- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 10 years old
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- New Label 2021
- Added on
- 09 Aug 2021 11:23 am by Tauti
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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.67 points
- Early first impressions - a little more orchard fruit and a little less funk than the recently discontinued edition of the 10 year old (with the previous packaging), along with a muesli mix of honey, nuts and raisins. Perhaps also a hint less creamy density and a little more bright orange oils. Quality still very high, and reassuringly still the Ben Nevis orchestra, just a tweak to the key and the arrangement of the instruments.
- A very well balanced single malt, very reminiscent of the Springbank 10 in my opinion. It has that industrial thing about it alongside just a light touch of funk which elevates this further. Very good. Value (£50) : 8/10
On the nose, white sweet initially, some light fruits such as tinned peaches, ripe apples some mandarins and ripe bananas. Darker notes of roast coffee and tobacco also present. Some almost, sherry-like notes of plums and dates here maybe. Sweet honey along with vanilla caramel. A heavy spirit is noticeable at its base, industrial in character. A layer of dunnage funk, almost farmyard like rounds it all up and gives it an additional complexity. Through all that, cereal malt notes still come through. Then the spice comes through, allspice and black pepper with a touch of nutmeg.
Creamy in mouthfeel, it also has a certain weight to it. The character here is quite in contrast with the nose, still a hint of light yellow fruit, those tinned peaches still present alongside some maltiness but now those dark notes really come through. Loads of tobacco leaves and heavy on bitter dark chocolate. There is also some old leather covered in orange and linseed oil. More honey nd vanilla balances it out, bringing that needed sweetness. That's definitely the heavy spirit character coming through there. Again that funk is present but not as forward. The black pepper warmth returns, along with some ginger spice and aniseed now.
Medium to long in length. Continues from the palate well, it starts off with that spice from the ginger and black pepper. As the warmth calms down, then those bitter dark chocolate and tobacco notes come forth alongside more linseed oil. The allspice and nutmeg from the nose return again on the finish with a minty aniseed.
- Sweet and well balanced, relatively cheap, and still affordable. I hope the price doesn't rise due to a certain French man's influence.
- It needs time in the glass / 15 min +
- The nose is great, very waxy and fruity, the palate adds dry white wine and lots of mineral notes. The finish is short and waxy. It’s not very complex but what it does it does very well. The surprise to me is how straightforward of a dram this is, it never goes off piste. If you like the wacky side of Ben Nevis this may disappoint you, but to me this is a success.
PS: I have now tried this head to head vs Springbank 10 and Clynelish 14 and they are different yet alike. The Clynelish is the smoothest, the Springbank the roughest while the Ben Nevis bridges the two. Quality wise they are on par to me, which one I prefer depends on my mood on a given day.
- This is the best expression of the chocolate/coffee/orange/leather profile I've had to date. It is present at every stage and is ruthlessly effective and enjoyable as it surfaces and sinks repeatedly throughout the other present flavours. Clear sweetness and dryness without it being too sweet or too dry.
Despite being 5.4% lower ABV than NWFTB this is hotter than I anticipated from the nose and just in general. It all works in the mix, though.
Whereas I wouldn't say that the whisky that contains this is "watered down", I will say that Ben Nevis is tangibly the backbone, providing much of the character and sequential narrative that I recognised.
Immediately there is a warm and deeply charismatic announcement of rich, dark chocolate covered coffee beans, orange oil and new leather. Some prunes, and rum raisin are also billed, but take a back seat, content in their complimentary roles. Further supporting cast members include delicate vanilla wafer, foreshadowing allspice and a non-speaking part for liquorice root.
As the curtain rises, stagehands of confectionery sugar and limoncello fumes can briefly be glimpsed, clearing the stage for the arrival of a dry but crema-creamy opening monologue of further desiccated fruits, with a mildly tropical accent. The headline mocha, orange oil and leather trio step forward into the spotlight, their harmony and presence now fully illuminated, only for a sudden scene change of ginger rising through dry ice, heralding a plot twist lead by a gloriously mutinous trio of black and white pepper and allspice.
Continuing without an interval, the theatrical spice threesome heatedly battle for supremacy, both peppers quickly succumbing and repositioning themselves with ginger as loudly humming background singers. Once again chocolate coffee, orange and leather step forward to deliver a touching finale and then, as they take a bow sasparilla and cola nut try to sneak on stage for autographs.
- This is still a great 10yo, A little bit more bitter, citrusy then the last label 10yo. I need to find another bottle mine is 1/2 gone already .This has to be the best 10yo around atm, If you can find it