Ben Nevis 1997 BD

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Best Dram (BD)
Stated Age
18 years old
Sherry Puncheon
51.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
23 Oct 2015 4:51 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 94.91

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46 × member ratings

73 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1997 BD

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.50 points

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    18 years, sherry barrel, barrel thickness, 95 € -> fits. Powerful, fat, yummy, that delivers well.
    • Nose
      interesting - about 10cm above the glass I have fresh cherries and red apple, 5cm spicy herbs and hay, in the glass then the oak board, tobacco, leather, burned match, some cocoa powder
    • Taste
      Sachertorte, Storck giants, cocoa, black pepper, a hint of dark berry jam, sugar beet syrup
    • Finish
      first a short, warm spiciness, then again long and fat chocolate sweets with black cherry jam

  2. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. oppi scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Right power Sherry bomb with chocolaty and fruity notes

  5. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is quite an intense nose, but very Ben Nevis. It has some bbq and raw meat notes. It is thick but still tasty. With some water you get more shoe-polish and leather.

    Sweet and sour, a bit of an alcohol heat. after a few seconds the sherry influence gets more and more clear. With water it is less intense, but even better. You get a load of sweet and sour red fruit, combined with a pleasing note of sherry.

    Full and oily.

    medium-long length. Intense, a bit dry/tannic but i a good manner. Very heavy on the sherry (PX I assume).

    This was sold for under €100,- which is very good pricing.

    Don't know this was a sample.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. hans1971 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Bosi scored this whisky 82 points Specialist

    Definitely a whisky for sherry lovers, with many notes typical of these barrels. The barrels crush the whisky but something.
    • Nose
      Classic sherry notes dominate the whisky: raisins, tobacco, old leather and burnt cookies, plus some plum cake.
    • Taste
      Also in the taste of the sherry is very present. It is complemented by notes of stout beer, black bread, tobacco and fermented fruits, especially apples and grapes.
    • Finish
      The long finish also offers some oak and grape juice to dark chocolate.

  8. Murxus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nice and typical sherry wood Ben Nevis. Resembling strong the 1997/2013 Pearls of Sotland (53276), which has despite his younger age a touch stronger oak and drying tannins in the finish. 88/89 pts.

  9. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He is funny. Somehow the nose, taste and finish do not quite fit together. A clear line is missing here, but that's exactly what I like very much. It is worth to taste this malt several times, each time you discover something new.
    • Nose
      Clear raisins; dark, dry oak; Chocolate; heavy, deep sweetness; a touch of sulfur / gunpowder; Marble cake with a bit of pepper and nutmeg; dark, red apples; The sulfur / gunpowder becomes, over time, freshly baked, dark bread;
    • Taste
      Slightly creamy; dominant, bitter oak, which changes after a short time into sweetness; Cherries with chocolate, reminiscent of the interior of Mon Cherie; light spice
    • Finish
      Medium to long with pronounced spiciness and dark apples and red grapes; fresh tobacco leaves; on the palate remains a very fruity sweetness along with chocolate; From the oak of nose and taste is now hardly anything to feel


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