Blind Tasting Competition 8 – Ben Nevis 15, 1996-2012, 51.7%

Catching up! I already wrote the tasting notes below so I could easily publish them from my holiday address, and then I forgot all about it. That must mean the weekend has been good, right?

The drawback is that I got no points at all. I hadn’t decided upon the distillery to guess but I expect not guessing anything didn’t change much to the overall result.

A nice Ben Nevis 15. Image from Whiskybase

A nice Ben Nevis 15. Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
On the nose it’s pretty gentle, with almost no scent coming off it at first. I even put this in a wet glass, which means the necessary drops of water are already in there. After a minute or two it really opens up but gives off a lot of nail polish remover. Some oak too and a light spiciness. It does stay on the alcohol though, but gives chocolate after fifteen minutes or so.

Sip:
Holy mother of God! This is sharp. It really burns right away, and stays that way for a while. There is some oak behind it, with sweetness and dryness too. Spices in the form of cinnamon and ginger.

Swallow:
It mellows out quite quickly on the finish. The spiciness lingers rather long but there’s oak too.

I wasn’t convinced at first, but I think I like it. The sharpness is a bit too much which puts me off, but the flavours and scents are pretty good. I haven’t made up my mind, though. This does mean that it’s not on the wish list.

Now, finishing this post a couple of days later, I am rather enthusiastic about this one. I looked it up on Whiskybase and saw a price of € 120, which I think is a bit too much for a bottle like this. Especially from a distillery like Ben Nevis that isn’t overly popular. € 80 or so and I would have tried to find it to order it. On the other hand, that Mortlach is still out there too!

Ben Nevis 15, 1996-2012, 51.7%, € 120 but no longer available.

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 Blind Tasting Competition 8 – Ben Nevis 15, 1996-2012, 51.7%

  1. Diego says:

    This series of blind tasting posts/reviews have been fantastic. Instructive, informative, entertaining.
    Thanks!

  2. Pingback: Blind Tasting Competition – After all is said and done | Malt Fascination

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