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Ben Nevis 1962 Single Blend

Overall rating
88.73/100
votes
46
Category
Blend
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Blended at Birth
Vintage
1962
Bottled
2002
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 May 2011 11:32 pm
Uncolored

Average value

€ 1122.13

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1962 Single Blend

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.73 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2017]  This is very interesting stuff.  During the fifties and sixties the Ben Nevis distillery operated both malt and grain stills on its site.  In 1962 someone decided for whatsoever reason to create a "Single Blend" by putting both Ben Nevis malt and Ben Nevis grain into one cask.  Maybe it was a mistake, who knows?

    So this single blend was blended at birth and the malt and grain of Ben Nevis had 40 long years to marry each other.  The result is astonishing.  A very smooth yet complex dram that demands quite some time to discover all of its secrets. By the way, these bottles were sold for about 150 Euro at the distillery shop only.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is pale straw (after 40 years!) and the nose offers a subtle and delicate profile of fruits (oranges), nutty (almonds), caramel, summer floral (roses) aromas and some notes of beeswax. All nicely balanced and without any off-note (and almost without any wood-driven aromas, too). After some breathing the toffee-vanilla aromas grow stronger while the fruits vanish.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is multi-layered on sweet (ruits, sugars) and bitter (nuts, tea) flavours with some spicy wooden notes. Later honeys and raisins pop up before these transform into waxes and oily notes. All is rather fragile but very delicate and entertaining. Water releases more herbal and spicy aromas in the nose and chalky-waxy flavours on the palate - I like this dram both neat and a little reduced.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate with a minor bitter-astringent feeling that is not distracting. The finish is long and adds some interesting leafy flavours that are very interesting. It turns more spicy towards the end with a minor bitter-drying moment that is not distracting either. A very enjoyable experience!

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/tomoh-weekend-special-the-main-event/

    N: Not sure anyone expected another Ben Nevis. Cunning! Notes are light, fleeting & varied and include funny clay, Fimo & insulation boards, lemon scented shaving foam, apple-y floral fruits and mineral hues. I’m sure another day would wield very different observations.

    T: Thin on the palate and blend-like, so much so I stuck my neck out for it being a 1960’s, malt-rich blend - steered in part by Phil. The minimum abv doesn’t do this 1962 vintage any great favours though it’s more than survived the passing of time. From a delicate sherry cask, I noted a desirable bone-dryness whilst Jacob intuitively spotted the medium-green fig note.

    F: More fig into a light, less bone-dry finish that concludes with a grape-y soup - grapes appearing more than once during this flight.

    C: Revealed, it’s a 50/50 blend from birth - noted by Phil as being down to [amongst other factors], the owner’s [let’s say], frugalness at the time.

    Scores a B

  3. cuhp scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Quite dusty. Honey is the dominating factor here. I my opinion, I think it would have been better if it was bottled, 3-7 years earlier. 
    • Nose
      Oranges, apricots, honey, tea, marzipan, cherries
    • Taste
      Tea, honey, wet paper, rhum agricole, bourbon
    • Finish
      Vanilla, nuts, cream, slighlty bitter, honey

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2012]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 156 Euro at the distillery shop in June, 2009. 

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 90.  Please see detailed review of a saved sample below.

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