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23 Oct 2011

Ben Nevis 1992 (cask #2623)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ben Nevis

Here’s the 14 years old Ben Nevis 1992 I tried in The Glengarry last week-end. I’ve bought a bottle myself a few weeks ago so I was happy to be able to try it.

This Ben Nevis was matured in a sherry cask for 13 years, then watered down, then further matured for one year and finally bottled at 46%. On the label they call this “double maturation”.

 

Ben Nevis 1992 cask 2623Ben Nevis 14 yo 1992
(46%, OB 2007, sherry cask #2623, 815 btl.)

Nose: starts a little sharp and not as sherried as I had hoped. Plenty of orange peel, liquorice and some mineral notes, even a few coastal hints. It takes a while, but it opens up nicely with rounder chocolate and nutty notes. Some leather. Soft herbs. Mouth: good strength, with more sherry notes now. Sweet raisins, kumquats, chocolate. Orange liqueur. Hints of ginger. Something delicately smoky in the background. Still a surprising coastal hint. Finish: medium long on rounded sherry, spices and a bit of wood.

Not an easy one to describe or score. Don’t be fooled by the first impression – it takes a very long time to display its full potential. Around € 100 if you can still find a bottle.

Score: 87/100

Ben Nevis 1992 (cask #2623) 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2011-10-23
  • duffer.dk

    I might be good, but 100 € is a bit much for 14-yo that has been watered down. Nothing that upsets me, but I think prices in general are going crazy…

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    The original price was lower (€ 80-85) but as it is sold out, you won’t be able to find it at that price. Prices are getting crazy but this particular bottle didn’t really upset me. It’s very rare to see original bottlings from Ben Nevis anyway.

  • duffer.dk

    Ok – that explains it!
    I have had some independient Ben Nevis, but nothing really impressing. But good to hear that that this is a good experience.

  • Kenneth

    I have only tasted two official Ben Nevis. A ’66 and a ’70.
    The vintage alone got my hopes up, but I was utterly disappointed.
    While the latter was was a but dull and one dimensional, the first was quite bad tasting. Luckily none of the bottles were from my own collection.

    If you wish to buy OB Ben Nevis at a reasonable price, the 25yo might be a fair deal:

    http://www.singlemaltsdirect.com/ben-nevis-25-year-old.html

    Haven’t tried it, though. Maybe one should give it one last try…

    Kenneth

  • http://www.whiskynotes.be Ruben

    Kenneth, why would the 25yo be good if you didn’t like other Ben Nevis ;-) It’s quite a peculiar style, love it or hate it I guess. I’ve had quite a few 1966 and 1967′s – all very good, some really great – I really have to post these notes. The 1975 Prestonfield was also excellent: http://www.whiskynotes.be/2009/ben-nevis/ben-nevis-1975-prestonfield-for-lmdw/

  • Kenneth

    You’re right – there are a lot of other drams to be bought :)
    Regarding the 1970, it also failed to impress the majority of our whisky club.

    I shouldn’t complain about distillery character, though. (If that is what we blame this on :)).
    It’s the main reason for the greatness of single malts.

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