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Overall rating
88.31/100
votes
72
Whiskybase ID
WB74893
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
06.1972
Bottled
10.2015
Stated Age
43 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Casknumber
1
Number of bottles
261
Strength
42.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
26 nov 2015 10:03 pm by QuarterCentury
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1073.22

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72 × member ratings

59 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1972 MBl

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.31 points

  1. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The nose is really great and is very complex with flavors that are not tangible or indescribable for me. In the taste and finish one notices the age clearly, since here with "only" 42,5% a lot is brought out (nevertheless, if the two, three per cent had more, would surely be an absolute dream).
    Although the taste and finish are rather subtle, I like the overall package of this Ben Nevis very well. Luckily I have a little something in the sample in it
    • Nose
      Tobacco and leather; dark, sweet sherry meets dried fruits; Furniture polish; a little sulfur; slightly tart notes are also there; Christmas fruit (oranges and mandarins with clove and cinnamon); very subtle herbal flavors; slight bitterness and spiciness; the nose becomes more complex over time and it will be difficult for me to name all the flavors.
    • Taste
      very oily and very soft on the tongue; oak again together with leather and dark fruits; again full, dry sherry; the tingling builds up only very slowly and is very discreet
    • Finish
      medium to long; the oak dominates the finish; again dark fruits and a heavy sweetness; the oak remains on the palate for a very long time; again slightly harsh;

  2. FernetBranco scored this whisky 61 points Connoisseur

    So why the cost over 300 ¬ is a mystery to me. Unfortunately a big disappointment. Flat, bland and anything but remarkable. What did he do for 43 years in his barrel? The finish is still the best: short and painless ...
    • Nose
      65 65
    • Taste
      61 61
    • Finish
      74 74

  3. MrRancho scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A lovely palate, which drives away time for an hour or so without getting bored. Need some time in the glass (30 min). Hand warming also brings new facets. I can really recommend it to anyone, I've never had anything like that in my glass!
    • Nose
      Sweet, caramel, milk chocolate, dried apricot, orange. After a while grass and hay. With hand warmth still leather, pipe tobacco. And there are many more notes that I can not describe ...
    • Taste
      Sweet oak and a barely describable flavor conglomerate. In any case, cocoa, but also salt stalks or potato chips ...
    • Finish
      The finish is not too long, but it remains a bitter-interesting residual sweetness after another sip demands.

  4. Dramlicious scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Alright, it took longer than expected, but here it is! My 200th review on dramlicious.com! And what would be better than to celebrate this special occasion with a special whisky?

    http://dramlicious.com/tasty-tastings-episode-85/

  5. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Very yummy, nothing flat or superimposed, as my pre-posters write, but with a Ben Nevis I would have been looking forward to a little more kick towards Maggi / herbs / wood, to "normal".
    Is he worth 340 €? 43 years cost me, I had probably even more expensive, I tasted less good, but also cheaper, I liked more. Everything in the frame.
    • Nose
      sweet, syrupy, with a fruity slightly acidic note (molasses, beet syrup, sherry, ripe red grapes, blackcurrants) ... but also dusty, dry old wood, old dry herbs, slightly bitter, Maggi, tobacco ... fascinating, me Every time I nose my nose, I can only smell either the sweet-fruited or the tart notes
    • Taste
      Syrup and juicy grapes here too, but only briefly
      after a few seconds, the oak fights in the foreground, milk coffee, dark chocolate, but remains very sweet, the bitterness does not kill, Storck giants, a hint of herbal liqueur ... creamy mouthfeel, full-bodied
    • Finish
      long, bittersweet, molasses, tobacco, leather

  6. Murxus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    probably already overaged: slightly bitter sweetness of very dark caramel / molasses, bouillon, soup vegetables. The typical Ben Nevis I do not find here, the barrel has probably now heavily overlaid.
    Nevertheless, with peculiar charm and interesting. PS (25.01.2016): I could not resist the attempt and blinded him with a Ben Nevis SV 1991 cask2909 (in the glass). So it would be 91 pts 8) PPS (11.02.2016): with "overaged" I mean that the barrel was already slightly above its zenith. Not at all inedible, I enjoy every dram and my rating rises from Dram to Dram on 89/90 pts. :-)

  7. EJS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Heerst scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    An intensely aged Ben Nevis that needs a lot of time to open up. My first sip from the sample I experienced as overly bitter and dry, but it has developed a lot more attractive nuances now that it has had some air.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Campfire, incense, balsamic vinegar, shoe polish. The Ben Nevis fruitiness hides beneath a layer of ashes. It becomes sweeter as it spends time in the glass. Vanilla cake, marzipan, cinnamon and herbal liqueur backed by hay and tobacco leaf.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Worn leather shoes in an old wooden closet. Mothballs. More bitter than the nose suggests. Fruits and syrup rise up slowly but remain hidden beneath wooden floorboards.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Dusty wood and herbal liqueur. A drying and powdering sensation lingers on the palate.

  9. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet pipe tobacco, cherry jam, some menthol. Leather, freshly cooked coffee, dry earth, cress. Raisins, vanilla bars.
    • Taste
      Oily. Dark cherries, farmer's bread with sugar beet syrup. Some pepper, old wood, dark chocolate with candied orange pieces. Black tea with candy sugar.

  10. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very split on the evening, my colleagues gave him extreme 80P partly, I liked him quite well.
    • Nose
      Mocha, with sweet tobacco, chocolate and Nussigkeit, some furniture polish on damp wood, dried mandarins and apricots, some nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit bitter, vllt. some lovage too
    • Taste
      Coffee and leather, some lovage and furniture polish, tingling, nutmeg, tannins and dried fruit, ginger and clove, tobacco and liquorice, brown sugar slightly burned
    • Finish
      Here you can see the age, quite long, elegant, slightly dry-bitter with the tannins, some tea and mocha, cloves and nutmeg

  11. MadScientist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      94 94

  12. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Tasted this dram at the 5 year jubilee tasting of Passie voor Whisky in June 2017

    Nose: Fruits, mocha, chocolate and hazelnuts. Also raisins and some wet wood dampiness.

    Taste: Coffee and "haags hopjes" ( = a Dutch coffee, caramel, cream, butter candy). Also some antique furniture wax.

    Finish: the coffee and Haagse hopjes remain, together with some wooden dryness and a bit of spiciness.

    All together quite a tasty dram, but there were some strange notes in it which i could not fully place.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  13. mr.p9 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    there was something strange in the first taste of this dram.Something chemical.by the second sip it faded. nice dram but not for this money.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. recursiewhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A very sophisticated dram indeed. It needs a lot of time to really open up as at the start the leather, tobacco, oak and sherry seem to dominate the more refined aromas. But your patience is most certainly rewarded. The depth of flavour and layering is lovely, the aromas are continuously shifting between the sweet & dark, dry & fruity characteristics of this dram. The palate feels a bit week (due to the low abv.) at the first sip but is well compensated by the intense and lush flavours.. I could most certainly sit with this a whole evening and be very happy indeed.
    All in all an intense yet elegant Ben Nevis.
    • Nose
      A rich, oily, full, fruity and well balanced whisky with aromas of rich creamy oak, lush sweet sherry, berries (blueberries, blackberries, elderberries), forest honey, caramel, toffee, red apples, backed pear, old books, damp cellar, dried fruits (plums, cherries, figs, apricots, raisins), overripe nectarines, creamy milk chocolate, roasted coconut, tea, boiled sweets, sweet tobacco, cinnamon, allspice, candied ginger, burlap, leather, rosewood, polished limousin oak, antique polish, orange zest, marmalade, grapefruit peels, hay and more rich oak. 
    • Taste
      A rich, creamy, full, balanced and elegant whisky with aromas of lush sweet sherry, coffee, cocoa powder, tannins, ripe nectarines, peach, pear, dried fruits (raisins, figs, dates, apricots, plums, cherries), baking spices (cinnamon, ginger, sweet clove, nutmeg, allspice), bitter orange marmalade, antique polish, beeswax, polished limousin oak, sweet pipe tobacco, rosewood, milk chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, butter, hay, leather, treacle, grape seeds and dry bitter oak.
    • Finish
      A long, elegant and slightly drying finish with aromas of lush dry sherry, tannins, tea, mocha, chocolate, baking spices, red fruits, dried fruits, sweet tobacco, brown sugar, dark caramel, leather and rich dry limousin oak.

  15. Sandman scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sherry, cherries, chocolate, tobacco, leather and red fruit
    • Taste
      Chocolate, cherries, coffee beans, tobacco and leather
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, sweet red fruit, chocolate, tobacco and coffee

  16. ffmdino scored this whisky 65 points Connoisseur

    Has he been in the barrel for too long? It's hard to say. Everyone has to decide for themselves. One should like this sherry but strong sherry and wood influence. Very important: he needs time then he will be more pleasing!
    • Nose
      direct welcome by the sherry, the leather comes through nicely, sweetie
    • Taste
      he puts himself oily around the tongue hmmmmm at the beginning a bit sour, the typical red fruits, raisins
    • Finish
      red fruits and oak

  17. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A great drop and an absolute Schnüffelwhisky! The taste is dominated by fine oak, leather and tobacco flavors. The old age is the Ben Nevis noted and I was very fascinated by taste. Whether the high price for this 43-year-old whisky is justified, I can definitely answer with a big "YES". Since it is also my vintage, it has paid off twice!
    • Nose
      Slowly and heavily, oily drops return to the glass after being swiveled. Deep dark and amber, the Ben Nevis shimmers in the glass. Fine sherry aromas stand out of the glass. Apricots and a hint of orange harmonize with raisins. Sweet toffee plays with dried tobacco leaves. Old, but very discreet, leather mixes with the tobacco and lets the sweet and fine fruit take precedence again.
    • Taste
      At first sip then harsh and spicy oak. Intense leather and old tobacco immediately follow the oak. Sweet and creamy fruit briefly flashes before the aroma of fine spicy oak sets in again. Again and again, the leather and tobacco flavors fight through the fine wood notes.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is initially dominated by fine spicy oak, but then changes and the leather and tobacco flavors of the taste dominate. Fine and subtle bitter aromas follow, creating a hint of sharpness. At the end of the finish, a fine nutty aroma is created.

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