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

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.

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.

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 very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, 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.

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

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