Single malt whisky - tasting notes

04 Apr 2013

Ben Nevis 26yo 1968

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Ben Nevis

Always happy when an old Ben Nevis crosses my path. There is also a 55,9% version, also 26 years old and bottled in the same year.

 

Ben Nevis 26y 1968/1994 54.6%Ben Nevis 26 yo 1968
(54,6%, OB 1994, 213 btl.)

Nose: very waxy, with lamp oil, graphite and a little silver polish. Carnauba wax too – lipstick indeed. Some apple aroma and honey in the back. Warm cedar wood. Soft menthol. Hints of almonds and hazelnuts. Mouth: slightly hot. Sweet and spicy – not exactly fruity whisky but still nice apricot, grapefruit and pineapple. Again clear waxy components (paraffin). Fades on herbal teas and chamomile. Finish: long, slightly harsh with ginger and an alcohol kick.

Not an easy dram, interesting but slightly rough and with plenty of waxy notes. I personally love Ben Nevis for this lipstick greasiness, but there are more enjoyable examples. Nowadays around € 275 in auctions. Thanks Carsten.

Score: 87/100

Ben Nevis 26yo 1968 3.5 Ruben Luyten 2013-04-04

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  • Tony: Yes, lower! It is almost unheard of for a more recent and older aged bottling to be 30% cheaper than the previously released one. Maybe that also help
  • Tony: True - I had it in my basket in one web shop as soon as it was announced, but it disappeared before I could check out! Luckily I have some of the prev
  • WhiskyNotes: I don't know, Gal. This kind of bottle is either sold out through pre-orders, or in a webshop five minutes after it appears online.

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