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Overall rating
86.30/100
votes
12
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Tropical breezes fill the sails
Vintage
18.06.2001
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon/1st Fill Ex-Red Wine Hogshead
Casknumber
52.21
Number of bottles
219
Strength
58.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 Oct 2017 4:09 pm by Nergal
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Level Username
Expert Junior Abadon05

Member rates

Level Username Rating
Expert Senior Fernet Branco
89
Expert Senior ragnar
88
Member Senior Dominik
88
Expert Senior mema82
88
Member Senior Jedi
87
Expert Senior mad69
87
Expert Senior ducksingel
86
Expert Junior Singlecask
85
Expert Junior Stronagaich
85
Expert Senior Glennie
85
Expert Senior Macheye
84
Expert Senior Nergal
83

13 × in collection

Level Username Collection
Expert Senior cat911
1
  • open
Member Senior Dominik
1
  • empty
Expert Senior Fernet Branco
2
  • closed
  • sample
Connoisseur Helgo
1
  • closed
Newbie horsboll
1
  • closed
Member Senior Jedi
1
  • sample
Expert Senior mema82
2
  • open
  • closed
Member Senior Nemesis1972
1
  • closed
Expert Senior theograph
1
  • closed
Member Senior TWJoe
1
  • open
Hidden user
1
  • closed

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

All versions

Category Rating
Nose
22
Taste
23
Finish
21
Balance
22

Tastingtags

5 Notes

Dominik
Member Senior Dominik Tasting note
27 Nov 2017 8:25 pm
Dominik gave this whisky 88 points
Color
Deep copper
Nose

Makes a sherry-like entrance with a deep sweetness from raisins and caramel. Moments later I get more of the influence from the red wine finish, dark grapes with a very slight sourness. (Water uncovers some earthy notes.)

Taste

Wow, deep sweetness indeed! Lots of toffee with dried fruits again, raisins and dates. There is some creamy dark chocolate, too. Salt caramel on top of that. Wonderful. (The addition of water adds oranges and berries into the mix.)

Finish

Medium. Dark chocolate with walnuts, dried oranges and dry oak.

Comments

Very enjoyable dram from the "Deep, rich & dried fruits" category at SWMS. After 14 years in a bourbon barrel it was transferred to a first-fill ex-red wine hogshead for a one-year finish. The red wine influence is rather shy though. Could easily be mistaken for a sherry whisky to be honest -- not that there's anything wrong with that! Like this one a lot.

My Collection
Fernet Branco
Expert Senior Fernet Branco Review note
21 Nov 2017 12:01 pm
Fernet Branco gave this whisky 89 points

Überragender Malt, wenn man Weinfinishes mag. Spektakulär von Anfang bis Ende...

Ausgabepreis November 2017: 69 GBP

Weighted Rate
89.1
Nose
89
Initial taste
90
Body
91
Finish
89
Price
90
Presentation
83
Macheye
Expert Senior Macheye Tasting note
11 Nov 2017 9:09 am
Macheye gave this whisky 84 points
Color
Amontillad
Nose

A interesting mix sugars, fruits and nuttiness. From the get go we’re into a fairly sweet start to proceedings with sugar syrup, tinned pears, toffee and caramel. This is supported by some pronounced nuttiness – slightly bitter and tannic – almost like seeds. There are indeed some matured wine aromas in here, and they’re quite sherry-like – sultanas and raisins in particular. Diluting slightly, we get bread pudding and toffee sauce.

Taste

Sweet, bitter, nutty, spiced – quite unusual. Star anise, cardamom, turmeric and saffron make for a heady mix of earthy spice flavours. They’ve joined by sweet wine flavours of chocolate, raisins and a light tobacco. Nuttiness continues with walnuts and hazelnuts and are joined by a slightly charred/roasted note. Water brings out fruitier flavours which favour red berries – it also heightens the tannins, making for a teeth licking experience. And there, finally, some of the salinity that I’d commonly associate with a dram from this Wick-based distillery.

Finish

Medium, quite drying and expressing a lot of earthy musky spice.

Comments

My relationship with Old Pulteney goes back nearly 20 years – it was one of my first whisky loves. You might expect a maritime, salt-licked experience as is typical with OP, but what you get here feels much more akin to a middle-eastern spice market. There’s tons of aromatic and pungent spice going on, which I can only presume comes in from the ex-wine finish. It doesn’t feel very Old Pulteney to me, but I found it highly unusual and pretty fascinating all the same.

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Glennie
Expert Senior Glennie Review note
29 Oct 2017 11:06 pm
Glennie gave this whisky 85 points

Ex-redwine is not my preferred casktype. Howevet this one is not influenced too much by the cask.



Decent Bottling but it doesn't quite tick my boxes.

Water doesn't improves it. Just changes it a bit.

Weighted Rate
84.6
Nose
86
Initial taste
84
Body
85
Finish
83
Price
85
Presentation
85
Nergal
Expert Senior Nergal Note
06 Oct 2017 8:00 pm
Nergal gave this whisky 83 points

SMWS tasting notes: The nose was attractively sweet – pancakes with maple syrup, butterscotch, caramel, stewed pears, Calvados, orange zest and walnuts – all signifying really good wood influence. The palate had intense sweetness (figs, dates, raisins, sherry-soaked trifle), some wood character, burnt toffee and glazed walnuts. The reduced nose evoked sherry and port, wine gums and jelly babies, all served on board a clipper – tropical breezes filling the sails. The palate was now clean, dry and nutty – marzipan, dried apple rings, roasted chestnuts, rum and raisin chocolate and pistachio ice-cream. After 14 years in a bourbon barrel we transferred this to a first-fill ex-red wine hogshead.

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