Archive BEN NEVIS 1990 Over 20 Years

BEN NEVIS 1990 Over 20 Years

Single Malt, Scotland / Highlands, 70cl, Ref: 16453

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : vieil or à reflets ambrés.
  • Nose : complexe, fin. De l’orge maltée, du miel de tilleul et du gingembre succèdent aux abricots, au pain d’épices et à la coriandre. Faisant preuve de dynamisme et de rondeur, il révèle un côté « old style ». Le second nez donne nettement l’avantage aux notes végétales (sapin, genêt, foin).
  • Palate : ample, gourmande. Avec encore plus de finesse, elle reprend avec fidélité la palette aromatique. Cependant, elle y ajoute des tomates séchées et de la cardamome. Le sherry se contente de jouer les seconds rôles en apportant du moelleux et de l’épaisseur.
  • Overall : longue, interminable. Le caractère rustique (dans le bon sens du terme) de Ben Nevis est mis en avant par un joli boisé et par de la noix fraîche. Son amertume chocolatée et épicée (gingembre) laisse place à des fruits juteux (mirabelle, reine-claude) et à des notes de sous-bois (champignons).
The brand

The brand

Acquired by the Japanese group Nikka in 1989, the Ben Nevis distillery was, under the ownership of Joseph W.Hobbs in 1955, one of the only distilleries in Scotland to have its own traditional pot stills and a Coffey-style column still. Bought by Long John Distillers in 1981, the Coffey stills were subsequently dismantled. Although the majority of its whisky is aged in ex-sherry casks, some ex-bourbon cask bottlings have recently appeared on the independent market. It’s worth noting that the distillery was mothballed for six years at the end of the 1970s, and then again in 1984 and from 1986 to 1989.


Although the independent bottler Signatory Vintage cannot claim to be one of the oldest in Scotland, it has managed to build up an extremely solid reputation amongst the great malt connoisseurs. The creator of the famous range The Prestonfield and many other well-known ranges, it is best known for its un-chillfiltered and cask strength bottlings that offer amateurs the chance to enjoy their whisky in its most natural form. It was also one of the first independent bottlers to acquire a distillery and now offers a growing number of expressions of one of the most artisan single malts available.

The line

Baptised ‘Artist’, this new range makes no bones about proclaiming its identity. Cosmopolitan and contemporary, it draws its inspiration from the style that gave the Italian bottlings of the 60s and 70s their cult following. From the choice of whiskies (distillery, ageing process, age, strength, bottling procedure) to the design of the bottle and choice of label, every detail has been carefully considered. This range offers a fine presentation of both the whiskies and the artist whose works have been selected for the back labels.

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