Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Jack Wiebers Whisky World (JW)
Bottling serie
The Cross Hill
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
61.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2009 12:37 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 156.58

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182 × member ratings

169 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1990 JW

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.25 points

  1. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose: old pharmacy, doctors office, aceton, nail polish remover, brushcleaner, moulded liquorice. (?!) Sulfur squared. Overripe / rotten fruitbasket. Mothers polish-basket with all kinds of used polish/wax cloths for antique furniture.

    Palate: sulfur, maggi, vinegar, grapefruit, dark chocolate, stale hot sand on the beach near Tata Steel industrie.
    Finish: very dry, sulfur, sweet, plum peels, sherry, quite herbal, overdue oranges, dried figs.

    This is, ..well.., quite a very very strange whisky. Bonkers. One of the strangest whiskies I have ever tasted. Really bizarre, but in a crazy way it is intriguing and totally different than what you are used to. And that's why I like it on a funny, wacky way, every now and then I like that crazy stuff!

  2. rottendon scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    If you like sulfur, this is it! Sauerkraut? Yeah, sort of, but to attest it everything you dislike doesn't quite match it. Beneath the sulfur there's dark chocolate, some honey, and other nicer things. Especially mouthwise there's a lot of sweet stuff going quite well together with the sourness. The finish gets really sweet so you keep it in mind with a positive attitude. Just make sure to take more than one sip, just do it! The second is a lot sweeter. ;-)

  3. Rowald Sweet Empire scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    One of the weirdest whiskies I have ever tasted. On the nose the aceton/nail polish remover comes in really aggressive (and it stays that way even with some water and time). Behind the aceton is some acidity, red fruits (berries and grapes and sour cherry). Some sulpher as well, but not overly. A little leather. Would I have gotten this blind I would have guessed a grain since the aceton is so weird and present for a single malt. The aceton isn't as strong in the taste though. Sweetness comes in. No sauerkraut overload, just a little. More like sour fruits. Strangely all the flavours do blend in nicely. Although it does keep this weird chemical feel. This is a very interesting and tasty whisky if you're into these sort of strong flavours.

  4. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Totally crazy stuff, that's one in a hundred, I'm in love.
    (Oh yes, if you stand on dishwater with dead mouse -> dilute! Price? This is a thing of its own, because you can not give meaningful "value" - if one fits, you can in principle spend the maximum on what you are willing to spend on a whisky for rummaging and drinking, because you get the taste not elsewhere. If not, then it is for a sink. ;-)
    • Nose
      Hot. I do not know what they all have. Yes, there is glue / solvent, but unlike the bourbon, fresh, cool, aromatic, on * the * tube I want to sniff, in addition to peppermint, cool, fruity, hard pear, lime (without the bitterness), a pinch of cold sore , in the background old, dusty, dry wood - wonderful, without a drop of water!
    • Taste
      But holla the forest fairy, Brett furniture polish / floor wax, hello grapefruit, a monstrous cross between dark chocolate and Maggi and he bites one after about 2 s vigorously in the tongue and will not let go.
    • Finish
      long, schaaarf, hot, a bit more uhu and oak

  5. mordread scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    It’s whiskies like these that separate the men from the boys ;)

  6. Pollenflug scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      A small delicacy in advance: Serge Valentin once rated the bottling with only 39 out of 100 points. My first impression after pouring is hard to describe. An unfamiliar mixture of distanced perplexity, laughter and curiosity is probably best. A wild conglomeration of UHU glue, paint remover, nail polish remover and sour, almost foul, notes rises slowly from my glass. Sauerkraut, Salt & Vinegar chips and hints of buttermilk follow. The heavy alcohol content (61.2%) is noticeable by a decent cooling in the nose. The previous Fehlnoten festival was already at Champions League level. I let the malt breathe for a few minutes (about 15-25). Finally: Light sherry notes, oranges, cherries, green apples, vanilla, cellar muff, nuts, light sulfur and herbs save the grotesque nose. Gorgeous square and edgy, but completely different, than all previously tasted by me Malts.
    • Taste
      Without addition of water, the Ben Nevis starts slightly oily, very dry and peppery-spicy on the palate. Sauerkraut mixes with pleasant sherry notes. Grapefruit (very sour!), Sweet, red fruits, glue, freshly ground pepper, nuts, chocolate, mint, herbs (Maggi direction) and musty wood follow. With a little bit of water, the sherry notes intensify and the texture becomes oily. I like it better because sweet-fruity flavors come to the fore. A slight amount of sulfur remains in the background.
    • Finish
      Long, peppery-spicy and slightly fruity. One last drop of UHU remains on the palate before light sherry notes, cherries, nuts, subtle sulfur, chocolate and strong herb and oak notes end Ben Nevis slowly. A noticeable dryness remains.

  7. Lorion scored this whisky 10 points Expert Senior

    Inedible. A pity, I did not expect that. 10 points. Horrible.
    • Nose
      I can not believe it. I could do it, I did not want to believe it. But sauerkraut with many bitten juniper berries is here. Intense and dominant. Some sweetness still comes through and spoiled yogurt. Unfortunately, pretty disgusting. Water : What the hell ?! The mold is so intense. I break off the nosing.
    • Taste
      The cabbage and the rotten Johgurt get started, but are (luckily) displaced by alcohol. The water is drawn from the mouth. Then there are these bitter juniper berries. In Nachschmecken then even something dark fruit comes out (a ray of hope?), Until she - plumms - falls into the sauerkraut pot.
      Water : Juniper berries are still there, plus a quite agreeable oak. The alcohol is now well integrated, it is sweeter. Unfortunately, the basic character remains.
    • Finish
      Medium long and dry, sour.

  8. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 25 points Expert Senior

    Glass cleaner, vinegar, sauerkraut, glue. Water and time do it a little better, but it stays sour in the smell, in a very repulsive way.

    The taste in the mouth of stale vomit if you haven't rinsed your mouth after a crash the night before.

    Finish: medium length, but every second is too much.

    What went wrong with the filling? It was interesting for half a minute. Then only repulsive.


  9. Koalafant scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Sufur? I don't think so. Something that reminds me of my chemical experiments at school/university but I can't figure our what it is.
    Sauerkraut? Maybe! It's kind of sauer but not really Sauerkraut. Very special, indeed.
    All in all very complex and unsusual. Let's say extraordinary! Well balanced between sweetness and sourness. I like it!

  10. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    the second time still funny. He clearly wins with water.


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