Ben Nevis 16 Year Old / The Rare Casks / Release 3

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky Abbey Whisky

It's finally here... Release 3 in the Rare Casks series!!

We're delighted to reveal the cask selected as Release 3 in the Rare Casks Series is Ben Nevis, a beauty of a dram from the Highlands of Scotland. Distilled in 1997 and aged for 16 years in a single sherry hogshead, the whisky has been bottled at natural cask strength and only 96 bottles have been filled and made available.

Just like Scotland's highest peak, from which the whisky takes it's name, the flavours are big and bold and the colour, dark and mysterious. The whisky has been bottled in its natural form, at full cask strength, 55% vol, without chill filtering or colour additives.

Availability: Out of stock

Whisky Details

County Highland
Distillery Ben Nevis
Age 16
Bottler Abbey Whisky
Bottle Size 70cl
Vintage 1997
ABV (Strength) 55
Bottling Date 2013
Cask Type Sherry Hogshead
Series The Rare Casks
No of Bottles 96
Style Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Cask Strength Yes


8 Customer Review(s)

Wow. I like this one. A lot. It's on the wishlist now. The sherry doesn't overpower the rather raw distillery character and I have the feeling I am drinking Ben Nevis, and not just overproof Oloroso or PX. The sweet fruits combined with the Indian spices work very well for me. I also like that the oak is kept in check and I think that's partially due to it being a Hogshead instead of a Butt.
Review by Guest  (On 07/10/2014)

Nose: deep, fruity sherry. Recurrant, blackberry jam, plum compote. Rum
Review by Guest  (On 01/09/2014)

Colour: pretty dark, hints of ruby in that. On the nose: big blast of fruity alcohol. Red currants, plums, a real jam hit. Back in again and more subtleties open up, but this is a real stewed fruits, syrupy, heavy aroma. In the mouth: boom! This is a big bruiser of a sweet dram. Medium weight in the mouth, not at all oily, but it sticks like treacle just about everywhere. All of those late summer fruits rush on through. Such sweetness is almost overwhelming at first, but just when you think it's got you in a headlock it lets you go. A touch of something like tannins and strong woodiness towards the end, which almost trips up the long and very, very warming and peppery finish, but it soldiers on regardless. If this doesn't warm you up on a winter's day, nothing will. By far and away the best Ben Nevis whisky I've tried. Mark at
Review by Mark   (On 17/06/2014)

Nose: Intense dark sherry colour. Vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Palate: Smooth, sweet and creamy. Fruit cake mixture, stewed fruits and chocolate. Finish: Peppery spice, thick stewed fruit. The spice is long but tapers out nicely. Barely a touch of dryness. Overall: A substantial, robust, muscled dram. As with all these cask strength whiskies, it packs a punch! An amazing mixture of flavours that you would expect from a much older malt.
Review by Guest   (On 08/05/2014)

Ben Nevis 16 yo 1997 (55%, Abbey Whisky, The Rare Casks, sherry hogshead, 96 bottles, /-2014)
I had first thought we'd have this new one first, but since it's quite dark, I've changed my mind. Mad sherry? Colour: very dark amber. Nose: it's clean! I mean, quite clean! Well, kind of... Starts with old copper coins and a lot of chocolate, with peonies and bitter oranges, with tonic water and cured ham, with soot and metal polish. And then, there's a lot of balsamic vinegar and a little vase water. And a little menthol. There's a lot of weird fun in this. With water: more old coins and metal polish! Mouth (neat): the word unusual's been invented for this. Some kind of blend of thick orange cordial, liquorice, extreme herbal teas, chocolate liqueur and once again something metallic. Not unpleasant at all and, I have to say, very entertaining. Not a boring malt! With water: plasticine and pinesap everywhere, then cassis jelly. Finish: long, rather fruitier and cleaner. More cassis, I'd say, it's even a little clarety. Comments: okay, probably not my preferred style, but what a ride! Unboring.
SGP:462 - 82 points.
Review by NA  (On 28/04/2014)

It's obviously a sherry cask aged whisky by the deep dark color. It's a distillery that I've never tried before, but drove near it while my wife and I were in Scotland. It's named after the biggest mountain in Scotland, and I'm so excited to experience a brand new distillery. I pour half of my sample bottle into a fresh glencairn as how been my routine for this tasting, fighting the yawns and the grins. I refresh my palate and start nosing the glass. Definitely big sherry notes here, there's a faint burnt match/rubbery aroma from some sulfur, but it isn't unpleasant at all, in fact it's growing on me. Spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, some chocolate, subtle smoke, tobacco, in fact cigar tobacco. It's a bold nose and at one point I request that a bottle be set aside for me off the nose alone. I'm loving it! After about 10 to 15 minutes nosing the whisky it's time to taste, some of the tasters are adding a drop or two of water after having tried the whisky neat, but I'm not, as is usual for me and my cask strength whiskies! The Ben Nevis is clinging to the glass, quite oily, and when I take a sip it blows me away. This is a whisky that drinks above it's weight. It's big and bold! Huge spices, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty and chocolate, dark fruits, sultanas and raisins, leathery, delicious! The finish is massive, long, huge in fact, again punching above it's weight with the sherry and chocolate just lingering. This is an awesome whisky, huge and breathtaking, and bloody affordable at around $100ish AUS. However if you're picking up a bottle you'll need to move quick as there's only 96 bottles in this outturn and at least one is coming home with me!
Review by NA  (On 28/04/2014)

had a sample 1st and just ordered 2 x 70cl bottles. the best ben nevis so far....
Review by Guest   (On 23/03/2014)

Thanks, arrived so quickly.
My new favourite dram. Recently climbed Ben Nevis, wish we had this to dram on the summit!
Review by NA  (On 15/11/2013)

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