Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Mossburn - Distillers & Blenders (MDB)
Stated Age
09 years old
Finish Madeira Hogshead
Number of bottles
57.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Added on
22 aug 2022 11:32 am by notesofmalt
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 75.00

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6 × member ratings

13 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 2012 MDB

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.00 points.

  1. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Fun malt, but you'd need to like Ben Nevis as is and give it time to breath. Not so much to my liking from a freshly opened bottle but progress is in the works and despite its remaining intensity in flavor makes it more balanced and palatable over time with the alcohol being quite well-integrated. Madeira cask works well, too. I'd second that it is not an easy malt, but distinguished malt lovers may find it to their liking! :-)

  2. notesofmalt scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I already had Ben Nevis. Some, but never with a Madeira finish. Let's go:

    Ben Nevis 2012 - 2022, 9 years, 57.7% alc. Bottler: Mossburn for whiskykanzler.de. Aging: Post-aging in Madeira barrels (hogshead). No. 403 Nose: The whisky starts out deeply fruity and at the same time pleasantly smoky, the typically dirty Ben Nevis smoke, both together keep the aromas closely interwoven. I smell prunes and Mirabelle plums, plus orange zest and apricot jam, in between dark gravy and balsamic vinegar cream. For a moment the Ben Nevis gets dirtier, I think of earth and wood smoke, then fruitier again with canned tangerines and briefly even really flowery and honey-sweet. In the background I find white chocolate with grapes and fudge. A very complex nose.

    Palate: Intense, a lot of oranges and tangerines in the first impression, plus cocoa butter and thin coffee, maybe a hint of gooseberries and cherries. Then I have to think of dark pizza crust before the Ben Nevis then becomes much spicier. The alcohol is well integrated, while the smoke, together with a strong spice component, occupies the tongue. Pepper, allspice, cloves and a slight ginger spiciness.

    Finish: Long, in addition to grapefruit and tangerines, there is also a surprising amount of oak and a long cinnamon note. Cinnamon and cayenne pepper are long-lasting.

    Conclusion: Not an easy Ben Nevis, but that already requires the basic character. In return you get a beautifully complex nose and an exciting taste, and the finish is also convincing. 86/100 points (2022)


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