Ben Nevis 9, 2011-2020, Bourbon Barrels, 46% – Signatory Vintage

When a new Ben Nevis pops up, I am automatically enthusiastic, since most of them are very good nowadays. When that one is young I get a little bit less thrilled, but when it’s only about € 40, that kind of makes up for that.

So, on a recent visit to De Whiskykoning I picked one up for a tasting, sold some samples and emptied the bottle myself when writing a review.

There’s youthful alcohol, with some orchard fruits. Apple, pear. A whiff of vanilla and puff pastry too. Still, it’s quite an astringent whisky, with some iron and minerals.

The palate is light, but the astringency stands out a bit more. There’s a bit of a wine gum like sweetness, although that dissipates with more oxygen. Apple, pear, white grapes, iron, slate.

The finish is a bit sweeter, and a bit more pastry like. More vanilla, more puff pastry. Not very long.

Of course it’s young, but luckily the casks haven’t made it into a vanilla bomb. It’s also quite sweet because of the spirit still being quite prominent, but otherwise a fine whisky.

It’s a ‘little’ whisky, easy drinking but very little complexity. Well priced, though. For the money, it’s quite some value, actually.

Now I’m interested in the sister cask that has come out since…


This one is from casks 157 and 158. More info can be found here.


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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