BTC sample 12 – Ben Nevis 10 Port Finish for TKS Sweden

As we say in The Netherlands “Het kan vriezen, het kan dooien”, which more or less means “It can be freezing, or it can be thawing”, meaning things can go both ways. And in the Blind Tasting Competition (for me at least) it really can.


Ben Nevis Port finish for TKS Sweden. Image from Whiskybase

Ben Nevis Port finish for TKS Sweden. Image from Whiskybase

Right away my mind goes to a wine finish. There’s a whiff of smoke but I mostly get thin acidic forest fruits. The smoke is different than I’m used to in most Islays. Maybe, just maybe this could be a port finish, but with the thinness, the acidic fruit and the complete lack of nuttiness, I’m going for a wine cask.

Sharper than I expected, but that doesn’t last long. A little weirdly sweet with a bit of bite. Again, that acidic fruit with sweetness in the background. Blue grapes, forest fruit.

Again that whiff of smoke. Slightly drying with lots of red fruit. Weird stuff.

Since I opted for a wine cask and a whiff of smoke, my mind went to Bruichladdich. They use that kind of style for their Black Art bottlings, and I didn’t like those either. So that was my take on it.

It turned out to be a Port finish after all. Ben Nevis, 10 years old, Port Finish, 46%, bottled for TKS Sweden. I poured it in the sink after tasting it. Hideous. It tastes like the fruit went bad before going in the cask. The smokiness isn’t crisp or anything, more stale. A zero or one star whisky, in my old system.

Zero points in the ranking too, so I dropped from 4th place to 12th. Bummer.


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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3 Responses to BTC sample 12 – Ben Nevis 10 Port Finish for TKS Sweden

  1. This is what I wrote about another Ben Nevis a few days ago:
    “Today I tasted the worse dram ever….(after one australian one that I poured out in the Maltstock sewers…)
    Ben Nevis 10 yrs bottled 2008, 1st fill sherry Gorda, 453 bottles, “Hot Toddy”, SMWS 78.39, 54,4% . I found it undrinkable! And no, you don´t have to persuade me that it is good. I have my taste, you have yours and its fun when the two combines but I´m not looking for consensus.”
    Is there any Ben Nevis thats good? I don´t know if I dare to taste one again. Hideous!

  2. Pingback: Ben Nevis 16yo, 1997-2013, 55% – Abbey Whisky’s Rare Casks | Malt Fascination

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