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Ben Nevis McDonald's Traditional

Overall rating
86.53/100
votes
94
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
07.2013
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
without number of bottles on back label
Bottle code
LG30643
Barcode
5026673000616
Added on
02 Oct 2013 2:20 pm
ColoredChillfiltered

Average value

€ 109.00

15 × in wishlist

94 × member ratings

161 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis McDonald's Traditional

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.53 points

  1. LucasPnk did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Last dram of a bottle opened since 2 years.
    • Nose
      Animal, dried fruit, date, dried apricot, also red fruit dust, almond paste, light touch of lemon.
    • Taste
      Attack rather dry, on woody sherry, nuts, cashews, almond. The flavors are amplified and the texture is softened towards ripe red fruits, cherries and blackberries.
    • Finish
      Beautiful length! The notes of the attack in the mouth come back to us, rather dry, smoked, to which is added a batch of spices (ginger) and some notes of leather.

  2. Slick scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Vladimir Ziryanov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Vince scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Exceptional value whisky for fans of old style whisky. i.e. the anti-vanilla, anti-honey brigade whisky. Spicy and somewhat austere highlander--some light peat but overall well balanced. Ben Nevis an underrated distillery....?

  5. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Remains a funny combination, Ben Nevis and peat. It is therefore in a civilized way, in combination with fruitiness and sweetness. Pleasant.
    • Nose
      Light peat, also light wood fire smoke, and rubber. The typical characteristics for a peated whisky, but all present in a civilized way.
      In addition, there is also room for initial fruit, which is followed by chocolate, tobacco and toffifee.
    • Taste
      Light salmiak / lakrisal kick, pepper also, full flavor. Also sweet, caramel. A little orange, tobacco, and honey.
    • Finish
      Light pepper, quite long. Again some tobacco, and some sweet after-effects.

  7. EJS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. hs305 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  This review is on the most recent edition of this peated Ben Nevis as it was served at the end of a distillery tour yesterday.  According to the distillery staff it matured for around 11 years.

    A nice dram for all who adore peated and sherried whiskies, but to be honest - this does not move the rocks (to me)...
    • Nose
      86 86
      The colour is amber and the texture shows just a few fast legs. The nose is all about a modern style peated and sherried profile as it is very popular since around a decade (especially among younger whisky aficionados) as it combines two strong flavours. The peat of course is mainland peat that smells and tastes more of burnt wood and cold ashes (than the more iodine or maritime seaside peat as it is used on the islands). Not many aromas besides these two, so it is just another of these two-dimensionally spiked drams.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is again two-dimensional on peat and sherry-induced flavours, but the two are in a fine balance.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The mouthfeel is warming, mellow and not drying at all - a positive surprise! The finish adds no new impressions either but again is enjoyable.

  9. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Astrid scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    An unusually smoky Ben Nevis, just
    in the fragrance there are very complex structures behind the smoke.
    • Nose
      90 90
      initially strong, clear ash and maritime smoke, coal, chocolate caramel, bittersweet chocolate beans with a hint of the finest mocha, hazelnut cream, fine spice of nutmeg and clove, flawless oak, cinnamon, salty, dusty, oily character, linseed, warm butter, behind the Intense flavors are slightly sweet and full of sherry, a little fully ripe orange, some raisins, the sherry pulls banana and melon with it and brings an exotic touch, apple juice, lemon and lime with brown cane sugar give the whole thing a fruity-light note
    • Taste
      90 90
      strong and full-bodied, fine caramel, delicately spicy, smoked barley malt, maritime smoke and fine dusty wood ash, thyme, linseed oil, the bite of a clove, cinnamon, straw, bittersweet espresso, dry, coal, the now semi-dry sherry is at least not completely out of smoke hidden, it even looks really high quality here
    • Finish
      89 89
      pleasant bitterness, very slightly astringent with cocoa, the smokiness lingers for a long time, especially the ashes, again coal and thyme, some sherry with oranges, grapefruit, apple, dry, cinnamon, dried barley fibers, nutty and again buttery, light caramel, makes you thirsty

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