now. Nice sweet and sour balance in the nose, lets the distillery shine through a little. Otherwise a lot of chocolate and cloves, delicate bitterness. The finish remains pretty boring.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. dram-drinker scored this whisky 84 points Photo Moderator

    Modern sherry style - kind of OK but not my favorite
    • Nose
      85 85
      Vinous, red wine, liquorice, nuts and raisins, hints of fresh rubber, cherry, hints of balsamico vinegar, oak wood, hints of sherry, dark chocolate
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, creamy, mellow, subtle sweetness, more nuts and raisins, vinous notes, chocolate, little balsamico vinegar, little sherry, rubber, hints of leather, spices, pepper, little toffee
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long, warm, spicy, peppery, little sherry, dark chocolate

  8. gaboruso scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. dapoinbua scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

  10. STL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  11. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A huge sherry kick right out of the bottle with a touch of character still present within it. This is not a sweet dram, think more americano than caramel macchiato. For the RRP, a no brainer. Value (£50) : 9/10
    • Nose
      Full of dark rich notes upfront. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Tart cherries, orange peels, plums and dried figs. Some Muscovado sugar but not overwhelmingly so. A light element of golden syrup as well. Some slightly salted hazelnuts or peanuts mixed in with raisins and sultanas. Very meaty spirit, reminding me of barbecued meats but without the smoke. It has a touch of damp dunnage which I really enjoy. Ginger heat brings it to life and light aniseed notes.
    • Taste
      Like the palate, this is like a very dark 80% cocoa chocolate. Deep roast coffee and tobacco dominate initially with more of that damp dunnage on the palate. Some sweetness comes through in the form of a dash of salted caramel. An almost unsweetened cola like flavour now. Again that meaty characteristic comes through like unsmoked bacon in the morning. More dried fruits with dried figs and orange peels. The heat is mild cracked black pepper now.
    • Finish
      The finish is again all dark chocolate going on and on. It's long and slightly drying but full of that dark rich flavour. Light touches of salted meats compliment this with more of that golden syrup.

  12. Tokyo_Zurich did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Cadenhead tasting notes:
    Nose: Creme brûlée crackling, vanilla, red cola
    Palate: pancakes, streaky bacon, maple syrup
    Finish: Dates, orange peel, nutmeg

  13. BestOfWest did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Sorry but what idiot buys an 8 year old Scotch with an issue date April 2021 for € 270.00 at an average sales price of € 90.00.


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