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22 Jul 2013

Ben Nevis 1996 (TheWhiskyCask)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Ben Nevis

 

Ben Nevis 1996 TheWhiskyCaskBen Nevis 16 yo 1996
(53%, TheWhiskyCask 2012, hogshead)

Nose: a fruity profile with alcoholic overtones. Apple eau-de-vie, even apple vinegar. Marzipan. Becomes a little gentler over time, especially with a few drops of water. Papaya and grapefruit. Vanilla. Mouth: there’s a very nice, tropical fruitiness at the core of this malt, even some bubblegummy notes, but somehow it’s also packed with sharper notes of lemon zest and resin. A little chilli heat, ginger and maybe curry. Some beer-like notes. Salty almonds and liquorice. Finish: medium long, going back to slightly synthetic fruity notes.

Overall this is nice (though slightly straightforwardly modern) whisky, but I found the sharp and alcoholic notes a bit disturbing. Around € 65. Still available from TheWhiskyCask.

Score: 80/100

Ben Nevis 1996 (TheWhiskyCask) 2.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-07-22

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  • Roberto Sikora: This is really a great, great bottling. One of my favourite Littlemills so far... :-) Thank you, Ruben for this review!
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