Yula 22-year-old DL

Overall rating
87.73/100
votes
92
Whiskybase ID
WB101569
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Chapter Three - Limited Edition
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
22 years old
Number of bottles
900
Strength
51.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5014218803792
Added on
02 oct 2017 3:38 pm by Candide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 184.60

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Whisky reviews for Yula 22-year-old DL

20 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.73 points.

  1. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Complex, aromatic and very maritime. Gentle peaty onset accompanied by salt, medicinal notes, lots of smoke but also waxy fruity notes and a saccharine sweetness.
      With water: salty, metallic, peaty and oily. Later slightly medicated and phenolic. In addition, leather and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Complex, salty and quite energetic peat. Sweet tang, tidal pool, smoke, full fruity sweetness and dark chocolate. Overall, very balanced.
      With water: herb, oak, salt, peat smoke, ginger and medicinal notes. Behind all hovers a gentle sweetness.
    • Finish
      Long, energetic, salty and pungent smoke.

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  3. StumpiKlaus scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    But good whiskey could be a bit more intense.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Cereals , peat smoke and slightly lemony acidity . Some sweetness and a slight spiciness. Complex !!
    • Taste
      85 85
      Delicate peat smoke with a slight sweetness and peppery spiciness. Also some spices ( caraway ? ) with grain .
    • Finish
      85 85
      Pretty long finish. The flavors are reflected in the finish.

  4. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. robbert88 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  6. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Both "old" and fresh on the nose. The smoke has already broken down, but there are still citrus notes, for example.
    In the mouth then quite lively for the age. Already a certain tingling. In addition, the smoke looks herbal and drier.
    I don't like the finish that much. Here it seems a bit dull.

    Decent, older smoky malt, which doesn't excite me either.

  7. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Light warm smoke, lemon, fresh wood, pine needles, herbs, a little honey, a little apricot
    • Taste
      Ash, green plants, earth, nuts, lemon, dried apricot, some honey

  8. Abadon05 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    So it's definitely not uninteresting. A whiskey to deal with.
    The 51.2% are very well integrated and he does not cry out for water in any way. Well integrated, nothing dominates, but he lacks a bit of persuasiveness. But also the mildness that a blend demands. And it is quite out of the ordinary.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Hm, the nose is not that easy.
      A bit of smoke, a bit of salt, something maritime, light burnt caramel notes, a little bit of cherry and lemon. Not a young spirit. But quite a bit biting and sour.
      Slightly some wood and lemon. But also some pickles and vinegar.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Hmm difficult. It reminds me a lot of Haribo's "sour cucumbers", which have been lying in the smoky kiosk for months and therefore have a slight smell of tobacco smoke.
      Allow 20 seconds here, then it will be a little more involved. Smoke, cherry, sweetness, the maritime is going back a bit.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Hm a bit difficult to define here too.
      It will be a little milder overall. Somewhat dusty and dry and a little carbonic acid.

  9. jkswift scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great nose! Somehow does not fit the taste though...
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  10. Likudi scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  11. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I actually drank paint, the taste was so disgusting. Like solvents or developers from the photo lab, the finish went straight onto the lawn ...

    I asked myself what the rope is for, could be for hanging, but it's too small for that.

    February 10th, 2021: Addendum after the decline and the blind sample that has also been tasted in the meantime. Thank you Likudi!
    Sometimes you obviously have to leave a whiskey there - or something was really wrong with this whiskey, which then happened. So, today my final rating: 83/85/85 after 83/1/1 before
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
      Only a reasonable start and after 2-3 seconds the hammer comes, as described above. Possibly, in fact, contaminated by the cord, the use of which does not come to my mind. What's the crap?

      After half a year it is not outstanding but pleasantly spicy, fruity with a nice barrel finish
    • Finish
      85 85

  12. DramJammin scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  13. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  14. TheKnight scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very nice and balanced. Nothing really dominates and that makes it very pleasant. Ash, cream, cereals, subtle smoke, wet turf, tea leaves. Hints of apple pie if it breathes for a while (or maybe that's coming from the kitchen ;-)
    • Taste
      88 88
      More spicy than expected. Pepper, and also char coal.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Quite long. Back to the malt. Makes the circle round really. Sea salt and subtle caramel remains loooong...

  15. Schmodde scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  16. Schmodde scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

  17. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is a combined review of the 20, 21 and 22-year-old versions of Yula.

    Yula 20

    Nose: Noses "old" immediately. Musty, leathery, dark. Citrus zest and caramel sweetness underneath. A little vanilla. Creamy oak aromas emerge increasingly after the first sip, adding to the experience. Some smokiness, but subdued and transformed by aging. Nicely integrated and blended to within an inch of its life: I could not tell you which Islay whisky is dominant in this dram, though perhaps the restrained peat presence and touches of light florals hint at one of the less smoky "B" distillates (Bowmore, Bruichladdich, Bunnahabhain). Impressive, in any case, and very well done. Surprisingly, water doesn't do much for this one, whereas the 22-year-old version opens up nicely with the addition of a few drops. Gets perhaps a tad more citrus-y.

    Taste: Starts sweet, turns then slightly (and refreshingly) sour before becoming (enjoyably) musty and dusty, with immediate wood presence (no prickly oak but rather damp old wood). The highlight comes upon swallowing: goes down like a champ, with a cascade of smoke, sweetness, and mature, deep & dark flavors, very intense yet well-balanced.

    Finish: Substantial, obviously the smoke lingers, but also acidity and a restrained astringency. Less wood than in the initial taste. Herbal, dry notes remain. Very pleasant.

    Overall: 88 points.

    Yula 21

    Nose: Sweeter and more rounded than the 20-year-old Yula, with more fudge, caramel and darker wood notes. Less citrus, less fruitiness. Paradoxically, the smoke appears to be not quite as nicely integrated as in the younger version. It's definitely more of an overt presence, bringing along more herbal and farmy notes. More Caol Ila in this one? Water subdues the peat smoke somewhat, lightens / brightens things up generally and adds more citrus notes. Not a huge improvement, though.

    Taste: Drier, more smoky and herbal than the 20-year-old. Less sweetness, less creamy vanilla, less fruits. If I was tasting this blind, I'd guess Caol Ila for sure. A bit one-dimensional, perhaps. I prefer the 20 y.o., which has more depth and a more complex development.

    Finish: All on dry herbs: parsley, dill, fennel, some bitterness, otherwise not a lot of wood influence.

    Overall: 86 points.

    Yula 22

    Nose: By far the nicest nose of the 20/21/22-year-old Yula trio. Layered and complex, without either the sweetness, the smoke or the fruits dominating. The smoke is already much reduced by age and very nicely integrated and interwoven with the other aromas. Well-aged, gentlemanly and self-assured. You already feel that this will take water well when you nose it undiluted. And indeed, the addition of water enhances the overall aromatic depth and brings out more caramel, more creamy sweetness, coal smoke and some (enjoyable) grassy / botanical notes. Improves substantially with time in the glass, becoming even more well-rounded and balanced.

    Taste: More peppery / spicy than the younger versions, with a bolder attack. Immediate old wood influence, restrained smoke and subtle sweetness. Dusty books and old leather. The age coming through nicely. A civilized, well-behaved bitterness towards the end. Good stuff. Better than the twenty-year-old? I'm torn. The impact upon swallowing of the 20 y.o. is hard to beat.

    Finish: Old wood, menthol and herbs. Dry and long and beautiful.

    Overall: 88 points.

  18. Seb.Whisky scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Why the name Yula? Several possible explanations ... Yula is also known as Yule and means "Wheel". It is an Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess who is celebrated at dawn, when the winter solstice is over. It is therefore the promise of better days, of the return to life that although often still asleep under the snow and ice gives hope to men. The wheel is the symbol of time passing and which is an eternal recommencement, it is in any case the vision that this people had. It was traditional to host it with a big fire, in which was placed a log called Yule Log, as well as a piece of the log of the previous year to make the link between the past and the future. In short Christmas is a recovery of ancestral pagan festivals, but as long as there is whiskey I do not see where the problem is. In this case, Yula is depicted as a Nordic Goddess with an apron filled with stones. While she is in search of love, these stones escape from her apron and falling into the sea form the Scottish Islands, as well as Ireland. The last of these stones will be called Islay! And that's beautiful! One variant would have Yula die at sea at the exact location of Islay Island and that it was created from the stones that remained in the deck. Islay would be the burial place of the Goddess, so to speak. In this case Islay would be a derivative of Yula, or Iula, which means 'Island of the drowned Goddess' ... This whiskey is a blend of single malt from Islay Island, but also other islands. This is the last part of the trilogy. In fact, a 20-year version and a 21-year version were produced. The first in 2015 to a volume of alcohol of 52.6% for a number of 900 bottles. The second in 2016 at 52.3% for the same amount of bottles. www.passionduwhisky.com
    • Nose
      Nose: Immediate ash. There is also spray, tobacco notes. It shows a lot of tranquility, this whiskey is placed in his glass as a koala on his branch. Subsequently they are much more earthly scents that are displayed, a still wet earth, and a bit of tar.
    • Taste
      Palate: The mouth is oriented sea salt, there is smoke of course, but it is off that brings us this first wave. It will be rounder, while keeping this maritime side, with some sweet fruits that will frankly row to overtake this brine. In a second time it is the wood that will have its moment of glory, the latter dragging peppery spices, maybe even a little raw pepper. Earthy notes and a small piece of dried fruit chocolate.
    • Finish
      Final: We are on well marked wet charcoal, always a crust of salt. This will be accompanied by peppery spices and under the cover of some drought.

  19. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    On the nose, wet wood and also dry, grassy feeling, flowery, a little smoke.
    On the palate, smoke again, old wood, and various fruits stewed, then frankly coming out of the oven, more caramelized, return of the more absorbing smoke, then wood (soaked chips giving a strong scent!).
    In finale, more present spices, wooded and smoke.
    A disconcerting dram when you know there is Laphroaig, Bowmore and Ardbeg in it!

  20. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  21. kimmosuo scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  22. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This third bottling of the Yula trilogy captivates with its wonderful balance of sweet, spicy and maritime notes. Nothing dominates, everything's in beautiful harmony. Without water very spicy on the tongue, but the malted sweetness, together with creamy vanilla, do well against it. Also quite interesting to play with some water, as this dram changes in an interesting way. A great blended malt that can be enjoyed very well in front of the fireplace, just in the cold season.

    I thank Douglas Laing for the sample and the photograph! https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/blended-malt-whiskies/
    • Nose
      Fresh on the nose with a delicate sweetness of malted barley, vanilla and cereals, mixed with sea salt and a hint of ozone. Then flavours of coal ash and subtle smoke emerge, mingling with gentle peat and a whiff of tobacco leaves in the background.
    • Taste
      Bold and intense on the palate. Malty, with sweet vanilla and a touch of cereals. Then spicy notes of black pepper emerge, together with subtle oak, tender coal ash, a hint of peat and dark chocolate towards the finish. Pleasantly warming and mouth-coating. The pepperiness increases with a second sip.
    • Finish
      The finish is pleasantly long, warm and creamy with vanilla and sweet barley sugar. Becomes slightly dry on the tail with oak, a touch of tar, leather and a whiff of peat smoke.

      With water: Intense on the nose when water is added, with more coal ash, sea salt, ozone and peat. The vanilla sweetness and barley sugar notes are significantly tamed. On the palate, however, the delicate sweetness is very present with malted barley, vanilla and cereals while the pepperiness is a bit reduced. Slightly warming with pleasant notes of apricots, milk chocolate and a hint of peat. The finish is a bit shorter, still warm and creamy with toffee and vanilla, before subtle notes of coal ash, oak, peat and tobacco leaves take over.

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