Ben Nevis 1966 WhB

Overall rating
66.31/100
votes
107
Whiskybase ID
WB66918
Category
Spirit
Distillery
Bottler
Whiskybroker.co.uk (WhB)
Vintage
15.03.1966
Bottled
10.04.2015
Stated Age
49 years old
Casktype
Vatting of Six Hogsheads
Number of bottles
524
Strength
29.5 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 500 ml
Added on
16 apr 2015 9:25 am by Matti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 447.70

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 1966 WhB

29 users have left 32 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 66.31 points.

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    not a typical whiskey - crazy, interesting and for the issue price (25 € / 55cl) more than a bargain, if you like fancy things, for the age downright ridiculously cheap
    • Nose
      First impression when opening the bottle: medicine, cough syrup. Glass: herbs, haystack, mint, eucalyptus, later sour-fruity notes, fermenting fallen fruit, cucumber sweet and sour
    • Taste
      only at the first impression a bit lax, longer time in the mouth makes the aromas act: again hay and herbs, slightly bitter noble mold note, some acidity, old, dusty, dry wood, herbal bitters
    • Finish
      rather long, herbal bitters, oak

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  3. highlandstru scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    It is quite rare to taste anything laid down in the 1960’s and this bottling was made accessible by the good folks at Whisky Broker, in part due to the proof not meeting the technical file for Scotch Whisky.

    It is a spirit drink; but don’t mistake this for something like a whisky liqueur or Whyte & Mackay light. It is a single malt that succumbed to a high angels share loss…

    Despite this, it is a rare insight into a heavily aged spirit. I picked up a bottle a number of years ago and recently revisited it this week.

    In short, it is ‘fine’… but it is a real regret the cask couldn’t be saved before it fell over the 40% cliff.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The nose is grainy, with a barnyard and fallen fruit aroma.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Dusty oak, hay and sour fermented grains comes across as a well balanced pour. It is ‘thin’ but in a different form to young whiskies, it the lack of alcohol proof that tricks the mind somewhat.
    • Finish
      73 73
      Quite long, with toasted oak and herbs. It carries a medicinal taste as it develops. Not for me, but I know many will adore this type of finish.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    not too sure how to rate this one, tastes like a grain whisky, toffee, vanilla, sweetcorn, marzipan, quite decent

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. pieters87 scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    Nose is quite interesting but misses the punch.
    Too oaky and it misses depth.

  7. JNuyts scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. GJR scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      81 81

  9. didi1893 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The nose is really interesting and not that bad at all ... The taste doesn't work at all, like a piece of wood soaked in water for 2 weeks, scruffy and just "uh", the aftertaste is also no good and is surprisingly long present. Out of respect for the old age and the name "Ben Nevis", I am not awarding any points today, but I have to admit that this was (except for the nose) with my worst "whiskey" so far ...
    • Nose
      Cloudy amber rests in the glass, an extremely thick and syrupy streak sticks to the glass wall of my Premium Snifter. Fermented fruits rise, apples and pears play with each other, malty grains float in the mash, hints of caramel and toffee mix with a hint of vanilla. Meadow herbs and hay, mint and menthol, for a moment I am distracted by the thick streaks adhering to the glass wall, extremely wide and oily "legs" are loosening at the moment and pulling their paths back into the glass in slow motion ... Back to the nose, have been dominating here since Minutes actually only malty grain notes, hay and dried meadow herbs the aroma. Suddenly the "sour cucumber water" already mentioned by many comes into its own, just unbelievable!
    • Taste
      Sour cucumber water, pale and pale wood tones, extremely thin and watery! The initially positive impression of the nose is suddenly gone with the first contact in the mouth! A second sip also fades abruptly on its way through the mouth. Grain water, pale wood, scruffy and putrid, slightly bitter wood tones fade again immediately, minimal grapefruit remains in the memory, otherwise there is nothing ...
    • Finish
      What aftertaste? With just under 30% alcohol you have the feeling of drinking lightly flavored water. The "aftertaste" is astonishingly long-lasting, slightly scruffy, wet grain and a few pale wood tones stick oily and greasy on the palate.

  10. robbert88 scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very promising. But the whiskey immediately disappears after that.
    • Nose
      80 80
      N: late autumn leaves, eucalyptus, bread, flowers, walnuts, overripe fruit, caramel, some tart,
    • Taste
      71 71
      P: mineral water, acidic, actually there is not much to be found on the palette. Starts to burn a little in the throat. But not the alcohol.
    • Finish
      69 69
      F short. Light pepper and old wood.

  11. ConvalRen did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Originally sold for €35. Auctions at 150 on average.

  12. I_am_not_HS305 scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    How does oak taste? Exactly so and that is not wrong.

    It makes me wonder that people rate it as "negative".

  13. Archer scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      68 68
    • Taste
      63 63
    • Finish
      62 62

  14. Archer scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    The nose is still thinking: it's not that bad after all. But then...
    It has been quite interesting to try such an old boy, but thank you, more than 2-4cl really does not need it.
    • Nose
      Sour bread notes, marzipan and menthol (Wick Vaporup). Despite its 29.5% light alcohol, as in overturned perfume. Floral and fruity notes, but always sour, almost foul. In between herb bitter, oaky, nutty.
      Again and again the alcohol flashes through.
    • Taste
      Ah yes. Damned rotten wood, gammelige mushrooms, rotten fruits. Violent oak, but thin and watery. A kind of fruit wafts over everything, clearly rotten. Besides rot and gum, it can not do much on the tongue.
    • Finish
      Not too short, too long for my taste, but the bamboo oak that squeezes on the tongue, just not tasty enough.

  15. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      81 81

  16. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    interesting stuff - has something :)
    • Nose
      Cough syrup, dry oregano, arnica tincture, cough, freshly turned hay, very sweet, dusty malty, burnt paper, later some vanilla, I would rather blindly touch Grain's nose
    • Taste
      Nut nougat with mint and mild herbal tea with lemon balm, burnt paper, very flattering mouthfeel - unbelievably smooth and oily without being syrupy - tannins and pepper bite easily and pleasantly into the tongue when chewed long enough
    • Finish
      light nut Schokonote remains - if it fades remains herbal liqueur or coated herbal tea - and somehow it has a very calming effect

  17. mister glenfarclas scored this whisky 40 points Connoisseur

    Very nice and interesting nose. The taste and finish are not suited for enjoyment at all. The missing alcohol is not even the worst part here.
    • Nose
      Smooth and buttery right away. Lots of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch candy. Gentle, malty nose. Quite herbal as well. Then again the smell of dried cat food, that I had with some (in my opinion) overaged whiskies before. A little sourish as well. Injera bread at its best.
    • Taste
      Quite interesting, however kinda diluted start. Then suddenly overly sour. Rotten vegetables. The injera bread again, however kinda moist and mouldy. Like having a moisty, vinegar soaked chop of old oak in your mouth. Not tasty at all.
    • Finish
      Short finish, luckily. Bitter-sour oakinsee. Better than the taste, but still not enjoyable.

  18. lincolnimp scored this whisky 39 points Connoisseur

    It does not smell particularly  nice, but its not awful either.

    It smells like a cheap blend on vanilla, caramel and wet wood.

    On the palate it is like a thin cooking syrup at first but the sweetness soon goes and is replaced b a metallic woodiness.

    Finish is short drying and woody with hints of orange.

    I agree with others if you are looking for a taste sensation forget it but it is good to try spirit like this to give your palate some parameters and you experience of whisky at the extreme end of left in a cask far too long and very under proof.

    Glad to have tried it for the experience, and yes it is pretty bad

    I will score it but in reality it is pretty pointless.

    Take it for what it is , a reference point.
    • Nose
      49 49
    • Taste
      44 44
    • Finish
      30 30

  19. ASWhisky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    I like the underproofed old Mr. Ben Nevis better than the others here

    freshly poured is better for him than staying around longer

    Sourdough bread floats in lilac with a tiny shot of cucumber water
    the flowery comes along with sweet ripe yellow fruit
    I have the beautiful big reddish French apricots there
    that are always so soft and seductive
    some toffee and red sweet glaze of love apples

    a sweet old grandpa - I like him
    his powers are just limited;)
    its smell is pleasantly soft and fruity
    I taste a nice old potential
    he clearly lacks the bite
    he is toothless
    but soft and has many nice notes
    especially I feel the mature skin of warm sweet french apricots
    its acidity changes into marzipan with lilac water
    in the finish he lacks the long-lasting
    he is like an old grandpa - to love, but not more exciting

  20. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 56 points Connoisseur

    The nose is initially quite good, but then becomes rougher and not so pleasant. Taste indisputable .....
    • Nose
      Very sweet and fruity, marzipan with overripe yellow fruit, does not immediately make an unusual impression or as if it were over it, sweetish grapefruit, slightly sour, and also a bit bitter and bitter as the skin of the citrus, on the whole quite a bit too verriechen After some time in the air, a bready note is added, suddenly also gammliges wood, caraway, spicy
    • Taste
      watery, boah wood, sour, oak, gammlig, tart, lacks any power, almost like a juice or syrup pressed from oak, the grapefruit is here too
    • Finish
      Rear still jumbled fruits stored in an old woodshed, becoming increasingly bitter

  21. Helgo scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    No question: The price / age ratio is very good and even if this whiskey "unexpected" divine, the price is absolutely fine.
    The nose is still relatively interesting and plays a proper maturation. Although a bit sour here.
    However, the part then plays crazy in the mouth. Very sour and bread dough. Bitter and rot notes. Fermented drupes and then an unspectacular mid-length finish.
    The acid remains in the memory and does not really want to disappear!
    It was nice, but I do not have to have it again ;-)
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      62 62
    • Finish
      56 56

  22. Conmai scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  23. MadScientist scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      50 50
    • Finish
      60 60

  24. mds51 scored this whisky 61 points Connoisseur

    It was interesting to test him, but it was not really enjoyable. The nose is still delicious, but the taste leaves much to be desired.
    I blinded him with a 16y Ben Nevis and I have to say the combination is not that bad!
    • Nose
      First, a sweetness comes out.

      If you then swirl it in the glass, I also recognize a sour smell (could really be sourdough bread), which is replaced by a sweetness that reminds me of fermented fruit. Hard to say what fruit exactly, but I would close on apples and peaches.

      In the background you will find herbal notes that are reminiscent of Almdudler.
    • Taste
      A full load of oak comes to meet you, but quite bitter.

      But quite acidic, which is already developing into an unpleasant and a tingling in the mouth caused.
    • Finish
      The bitterness is preserved, the acidity gives way relatively quickly.

  25. Mannix65 scored this whisky 63 points Connoisseur

    Had the opportunity to taste him blind.

    Initially not intended for whiskey, but rather for barrel grappa. Nose with many herbs, quite interesting.
    But in the mouth first confirmation of the nose, but then unpleasant sour and bitter.
    An exit does not exist at all. Swallowed and ... gone, nothing there. Strange.

    Was interested to try him. Maybe had his legitimate reasons that the barrels were forgotten in the distillery.

  26. Noface83 scored this whisky 55 points Specialist

    Liquid sourdough bread with a lot of caraway - that does not have to be. Interesting but not more.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      40 40
    • Finish
      40 40

  27. Kimba scored this whisky 59 points Expert Junior

    Ben Nevis 49 years underproof For the second time in the glass. Which did not make him better I change my euphoric 72 points to 59 !!! Yuck. Even if I had something in the rehearsal that was my last sip ...: oops:
    • Nose
      Soffy bread, furniture polish is also there ... from fresh no trace. Everything is old and stuffy ... but not in the bad sense, I still like the nose even if today it comes much muffiger and older over than a few days ago.
    • Taste
      is he really awful today! Bitter, very liquid, rotten marzipan or just bitter almonds ...
      the second sip is not better. Not even after Marko's tip to keep the sweat longer in the mouth.
      The only thing that manifests itself then is this nasty rotten bitterness!
    • Finish
      the finish is unfortunately just like the mouthfeel .. Bah ...

  28. Kimba scored this whisky 59 points Expert Junior

    As Marko writes. Who likes the fancy will like him. I'm glad to have tried it. Was ne experience :) Bad he is not. Good? Not really :)
    • Nose
      So my nose is not bad at all. I do not think so medically. Has something of old whiskey and the sour note is far ahead. Also old fruit which is long before the tree in the meadow. I like somehow.
    • Taste
      Now I know what is meant when you read "that's over it" hui. Whiskey? Not really. Grappa and Obstler together, the description applies. The sour remains, and wood is there too. No oak tree I mean wood. The fermented impression remains.
    • Finish
      Long enough. :)

  29. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    It tastes a bit like homeopathic medicine stored in oak barrels. Very herbaceous notes. Not quite my case.
    • Nose
      Sweetish, herbal. Lots of oak, menthol, slightly sour
    • Taste
      of course, little alcohol. Tart, fruity, oak and herbs.
    • Finish
      medium long, tart oak, slightly dusty.

  30. Gloin did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Interesting stuff. It still smells of whiskey in the nose and you do not notice the low alcohol level. It smells of overripe fruit, apples and pears. In the mouth it all looks a bit thin. And it gets even more fruity. It tastes like a mixture of a fruit schnapps and a grappa. But it does not really have anything to do with whiskey.

  31. st7 scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    Great nose, but the taste definitely lacks "power" from a higher alcohol content. Just oak juice..and not particularly pleasant.But great fun to "play" with ;-)

    A very successful mixture (50% of each), together with this bottling http://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/53517/ben-nevis-1991-sv
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      40 40
    • Finish
      40 40

  32. Whiskyboer scored this whisky 55 points Expert Senior

    This is an very intresting bottle. 

    The nose is lovely, lots of oak and sweetness. 

    The tase isn`t that lovely, it is verry bitter and has lots of oak.

    In my opinion the underproof would be great it it had more alcohol, so a project was born. I had a bottle in my collection that could use a bit of the oak and sweetness, the Bowmore tempest (batch IV). I decided to blend the two (40% Ben Nevis and 60% Bowmore) and let it rest for 30 minutes, it turned out very well in my opinion.

    I think that this spirit could add a lot to whiskys that are missing oak and could use a bit sweetness and fruit.

  33. GlenPiWi scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Reviewed by Ruben on whiskynotes.be (24/4/2014):

    I have a sweet spot for old Ben Nevis, so I was very curious about the Whiskybroker’s latest offering. It’s a vatting of six underproof hogsheads, all filled at Ben Nevis on 15th March 1966 and bottled 10th of April 2015, with just 29,5% of alcohol. Therefore it’s not whisky but a ‘Spirit of the Highlands’.

    Ben Nevis 49 yo 1966 (29,5%, WhiskyBroker 2015, 524 btl.)

    Nose: interesting. Very oaked, with some hints of paint thinner, glue and the characteristic waxiness, like lipstick. Some floral notes, hints of facial creams as well (vetiver). It reminds me of very old grain whiskies in a way. After some time, there is a nice apricot sweetness and banana shining through, as well as some mint and eucalyptus. Mouth: oak juice really, with a certain sourness but without the tannins. Mint, resinous notes, herbal teas and pepper. Lime. A bit of leather. Similar to what you get in really old bourbon, only without the sweetness. Finish: short, with pepper and a hint of cocoa.
    Let’s face it, this is a curiosum. If you approach this as a whisky, you will be disappointed. But I think it’s highly entertaining and much better than the underproof Macallan from the same bottler. I won’t score it, but I can tell you I don’t regret buying a bottle.

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