Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Stated Age
15 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
49.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 jun 2014 5:51 pm by wbarchive_350097
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 82.90

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1999 MBl

14 users have left 15 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.22 points.

  1. Joschbert scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A delicious and multi-layered Ben Nevis which, in my opinion, cannot deny its burner character. Tastes and pleases!
    • Nose
      Dried grapes and berries stand out from the glass with ground hazelnuts, sour cherries combine with morello cherries, a hint of fermented fruit is in the background. Zest from fresh orange peel trickles onto a bouquet of meadow herbs, raisins come into their own with nuances of toffee and milk chocolate, a minimal hint of sulfur ends in fermented fruits.
    • Taste
      Muted fruit aromas with spicy wood tones flow over the tongue with the first sip, nuts and herbs follow, cherries and oranges flash, herbs and fermented, slightly musty grapes and berries appear again. Sawdust in combination with tart wood tones, dark hazelnuts, hints of cough syrup and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Cozy warm, slightly tart and fruity, dark chocolate with a hint of tobacco and hints of smoke or smoking chips. The voluminous aftertaste lingers on the palate for a long time before it fades away with a mixture of tart wood and steamed fruit.

  3. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Slightly dirty and very wood-stressed. Overall tasty and independent. The slight sulfur note shouldn't be, but it's not too annoying.
    • Nose
      some sulfur (but still ok); fermented grapes; Raisins; earthy and dusty notes; Coffee; old wood
    • Taste
      spicy; dry notes of old wood dominate; light sherry sweetness behind; Sulfur note
    • Finish
      slightly dry; tart and spicy; dark chocolate; old wood; some sulfur

  4. Bene37 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nose: grassy, hay, a bit musty, a few matchstick heads, olive, pear, grape, lemon zest, some machine oil, slightly floral

    Palate: full and oily, brackish, partially fermented pears, grassy, tart, olive, somewhat acidic, sulfurous note

    Finish: short, dry, slightly acidic, olive note, sulfur note

    Evaluation: there are whiskys that I better drink just like that instead of writing notes, and this is one of them. I find it interesting, weird and difficult to grasp at the same time - I find it really difficult here with Notes: brackish, grassy, olive, a little sulfur. It goes perfectly well, only the finish turns sour too quickly and is then simply gone.

    85/100 or 6/10

  5. aspa scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting

    Easy, almost subtle at the beginning. Sweet, flowery. then it changes: caramel? somehow a bit too easy, I can't think of much what one can smell here? There is a very special note, but I cannot name it at the moment. old sherry? With a little more time in the glass, more and more comes out. Leather, caramel and cinnamon. But still this own note that I cannot name. Rubber?! Sour cherries? something strange ... sulfur, but not only that, there is something else but I can't figure it out ... sulfur is certainly a bigger part here.
    Reminds me of certain Glenrothes bottles I've drank.

    similar to the nose, noticeable sulfur, darker sherry, a lot of wood, a lot of barrel influence. spicy, tart, old. slightly moldy? Sweetness only comes out in the form of very spicy forest honey. Cinnamon, caramel, leather, dusty books. the sulfur is rather strong. Still reminds of certain Glenrothes. Raisins and dried plums, with a little rum?

    relatively long, with sulfur and tart dark sherry. Slightly bitter, sulphurous, cinnamon.

    Not easy to describe, but suddenly very good after an initial boredom in the nose. Delicious to drink, difficult to describe. Sulfur allergy sufferers get big problems here, I don't mind.

    87 points
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    An all-round successful Ben Nevis. Despite its 15 years in the sherry barrel, it does not look overloaded or overloaded, so it fits very well.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Everything here says: Sherry barrel! Musty and musty barrel, fermented grapes, black cherries and overripe blackberries. Very intense and dark in appearance. Tart chocolate, coffee beans, leather, tobacco. Every now and then I have the feeling as if a light sulfur haze is passing by, but that is not a blemish.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Carry on exactly as it started in the nose. Starts out very dry and woody, but is much less supplied with musty barrel notes than one might assume from the nose. Dark chocolate with grapes and nuts, still warm blackberry jam, leather, pipe tobacco. Appears meaty and fat on the tongue and provides a very coherent picture overall.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is very dry and medium-long. The fruit notes withdraw a little, but leather, tobacco and wood notes remain, along with chocolate and nougat.

  7. Der_Schnappulierer scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    I would not have recognized the distillery, but still a very successful bottling from the sherry barrel. Looks old, mature and fun, great thing. On some days it might be a bit too bitter for me.

    PS: Tolerates water very well
    • Nose
      89 89
      Really fat sherry, the bitter kind, heavy, dark, looks old and sedate. Walnut, almond, hazelnut, light tobacco, dark chocolate, herbal, lovage, balsamic vinegar (the nice kind, not the sour one).

      With water: Benefit immensely from a few drops, more balanced, sweeter, nuttier, even more brandy-like
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very nice mouthfeel, dry, distinct oak spice, coffee, very tart chocolate, nutty, herbs, plus a slight sweetness with walnuts, raisins and Turkish honey.

      With water, the oak and herbs subside a little and sweeter notes come to the fore.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long, warming, with distinct oak spice, sweet and sour.

  8. napets scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Blind tasting:

    First impression:
    amber, oily, heavy

    Sulfur, plum jam, blueberry, blackberry, tobacco leaves, leather, cinnamon, lemon peel, orange peel, cloves, bay leaves

    Orange and plum compote, very full-bodied, slightly sharp

    Plums, berries and spices linger, slight sulfur notes, wood gradually takes over the upper hand, light fur on the tongue

    delicious, heavy drop for winter days from the sherry barrel

    56-57% and around 16 years

  9. nallacam scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tasted blindly, I went straight to Speyside, with younger bottlings that are already in the bottles.
    I didn't have Ben Nevis in mind, if you know it, you can assign something slightly "dirty" to the dram, which suggests Ben Nevis.

    Great bottling.
    • Nose
      91 91
      A bit closed and earthy at first. A slight alcohol note, which quickly fades away. Cellar muff, dusty, old wooden barrel. Old school sherry. With a little air comes chocolate, raisins, rum, coffee grounds, walnuts, a touch of dried fruit, umami, Maggie herb.
      Simply super delicate.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Elegant old sherry. Dry with licorice and caramel. Malt, dark chocolate, black tea.
      Mouth-filling and not necessarily extremely complex as in the nose, but still round and fine.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long-lasting, nutty with dark chocolate and oak on tap.

  10. Joschbert scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very tasty and not a bit pungent at 49.1%. But also put a few drops of water away well.

    Nice that the Brennereicharakter still remained noticeable. Great 1st fill Oloroso cask - I'm typing on European oak.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sweet and sour overripe fruits, sherry, chocolate, cherry jam, spices (cloves, cinnamon, anise), leather and some bitter coffee notes
    • Taste
      90 90
      very intense - there is heavy sweet sherry, the coffee and chocolate notes are also present on the palate, slightly harsh, orange peel, then come the spices (especially cinnamon, allspice), sandalwood
    • Finish
      90 90
      It ends with lots of chocolate, dates, nuts and Kramell - delicate smokes, a little tobacco - medium to long

  11. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  12. malthead-sven scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A classic sherry malt, with a delicious, tough texture in the taste and finish, which you would blindly probably estimate a few years older.
    • Nose
      heavy sherry, chocolate raisins, marzipan potatoes, then fruits, limes and oranges, ripe red grapes, toffee sweets, drinking chocolate with cream, sawn wood
    • Taste
      oily, dense, heavy full-bodied, gingerbread, no dryness, more on the sweet side
    • Finish
      Almonds, maple syrup, greasy-oily and spicy, cappuccino, dark fruits behind, medium-long and mouthwash

  13. Helgo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Top PLV!
    A nice nose with slight misses, which I write the intense finish. He tolerates some time in the glass and then becomes more harmonious and harmonious. The wine notes are then a bit more set.
    In the mouth soft, oily, full and with sweet wine gum and marginal smoke a nice depth, although no madness complexity.
    The finish is short to medium long and very dry.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    mjam, interesting, bold, yummy!
    • Nose
      strong-spicy-sweet, raisins, prunes, tobacco, leather, with a very slightly pungent note, between sour and bangers
    • Taste
      even at the smallest sip - strong dark chocolate, oak, gingerbread, roasted sugar - full-bodied, mouthwash, yummy
    • Finish
      long, wood, dark chocolate, quite dry

  15. Noon0000 scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Lovely entanglement of wood and sherry. Does not need water for me.
    • Nose
      Velvety, dark sherry-rich kick. Smells "darker" than its color. Pleasant leather notes. Hints of cardboard (the likable one). Pickled raisins develop. Cooked fruits. Faint sulphuric reminiscence.
    • Taste
      Mouth follows nose! Woody bitterness. Pleasant oak. Vibrant sherry starting sweet and sour becoming dry shorty afterwards. With water: overbrewed tea, coffee notes, peppery.
    • Finish
      Astringent mouthfeel. Medium-long departure. Tobacco notes remain. With water: drier and more bitterness.


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