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Overall rating
87.76/100
votes
48
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whisky-Fässle (W-F)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Strength
50.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Duck Label
Added on
09 Aug 2014 10:04 am by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 89,00

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 W-F

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.76 points

  1. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Again a very good Ben Nevis from 1996. This time, the tropical fruits steal the show with tangerines on the mains stage, but the farmy side and the metallic notes are never far away.
    • Nose
      88 88
      My first impression gives a gust of Bourbon vanilla with a slight dirty edge. An emptied that contained tangerines on sirup, metallic notes are in the back, and fresh nectarine juice. It opens into a more farmy side with hay, a summer day after haymaking. More tangerine and nectarine fruit juices, with copper. Did somebody use a copper spoon to stir it? Lemon skin scrapings on top together with a clear sense cola cubs. Interesting at least.
    • Taste
      87 87
      On the palate we continue with the main ingredient, tangerines, all the way. This has got a heavy bourbon influence, but stays very palatable. Reminiscent of dusty distilleries, old copper pots, and aluminium cans. The fruits make a successful re-entrance with more nectarines, we are very much in the summer with peaches, yellow cherries, and green prunes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      More of the above.

  2. wouterk scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Good and enjoyable whisky. Very nice.
    • Nose
      Fresh fruit. Freshly harvested apples & pears. Oily malt. Citrical tones.
    • Taste
      Malty sweetness. Fresh fruit again. Fresh lemons. Sweet grapefruit. Pepper shows up. Leather from wet boots too. I love that mixture. As well as the oily structure. 
    • Finish
      It stays in your mouth. Subtle toffee notes. Citric. More like grapefruit. Something I tasted before in Ben Nevis. Bittersweet, very delicate. 

  3. hans1971 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  4. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very original and surprisingly oldschool for a younger malt, but pretty cool, even the cardboard in the end
    • Nose
      Old school lemonade, motor oil, strawberry shake, coconut, sweet malt, pepper puff, vanilla
    • Taste
      Toffee, light pepper and oregano come and stay, almond, sweet malt, now yellow fruit, leather, old oak, very oldschool, panna cotta, kiwi
    • Finish
      Lemon, cream, pepper, paper notes (as often in vintage), short to medium

  5. ffmdino scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    a great whisky, it does not need water!
    • Nose
      Pineapple, sweet, slightly hot, vanilla, lemon, hair spray
    • Taste
      soft and silky on the tongue, fat pineapple, malt, sweet, oak, later musty
    • Finish
      medium long, malt, wet old wood

  6. Ras Mazunga scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Suprising smell of citris lemonade as I only know from older bottles. Very interesting!
    I always thought a taste like this was only possible as a result of bottle aging.

  7. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Compared with Ben Nevis 1996 CC #1478
    • Nose
      Oily, fruity - apple(sauce), some mint and basil. A typical dirty Ben Nevis edge, sweet barley and some pepper. Water kills the whisky.
    • Taste
      Malty, pepper and again a bit dirty. Fruity, chocolate and leather.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with spices and bitter fruits - grape fruits. Dark chocolate and white pepper.

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Sample from Hvdree.
    • Nose
      Caramel, peach, lime, apple and creamy strawberry candy. A little barley as well.
    • Taste
      Toffee, pepper, lemon and almond. A bit dirty.
    • Finish
      Caramel, lemon, pepper, pastry and cardboard.

  9. harriedv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

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