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Overall rating
89.21/100
votes
49
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
09.1990
Bottled
02.2013
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
23
Number of bottles
312
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 Apr 2013 8:26 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 105.00

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49 × member ratings

69 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1990 MBl

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.21 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017] I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting "Through the decades - 1930's to 2000's". I bought this bottle no. 10 for 98 Euro in March, 2015.

    [August, 2017]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 27 that I bought for 88 Euro in March, 2015.

    This is exceptional stuff with an incredible fruity and nutty profile.  The nose is like walking over a tropical fruit market (it reminds me a little bit of mid-sixties Bowmores, but to be honest it is not on eye-level).  On the palate this profile is joined by impressive nutty flavours that are irresistable when combined with the exotic fruitiness.  The finish is long and again complex both on fruity and nutty aromas. 

    This was one of the best price-quality-ratios of the last five years...
    • Nose
      92 92
      apricots, guava, mango, yellow plums, grapes, hazel nuts, sweet chestnuts, old papers (from the 19th century), OBFs (old bottle flavours)
    • Taste
      90 90
      creamy, white grapes, exotic fruits, hazel nuts, walnuts, sweet chestnuts, old papers (from the 19th century), with water added: more herbal
    • Finish
      92 92
      medium length, fruity-sweet, cane sugars, spicy woods

  2. malthead-sven scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    covers everything, just stunning. Who needs sherry or smoke?
    • Nose
      Orange peel, beeswax, cantaloupe, then tropical fruits, papaya, mango, very complex fruit flavors, later cereals and oats, and again and again fruits
    • Taste
      oily, nutty-sweet, great mouthfeel, grapes, a bit dry, balanced between sweet and spicy
    • Finish
      the full oak cargo remains incredibly long prickling on the cheeks

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2015]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 31 that I bought for 88 Euro in March, 2015. 

    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 note below based on another bottle no. 27.

  4. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A whisky that didn't spend all the time in casks may be younger than the amount of years between distillation and bottling. Only the time spent in casks count.
    So the 21years out of 1990-2013 may be correct.
    The label thing would be another possible explanation, although I don't believe that a pro like Donald Hart would do such things.

  5. dankin scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Propably had some spare labels from the last Bottling of Ben Nevis 1990 and did not want to print new ones, with the correct age statement

    nice dram, sadly not cask strenght

  6. Sholum scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Am wondering why this shall be 21 years old only. Distilled in 1990 and bottled in 2013 should at least be 22 years always....

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