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Overall rating
87.96/100
votes
51
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Daily Dram (DD)
Bottling serie
The Nectar of the Daily Drams
Vintage
1970
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Cask
Strength
44.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Apr 2014 2:06 pm by checkpointuk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 309,95

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1970 DD

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.96 points

  1. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    For me a great, complex whisky. He lacks youthful freshness, the old age is noticeable. But if you get into it, then it is especially exciting on the palate with lots of chocolate and a very long finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
      It starts with molasses and sweet tropical fruits. It follows spicy with almonds and anise. Then a solvent red, oak, malt, vanilla and chocolate.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet and spicy, overripe bright fruits, then chocolate pudding, very well integrated but still noticeably peppery alcohol.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Intense, long finish with initially bitterness, but softly fades away. A lot of nutty oak and chocolate again and again.

  2. Griller76 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      93 93

  3. Griller76 scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    A really noble drop that has individual tips despite its age.
    • Nose
      Rum pot with lots of red fruits, cloves, a little pineapple, light smoke
    • Taste
      Sweet, crackling bitterness, milk chocolate with high cocoa content (45%) and roasted almonds, strong aromatic fresh Arabica coffee powder
    • Finish
      an extremely long finish (it was the longest, I experienced so far) sweetness and bitterness keep the balance on the tongue in the short term, but ultimately wins the bitterness of the oak, smoke, in the end rosehip

  4. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very difficult to evaluate whisky. On the one hand, he brings a great complexity through the age especially in the nose (sweetness, wood and fruit alternate nicely) and shows despite 43 years in the barrel still that he is a Ben Nevis.
    On the other hand, he has just received on the palate a massive amount of wood, so you might think it was a gin (needles, pine cones, etc.). You have to like that. Definitely not a simple, pleasing whisky.
    • Nose
      The first nose promises tons of bright fruits, apricot, peach, orange, honeydew melon, papaya, persimmons, passion fruit, grapes, honey, pineapple, all collected in a wooden bowl, next to a few caramel sweets, passion fruit now dominates the fruit salad while the caramel refined with a hint of vanilla, the frankincense of Ben Nevis is just a distant aroma and accompanies the growing woody notes, almonds, moist branches in the herb bed, a pepper and a salt mill are now placed on the table next to the fruit bowl, Unfortunately, this is put away towards the end, tart, woody, kräutrige notes take over the field, spruce needles, resin, pine cones
      Somewhat sweeter in the second nose with a touch of marzipan
    • Taste
      sweet onset, which is immediately followed by woody notes, creamy oily mouthfeel, vanilla and caramel, orange, passion fruit, papaya, honey, peach, apricot, increasingly sweet, frankincense, some resin, gin, furniture polish, carnation, laurel
    • Finish
      herbaceous and sweet, oak, resin, tree needles, increasingly bitter, caramel penetrates the game from time to time, juniper, cranberry, bitter almond, medium-long and dry, this "gin feeling" remains in the memory for a long time

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun says:Ben Nevis 43 yo 1970/2014 (44.6%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams, bourbon) 1970 used to be a great vintage as far as the officials were concerned, so we’re having deep hopes… Colour: gold. Nose: starts with truckloads of marzipan, fresh almonds, then ‘Seccotine’ glue, kirsch, maraschino, amaretti biscuits, nail varnish… Well, you see what I mean. I’ve rarely come across malt whisky that was that almondy. Mouth: the wood’s talking loud. Plenty of almonds once again, white pepper, bags of cinnamon, these varnishy notes once again, the kirsch as well, some bitter oranges, orange blossom water… Tends to get drying after a few seconds, with this feeling of crunching some cinnamon sticks. Finish: of medium length, with even more cinnamon. It’s a miracle that it isn’t even too drying. Comments: you’ve almost the impression of drinking some oak-aged sloe gin. Interesting, but mixed feelings here… SGP:361 - 81 points.

    Further reading:

    Could this be the same 1970’s Ben Nevis WB LINK that was bottled Bartels Rawlings a little later in the year on its 44th birthday?

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