Ben Nevis 1996 DL

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Particular
Stated Age
18 years old
Refill Hogshead
DL 10415
Number of bottles
48.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
28 Sep 2014 4:14 pm by whiskyman_de
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 103.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 DL

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.56 points

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Nose: Starts off on sour, damp wood, vanillin and "settled", mature citrus. Sweet grapefruit lemonade, icing sugar and Ricola candies. Some maracuja / passion fruit comes out after a while. Creamy, slightly lactic. Very nice interplay of sour, sweet and woody herbal aromas. Especially the latter are impressive and gracefully counterpoise the candied notes. So far, so good! This is my first bourbon-cask-matured Ben Nevis, and I like what I'm getting here. The sherried versions often included a slightly unnerving peach iced tea aroma that is thankfully lacking in this one.

    Taste: Starts on the characteristic Ben Nevis selling points: heavy-duty industrial / workshop associations (tar, grease, oil, graphite, coal, a slight steeliness). Sweetness and creamy vanilla from the bourbon cask, then tropical notes which finally fade off into prickly pepper and the kind of bitterness (and very slight smokiness) that, in my opinion, connects Ben Nevis to Springbank.

    Finish: Not too long, on pepper and tart notes, some residual smoke and vanilla. Perhaps the weakest point of the whole experience.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Douglas Laing & Co
    • Nose
      The nose is surprisingly fruity, showing peaches and lychees, followed by vanilla and warm home baked cookies.
    • Taste
      The palate opens with sweetly spiced malt - still fruity - carrying a ginger infused tablet character.
    • Finish
      The finish is long - still attractively fruity - continuously spiced before running drier to soft oak.

  3. talyn256 did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Great nose on this, but the finish spoils the experience a bit. It starts well and then falls flat into a wall of bitterness on the tongue.
    • Nose
      Boiled sweets and dessert apples with mint leaves. There’s a faint whiff of rubber, chalk, and menthol cigarettes.
    • Taste
      Pear juice and plums in custard with a rising taste of Cayenne pepper and ash.
    • Finish
      Bitter grapefruit and a touch more menthol.


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