Ben Nevis 1996 EWL

"A very pleasant and interesting Ben Nevis with a good complexity containing a variety of lovely orange-based scents and flavours from this fairly new bottler"

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Edinburgh Whisky Limited is a fairly new independent bottler located in, you might have guessed, the capital of Scotland. They offer a range of single cask bottlings, called the Library Collection, all reduced to 46%. In addition, they prepared some blends themselves, which are said to represent the new and old town of Edinburgh. They came to my attention last year, when they offered each day a limited number of one of their bottlings with a significant reduction via their Facebook account, to start up their official launch in the Netherlands. I was the so-called lucky one to obtain the Ben Nevis.

Nose

Fruity, oily, pleasant. The 46% shows itself in the roundness of the nose. Freshly pressed orange juice, banana and pineapple in combination with walnut oil. It is much less “edgy” than other Ben Nevis (likely due to the strength), slightly less expressive, but I find that alright. Lovely touches of sweet flowers, dry white wine and butter. The oranges runs as a tread through the nose, without the help of other tropical fruits that were in the other Ben Nevis we tried recently. Orange chocolate filling, orange sweets, and orange zest. A very faint hint of copper (but it is there). A good balanced nose with plenty to like.

Taste

Prickling orange soda, a touch of ginger, flares mint leaves, charred wood, nutmeg, barbecued pineapples, all in perfect balance. Also more tropical fruits than in the nose. Very potent tropical fruit juice. Good quality. All kinds of orange-y things. A bit more monolithic on oranges, but good nonetheless. Medium finish with more fruit juice, fresh oils and a hint of earth. I like it a lot. A tiny taste of charcoal and a zingy acidity that is perfect.

Overall

I think we have here a version that appears a bit more shaped, in the sense of strength and smoothness. However, it is also very pleasant and interesting enough to drink. Good complexity with a variety of lovely orange-based scents and flavours. Well selected by this new bottler on the block.

What others say

Whiskybase: 86.40 (7 votes)
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Scores

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Cask influence
65%
Peat/smoke
10%
Nose 88%
Taste 87%
Balance 88.5%
Depth 86.5%
Finish 87.5%
Score