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Overall rating
81.75/100
votes
4
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
The Vintage Malt Whisky Co Ltd. (VM)
Bottling serie
The Cooper's Choice
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2009
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Refill Butt
Casknumber
817
Number of bottles
420
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
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

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/yet-more-loose-ends-april-2020/

    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

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/07/08/tomoh-weekend-special-the-main-event/

    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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