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Ben Nevis 10 Year Old

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WReview by @Wierdo

1st Nov 2018

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I've had this bottle open a couple of months now, but haven't been hitting it hard. Preferring to finish a few other bottles I had open off first. There's about 2/3 of the bottle left. I knew as soon as I opened it, it was good.

NEAT

Nose - some grapefruit, porridge oats, white wine vinegar and demerara sugar.

Palate - big arrival, quite solventy. Rice wine, lemon juice, barley sugar and fisherman's friend's (british cough sweet that I hate but its quite nice in this). Quite malty. A thick viscous mouth feel.

Finish-long with a hint of peat and finishes quite dry and salty.

With water-I get some pineapple on the nose and the finish is more mellowed, but shorter.

I don't think water helps this malt. It's an unashamed bruiser and water tames it a bit.

I would describe this as a good old fashioned scotch. But I've never drank a good old fashioned malt, so it would be a lie. But it's how I imagine whisky was 30 years ago.

Closest comparison I can think of is Benromach 10. The 100 proof stuff that beats you up a bit. It's quite similar to that, which is a good thing because that is an excellent whisky for the price too. Not an easy drinking malt. If you gave this to a whisky newb you'd turn them onto gin.

I'll definitely be getting another bottle when I've finished this one.

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5 comments

@RianC
RianC commented

Excellent news @Wierdo and thanks for the review! I was going to open my bottle recently but opted for a HP12 instead. It may have to be my next though as it sounds like I'd like it.

19 days ago 1Who liked this?

Wierdo commented

@RianC i think in it's own way it's up there with other great 10s like Springbank, Ardbeg, Benromach.

19 days ago 2Who liked this?

@Hewie
Hewie commented

" If you gave this to a whisky newb you'd turn them onto gin. I'll definitely be getting another bottle when I've finished this one." Ha ha, love this laughing

18 days ago 1Who liked this?

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

We were just on our way out of Fort William and stopped to fuel up the car. My wife said "is that a distillery over there?" and there was Ben Nevis right across the street. I didn't ask for a taste as I was driving, so took a chance on a couple of miniatures of the 10. Have to agree with your review @Wierdo. It's a bit different alright, but I very quickly regretted not buying a bottle.

18 days ago 2Who liked this?

@NamBeist
NamBeist commented

I hope anyone can buy a bottle of Ben Nevis in the near future. It's sold out in the Netherlands. I wasn't pleased at all when the guy in the shop told me the news. Enjoy your Ben Nevis!

18 days ago 2Who liked this?

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