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Overall rating 18 votes 87.94
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Whisky Mercenary (TWM)
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2014
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
50.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Whisky Troef Malt Whisky Club
Market
be Belgium
Added on
18 Dec 2014 8:46 pm by namelessone
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 95,00

36 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 22
Finish 22
Balance 22

Tastingtags

4 Notes

Hvdree
Connoisseur Hvdree Review note
16 Apr 2016 10:55 pm
Hvdree gave this whisky 87 points
Weighted Rate
87
Nose
88
Initial taste
87
Body
87
Finish
87
Price
87
Presentation
85
Nomnomnomnomnomnom...
DDiep
Expert Junior DDiep Note
24 Jan 2015 12:38 pm

Quote by Serge Valentin, Whiskyfun 1-22-2015:

 Four stars Colour: gold. Nose: this baby’s very extremely close to the previous 1996, except that the passion fruits and maybe notes of melon seem to come earlier. With water: same farmyardy notes. Mouth (neat): very similar again. Passion fruits, peaches, jellybeans, a very wee touch of salt… With water: again, extremely similar. Pink grapefruits, sweets, jell-o, ginger and pepper… The salt is gone, it seems. Finish: rather long, with some tinned fruits, liqueurs, this ginger again, a little quinine perhaps… And a touch of soot. Comments: really very close – so very good, I think. The cleanest side of Ben Nevis. SGP:552 – 86 points.
www.whiskyvat.nl
yapi
Expert Junior yapi Note
10 Jan 2015 12:03 pm
yapi gave this whisky 89 points

Well, I like Ben Nevis in general, that is, mind you, only the good stuff. 


And this one surely makes me realize I'll have to look more into 96 Ben Nevis. The MOS 16yo was great, the 15yo OB's were amazing… 
This one has again exactly that nose I'm looking for. Big on banana's and brown sugared butter milk. And indeed, as mark stated, the baby's fruit mix with Betterfood. My youth starts rolling out in my mind… that's why I'm having this baby right now in the morning! Old breakfast habit nose!!!! 
The flavor has the same with a good creaminess with some wood bitters. Great great stuff. This really rocks my boat! Great selection, and what a bottling to have as a Clubbotteling. 
markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
04 Jan 2015 10:47 am
markjedi1 gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Pale gold
Nose

The nose is hearty and rich on peach, brown sugar, burnt malt, a touch of banana, caramelized oranges (loads of it, actually) and a whiff of nougat. Reminds me of the fruit mix with cookies that you serve a baby. Yoghurt. Becomes nicely creamy. This is off to a good start.

Taste

Wonderfully full, creamy and spicy on the palate. Feisty animal. Immediately sweet with an oaken edge. The citrus evolves towards slightly bitter grapefruit. Nice trace of woodsmoke. Apricots drenched in honey. Pepper, ginger, bit of cloves. Something mentholated too. There is a lot going on here.

Finish

The finish is pretty long and very spicy. It dies a bittersweet death.

Comments

Boy, what a pleasant surprise! The boys from Whisky Troef can be rightfully proud of this club bottling. Available for 95 EUR.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man

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