Scotch Whisky Review #212: Ben Nevis 10 Year Cask Strength Batch No. 1
Distillery: Ben Nevis
Age: 10 Year.
Color: 1.2, Chestnut/Oloroso Sherry.
Nose: (according to the wife) It’s really pungent. It smells of fermented yeast, dirty gym rags, and rehydrated shitake mushrooms. It reminded me strongly of Kweichow Maotai…and that is not a compliment.
Palate: It tastes very much like the nose. It’s pungent, yeasty, and tastes like Kweichow Maotai. Nothing changes with water.
Finish: Medium in length. Lots of heat, even after water is added. Little bit of sweet bread pops through.
Conclusion: It’s not often that I pour a whisky and have to resist the urge to gag. Usually whisky, even whiskies I don’t care for, are at least fairly pleasant to smell. This one was a hard one to even taste. It’s incredibly pungent and just smells awful. It doesn’t taste any better than it smells either. I came across a review by /u/the_muskox that noted that he had better luck coming back to this after some time. I tried that and while it has become less concentrated, it smelled and tasted the same as it did when I first poured it. This is not for me, not in the slightest.
Final Score: 35.
Scotch Whisky Review #212, Highland Review #43, Whisky Network Review #305
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.