Ben Nevis 1996 MoS

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Calculated age
16 years old
Sherry Hogshead
MoS 12054
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
29 nov 2012 10:06 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 152.50

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 MoS

12 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.80 points.

  1. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    This Ben Nevis has a very fine nose was, but in the palate the distillery’s character is drawn to the background. A shame really, because we know how good the Ben Nevis spirit is. Not the most recommendable bottling from 1996 in my opinion.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity with grassy notes. Or the other way around. The trademark metallics, copper and iron, are there. The fruity side becomes more dominant with papaya, oranges, kiwi, and green apples, all not fully ripened. I do not detect a lot of sherry cask influence, although the nose has a spice edge to it. Hints of old wood, nutmeg, fresh leather, charcoal, charred wood. The wood starts to compete for centre stage with the fruits, probably a bit too much for me. But the fruits luckily fight back to keep a delicate balance. The apples come more to front with notes of dry white wine, apple compote, maybe faint notes of red fruits. Yeah, there are definitely some raspberries, and spicy honey-walnut cake with orange peel on top. Nice.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Spices and fruits. Quite hot. The wood is very active giving cardamon, nutmeg, cinnamon powder, and sawdust. There are also fruits like pineapple, oranges and tangerines, but they tend to loose the battle on the palate. Water slightly pushes to the fruity side, but also makes it flatter.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Finish with walnut cake, orange zest, charcoal and a few fruits.

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  3. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    add one drop of water ;) - very nice
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, dark fruits and some coffee
    • Taste
      88 88
      Coffee candy, saw dust, some spice
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, sherry influences, caramel, cappuccino, apple too, chocolate, roasted meat, honey
    • Taste
      Stinging and warming, fudge, cappuccino, honey, chocolate, spicy
    • Finish
      Sweet, fudge, very light pepper, warming, quite long. Caramel, honey

  7. Berrysaki scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Salted caramel, red fruits, lemon peel, bayleaf, liquorice
    • Taste
      Warm and soft mouthfeel, caramel, sweet liquorice, lemon candy. A bit buttery. Very well balanced!
    • Finish
      Slightly dry, oaky dried green herbs.

  8. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet grenadine syrup, goji berry, hopjes (coffee candy) and caramel. Water releases blood orange.
    • Taste
      Cranberry, cherry, toffee, mocha and a little leather. Also here some blood orange when adding water.
    • Finish
      Toffee, cherries on syrup, cranberry and red apple.

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: Following on from the young 9yo WB, this is a mature sherry cask bottling thats far more inconspicuous compared to modern day bombs. I can still smell the distillate and the grain within but the sherry oak has covered it in a thick, sweet, pancake batter - yum. Theres a grey-clay maltiness which i’m not so sure about, yet - and a curdled cream note alongside. Later on its emitting a vanilla-emulsion-covered, soft-cream-cheese [Philadelphia] and a plump raisin-fig roll, creme-caramel vibe. Curious one but settling all the while. Theres something of an older single grain whisky about this. Those oak oils are lovely. After an hour its consolidated nicely but still some question marks, namely its a bit chalky still and a hint of lamb - but hey lets get on and taste it.
    T: Strong but not offensive, even at 53.1%. Lovely, soft-yet-deep, sherry malt surges forth with the oaky, oily, vibrant barley spirit, driving this on.  A warm, fruity=creamy=malty mouthfeel and mouthful ensues, a little peppery but some lip-smacking equal to the odd 'dad noises’ and head nod. 

    F: The barley sings, the oak sings - we have a partnership. That vanilla emulsion is back on the finish - more mature single grain suggestions. Concludes with vanilla cream with a sprinkle of turmeric.
    C: Really good age here, thumbs up for that. There are some strange beginnings and endings which make for an 'interesting' yet enjoyable ride. its a little puzzling yes, but theres a sweet spot in the middle which is a fine reward indeed.Scores a B- [85]

  11. mortimer scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    In the nose very nutty and rather dry. All kinds of nuts. Walnut, hazelnut, peanut and whatever else is on the nut counter. In addition, such a strange "dustiness", which one finds only with old sherry whiskys, which have spent an eternally long time in the barrel. But is also typical Ben Nevis. After a while in the glass fruity undertones come to light. Peach? The palate is dominated by the nut flavor. But he also has a sweet touch of sherry, and the peaches are also noticeable again. On the finish very well rounded and elegant. Despite the cask strength, it is very drinkable without adding water. 90 p

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  13. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N: creamy strawberries!, orange chocolate, some white pepper and liquorice
    T: bitter,  apple, coconut, sweet sherry and espresso
    F: cookies (pie bottom), citrus, cumminseed and raisins
    tasted with Aby

  14. yapi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Really astonished by this MOS bottling! Bananas, Christmas pudding, fruit juice, big sherry notes, a real fruitbomb! Not overly complex, but does score a 90 in my book just because of the sheer nostalgic beauty growing up with banana fruit juice & pudding. Winner of our MOS tasting we held a couple of weeks ago @ the bonding dram. Deservingly so. 


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