Ben Nevis 1990

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Stated Age
21 years old
13yo Refill Hogshead + 8yo Port Bodega Butt
Number of bottles
59.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 May 2014 8:44 am by very_bad_day
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 703.72

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1990

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.02 points

  1. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 306,-€ at Whiskyauction 11/2015

  2. Syleo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The intensity of the impressions, especially considering the current prices, recommends that you try before you buy. The successful combination of the typical Ben Nevis fleshy, leathery, spicy and chalky impressions with the strong port sweetness of plum jam, blackberries and rose petals first wants to be digested. But if you like heavier and oily malts, you will feel comfortable here, without having to endure the otherwise often present bitter-dry sherry note. At most, the musty reverberation diminishes a continuous enjoyment and ensures a slight deduction in the overall grade.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The Ben Nevis makes intense rounds of red and brown in the glass. Typical port notes of warm plum jam - heavy, dull, fruity and sweet - rise in the nose, red grapes, blackberry cake and deep red rose petals further emphasize the sweet side, but oily also a malty and meaty spice is added almost equally, balsamic Cream and very lightly charred, tropical wood.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Ben Nevis initially burns vigorously in the mouth, but remains oily and creamy here without becoming dry, initially with an almost tar-like heaviness, old leather, rose petals and good, old balsamic vinegar, which nicely balances the sweetness and acidity of the vinegar . For a moment, a fragrant note lays on the palate and threatens to become soapy for a moment, but then gets the curve again to a slight hint of violet, chalk and a little rosemary. The taste of the fruits of the nose is significantly duller and overall more tropical with dried mango and pickled dates.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Prunes, marzipan and cocoa with rum let the finish fade away intensively, dark chocolate, old tobacco and lightly charred tropical wood initially fill the palate fully and pleasantly. Over time, however, the wood note becomes increasingly intense, older and musty, so that the moldy taste dominates in the end. The positive thing about it: The motivation for another sip of the wonderful nose and the impressive mouthfeel rises again immediately.

  3. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    TASTING NOTE LMDW Distilled in November 1990, this version first aged for 13 years in refurbished bourbon barrels (hogshead) before being refined for 8 years in Ruby style Porto casks. If the nose definitely gives reason to the port, the mouth as for it sees Ben Nevis take again malted colors and to affix his signature with force. In the end, after a dantesque battle, the two protagonists are found back to back in perfect equality.
    Profile: rich, vinous. Cherries in eau-de-vie, strawberries, raspberries and apricots. Mineral and flowery notes (rose petals), accompanied by malty aromas. Color: deep orange copper. Nose: vinous, unctuous. Rose petals and cherries in eau-de-vie, this is what offers a particularly exciting first nose. The Porto Ruby marks the beginning of the tasting. Then, candied apricots, strawberries and raspberries accentuate its influence on the aromatic palette. Gradually, notes of malted barley, undergrowth (mushrooms) and straw manage to make their way. Palate: complex, rich. Very different from the nose, its attack shows a great mineral firmness (slate, clay). Exotic fruits (mango, persimmon) feed a very Ben Nevis mid-palate. It lingers on silky notes of heather honey, raspberry coulis and quince jelly. Fresh tobacco punctuates the finish. Final: long, caressing. Its touch evokes that of the skin of black grapes ready to be picked. This one is thick and crunchy. Notes of black fruits (blackcurrant, cherry) accentuate its fruity character. Some oranges provide the acidity necessary for it to continue to grow in length. The retro-olfaction is tertiary (foam, lichen). Empty glass also ties Ben Nevis and Port wine.

  4. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Needs at least 15 minutes in the glass to unfold and to let the fluid spirit fly.
    the combination of the typical Ben Nevis cowshed notes, a decent ex-bourbon refill cask and a quite good port
    cask will hit you. Drink it neat and you will discover a true beast. Add some water, reducing the strength down to approx. 48% you will find a cozy playmate, the dram changes its character absolutely. It's very different, but nevertheless in a different way as pleasing as neat. Highly recommendated for all Ben Nevis distillery
    lovers. What a lovely whisky. Overpriced, though. Nearly doubled its price since spring 2014. What a pity.

  5. fradin11 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. ntk55 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Junior

    Do yourself a favor and taste a sample before buying. I found this whisky completely overwhelmed by sweet-sour notes that simply taste bad. A shame, too, because some beautiful red-berry notes and cinnamon can be detected underneath.


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