Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 57
Stated Age
20 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
53.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
The Malt Clan
Added on
10 Aug 2016 7:27 pm by Forrest
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 117.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 MBa

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.63 points

  1. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A Ben Nevis very complex (too?) That did not totally convinced me .... I remain on my hunger. It's still a good whisky all the same.
    • Nose
      Powerful, or mix flowers and fruits (Citrus, banana with a hint of mint ...) The 2nd nose adds coconut and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Explosion in the mouth, we feel the strong presence of alcohol (edit: even if well integrated). Very complex one can feel oak wood and mint mix in a fat and oily dance.
    • Finish
      Dried fruits, vanilla then comes the fresh grass and the wood ....

  3. Kensay scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    2020 has passed under a galaxy of great Ben Nevis 1996 releases, but this release is hardly one of the best Nevis we have tried
    • Nose
      86 86
      lacquered fruits, wax bloom and pollen, green apricots, wormwood
    • Taste
      86 86
      bitter pith of apricot pits, some wormwood and unripe fruits
    • Finish
      85 85
      sour lemon and spices, medium

  4. Макс scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  5. toklian scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    N21 P23 F23 B22

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    21 23 23 22 89

    gorgeous Nevis, probably the best in Martin, IMHO ...

  7. KonstUA scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 23, finish 23, balance 23

  8. Rom did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Fresh nose mixing pastry and floral, cherry plum, a hint of white glue, straw, honey, candle. We find the straw in the mouth, with a veil of smoke that did not appear on the nose. Alcohol is well integrated and feels nice, covering. Long finish on honey and yellow fruits (peach). A very nice dram, which has things to say, fresh and complex.

  9. JacobaEd scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    When tasting blind, you wouldn't tell that this is actually Ben Nevis. I know that the distillery sometimes has longer periods of yeasting (in the weekends). I am interested to know if this could be the result of that. Anynow, a juicy and exciting whisky.
    • Nose
      Ah, a fruity Ben Nevis, quelle surprise! It's remarkably fresh and grassy. Yellow fruit dominates: lemon, apple, pear and pineapple. Then, freshly cut, wet grass. The wood influence is not big, as to be expected from the colour. It delivers coconut shavings, maybe a tiny bit of vanilla, and some pencil shavings too. Behind this all, there is some decent base of malt. 
    • Taste
      Very lemon-y, like eating lemon meringue, next to lemon cheese cake. Next to that, apple, grass, mint, and pepper.
    • Finish
      It remains fresh until the end. Lemon still dominates, this time also with some lemon grass. Then, pepper, ginger, some wood smoke and again some dough-like malt.


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