Ben Nevis 10-year-old

Overall rating
85.81/100
votes
1021
Whiskybase ID
WB81735
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
10 years old
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
since 2016
Bottle code
16/304
Barcode
5026673000234
Added on
30 apr 2016 12:16 pm by Bachess

Average value

€ 58.37

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Whisky reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old

78 users have left 87 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.81 points.

  1. Chichi777 scored this whisky 79 points Newbie

    Aroma is better than taste;
    Smells are mostly fruity flavour
    • Nose
      82 82
      there is a hint of sulphur in the beginning. apple, lychee, sugarcane juice,Stewed pear with rock candy,Oxidized red apples, overall sweetness
    • Taste
      75 75
      bitterness,tannins and a little bit of smoke
    • Finish
      79 79
      chocolate and vanilla

  2. SimonOHA scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very nice 10 year old for a regular range.
    • Nose
      Oily and green nose, maritime, pome fruit, citrus, solvent, woody, mineral.
    • Taste
      Oily, lemony mouth, with red fruits, iodized on the finish.
    • Finish
      Finale on a very pleasant fruity/iodized mix.

  3. Kensay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Decent base, the nose is just top
    • Nose
      88 88
      Luxurious peaches with cream, wax, citruses
    • Taste
      85 85
      Apricot kernels, vanilla, oranges
    • Finish
      86 86
      Orange peel, spices and grape skins

  4. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

  5. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Juicy bright delicious whisky. Its only disadvantage is 46%
    • Nose
      Greens, apple, cream cake, brown bread, ground black pepper and sun-warmed wood.
    • Taste
      Caramel sweetness, spices, lemon peel and some tannins.
    • Finish
      Medium length, pleasantly burning, with hints of dried fruits, spicy spices, caramel, fresh pastries and a delicate oak influence.

  6. zzqfyl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  7. MaltMartyr scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    nicely blended with bourbon and sherry casks for a spicy, yet refined taste for a ten year old OB.
    • Nose
      87 87
      butterscotch, orange rind, ethanol, yeast, luxardo cherries, leather
    • Taste
      88 88
      honey, pistachio, philo dough dessert
    • Finish
      85 85
      black pepper, perfumed, slight iodine

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    Little strange nose, little watery and low complexity, still somehow easy drinkable
    • Nose
      83 83
      White wine, green fruits, green apple, kiwi, lime zest, papaya, little leafy, hints of new plastic, spices, pepper, citric
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, subtle sweetness, citric, fruity, yellow fruits, apple, pear, little vanilla
    • Finish
      81 81
      Medium long, warm, ctric, fruity, little spicy, pepper

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Dirty, hay, grass, lemon, sulfur, vanilla, lacks the Ben Nevis fruitiness, still characterful and easy to sip

  10. DGV scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Not a very trivial dozen. The aroma is powerful, thick, sherry, with the presence of a "barnyard". After the "nose" you expect a natural continuation in the taste, but unfortunately it sags ... Yes, there is sherry, with all flavor derivatives, but the density and viscosity are not enough. The finish also could not surprise with its duration and palette of tastes, perhaps it did not have enough strength. However, I liked the whisky, it’s definitely not a passable option and will be happy to return to it in the future.

  11. geriud scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. prz22 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    There are both better and worse Basic editions of malts. This is single malt level but no other pros to be mentioned. Just ok.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  13. Diederikv scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    Good whisky, in my opinion not really pronounced in taste experience. The bottle was therefore quickly empty.

  14. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Perhaps the whisky had been in the half-empty sample bottle for too long, but by far I liked the nose best.
    Hints of the (partly tropical) fruits that can be found in so many bottlings of the vintage 96 and at the same time an earthy and hearty note. Unfortunately, it can't quite hold it in the mouth and finish
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Fortunate were those who got the first batch (batches?) in the new bottle as the juice was comprised of 10 yo and significantly older Ben Nevis due to shortages of 10 yo. The color quite dark, very flavorful. Later batches got lighter until the normal 10 yo, status quo if you will, was "restored". Either way, Ben Nevis remains a distillery some people won't ever like b/c of the distinct distillate.

  16. antoniod scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    What a strong flavor. Burned caramel and intense brown sugar, also spicey, warm. I love this one.

  17. Tastingbros scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/02/10/cheap-good/
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. Gweddry scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    interesting after a while in a glass
    • Nose
      initially slightly sweet peat, a little smoke, sweet orange, then sweet fruit, vanilla, papaya DILUTED sherry, orange peel
    • Taste
      strong, sweet citrus, caramel, hint of peat, traces of soap and sherry, sweet, at the end bitter coffee, malt, spices
    • Finish
      lemon, raisins, traces of sherry and nuts

  19. Teomarg scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  20. robbert88 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    During the first sip my eyebrows almost disappeared into my hairline so high that they were pulled up. What bizarre and strange flavors.
    I thought I'd drink an “easy whisky” but this is nice and complex too.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  21. Mapl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. Boenke scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    My bottle is from 2019. This one really has a distinctive nose and taste. Lots of apples. Long finish. Feels like a much older whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Oak - Honey - Butterscotch- Apple
    • Taste
      94 94
      Oily - butterscotch - Cream - Pepper - Oak
    • Finish
      92 92
      Oak - Sweet

  23. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This is different in a good way, like your odd ball friend who you enjoy just not all the time. A great funky sherry pour with a nice fruity oak and caramel background. Great value for what you get!
    • Nose
      Dank, musty basement, sour sherry, vanillas, citrus
    • Taste
      Fruity, funky tang is their but not as sour as on the nose. Caramel, grapefruit, over ripe strawberries,
    • Finish
      Long, the sour fades and a gentle sweetness with a touch of oak linger.

  24. Numwierum scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet, ripe apples and pears, a slight sulphurous impression, some mint and very subtle citrus notes.
    Taste: More apple than pear, the citrus notes are more intense, slightly musty and leathery, herbs and subtle honey.
    Finish: slightly dry, oak wort appears, as medium length I would describe it.
    Conclusion: a whisky with character and recognition value.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  25. nallacam scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Try in the 1920's Blender glass

    I like him.
    In my opinion, the amount of sherry is very low or the barrels were used accordingly before.
    • Nose
      91 91
      For me, the sweetness of the bourbon barrel dominates, and the typical dirty note of Ben Nevis mixes with it. No peat, but a certain association cannot be avoided.
      It also has a sharpness, a youthful note, unripe apples, green fruit, freshness, acidity.
      Even a slight sulfur nuance is there, which seems to me to have a pleasant character due to the higher proportion of bourbon barrels and the associated sweetness. I sometimes have problems with pure sherry barrel ripening (spring bench).
      Herbs are there, freshly cut lovage, parsley, fennel ... tea is added, Sencha, Darjeeling ...
      A road is being paved in the distance.
      Vermouth, Chatreuse, Riesling from Alsace.

      After about 20 minutes in the glass, it becomes fruity, harmonious, a honey sweetness is above everything.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Spicy and strong with no bitterness, it spreads warmly throughout the mouth.
      The fruit is restrained, a little Granny Smith.
      Mineral and dry, green pepper, vanilla, nutmeg.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Here the bottling "loses" a little. It has to be said that the outlet would be on the same level, if it were on a level with much more expensive single cask bottlings. Even if it certainly (?) Has no smoke, there is a similarity to older Caol Ilas for me.

  26. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/03/bottle-polishing-2020-back-to-scotch/

    As soon as I popped the cork and sniffed – bingo! – yet I subsequently found the neck-pour of this Nevis relatively simple and rather ‘bourbonised’ to taste. It took a couple of weeks to open up, and open up it did.

    N: There’s that ‘Nevis pong’ which it turns out is rather ‘Marmite’ for a lot of folks. As for descriptors, I’ll start you off with pongy rose water [memories of my pre-teenage self attempting to make rose-based perfume in a bucket of rain water], salty mineral-y raisin/sherry-sweet lemon-citrus > sawdusty < leathery fudge, a subtle floral-aromatic-herbaceous spice blend [an area well worth exploring], albumen-eggy pancake-bread with maple syrup, hollandaise-y sherry creamy sultanas …. and so it goes on. Whether you like this or not is one thing, but there’s no denying either the detail nor the character. Nearest distillery reference maybe Pulteney and Port Ellen no less, but there’s no other distillery that quite generates this malt style at this time.
    T: After an acute salty-citrus arrival, it’s briefly waxy/dusty/peppery sultanas, date & walnut [stone] juice that candidly talks of sherry, [more] sweet=sour salty lemons, a suggestion of ash/dust as it dries with soft dried caraway > fennel [maybe even dill] and Caramac as it becomes more caramel-y,….
    F: ,… and a touch waxy sour-lemon to bitter [flower leaves] – sweet floral salty toffee, leather belts, a tempered/simmering pepperiness, suggestions of squid ink, relaxed waxy savoury-sweet sherry influence by the end with some dry earth at the death.

    C: A modern classic, coming to an old & rare show near you in 30 years time.

  27. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. robse211 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Fresh lager, mineral, fresh fruits, dried herbs, citrusy, vanilla, white pepper, dark chocolate..

  30. jack.h1988 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic value malt - in the same bang for your buck bracket as Springbank 10, Kilkerran 12 & Benromach 10.

    On the nose there's a lot going on - malty, nutty, honeyed, leather, sweet onion soup - savoury one minute and back to sweet the next.

    The palate is oily and minerally, with a really nice mix of oranges and dried fruits, slightly peppery and spicy, and some light peat. Finish is more of the same and just gives the impression that there are some older casks in the mix.

    Overall highly recommended at the current price point of £40-45.

  31. Koidream scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  32. Stanzeflasche scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very woody nose, very successful, perfect balance between soft caramel, blackberry, plum, fresh fig, cereals and plums. Very dense, fruity, apple palate, mixed with light coffee and dark chocolate. Spices, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, but dosed just right. Very long finish with prunes, wood returns, with notes of cola, cereals, oats, puffed rice, and yeast. Heather land in retro-olfaction. Toffee.

    https://ilikesky2020.blogspot.com/2020/11/ben-nevis-10-yo.html
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  33. Valérie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  34. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Color: Mellow Gold

    Nose: On first nosing, you're struck with great citrus, specifically lemons. But it's certainly not a one-dimensional citrus bomb like some malts can be. There's also varnish, gasoline, and exhaust fumes. The combination with the citrus is terrific: simultaneously complex and approachable. As others have mentioned, it's got tremendous character for being non-peaty and not intensely sherried. These are my favorite profiles.

    Mouth: Tongue-coating, pleasing mouthfeel. Diverges from the nose here and goes to a more conventional profile of honey (I won't pretend to differentiate the several types and apply one of them here), malt, and fruit. It's good, but it's not the same level as the nose for me. I don't find the black pepper notes that are typically associated with this bottle.

    Finish: It's good, but nothing extraordinary or particularly different from the palate.

    Comments: This bottling is often included in discussions about the best young, standard, inexpensive official bottlings. Others mentioned include Springbank 10 yo, Benromach 10, Kilkerran 12 yo, and Ardbeg 10 yo. In my opinion, Ben Nevis 10 yo's inclusion is warranted. The nose was enough to push it towards the top of the group, but I think the palate is a bit more pedestrian--still good, but not on the level of the others. It's middle-of-the-pack in terrific company.

  35. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  36. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Yellow gold in the glass and with narrow windows presents the Ben Nevis 10years. A legend that raises great expectations - and absolutely fulfilled !!!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very fruity and kräutrig with a variety of flavors. He looks "yellow" and fresh; Lime, quince, spruce, mint, hay, vineyard peach, honeydew melon, heather honey, white lilac ...
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet and full, mint, thyme, heather honey, some wax, melon, fresh sawdust, popcorn. A very nice tingling on the palate framed by a great vanilla note. A wonderfully oily consistency. The game between fruit and herbs inspires me beyond measure!
    • Finish
      87 87
      Vanilla sweetness, then white pepper, which turns sparkling into a great minty note. The palate is fresh, almost like a Wrigley's, just tastier! An amazingly long finish.

  37. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Incredibly aromatic and lively. Lots of oranges, candied limes, but also dirty, spicy accents. Gradually, blueberries and blackberries, raspberries, Black Forest cake, salt, heather, canned peaches and soft metallic tones follow. Becomes more and more sherrytöniger and creamy with time.
    • Taste
      Full and energetic. Very fruity with oranges, limes, raspberry, sherry, leather, rosehip tea, Japanese rice cakes, earth, nuts, panforte the sienna, cocoa and dark chocolate with sea salt. Develops with a few drops of water to a true fruit bomb.
    • Finish
      Long, sherry-toned, spicy and warm. Later Va hazelnut.

  38. The_Independent scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Unusual standard with rough edges. Interesting, but not quite mine.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Dull fruit, lots of malt, plenty of dirty notes, cough drops, a bit floral. Citrus notes with time. Pretty hard to decode.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Some acidity, sweet malt, herbs, spices, some oak.
    • Finish
      81 81
      About medium-long, creamy, light coffee, herbs, bright fruits in the background. Quite unspectacular.

  39. The_Independent scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Unusual standard with rough edges. Interesting, but not quite mine.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Dull fruit, lots of malt, plenty of dirty notes, cough drops, a bit floral. Citrus notes with time. Pretty hard to decode.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Some acidity, sweet malt, herbs, spices, some oak.
    • Finish
      81 81
      About medium-long, creamy, light coffee, herbs, bright fruits in the background. Quite unspectacular.

  40. Valérie scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  41. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2019/04/03/whiskylive-2019-day-1-part-2/

    Near to the Deanston stand was Ben Nevis who are making waves with their standard 10yo and the vintage cask strength version. I’m told much of the stock for these presentations was bought back from brokers by Ben Nevis due to dwindling supplies.

    C: 10yo is still top notch: Today, a mark higher from me.

  42. Vince' scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  43. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  44. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  45. Mr. D. scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  46. Rien scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  47. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    When I first tasted this, I was very much intrigued. It is complex, slightly unconfomfortable with some unexpected “off”-notes, but most of all different from standard bottlings from most other distilleries. I can see why is loved by many critics and whiskyfans, but I can also see why this is not for everyone. Me, I just love this deliceiously dirty dram.
    • Nose
      The first sniff brings a fair amount of sulphur, think of burned matches, which is quickly accompanied, or better suppressed, by a very waxy profile. Lots of paraffin together with multiple metallic notes, such as iron and copper. The copper cable of electric wires. The nose is quite electric too. I now get many fresh fruits including kiwi, apples, unripe mangos, melon, and some lemon curd. A tiny amount of water (do not add too much, it is “only” 46%) brings new leather, a strange hint of plastic, and more waxes.
    • Taste
      On the palate, I am directly taken to the farm. Hay, stables, and mud. Joined immediately by a fruity side with lemons and apples. The fruits appear beautifully waxy. Obviously there is copper, which I often find in Ben Nevis. The palate is deliciously dirty. Water brings more fruits (more lemon and oranges) mixed with mud, roots, and metallic dust. Maybe a hint of cardboard and magazines at the end.
    • Finish
      More of the above.

  48. Oakenshield scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Dark chocolate, spices, dried fruits and very walls. Somewhat woody.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full-bodied, this chocolate always, a little pepper, dried fruits (pear, cherry plum), some almonds. Hay notes.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Final long, staying on spices and this chocolate strong enough. A bit salty.
      An interesting Scotch, original but not very complex. A good daily dram of autumn and winter, as much in aperitif as in digestive.

  49. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  50. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I liked the old profile, but the new one also came in beautifully, apparently increasing the percentage of bourbon barrels, hence vanilla and cream and less sulfur with leafy foliage, out of the minuses - the new one has become generally liquefied, watery.
    • Nose
      Open, moist, light, airy, a lot of lemon, citrus notes, lemonade, floral hues, industrial notes and pre-foliage are very weak in the background.
    • Taste
      Light, oak-creamy with metallic sour, sulfuric and industrial notes.
    • Finish
      Light, mineral, with lemonade tones and metallic aftertaste, vanilla and creamy notes.

  51. Wolv scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  52. ctu scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Correct young Ben Nevis. It has a bit grotesque, but it's easy to drink. Good value for money. 85/86.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Complex. Big sherry and malt. Dried fruits, cocoa, antique leather and tobacco.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Oily, creamy. Herbals, grass, dark chocolate and paper. Pepper, ginger and earl gray tea. Touch of salted caramel and oak.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, spicy, bittersweet. Waxy fruits.

  53. Simo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  54. ARDBERG scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I can't compare it to the past bottlings as I never tasted them. However, I find this a great characterful sippin' dram with a fantastic price/quality ratio. Which other 10 yo would spring to mind with a similar ratio? The resurrected Talisker 10 of late, the new Springbank 10, Benromach 10. Game over.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  55. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/flying-solo-ben-nevis-10yo/

    As I rarely refer to the colour of whisky, its unlikely I’ve ever given mention to the colour of the glassware, let alone label design. I do however find the smoky browny/green glass bottle with its substantial & weighted dark wooden cork top, coupled with the label style that combines traditional & contemporary design, most pleasing. I’m surprised Ralfy only [recently] gave this 83 but I hear strong rumours of wild batch discrepancies.

    N: A unique nose that I hope my descriptors will reflect. We have then: mossy malt, wet flint, damp yet firm chalk, tobacco, cocoa and carbolic/struck match/ash for starters. The oloroso sherry is subtle yet undeniable, balanced by malty old brown leather with a cracked sheen, kitchen roll, Smarties, an array of mainly dried fruits & roots [ginger, radish & bananas], a hint of sick [yep], larger/beer-like Rusks, a liquorice stick, ruby-streaked mustard salad leaves, linseed oil-covered All-bran, Vegemite-covered oak, one baked beans tin [empty but un-rinsed], microwave lasagne, barley bio-fuel with a unique woody=sweet-leathery=compost character,… I’ve gone on too long. Absolutely all sorts here, yet despite all of these quirky details, we are in the main talking fundamentally of a vegetal barley-oat sugar-icing malt, with Smarties casings being the prevalent top note thereafter. Super.

    T: [Hemp] oily-slick yet dry-vegetal sweet>herbal, raisin=sultana/malty-distillate led-barley juice - one with a flavoursome kick straight off with a hint of burnt match box. There isn’t a complex nor sustained journey but in the initial stages we see it becomes paper-waxy into cocoa-All bran with woodydigestive biscuits and still with those vegetal sugars to the finish. Every sip displays varied colours within the colour spectrum unique to this bottling. Chip shop grey paper appears as the mouth becomes mildly salty [dry salty], but with plenty of caramel>toffee & malty-porridge sugars in the mix throughout. And there’s some oak here, equal to the brilliantly precocious distillate. Neat it becomes [Thai curry] peppery, but a few drops sorts that it. In your face deliciousness.

    F: Soon moves on, the oak turning to a lime-y cereal liquorice stick. Limey sugar granules & a pint of larger top turning to easter egg chocolate before releasing some of the coating from iced almonds as well as icing sugar for sure. Finishes waxy with cocoa

  56. Simo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  57. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Really delicious Highland Malt.
    • Nose
      freshly beaten wood, heather and mineral. Fresh porridge with bananas, dry leather and wet moss, warm hay. Lemon drops. Further back walnut crisp.
    • Taste
      Rice waffles with milk chocolate coating. A lot of nuts, brown sugar, citrus come through again, to aromatic green pepper. Buttery mouthfeel, a little cinnamon.
    • Finish
      surprisingly long, dry

  58. Dirk scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    I really like this, a lot. Not everyone will enjoy this but the quality is very high, flavour wise: excellent.  But boy I have never smelled a whisky which has this much liquorice. Reminds me of the liquorice ball you could buy at the summer carnivals in the Netherlands.
    • Nose
      Liquorice, honey and oranges. Some dried fruits, a fair touch of raisins and a bit nuts. I think macadamia. A very faint touch of smoke and herbs.
    • Taste
      Oranges, dried fruits, some nuts and a fair amount of salty caramel. A bit of cinnamon and milk chocolate, I just have to say this is very nice!
    • Finish
      Midlong finish, quite sweet with some liquorice in the mix. Well balanced!

  59. TheWhiskyAgent scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Review from my blog;

    http://thewhiskyagents.com

    Less sweet on the nose with eucalyptus and menthol again. Cold fruit pie made from peaches, apricots and blood oranges. Can you smell the crust? A grassy element like dried hay. And…oh…cinnamon! Nice. On the palate it’s drier but with a sweet backbone. Good mouthfeel, full and well balanced. Fruit compote with spices: Cinnamon, cloves and cardamom. The oak hardly feels at all, it’s there but just supports the overall concept. Well it does taste different than the old version but it is still great value for the price. The dunnage aftertaste is still present, good. I salute original bottlings at 46% it’s so much more expressive. The new design is well in line with the old one and I do like that they didn’t overdo it: Ben Nevis you have my loyal support.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  60. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  61. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    some complain, that this expression has changed so much. I like it better than the old one which I found quite good as far as I remember. 88/100

    and I like the bottle shape a lot!!!
    • Nose
      wow, this is different to the older expression!        far less caramelly (thumb up), dried fruits, nuts, walnut oil, smoke and in the background a certain coastalness that reminds me of oban. isn´t Oban right in the middle between Fort William and Campbeltown? you´re right, not really but in fact it also reminds me of springbank. it´s only the remaining caramel that distracts my nose but well, finally there has to be a difference! we also have some salt on the nose and of course this special aroma that I cannot pin down and which I always translate to "Japanese rice cake".
    • Taste
      yeah, japanese rice cakes (ok, probably this is nonsense) but I can recognize it immediately as Ben Nevis. also on the palate the caramel is less for good, quite some smoke, leather, nuts, engine oil (I finally will have to try engine oil for real) and a little salted butter.
    • Finish
      medium to long, nicely dry

  62. Ed Radour scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  63. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice catchy malt, good to drink.
    • Nose
      Notes from a blind tasting.

      Fruity with pear and pineapple, sweet, (honey?), Fresh wood, light mint with little alcohol. After a while, the flavors change towards floral / herbaceous.
    • Taste
      A bit tart and hot on the tongue, then the fruit, sweet honey, malt, fresh wood, some chocolate
    • Finish
      Medium-long, spicy, fruity, slightly sweet, with the spicy portion getting the upper hand at the end.

  64. chippy scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      79 79

  65. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

    • Nose
      citrus, sweat, sherry, sweet
    • Taste
      sherry, apple, dry, small notes of sherry
    • Finish
      sherry, sweet and round

  66. robain scored this whisky 85 points Specialist

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

  67. TWJoe scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    When I opened the bottle the spirit was rather hot and not that pleasant, but after six months open in the bottle it is much smoother and a real pleasure to drink.

  68. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  69. Doctor B. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  70. whiskyinstitut did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    An above-average standard
    • Nose
      Beeswax, wild honey, slightly resinous, caramel, grassy, ​​oak tones
    • Taste
      Honey sweet and vanilla, very balanced and creamy, subtle oak spice, orange juice
    • Finish
      The oak dominates with the honey, a pleasant bitterness remains on the palate

  71. Opeth83 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Not even close too the older delivery. Disappointed! 
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  72. Daan Tje scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  73. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Independent, edgy, fresh and aromatic - one of my favorites in the price segment
    • Nose
      Initially, the typical Nevis herbal note, but this is over time and it is very exotic fruity, canned pineapple, white gummy bears, tannin, lemon zest and juice, later orange and orange blossom, vanilla, spice, so a creamy oak note as if oak dust floating in space - greasy, resinous oak dust
    • Taste
      sweet, fruity, mildly refreshing, cooling mint on the tongue and tart resinous herbs on the palate (mint, thyme, resinous sticky rosemary, pine needles and also a little cannabis flowers) all accompanied by a spicy oak note without bitterness, a slight waxy note
    • Finish
      Coffee and chocolate notes, the tongue is cool and pleasantly tingling, sherry sweetness and dryness spread, the finish is quite long

  74. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2017]  This review is on the most recent batch of the 10 year old Ben Nevis as it was served at the end of a distillery tour today.

    An easy-to-drink dram but I had better 10-years old batches of Ben Nevis in the past...
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is pale gold and the texture shows fast thin legs and late small tears. The nose offers a light grassy and nutty profile with hints of heather honey.
    • Taste
      82 82
      On the palate the nutty flavours dominate, imbedded in a honey-sweet and firm wooden structure. The grassy aromas are somehow gone.
    • Finish
      85 85
      The mouthfeel is warming and peppery with (at least) a slightly coating touch. The finish is of medium length and adds some nice dark chocolate flavours to the party.

  75. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  76. Mark-E scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  77. kot1803 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  78. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The old one is one of my favorite standard OA, great whisky for a fair € 40. The new one is similar in the nose, in the mouth then clearly different, but I like it just as well. Let's see if this is the "natural" batch variation or concept.
    • Nose
      Comparison old (52941) vs. new (81735):
      something new is brighter
      old: strong and full, clear sherry barrel, "dirty" sweet, nougat, orange marmalade, with soil, old wood and some dirty smoke, new: similar but drier, less sweet and dirty, the fruit fresher and more exotic (towards lime / passion fruit)
    • Taste
      old: milk chocolate, nougat, nut, a little black pepper, earth, leather - strong in the mouth, fat, sweet, dirty, slightly scratchy, new: first creamy-oily with white chocolate and exotic-bitter fruit, lime, passion fruit, grapefruit, then more and more bitter, burned, drier
    • Finish
      new: long, Haribo white, lots of white pepper, burnt bread roll, old: sweet and spicy, less spicy and bitter, creamier than the new one

  79. Bram84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  80. JacobaEd scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  81. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  82. fsvtav15 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  83. fsvtav15 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    For one 10 years dram it's good one
    • Nose
      Wood nose and fruity
      Alcool
    • Taste
      Strong woody and fruitly and herbacy
    • Finish
      Not so long herbacy soaur

  84. Mannoni did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    @LukeFive and @Koning. 

    Sorry about that. Don't you think a mail would have been more efficient than adding a note ?

    Discovered my horrible mystake by pure hazard (quite).

  85. Koning did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Mannoni, what a 'useful' addition to Whiskybase! 

    You're copy pasting a note from Serge Valentin to a wrong bottle (he tasted the old bottle, not the new repackaged one) and you're ruining the average score with 1 point for this bottle.. 

  86. FLKegel scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

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