Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Mar 2014 4:52 pm by Ras Mazunga

Average value

€ 146.99

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638 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old

75 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 83.52 points

  1. praisethepasta scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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
    • Nose
      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 
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      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.

  2. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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, but sadly enough, it has gone now...

  3. praisethepasta scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very budget friendly cracking whisky that deserves more praise and a place in the spotlights. 
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      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)
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      new: long, Haribo white, lots of white pepper, burnt bread roll, old: sweet and spicy, less spicy and bitter, creamier than the new one

  5. Moses scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    It's not my age but the positive grades made me curious.
    I have to say, "very good" standard for 10 years.
    • Nose
      Fresh and fruity, slightly dry and almost soapy, it draws in the nose. Nutty or woody with notes of citrus vanilla.
    • Taste
      Toffee caramel notes with strong vanilla. Feels rough but still very soft in the mouth. Light coffee note in transition.
    • Finish
      Medium to a little longer, it goes there with roasted coffee on orange peel. It ends with caramel.
      In my eyes, under the 10 year old bottles upper league!

  6. Gloin scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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
    • Nose
      dry sherry, some pungent alcohol, musty, dried plums, raisins and any exotic spices
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate (75%), lots of oak, and again dry sherry, neatly long.

  7. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A 10yo with its own character, you should have had in your glass. Not a sociable companion, rather demanding and uncomfortable, with rough edges.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Here the nose is not sent on vacation, but first dipped deep into musty cellar, muff and fermented fruit. Feels firm, waxy and meaty. Honeycomb, candle wax, orange peel, crushed hazelnuts and almonds. In addition to the muff and mold, there is always a not-so-not-so-fresh note, like the cellar window, which is a crack open and occasionally weakens the musty, damp cellar haze with a little fresh breeze.
      (Smelled again after a sip: now a nice spice potpourri comes forward and blends in well).
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nut nougat chocolate, orange jam, sweet grapes. Mild and muff are almost completely left on the nose. As in the nose, candle wax can also be seen on the tongue. The malt lays oily, creamy and fat on the tongue, lingers for a long time. Honey, caramel, menthol over time. Nutmeg, allspice, savory, pepper.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium in length and slightly dry, with a weakening spice note, orange peel, almonds, vanilla and a hint of cereals.

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Honey, herbs, slightly musty, pine needles, after some time fruity with strawberries and blackberries, peach
    • Taste
      Honey, cereals, grasses, herbs, grapefruit, wood, coffee

  9. Crann feàrna scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Why didn’t I buy a second bottle while I had the chance... Now it is harder to find, and for much more money than I want to. It is a characterful whisky. Complex for its age. It shows a beautiful development in the glass, and for a long time (hours!). It can cope with water too, so there is much to play with.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Aromatic. Cloves. Pepper corns. Lemon peel. Metallic. Light vanilla. Mineral note; gritty?
      With water it is sweeter, softer aromatiic. Woodsap. Berries. Fresh herbs from the homegarden.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A hot and bitter-sweet arrival. Develops towards sweet fruits, mango. Later on sweet oranges. Full.
      With water the arrival improves to a nice steady sweetness of berries and softly enters the development to juicy, juicy citrusfruits. Beautiful bitters. Warming mouthfeel.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is medium to long and a continuation of the taste development: full and juicy.

  10. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      Fruity and a lot of citrus; Honey; a trace of nuts, which gets stronger with time; overall, but rather sweet
    • Taste
      90 90
      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
    • Finish
      92 92
      Fruit, oak, cinnamon; Touch coffee, nuts again; Nut hangs longer; and then stands out clearly. For me absolutely intense hazelnut


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