Ben Nevis 1996 RK

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Rolf Kaspar GmbH (RK)
Bottling serie
Black Corbie
Stated Age
16 years old
Refill Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
52.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 aug 2013 7:37 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 189.00

6 × in wishlist

16 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 RK

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 83.86 points.

  1. JoshNRW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is an exciting, extroverted and challenging malt that is really fun if you get into it. A very special, but still high-quality nose.

    I can only explain the almost 83 points with the fact that the whisky polarized and maybe it was given too little time and attention with just a 2cl sample.
    One of the biggest surprises in a long time because it is so subtle and yet elegantly beautiful.

    Of course, you should only invest 160 euros here if you have tried a sample beforehand and then like the whisky as much as I do. Not everyone will be. For me personally, this is absolutely my favorite taste profile, which is also due to the fact that I find the age and the percentage optimal: approx. 20 years, between 50 and 55 percent combined with a very clean distillate.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Light fruity aromas with a good portion of tartaric aromas of apple and grape juice. But in a positive sense, because overall and after 15 minutes of standing it is very balanced and nicely balanced with its 16 years and an intensive 52 percent.
      Kiwi, honey, barley malt and a very light note of wood that fits perfectly.
      With a little imagination and attention, I find a minimal peat smoke note at the very end.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wow, the start follows the nose, but then there is a nice, broad interplay of ripe sweetness and an oily, almost tropical fruit mix.
      Here I like it even better than the nose and that's really rare.
      The sweetness is slightly salty and tingling at the back and reminds me a little of beautiful and old bottlings from Highland Park.

      It tolerates water very well, making it even creamier without losing any notable intensity.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The mouthfeel is super good, stays on the palate again with this very clean, minimally maritime sweetness. The key data (16 years, just over 50 percent) fit very well here and the finish is long, intense but at the same time light and carefree.

  2. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Pretty weird part. which I really enjoy and reveals flavors that I have seldom found in single malts so far. It should polarize a lot and present someone who likes sherry bombs with a greater challenge ...
    • Nose
      89 89
      The first association is white wine spritzer. Peach, almond, white chocolate, a bit "tangy". Zabaione goes through your head. Over time, the sweetness of the grapes becomes even stronger, the fruits become more exotic, perhaps papaya and melon. And sometimes a bit of spice flashes through, which at a distance could be mistaken for smoke.
    • Taste
      89 89
      A bit tingly and tart on the tongue, then getting sweeter and sweeter, gooseberry, kiwi.
    • Finish
      85 85
      At first quite intense sweetness, then still associated with oak for a medium-long time.

  3. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      SMELL SMELL, a gentle warmth, nice sweetness. Roasted almonds, honey, with light fruits like apples and pears coated in vanilla.
    • Taste
      89 89
      TASTE an explosion of sweetness with notes of mint, apple and fine vanilla then full milk chocolate typical of Ben Nevis with a subtle note of wood.
    • Finish
      88 88


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