Overall rating
Single Malt
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Stated Age
12 years old
Refill Butt
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Jun 2009 10:21 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 59.00

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Whisky Reviews for Ben Nevis 1996 VM

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.75 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    It’s a month shy of two years since I tried this lovely aperitif at tOMoH‘s 40th Birthday. Given I’d enjoyed it so much, The Old Man kindly sent me a generous sample after the event. Tonight’s the night!

    N: As I remembered and most in keeping with the distillery’s 10yo profile, we are talking of a measured oily phenolic touch melding with ripe fruits and rather sweet single cream poured over the top. Slightly eggy, yep – thick US pancake-style eggy and slightly eggy creamy custard too, almost cheesy at times – bovine for certain. At the base, pleasantly sweet candid peated barley.

    T: I get that Brora-esque thing again. It’s fleeting on the arrival and rather associated with the mouthfeel. That’s all it is. After that, you’re nearer Port Ellen as I often find with Ben Nevis. Sweeter to start, it swiftly becomes decidedly sour and citrusy with an omega-3-grapefruity mouthfeel mid-palate, a slight bitter phenolic oakiness that might clash with the sourness [for some], followed with a decent minerality and just a little ashiness. There’s a moment where you may expect some fizz but fizz that doesn’t materialise. Then it all somewhat shrinks/narrows, not in intensity but in size.

    F: With a soft metallic-ness, it remains citrusy, sour and sweet with a commendably soft barley-faithful finish, loosely reminiscent of Springbank’s softness. That cask was happy to comply all the way through.

    C: Nevis is rather a Marmite whisky and I can see why this may trouble some palates. For me, it’s a winner. With thanks to tOMoH.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    N: Yummy, youthful, oily malt with a desirable ppm touch. Character-wise, it’s much like currently excellent official 10yo [WB].

    T: Are my tastebuds deceiving me or is this Brora-esque? At first certainly, though once the rich & dense fruits subside against the more stalwart cereal [green barley] maltiness, a more [contemporary] Deanston style emerges. Light earthy/peaty/mineral hues accompany.

    F: Faithfully barley juice all the way home.

    C: I love this. Sadly I can’t find one for sale. Much time has past.

    Scores a B


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