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Overall rating
85.75/100
votes
649
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

€ 58.19

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old

62 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.75 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. fcpchampagne51 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  7. 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.

  8. matfrl scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. robse211 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

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

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