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Overall rating
88.82/100
votes
42
Whiskybase ID
WB82426
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Hidden Spirits (HiSp)
Bottling serie
Highproof
Vintage
21.05.1999
Bottled
11.04.2016
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
ex-Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
BN9916
Number of bottles
281
Strength
57.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 May 2016 11:18 am by whiskynews.it
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 146.77

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1999 HiSp

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.82 points

  1. vlad78 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful spring yellow floral and fruit release.
    • Nose
      Mown grass, linden petals, heather, jasmine, yellow apple and duchess pear, a hot bun torn by hands.
    • Taste
      Sweet, apple, fruit, with a hint of petals and a little bitterness. Burning and bright.
    • Finish
      Sweet, like duchess, hot, with notes of lollipops, long-lasting.

  2. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  3. sarthur71 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      84 84

  4. Seanzhang scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Bitter Ben

    Andrea Ferrari (what’s in a name?) was a well-known Italian whisky blogger, but in 2013 he decided to go pro and became an independent bottler. He christened his company Hidden Spirits, which focuses on single cask whisky. Thanks to a broad network, his releases can be found in Germany, Hong Kong, Australia, Bulgaria and the UK. In their so-call ‘highproof’ series, Andrea offers single casks at cask strength. This is a Ben Nevis that he released in 2016 at 57.4% ABV.

    Very herbal nose in which the typical fruitiness of Ben Nevis is almost impossible to detect. Think wilted flowers, freshly cut green wood, roasted coffee beans and hay. It takes a while before some apricots and chocolate appears. Surprising and atypical, but I am not (yet) flabbergasted.

    Much improvement on the palate, though. Rich fruity notes (apples followed by grapes and pears with some late apricot and a hint of mango) with some grapefruit and lemongrass. Lots of pepper now. Midpalate the bitterness kicks in again, but no woody notes. This is more bittersweet of fruit than tannins. Luckily. Very spicy indeed, giving it punch, but also a prickle.

    The finish is fairly long, but just a tad too bitter to be really good.

    Nice Ben Nevis, but too bitter. The nose could not convince me.

  6. EJS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Mark-E scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. vredensever scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The aroma is bright, thick: humus, foliage and grass, fresh wood saw cut, juices (fruit and vegetable), pastry notes, coffee, chocolate.

    The taste is sharp and rich, sweet at first: pepper, bitter chocolate, a hint of plastic, grass, bark, oak, bitterness.

    The finish is even, slightly knitting with oak and a hint of plastic.

    Conclusion. Rich, powerful Ben Nevis. Well horny, interesting.

    Rating: 86 (n22t21f21b22).

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