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24 Feb 2014

Ben Nevis 1995 (Whisky Agency)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Ben Nevis

I tried this Ben Nevis 1995 quickly but couldn’t detect anything special. I was in a hurry so I poured it back and tried it again three days later. Sometimes waiting long enough makes all the difference between a regular whisky and a special one.

 

Ben Nevis 1995 - The Whisky AgencyBen Nevis 18 yo 1995 (51,8%, The Whisky Agency ‘Old Times Diving’ 2013, refill hogshead, 242 btl.)

Nose: starts surprisingly un-fruity compared to the rest of this series. Sweet cereals, mineral notes and some waxy / fatty notes. Meadow flowers. After some time and hand warmth it becomes warmer and unfolds its fruits: first grapefruit and lemon balm, then more exotic banana, maybe kiwi. Hints of vanilla. Quite a “Littlemillian” evolution in a way. Mouth: even more similarities to some Littlemill expressions: bright, slightly exotic fruits. Tangerines, lemon sweets, a little passion fruit and pink grapefruit. A good dose of fresh bourbon oak too, as well as a cirtusy zestiness, ginger and grassy notes. The waxy notes are still present. Finish: medium long, still fruity.

Fresh whisky with a fruitiness that starts shy and hits you on the palate. Typical Ben Nevis minerals as well. A nice surprise. Around € 95, arriving in stores as we speak.

Score: 88/100

Ben Nevis 1995 (Whisky Agency) 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-02-24

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  • Chris: Based on price and transparency alone I'd pick this over the shoddy HP Dark Origins any day. Benromach continues to win me over. While I may not drink
  • Roberto Sikora: Benromach seem to do great things these days. Thumbs up for an uncommon age statement!
  • Fredrik: I recently made a promise not to buy or try NAS whisky anymore. It will sadly go unnoticed but that´s how I feel about this.

Coming up

  • Michters 10 Year Old
  • Glendronach 1995 #4408 (for TWA)
  • Glenlossie 1992 (Whisky Mercenary)
  • Mackmyra Midnattssol

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