Review No.138. Ben Nevis 10 Year Old

Ben Nevis is known for being a traditional distillery that does things the old school way in terms of fermentation and distillation.  Ben Nevis has been closed and revived a few times and now the distillery is owned by Nikka.  To me the bottle design of this Ben Nevis 10 bears strong resemblance to the Nikka Taketsuru bottle design.  Nikka has been using malt and grain from Ben Nevis which is a positive sign of the quality of what is being produced given the level of quality seen in Japanese whisky.  As far as I am aware this 10 year old bottle is the only official offering in their range and you can find it online.


Whisky: Ben Nevis 10 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, 46%

Nose: Cherry, strawberry, leather, vanilla, toffee, caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar, peat, salt

Taste: Malt, tobacco, cherry bakewell, syrup, spiced honey, citrus, peat

Finish: Malt,tobacco and spice

Score: 3.75

Summary: This is a hearty and robust single malt.  Not for the feint hearted.  There is a lot going on with this and I strongly recommend you give this a decent amount of time and some water to open up.  The Ben Nevis 10 comes across more mature than the 10 year age statement would make you think.  This maturity must come from the slow distillation process and quality of ex-sherry casks that Ben Nevis use for their whiskies.  This is not cheap for a 10 year old single malt but it does offer something unique compared to other malts within the same age or price range.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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