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Overall rating
89.33/100
votes
5
Whiskybase ID
WB189695
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Vintage
1997
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Bourbon
Casknumber
7687
Number of bottles
240
Strength
47.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Aug 2021 11:46 am by UisgePunk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 230.95

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5 × member ratings

16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1997 VM

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.33 points

  1. aspa scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    nose
    It flows extremely sweet and fruity out of the glass. Sugared fruit salad, with a little vanilla sugar on top and a light perfume. Wonderful, I love such sweet fruit bombs. There is also a certain spice, almost slightly salty or mineral, which gives the dram a very interesting depth. For me, that's what distinguishes this Highlander from a fruit bomb such as older Glenturrets. Mango, papaya, citrus fruits with a slight acidity, passion fruit and apricots, with green apples and rock sugar. A hint of liquid blossom honey and again in between these slightly mineral aromas. Some mint? The alcohol is good, but not perfect, incorporated. The citrus fruits then show a clear tendency towards oranges and orange peel.

    taste
    It continues exactly the same, but the dram is now soft and round with the alcohol perfectly integrated - but still very powerful. It has an oily consistency and shows the spicy and malty side a little more. The fruit and the sweetness remain, but there are significantly more spicy oak and oily-salty Highland aromas. Vanilla, but now mixed with oak and sawdust. Creme brulee? Waxy, slightly mineral - you could almost think of another distillery - and then again mixed fresh herbs. But all of this still has an extremely soft and smooth texture in the mouth. Delicious and very interesting!

    Exit
    long and again soft, creamy and oily. now even more oak with its typical spicy, slightly bitter and also sweet taste. A little vanilla and more oranges. The taste evaporates relatively quickly, which is a shame, but luckily you can just take the next sip :-) A worthy conclusion, because there is a lot to discover here too, and I would most likely call the combination of the aromas "harmonious." "- and that fits!

    Conclusion
    I like the nose very much, while the taste and finish are very pleasant, tasty and also very interesting. This dram has everything I want from an older, barrel-strong Highlander - clearly a buy recommendation - simply a pleasure! Only the price should have been a little lower, but you have to get used to it for better or for worse ...

    N-93, T-92, F-90 for excellent 92 points
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Nicely "dusty" and mellowed-out, old ex-bourbon nose. Not as exuberantly fruity as the 1997 "duck label" from Whisky-Fässle, but good in its own right. Elderflower and peach cocktail, a heavy, oily impression, a mineralic side and some slightly incongruous lactic notes all combine into a fun nosing experience. Gets sweeter with time in the glass.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mild attack, gets then juicier and livelier, with a a nice fruity boost toward the back. Here at the end, honeyed peach vies for prominence with elegantly tart oak. At the beginning, it seems like the strength could be higher as it veers on the edge of becoming too thin, but it rounds a corner as the spices kick in and ends gracefully in a lush, fruit-cocktail kind of finale. The mouthfeel really develops nicely. It's best at the very end when it goes down the throat and reaches the apex of its fruity side.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Melon, peach cobbler, blood orange, straw, sawdust, engine oil. Perhaps a bit more oaky than I would've ideally liked, but still very nice.

  3. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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