- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Stated Age
- 10 years old
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 18 Mar 2014 4:24 pm by Ras Mazunga
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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old
68 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.18 points
- A very budget friendly cracking whisky that deserves more praise and a place in the spotlights.
- The old one is one of my favorite standard OA, great whisky for a fair € 40. The new one is similar in the nose, in the mouth then clearly different, but I like it just as well. Let's see if this is the "natural" batch variation or concept.
Comparison old (52941) vs. new (81735):
something new is brighter
old: strong and full, clear sherry barrel, "dirty" sweet, nougat, orange marmalade, with soil, old wood and some dirty smoke, new: similar but drier, less sweet and dirty, the fruit fresher and more exotic (towards lime / passion fruit)
old: milk chocolate, nougat, nut, a little black pepper, earth, leather - strong in the mouth, fat, sweet, dirty, slightly scratchy, new: first creamy-oily with white chocolate and exotic-bitter fruit, lime, passion fruit, grapefruit, then more and more bitter, burned, drier
new: long, Haribo white, lots of white pepper, burnt bread roll, old: sweet and spicy, less spicy and bitter, creamier than the new one
- An entirely underrated malt, big-flavoured and muscular highland style,
astonishingly complex for a 10-year-old.
It has been only recently that people have learned to appreciate how good this drop really is.
I can only hope that no hype will start to emerge now...
- Such a rich, round and pleasant whisky. The first impression of dry old sherry is merely a disguise for all the good things it has to offer. Beautiful whisky! 87 points
Dry, old sherry and maybe somewhat closed and a bit one dimensional at first, but that changes quickly. Half a teaspoon of water and an inviting nose of sweet, ripe red fruits march to the front, accompanied by grainy and salty tones
sweet and soft, dry at first, red fruit, butterscotch, nuts, some salt. Add water and the dry arrival vanishes to make room for a rich and round complexity, with sweet spices along the way.
rather long and pleasant: oily (nut oil), mouth coating. with the added water the saltiness is more prominent (although still mild and polite) with the nuts and spices at the end. on the front of the tong a bit of a sharp alcohol note hangs about.
- Nose: tart herbs, malt, vanilla, resin, oak, acid from the wood, behind it - a bit shy and hidden - spread out delicious exotic fruits - a few drops of water to release more oak and especially fruit salad Taste: Eichenholzmehl, herbs (thyme, mugwort, mint), creamy, subtly sweet, wood acid, exotic fruit, wax, vanilla, full-bodied, tart, light bitterness, tingling on the tongue - this comes at least partly from the wood, the Tingling lasts longer than the other fruity spicy finish Conclusion: wow fierce part for an original bottling at age 10, edgy, angular, special, and with a few drops of water in the nose with fantastic fruit notes, I like the taste but the nose is ahead. Compared to the doubly old UA bottlings that I've tried the last time, it does not have to hide when you take your time. Great PLV.
- Blind tasting: The noseiness reminds me of sherry keg-ripened Bunnahabhain. I once had a cask strength from Signatory, which was very similar. The "only" 45% confuse me something. Had I not known that, I would probably have estimated the alcohol content a bit higher, but I'm feeling sick anyway. I estimate the age at about 13 years. And I give the whisky 86 points. blind tasting
dry sherry, some pungent alcohol, musty, dried plums, raisins and any exotic spices
strong onset, first sweet, then getting drier, again the dark dried fruit, but this time a little "juicy", then sweet again. In terms of sweetness, this is a real chameleon. In the background is spicy oak.
Dark chocolate (75%), lots of oak, and again dry sherry, neatly long.
Fruity and a lot of citrus; Honey; a trace of nuts, which gets stronger with time; overall, but rather sweet
powerful, fruity; then comes the barrel (spicy oak), nut; Leather; citrus; again leather, again citrus and dried fruits
I find the leather note in the taste dominant (which I think is good) after a long time in the mouth leaves this and after the hazelnut becomes clear
Fruit, oak, cinnamon; Touch coffee, nuts again; Nut hangs longer; and then stands out clearly. For me absolutely intense hazelnut
- The nose is a real blast, for 10 years big cinema! Taste and finish can not hold the level unfortunately, but overall better than I remembered it. Too bad that I only had one bottle of it ...
"Forest walk after rain showers" - musty, humid-earthy, moss, resin, coniferous forest, "rain" (hard to describe ...), meadow herbs, gentle smoke, sweet and bacon
peppery onset, (amazing for age and alcohol content) oily texture, sherryoten, herbs, spices, "greasy"
Long, warming, herbs, spicy-sweet
- Not my age but the positive marks have made me curious.
Need to say, for 10 years "very good" standard.
Fresh and fruity, slightly dry and almost soapy, it draws in the nose. Nutty or woody with citrus vanilla notes.
Toffee caramel notes with strong vanilla. Feels coarse but still very soft in the mouth. Light coffee note in transition.
Medium to slightly longer, he goes with roasted coffee on orange peels. He ends with caramel.
In my eyes, among the 10 year old bottles top league!
- Even at first impression, this is well-sherried and, to say it in a word: heavy. Both sweet and somehow industrial. Cherries, marzipan, and wine gums on the nose, together with bouillon cubes and herbal notes (rosemary?).
In the mouth, the sweet fruitiness condenses to canned apricots and Lipton's peach iced tea. The alcohol (46%) is still perceptible and gives off a cooling, mentholated impression. Something steely creeps in as well, reminding me of tools in a metal workshop. Wood in the background. The finish oscillates between sweet and savory and is of medium length.
A unique whisky for sure, and from what I've heard, newer batches are getting better and better. Very characterful for a ten-year-old!