Ben Nevis 10-year-old

Overall rating
85.29/100
votes
162
Whiskybase ID
WB189581
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml 700 ml
Label
New Label 2021
Bottle code
L21-0839
Barcode
5026673000234
Added on
09 aug 2021 11:23 am by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 78.23

88 × in wishlist

162 × member ratings

380 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old

45 users have left 45 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.29 points.

  1. erwinnlim scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

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  3. TomAndIngrid scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    The world doesn't need it.
    • Nose
      81 81
      herbs, fruit (pear), wood
    • Taste
      78 78
      Fresh wood, briefly vanilla, herbal chemistry, tart
    • Finish
      75 75
      medium long, bitter

  4. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 11-26-2022. 86-87

  5. andertoma scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Rough, spicy, raw, I want to love this, but it is hard

  6. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. JJKATED scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Ideal-price
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. besar scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  9. Acetate scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Still a good dram, good to have it back but not on par with the 10y I fell in love with a decade ago
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Thoma scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  11. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ben Nevis Session

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/161626/ben-nevis-macdonalds-traditional
    85-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/189581/ben-nevis-10-year-old
    87-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/199690/ben-nevis-2008-ba
    86+

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/99426/ben-nevis-1996-dl
    88-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/170977/ben-nevis-batch-7-tbwc
    91-

    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/134068/ben-nevis-1991-sv
    91+
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  12. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ben Nevis 10yo 46% (Old) [WB: 177882] vs. Ben Nevis 10yo 46% (New) [WB: 189581]

    So the two are different in color. Also in the nose a clear difference. Old Nevis is not only darker visually, but also in the nose and mouth. The old 10 just looks fuller and richer. While one could blindly appreciate the old bottling a little older, the new bottling is definitely believed to be 10 years old. The wood notes are also tart, stronger and more mature in the old Nevis. In comparison, the new bottling still looks quite youthful and sparkling. I think it's nice that the new one still has the Nevis distillery character.

    Overall, the old 10 clearly won for me. You can drink the new bottling quite well, but for me it is not a purchase candidate. Especially with the currently called prices of around 80 €.

  13. gaboruso scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. JBKwb scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. maltman55 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      malty, and pleasantly sweet
    • Taste
      88 88
      round, tasty, hints of sherry & rum, somewhat edgy
    • Finish
      87 87
      pleasant, becoming dry towards the end

      Conclusion: Pleasant and drinkable whisky, but I miss the distinctive. Where is your character?

  16. JoshNRW scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This is not a whisky for the blender glass, because there a clear New Make note is too present. In the Glencairn glass it appears much more voluminous and offers more aromas.

    All in all an average, but exciting Highland whisky, which already has its own character for the key data. However, that is to be expected given the high price. However, I don't need a bottle of this as it's not the flavor profile I like, as I only like those grassy flavors in mature and oily whiskys.
    • Nose
      86 86
      In contrast to the Blenders, there is a slight peat-sulphur note here, which is not there in the Blenders glass. I wouldn't call the whisky smoky though.
      Behind it, the whisky also appears darker than in Blenders. A sweetness of wildflower honey and hazelnut liqueur is present in the middle. The grassy citrus notes from the beginning are always present and often gain the upper hand.

      Orange peels can also be found in this colourful, not always perfectly balanced mix of aromas.
    • Taste
      85 85
      On the palate again a grassy citrus note and relatively subtle sweetness and a dry, tart spiciness.

      Unfortunately, it's not quite my cup of tea and overall it still seems relatively young and, despite the drinking strength, a bit too alcoholic, too mineral and not round.
    • Finish
      84 84
      The mouthfeel is not oily and, like the palate, is comparatively harsh and dry for the 46 percent.

  17. Sporx scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Spicy, acid, nut, vanilla

    taste
    Light fruity, spicy, herbs, chili catcher, sweet

    finish
    Medium length, spicy, sweetish, somewhat watery

  18. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. gerrit de guru scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Compared to the previous batches indeed a little rougher and more citrus notes. The spirit shines through a little more and the fruitiness make it a rather fresh edition of the ten. Same score as the last batch before with the old livery. For some reason hard to obtain, which is a shame.

  20. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Very pure and malty. Def. Less cask and especially sherry influence compared to the previous version(s).
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  21. VEF206 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Tordeaux scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  23. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Shoplink Moderator

    Ralfy review 928: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLkDOxa--Wk (73/100).

    "Oh, that's young. Very distinctive notes of well-rounded new make spirit. ... Reminds me little bit of some lightly rested tequilas."

    vs

    89/100 from Angus @ Whiskyfun.com: http://www.whiskyfun.com/archiveseptember21-2-Glenlivet-Bladnoch.html#180921

  24. lviz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nose : a bit dry. Cocoa powder, hazelnuts and smoke. A bit later some fruits are comming. As time goes by, fruits getting more lively . Plate : nice, but this is 10yeras old, not like some other older batches with some older casks inside. A bit oily, spicy, smoky with fruits and dryness saying hello as well (imagine hazelnut shell and wood). Very easy to finish your dram, so be careful, it's a bit dangerous. Has no big body like some older version but it's still a very good 10years old highland malt with his own character.

  25. Hsh scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    The acidity of sour yogurt and the character of sherry from fresh to fresh are interesting.
    It has a low ripeness, so you can feel the spirit power.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A lighter version of Ben Nevis compared to the previous 10YO. Grassier, fruitier and a lot of floral notes.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. MrYens scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  28. HKWhiskyExplorer scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    S 7
    Clean & easy, not complex but professionally crafted. A rather smooth one judging from the nose. Will take a blender's glass to get more notes from it.

    [78-82] Good buy when I've extra money to spend, most whisky stays within this band.

    N 25
    First off a clean, young, refreshing sandalwood aroma. Then a handful of fresh citric fruit. Some new make sweetness. Touch of toffee malt developing. Baselined by spices (white pepper, nutmeg)

    P 25
    Very fruity (stone fruit), barley sugar. Oaky & malty. Slowly getting some new leather notes. Then oak spices & refreshing menthol arrive at the end.

    F 3
    Short finish. All spices. A bit dry at the edge. Subtlely fruity in the background.

  29. holborndrinker scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    A drink to serve to visitors - you don't have to rink it and they may take the hint and not come again...alright, but underwhelming.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Sour apples, weetabix and a dash of nail varnish.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Difficult to describe - quite a thick mouthfeel, faint trace of apple, weak spice, slightly anonymous.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Fairly short and a little flat.

  30. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  31. Joschbert scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  32. mothers_finest scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I absolutely agree with LDB. I actually have hazelnut cream and a bit of caramel on my nose. Somehow cool. A stable malt on the palate and finish, but the nose really deserves a plus point in terms of attention. Good PLV.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  33. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Look nice 10s. Comes close to the 2017 bottling, just has a little less ... character. I like it very much.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  34. yggr scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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

  35. Ed Radour scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

  36. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Somewhat weird Nevis. Definitely with older ones
    Components, but it doesn't quite ignite for me.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Smells like .... hazelnut liqueur, Caramac bar,
      and after a while there is a subtle fruitiness with elderberry, an oily impression, a slight hint of glue.
    • Taste
      86 86
      There is a wave of elderflower syrup, then quickly Grandma’s cupboard wall with a mixture of fondor, old oil and meat broth. Everything is very balanced and smooth.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Tipping over into woodiness a bit quickly, what a shame, the tannins come out a bit too clearly.

  37. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great, very fruity, light smoke, great balance. For Fridays
    • Nose
      88 88
      Creamy vanilla, desert dough, sour ripe pear, and very light fruity smoke
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy sweet slight sour juicy pear, lemon peel oil with light peaty floral smoke
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium, floral smoke, very fruity, vanilla

  38. thierryziegler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  39. YD84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely brilliant. There's diesel and chocolate and vinegar and melon and citrus and flowers and caramel and chilli powder and creamy vanilla and leather, and it all somehow works! A smidge of water doesn't make it better or worse, it just brings out different flavours and subdues others.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  40. geriud scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  41. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Sweet and well balanced, relatively cheap, and still affordable. I hope the price doesn't rise due to a certain French man's influence.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  42. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It needs time in the glass / 15 min +
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  43. sengaia scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

  44. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  45. BenNevis scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    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

  46. OJK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    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.

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