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Overall rating
85.56/100
votes
495
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

€ 47,36

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 10-year-old

53 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.56 points

  1. matts scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Character: An extremely complex, non-smoky and sherrylastic standard. This vividly changing filling keeps the sense of smell and taste really busy. Boredom does not really happen here at any time. A malt that invites you to explore as well as to uncomplicated enjoyment, depending on your mood. Of course, you should like sherry. Rating: The first contact with the Ben Nevis 10 has really impressed me. The 5cl sample is empty and I have the feeling that I still could not grasp all the flavors and tastes. Really impressive and quite independent of the price, I have really good 87 points today. The price-performance ratio is correspondingly terrific. I'm looking forward to getting to know this distillery better.
    • Nose
      Basic Flavors: Dried Fruit, Citrus, Sweetness, Herbs, Oils (Ethereal), Leather, Wax, Alcohol Description: The nose is somewhat difficult to access at first glance, as the Ben Nevis 10 instantly brings out a whole potpourri of flavors without any highlighting particular note. A mix of juicy raisins and sweet prunes will fill your nostrils with a generous helping of citrus flavors: lemons, oranges, and pink grapefruit create a fresh counterpoint. There is also a basket of light and sweet fruits: overripe pears, pineapple and a hint of bananas. Almost strange, how much happens here. Spicy herbs (heather) a little oily-ethereal, reminiscent of furniture polish, candle wax and some leather complete the diffuse, but extremely interesting and delicious overall profile. At the first impression, I felt the alcohol, by the way, something stinging in the nose, but at the latest after the first small sip puts the. Chapeau.
    • Taste
      Basic flavors: dried fruits, citrus fruit, fruits, sweetness, spices, oak, licorice, leather, earth Description: Gentle, sweet and slightly creamy, the drop hits the tip of the tongue. First, a pleasant spice with a slight tingling sensation on the tongue noticeable. In addition to some white pepper especially liquorice is shown to advantage. This is really a pleasant spice, no sharpness - burning does nothing here. Quite quickly, however, the sweet-and-juicy dried fruit pushes back into the foreground. A mix of raisins and prunes takes over the command and memories of sweet wild strawberries come up. Something difficult to describe, earthy is also there and subtly swing orange with. In the transition to the finish, it is accordingly sweet and sour. Milk chocolate meets dry oak and some leather, and the mouthfeel gets increasingly dry. The taste is nothing to the beautiful nose.
    • Finish
      Basic flavors: dried fruit, oak, sweetness, citrus, leather Description: The finish is medium to long. Dark dried fruit flavors and oak sound sweet and tart after. At the back there is a beautiful mix of oranges and harsh leather tones. The oak ensures that it dries up over time, with a certain basic sweetness always being preserved. At the end of the combination, the mouthfeel is similar to that of shells of darker grapes.

  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. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. fcpchampagne51 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Malzbrenner scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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.

  9. 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.

  10. The_Independent scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    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.

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