Ben Nevis McDonald's Traditional

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
05 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 Jan 2012 10:13 pm

Average value

€ 63,75

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis McDonald's Traditional

48 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.75 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    For a Ben Nevis this Traditional is amazingly smoky and peaty, so smoky or peaty I did not remember Ben Nevis. Otherwise, the earthy, musty peat flavors harmonize very well with the subtle smoky notes and the partially present fruity sweetness. Still peaty smoke and creamy woody notes stick to the palate, subtle sharpness envelops the tongue, it seems as if the aftertaste never end. Although this Ben Nevis is sometimes relatively thin, it often shows its voluminous and powerful side, I like it well.
    • Nose
      Wonderfully shiny amber radiates from the Premium Snifter, oily drops drift along the glass wall. In the first nosing slightly Sprittiger alcohol stands out, slowly slightly musty roasted aromas appear. Dark raisins and apricots in rum appear for a brief moment, then velvety vineyard peach dominates in combination with slightly dirty peat. Here and there are smoky elements, the initial fruitiness is lost in dark earth tones. Abrasion of orange peel flashes, sweet fruit notes rise from the dark and peaty soil, hints of slightly burnt wood and dried walnuts follow. Slightly acidic fruit components stand out, they could be citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      Peaty and earthy, the Ben Nevis spreads on the first sip on the palate. White pepper creates a subtle sharpness on the tongue, dark and spicy wood tones combine with slightly musty and earthy moder. The initially very subtle smoke aroma becomes more intense and dominant, old walnuts fall into freshly squeezed lemon juice, creamy and soft spicy wood tones spread on the tongue. Sant and soft the second sip flows over the tongue, sweetness and fruit play together before decent sharpness spreads on the tongue again. Chubby warmth floods the entire mouth area, here and there the alcohol shows its powerful side. Chubby warm with tart earth and wood tones, the taste slowly turns into the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      While the heat slowly fades away, a small pinch of pepper settles over the tongue, spicy and slightly tart wood elements are distributed with dark walnuts on the palate. A creamy and oily mouthfeel arises, sweet fruit notes show up, slightly smoky wood elements stick to the palate. Long remain smoky elements and dark wood tones in connection with dark walnuts in memory.

  2. Dramned! scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I do not know how whisky tastes from the good old days, because that is supposed to reflect this Ben Nevis. At least it is complex in the nose and quite "different" and apart from the typical features, there are many new things to discover. Very full-bodied in the mouth and for a Ben Nevis with unusually much smoke. He has no age, but there are rumors that he should be six years old. The dominant Eichennoten but testify to much older barrels, of which not a few must be included here. I find it exciting and very unusual for a Ben Nevis. In the finish he is a bit too bitter for me, but that only minimizes the overall impression. A very successful special bottling, which absolutely meets the anniversary of the distillery - and compared to the massively hyped and overpriced anniversary bottlings of various Islay distilleries, this is pleasantly quiet and dignified. Very sympathic!
    • Nose
      Immediately I have Ben Nevis' signature dark chocolate with roasted cocoa in the nose - unmistakable. Then fine smoke and strong fruity sherry notes jostle forward. An oily-salty spiciness, brown cane sugar, a hint of oak, cinnamon and a few tart citrus notes - most likely orange peel - complete the complex picture.
    • Taste
      The onset is fierce - significantly more smoke on the palate and strong alcohol. A creamy sweetness of Demerara sugar and caramelized nuts, spicy fruit compote, fresh linseed oil and ripe peaches slosh aromatic over the tongue. Mild oak notes and bitter tannins become more and more dominant here in the nose.
    • Finish
      In the medium-long finish dominate mainly the smoke with an ashen bitterness, dry wood tones, grapefruit and some sweet sherry aroma.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A Scottish 5 years old, to follow!
    • Nose
      very fruity, on exotic fruits, on banana, on mandarin on cooked apple!
      soft smoke
      caramel, a buttered side too!
    • Taste
      peppery spices,
      pretty bland!
      the fruits are not so present, there is more honey there, and malt
      the smoke gives way to peat both dry and sooty and earthy!
    • Finish
      cold smoke, peat well present, but also discreet
      fruits again on tropical fruits, but less forward!
      caramel and vanilla.

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Surprisingly good malt. Some meat from the smoker. Then a campfire, in which one has just thrown a bunch of flowers. Then then sourer sweet and sour notes. Also some forest floor. Finally, the wood becomes noticeable.

    Good to drink, moderately smoky malt. He is not wrong.

  5. Bam scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Beautiful, harmonious whisky with a fairly clear smoky note, at about Talisker level (maybe 20ppm). Not really complex, but delicious.
    • Nose
      Sweet, yellow peach and yet quite strong smoke, reminiscent of a hot, clean burning log fire. Garden herbs and subtle oak spice.
    • Taste
      Silky mouthfeel. At first the 'clean' smoke and the yellow peach again. Then come vanilla and all sorts of spices from Annie and Kardermon to garden herbs.
    • Finish
      Long, characterized by smoke and oak, slightly kräutrig, and a bit of the peach and vanilla.

  6. feeroff scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22 + 22 + 22 + 21 = 87 as for 5 years, then a great batch

  7. LukasJakubDrabek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Very pleasant surprise and adept for the whole bottle. Quite similar to Ardmore. (Evaluated on a sample basis - this was a numbered edition.)
    • Nose
      As the first light smoke. Tobacco, cigar and smoked meat.
    • Taste
      Beautifully full and rounded. Slightly smoke, coffee, honey, hot pepper, butter biscuits, yolk cream. Adding water highlights sweetness.
    • Finish
      Rather drier. Dark chocolate and grass scape.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Cherry, peat smoke, apple, malt and caramel.
    • Taste
      Ashy peat, caramel, apple
    • Finish
      Peat, caramel, dark chocolate, apple and cherry.

  9. Kensay scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    young nevis, not bad in aromatics, vanilla, pastry sweets, svezhepilennaya board
    light bourbon, sweet
    the aftertaste is delicate and not very long.

    nice young nevis

  10. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This peated Ben Nevis brings some enjoyable moments, however, when you have had your share of non-peated Ben Nevis it slightly disappoints. I miss the complexity and some of the typical Ben Nevis notes.
    • Nose
      86 86
      There is lots of roasted meat, in particular roasted ribs, and pulled meat with sweet sauce. In addition, scents of oils and minerals in the background. It is different and characterful, something I often find in Ben Nevis, although the nose is not overly complex. Sunflower oil, crab, and after a while slightly more fruits (oranges), and vegetables like cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and barbecued paprika. All veggies are covered with hoisin sauce and oyster sauce. In between there is also a sweet hint of butterscotch.
    • Taste
      86 86
      On the palate the peat goes much more towards coal dust and cigar ashes, mixed with a tiny bit of lime skin scrapings. Wait a little while and you find more oranges, orange sweets, and much less smoke. The palate is less meaty compared to the nose, although I certainly find hints of barbecued meat or chicken skin. The palate is also better balanced with more lime skin, some orange skin, lime skin acidity more to the front, bonfires smoke.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is reasonable long with bonfire smoke, smoked oranges, and buttered toast.


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