Ben Nevis 1997 AbWh

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Abbey Whisky (AbWh)
Bottling serie
The Rare Casks - Release 3
Stated Age
16 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 nov 2013 7:25 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 150.00

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1997 AbWh

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.11 points.

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    I don't like sulfur so it's hard.
    Quite simple and too monolithic.
    • Nose
      Sulfur nose. Burnt amulet.
      Dried fruits, leather. Candied cherry. Prunes.
    • Taste
      In the mouth plastic, sulfur, pencil, red fruits.
    • Finish
      Final on leather, red fruits. The best of the dram.

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  3. elipszis scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      burnt vegetables
    • Taste
      86 86
      brown sugar
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium long finish

  4. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    First nose evoking cooked wine and prune growing on caramelized almonds. Later, chocolate frangipane. Sulfur, which becomes quite invasive. In the mouth, we find chocolate, but it hits hard alcohol level. A little "rough", lack of fullness. With water, it is already something else. On the nose hot chocolate with a hint of milk. The mouth is less aggressive and we return wooded in the final of the most beautiful effect! Well, but I admit, I cheated, I finished the drink while enjoying a salted caramel ice cream cone. A big moment ! The cold of ice, contrasted with the warm side of whisky, accentuating the greediness of sherry. Superb!

    Enthusiasm 4/5

  5. Sonett scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very well balanced whisky. Needs air to develop its full potpourri of flavours. Rich and fruity with pleasant elegance.
    • Nose
      Starts earthy with damp wood and big sherry aroma. Burnt match, followed
      by plenty of stewed ripe fruits. Some oak spice plus cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Quite intense sherry tones. Big crimson sweet cherries covered with dark
      chocolate (you know these mon chéri pralines), fruit compote, followed
      by bitter chocolate and spicy oak are the result of an oily and rich
    • Finish
      Long, warm and sweet with liquorice. Fruity and damp earthy tones. Gets dry with oak spice.

      WITH WATER: Oh yes, increased vibrancy! Water tames the alcohol with
      more chocolate coated cherries coming through and lingering fruity

  7. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by (Sept 01, 2014):

    Nose: deep, fruity sherry. Recurrant, blackberry jam, plum compote. Rum & raisins. Some oak varnish and leather. Chocolate chips. Nutmeg and cinnamon. After a while also a faint hint of matchsticks.

    Mouth: intense sherry again, with an oaky blast, dark fruit tea and liquorice. Balsamic syrup. Chocolate. Brighter notes of oranges and cinnamon buns as well. Enough jammy fruits to balance the darker, bitter side.

    Finish: long, bittersweet with spicy notes and forest fruits.Comments: This is a true sherry bomb, a Karuizawa version of Ben Nevis. Quite massive. It could have been from a dozen other distilleries, but it’s a big dram nonetheless. Around € 80.

    Score: 86/100.

  8. wbarchive_350097 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    There's too much sulfur for me.. Match, rotten egg, Beurk!

  9. tomy63 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    A lot of sulfur.

  10. L_Affreux_Aigle scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    What a beautiful color - Old oak! ... 18/04/2014 - Very nice surprise at the opening of the bottle with friends: I found plum a little ash and a nice length in the mouth. A good big sherry. 88/100 for the moment, to review after aeration ... 20/04/2014 - Already a little rounded, to see again in some time ... 01/05/2014 - Still needs a lot of airing after which a little vinous side (balsamic?) That I do not like at first nose, disappears ... Nose: a little old plum, sweet fruit syrup and slightly sweet, slightly tart sweet, hulls of almonds and toasted hazelnuts or praline, a little ash or dust and leather. Palate: rather soft texture, always old plum with on the tip of the tongue of fruity acidulous candy and a pleasantly camphorated / mentholated rear-mouth / retro-olfaction on the finish slightly more wooded, barely liquorice (infusion) , almost without astringency or adhesion.Then the mouth is lined with sweet orange and warm confection and dark chocolate. 89/100 Clearly not a PX despite some sweet touches. I think that still a little time and aeration will allow me to reevaluate this beautiful Ben Nevis still on the rise ...

  11. peatlover99 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A big sherry bomb, packed with flavours. Great experience. 

    • Nose
      Clean but big and slightly dirty (is that possible?) This is a big, huge sherry bomb, big bold flavours coming through... I love it! Big sherry notes, smoked parma ham, ginger, cloves, chocolate and orange with a hint of fresh mint, rubber notes, burnt match sticks, tobacco, boot polish, lovely dark molasses. Reminds me of PE back at School, gym shoes (plimsolls). 
    • Taste
      Big and bold, bitter orange, an abundance of winter spice, cloves cinnamon & nutmeg. Dark chocolate orange, leather, hints of menthol, smoked meat, rubber and dark sugar.
    • Finish
      Clean and long. A touch of berry.


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