Glendalough 13-year-old

Overall rating
86.27/100
votes
340
Whiskybase ID
WB103715
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Mizunara Finish Single Malt
Bottled
2017
Stated Age
13 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Barrels +Mizunara Oak Puncheon Finish
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
13718
Barcode
0797776782444
Added on
18 nov 2017 11:25 am by Candide

Average value

€ 144.90

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Whisky reviews for Glendalough 13-year-old

70 users have left 80 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.27 points.

  1. BehindSpace scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  2. claymore84 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Blind Tasted on 08-20-2022. 84-86.

  3. molpet scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Very unique/unexpected, I have to admitt, but it is just not to my liking I am afraid... There is something artificial in it for me, I do not appreciate.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. glenrob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  5. TsiAI scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Smell: There are very strange coconut milk and peaches, some tropical fruits, apricot flesh, and figs with a touch of milk and green. Almond tofu, honey roasted almonds. 89/100
    Taste: very obvious wet almonds, peach flesh, mango juice, some grapefruit peel, high sweetness, brown sugar, lemon mousse 89/100
    Body: Oily body, medium 87/100
    Ending rhyme: long, citrus, peach juice, coconut jelly 88/100
    Overall: 88.5/100. The smell of this wine is very good, and my favorite milk green figs appeared. Mr. Li's description of "love-style bourbon barrel fruit aroma" is very accurate. Also worth mentioning is the wet almonds in the flavor, this is the first time I perceive it so clearly.

  6. Merl scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Freaky, funky, fruity, fine-boned, fun. A real one-off.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Tropical fruit, coconut milk, jasmine tea, sandalwood, lemongrass.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Drier and turning tart more quickly than the lush nose would have you believe.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The fruit returns in the finish, plus a pinch of white pepper.

  8. Malthead19 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    - a very interesting variant
    - the nose totally convinces me, unfortunately not in terms of taste
    as balanced and fruity as expected
    - not cheap, maybe even too expensive but you should
    try it
    • Nose
      malty, fruity sweetness, mirabelle plums, peach, lychee, overall very exotic fruity impression
    • Taste
      spicy start, strong further development in the mouth, significantly stronger than the smell suggests, strong rearing up with a drying out
    • Finish
      medium-long, strong aromatic finish;
      long, fruity aftertaste

  9. schengel10 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    a whiskey with extraordinary flavors - strange - fascinating - pleasing and really very good!
    I think it was distilled at Cooley ... but is not sure !?
    • Nose
      86 86
      fresh, herbs (thyme, rosemary, mint), freshly cut fir, sweetness, woody, oak;
    • Taste
      88 88
      initially totally unfamiliar; then a very fruity start (peach, apricot, papaya, litchi), soft, pleasing, slightly oily, very ripe, balanced, sweet (forest honey), also spice / oak; very diverse!
    • Finish
      87 87
      medium to long finish, sweet, fruity, fine spices;

  10. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    If you want to know what "this Japanese mizunara oak is all about", this is the one. Highly recommended.

  11. u485tfu scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    great fruity malt, plum litchi, is a little unusually exotic, sometimes even a little artificial. Reminds a little of the Bowmores of the 80s only without smoke

  12. bvrsky scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  14. katarn_rb scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Great tropical fruits and exotic spices. Plus sandalwood.
    • Taste
      Reflects the nose, here even more spicy

  15. Mapl scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. edelmeister scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Very interesting Irish whiskey! The aromas are very intense, unusual and idiosyncratic. It even goes in the direction that everything tastes a bit artificial. Nevertheless, I liked the malt and I recommend everyone to have tried it.

  18. anonymerlemur scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This saffron-colored malt is a fruit bomb through and through. It is extremely reminiscent of banana spilt or pina colada.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very intense and complex smell: pina colada, fresh fruit, macedonia, lemon juice, artificial strawberries and artificial banana
      The smell is by far the best of this whiskey. Even a Speysider can usually not keep up with the fruit notes. Despite the young age, there are many different smells.
    • Taste
      87 87
      In essence, there are few different notes from smell to taste. However, the taste is much less intense. Perhaps this is also the reason why only fewer aromas can be listed.
      Banana, coconut, gummy bears (artificial candy flavors)
    • Finish
      85 85
      The finish is even less intense. So the whiskey is very pleasant to drink.
      artificial sweets, chocolate and very slightly bitter.

  19. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    OK, is rare. The nose is very, very idiosyncratic, in the mouth the Mizuinara barrel appears, but the malt becomes secondary. It is delicious and unusual. Certainly not my new darling, but an exciting change. And sometimes a hint of Japan blows by.
    • Nose
      Very weird burnt plastic noses, without peat, like an undisturbed Connemara should be, in the background the Irish fruit notes appear, but this first note remains very dominant.
    • Taste
      A lot of wood in the mouth, tart sweet notes, coconut, vanilla, some fruit, but the sweetness of the barrel is completely evident.
    • Finish
      And also moves into the finish. Coconut, vanilla, spices, sweet wood, only a little fruit and at the end a slightly bitter note.

  20. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. coldsun scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Vine, wood, malt.

  22. dramspotter scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    A bit of a letdown in the finish.
    • Nose
      81 81
      creamy
    • Taste
      81 81
      soft and buttery
    • Finish
      76 76
      a bit dull

  23. IIIZIII scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Strong green notes with a touch of sweetness. Furniture polish and sandalwood, freshly cut grass
    • Taste
      Oily nuts on the development, toasted nuts. The smallest hint of coffee on the finish, almond, pecan nuts

  24. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Has surprised me very positive, the age is good for him, great barrel influence in combination with Irish malt, great stuff.
    • Nose
      Grated coconut, papaya, tropical honey, cantaloupe, star fruit, white tea, lemongrass
    • Taste
      Dry, coconut, papaya, eucalyptus, sweet woods, spicy malt, cereals with honey, star fruit, cantaloupe, green tea
    • Finish
      Continue the beautiful, gentle teen, banana chips, mint, dried papaya, medium to long

  25. Dris scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Bart&Claudia scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This drop of the Irish deserves some praise. For the Mizunara not to blow it out of the water you need a quality base that can handle those flavours. If you like to eat fresh sourdough bread in a spa after a massage whilst sipping on a sweetish pale ale, this is your dram. Oh, and don't add water.

  27. Kaleva scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant whiskey, balanced and tasty but it doesn’t make the “wow” impression, which you suppose to get seeing word “mizunara” on the label. I didn’t have any previous experience with mizunara finish/maturation but I hardly can see here something really unusual. Maybe the reason is that specific mizunara-induced profile requires long (15+ years) maturation, which is naturally impossible to get during even long finishing. But once more: this is a nice whiskey, which worth its every cent.
    • Nose
      Fresh, sweet, fruity (overripe plums and pears, apricots, some tropical fruits, eg. pineapples), a hint of chalk, wood polish, vanilla, citruses, herbs, menthol notes, some wood
    • Taste
      Sweet, quite spicy (mostly ginger), fruit bubble gum, red orchard berries, lemon curd dessert, eucalyptus, light minerality, bitter oak at the end
    • Finish
      Short, slightly sweet and fruity (peachy) with some herbal notes, a bit grassy, with a hint of oak

  28. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Interestingly, delicious in any case!
    Much is blurred in my taste, which is a pity.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Pleasantly sweet, fruity with vanilla, honey and spices (more Christmas spices) and herbs, exotic fruits such as pineapple, peach, mango and coconut. Everything mixed very well. Takes a while to find out everything. Is a great malt for the nose.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy and sweet, again a lot of fruit that harmonizes nicely with spicy wood notes. Then nutty with some chocolate. Whether it's the much-cited sandalwood, I do not know. Definitely woody notes. He is not as expressive on the palate as in the nose.
      Flavors that I could separate with the time in the nose, mix more and more on the palate. Therefore, the clarity is lacking.
      All in all it tastes really good. Is somehow something different then.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long and sweet with fresh wood. In the end slightly bitter with some cocoa.

  29. GJR scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  30. dramark scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  31. Corso_theRed scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Its interesting enough on the nose; you truly sense something different with this type of oak. The palate falls apart with, for me, unpleasant notes of penicillin bitterness. Since Mizunara-aged whiskey is quite rare, it is certainly worth a taste.
    • Nose
      Blasts of dusty oak. You sense that this oak was virgin, but then again, it’s not anywhere close to quercus alba used for Bourbon or Kentucky Whiskey. Associations of freshly applied wood polish. Underneath it all, there is sweetness and fruit – pineapple and ripe oranges.
    • Taste
      Spicy-sour arrival. Chili, penicillin, and faint honey. The Irish pulls through after a while, with mango and toffee, as well as bitter oranges and icing sugar.
    • Finish
      Medium. The Mizunara is long gone, although oakiness is still present alongside faint caramel.

  32. Vallado scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Wood glue, apricot, lemon, caramelized apples, light vanilla note
    • Taste
      thin texture, apple jam, honey, apricot, some cinnamon
    • Finish
      Short to medium long, chilli, warming, again apple jam

  33. diamond2000 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: sweet, malt tones, bran, flour, flower-honey notes, flowering violets, shades of machine oil, vanilla, dusty sacking, fruit component in the form of yellow ripe apples and pears, assorted nuts.

    Taste: bright spices, a lot of wood, astringent walnut and its walls, citrus peel, pleasant oak-nut bitterness.

    Finish: light spices: ginger, nutmeg, zest, astringent oak, walnut septum, medium length.

    Rating: 83

    Bottom line: a good balanced Irishman, Mizunara brought in very pleasant and unusual tones of wood and walnut, but again there is no variety and nuance there - just a very tasty Irishman!

  34. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    That's not for me. The nose is still very funny. The taste and finish is not good for me then.
    • Nose
      Very fresh, resinous softwood. I also have the sandalwood mentioned more often. Vanilla. In addition, even spices. Juniper and bay leaf. Then some pear peel. Even a little lychee comes through. Green tea with a splash of lemon.
    • Taste
      First sugar beet. Nashi pear. Then licorice, sandalwood. Coconut. Also spices again. I'll say garden herbs. But for me a disturbing and somehow artificial touch, which I can not properly assign. Is this possibly the Mizunara wood? Now come wood notes and it gets spicier.
    • Finish
      The seasoning and the wood notes remain. Also this funny note. Some citrus. Grapefruit.

  35. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] This is my first Glendalough and I am curious about it...

    ...and it is a very strange beast, indeed, Quite unusual aromas and flavours provide an interesting tasting experience but most of these notes are not to my liking (because they taste rather artifical). I strongly suggest to have a sample dram first before buying a full bottle - there is a thin line between love and hate...
    • Nose
      85 85
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and the nose offers a fruity and wood-driven modern profile with spices and autumn floral notes. The wood smells indeed different to american or european (or caucasian) oak with a minor perfumy note (slightly soapy, but not unpleasantly). Quite an interesting experience but not my favourite style because the fruits vanish quickly and the strange wood gets to dominant.
    • Taste
      83 83
      The taste is dominated by an artifical fruity flavour that reminds me of fruit gums of my childhood (remember MAOAM?). It is not bad at all but you have to like it (I do not). Besides this there are a lot of bitter nutty (almonds, walnuts and more) and spicy (cloves, nutmegs) flavours. Water releases bready (sourdough) notes in the nose and turns the taste even more bubble-gumish (and flatter). I like the neat dram best.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The dram arrives warming but not coating on the palate with a somewhat strange artifical mouthfeel that is a combination of plastic and metal elements. The finish is of medium length and adds some sweeter toffee-vanilla flavours that are highly welcomed to sooth the overall bitterness. It gets rather drying-astringent with again these artificial notes of plastic-wrapped metals.

  36. waal scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Aroma / Nose feeling:
    Yes, a nice Irish nose. Many bright fruits and pleasant subtle sweetness. Mandarin, subtle lemon and green apple give a little acidity to the overall impression. In particular, this green apple inevitably reminds me of these Haribo apple things. The smell makes me hope for a juicy malt.
    Subsequently, the impression is complemented by peppermint, fruit compote and almost ripe rhubarb.
    I like that nose!
    87/100

    Taste / mouthfeel:
    I had hoped for something more from the smell. The first impressions are very unusual. Bitterness, yet sweetness and vanilla, but unfortunately very very, very flat overall. Is that a young grain in the glass? Why are my esteemed Notes writers so far away with their impressions?
    I can still recognize some peach compote with good will and peppery spice, which adds at least something interesting to the malt.
    The taste is cheap on me. I can not grasp a body, can not recognize beautiful flavors. A bland impression remains.
    78/100

    Finish / aftertaste / Length:
    The wood is now a bit more through, but even here in the little long finish, the Irishman is nothing special. Slightly bitter, a bit warming with the aftertaste of grass, the whiskey says goodbye to my memory. After all, the finish is even more beautiful than the taste.
    82/100

    Overall impression / comment:
    I'm not impressed. This, for me unfinished, single malt from Ireland (I still believe that I had a grain in the glass) has a really nice nose. I can smell that for a long time and here I also discover pleasure. The rest is irrelevant and interchangeable.
    I divided the tasting into two days. Both times the same result. I even fear that a blind tasting would have been even worse.

    Points:
    81/100 (because the taste was not a pleasure for me at all)
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      81 81

  37. mothers_finest scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  38. Gris scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes also available in french on the whiskey blog ;)
    www.justanotherdram.com/en/tasting-notes/masterclass-fujimi-nikka-mackmyra-hellyers-road-glendalough-kavalan-2.html
    • Nose
      Very fruity on yellow fruits, peaches and exotic fruits with a beautiful roundness. A slightly vinous side. Slight notes of spices and vanilla.
    • Taste
      Hot, round, spicy. Alcohol more present in the mouth than the previous ones, so a little more alcoholic. Always notes of peaches and yellow fruits very present. Caramel and vanilla. Nice balance in the mouth. A strong Irish but sweet as I like them (Ho, we talk about whiskey huh! ???? ).
    • Finish
      Medium to long, fruity and vanilla. Woody and spicy notes on the finish.

  39. Andytka3 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    N- A breakfast dram. Peach, strawberry, fruitose liquorice, highly fragrant and pleasing. Earl Grey Tea, bergamot citrus orange with exotic caramelized banana and milky. Rounded and evolving. (89/22)

    P- Tinkle of sour fruits mouth coat bring forward the firm sweet cherry and fragrant orange notes. Hint of coconut, subtle spicy, nutty with good phenol smokes but still charming. (92/23)

    F- Medium-long,smooth as silk, berries, milky with tea smokes, Freshness cool mist and dry crispness emerged for a tidy finished. (88/22)

    Body/Balance- 92/23

    Weighted Rate- 90pt.
    — at The Whiskey Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- A breakfast dram. Peach, strawberry, fruitose liquorice, highly fragrant and pleasing. Earl Grey Tea, bergamot citrus orange with exotic caramelized banana and milky. Rounded and evolving. (89/22)
    • Taste
      P- Tinkle of sour fruits mouth coat bring forward the firm sweet cherry and fragrant orange notes. Hint of coconut, subtle spicy, nutty with good phenol smokes but still charming. (92/23)
    • Finish
      F- Medium-long,smooth as silk, berries, milky with tea smokes, Freshness cool mist and dry crispness emerged for a tidy finished. (88/22)

      Body/Balance- 92/23

      Weighted Rate- 90pt.
      — at The Whiskey Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  40. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    13 years and 80 EUR is an announcement and it actually has the potential to justify this price. But...
    • Nose
      If that's the sandalwood, then yes. It actually smells very special. Oak seasoning with honey, vanilla and light grapes come through. With rough edges, it is really extra fruity but more on the woody side.
    • Taste
      Right at the beginning I struggled with the alcohol. It's a shame, because behind it there is a real taste festival. From the pile of wood to the citrus note, everything is now on stage and is getting louder. But everything is a little bit veggie. Not necessarily mine. Always something bitter in the background that bothers me. Too bad. But for 13 years it has impressed at a high level! Respect.
    • Finish
      Medium to long with vanilla sweetness, it remains creamy on the palate. Then the bitter note slowly comes back on stage and reminds of the wood in the barrel. But admittedly, it is something special. Only the price is too high for me. Neither of us will be friends. But he has enough :-)

  41. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Malthead 88 points
    https://www.malthead.org/malthead/glendalough-13-mizunara-tasting

  42. Willum scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  43. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  44. WSP scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  45. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [Undisclosed Cooley]

    N: Those light yet permeating sweet-sour chalky fruits are a give away, but tasting blind, I didn’t have a clue. In hindsight, sure it’s Irish-y. Not sure I can pick out the Mizunara, but then my experiences of it are scant. Summery light-yet-ripe fruits with developing dense sugars work a treat, complimented by plenty of pleasing notes that include soft aromatic herbal>spices, floral tones, malty caramel, ginger biscuits,…

    T: It hits large with a lively sourish oak influence moving to a zingy fruity-sour taste profile. It’s a profile I find a little ‘funny’, one that incorporates sour orange zest & aniseed glue, maybe. I’m assuming that ‘funniness\ is mainly from the oak, but I could easily be wrong. This astringent drinker takes quite some water before loosening, somewhat.

    F: Crisp/sharp overall - wee wee wee all the way home [even with water]. Aside, we’ve also woody sour notes and soft grapefruit [Ralfy: eau de Cologne].

    C: The Mizunara is certainly more than just a stunt, but overall it’s just a whiskey.

    Scores 83, which incredibly, translates as a IWSC gold medal.

  46. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [Undisclosed Cooley]

    N: Those light yet permeating sweet-sour chalky fruits are a give away, but tasting blind, I didn’t have a clue. In hindsight, sure it’s Irish-y. Not sure I can pick out the Mizunara, but then my experiences of it are scant. Summery light-yet-ripe fruits with developing dense sugars work a treat, complimented by plenty of pleasing notes that include soft aromatic herbal>spices, floral tones, malty caramel, ginger biscuits,…

    T: It hits large with a lively sourish oak influence moving to a zingy fruity-sour taste profile. It’s a profile I find a little ‘funny’, one that incorporates sour orange zest & aniseed glue, maybe. I’m assuming that ‘funniness\ is mainly from the oak, but I could easily be wrong. This astringent drinker takes quite some water before loosening, somewhat.

    F: Crisp/sharp overall - wee wee wee all the way home [even with water]. Aside, we’ve also woody sour notes and soft grapefruit [Ralfy: eau de Cologne].

    C: The Mizunara is certainly more than just a stunt, but overall it’s just a whiskey.

    Scores 83, which incredibly, translates as a IWSC gold medal.

  47. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  48. Othorion scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very unusual whiskey, but I like it, although nothing for every day or easy drinking! However, he can not quite keep the high level of the nose in the mouth and finish.
    • Nose
      Great nose, exotic fruit cocktail, sweet and yummy, Lychee, pineapple, peach, oranges, a touch of glue but quickly vanishes, delicate vanilla, vegetable soup?!?, Sandalwood, sugar beet juice, thyme, mint, with neat forest honey
    • Taste
      Creamy, fruity, spicy, lychee, ginger, peach, cocoa, black tea, mangoes, herbs, very unusual, but delicious, a little watery in the end
    • Finish
      Medium, warming and spicy, with sandalwood, cocoa, black tea

  49. Ed Radour scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  50. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    18-05-2018
    • Nose
      64 64
      solvent, tannin
    • Taste
      67 67
      dry, fruit
    • Finish
      67 67
      pepper

  51. Julia E S scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This whiskey is really exciting, if a woman or a man allows it! I was still skeptical at the beginning, if I like the flavors, as it is very unusual, I think it is currently somehow really awesome and refreshingly different.
    The first nose reveals a violent Hanfaroma. Have never smelt and drank such a green whiskey. Hemp, fresh nettle, dry grass and hints of cilantro. Including a nice caramel sweetness, vanilla and sandalwood.
    In the mouth, the caramel sweetness and vanilla become stronger. The green flavors are all still very present. Fills the mouth nicely. On the finish he is grassy with sandalwood and finally hemp and a touch of white chocolate. Presentation medium-length finish.

  52. pianoman scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fruity. Ripe bananas, apricots, yellow apples. A trace of glue. Sawdust, dry potting soil, slightly sandy.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, spicy. Honey, cornflakes, white pepper. Some peach and grape seeds. Medium long, slightly watery towards the end.

  53. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  54. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  55. Bona scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Totally strange stuff. Extreme almost resinous wood note in the nose (sandalwood?) Behind all kinds of fruit and coconut, has perfume. In the taste tropical lemonade with a lot of mango and again musty wood. Interesting is the, delicious but not really, and certainly no Allday whiskey. 84P

  56. domani scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Die Exotik kann man ihm nicht absprechen. Die Nase liefert ein exotisches Fruchtbouquet der sich im Geschmack nur konzentriert vorfindet dafür aber von einer unheimlich ölig-süßen Textur getragen wird. Der Whiskey endet mit einem bitter-fruchtigen Abschluss. Die klassischen Tannine kommen nicht so durch dafür bietet er ein Wechselspiel zwischen fruchtig-süß und fruchtig-bitter. Alles andere als alltäglich und in jedem Falle gut gemacht - 14.04.2018 
    • Nose
      Eine volle, fruchtig-sanfte Nase strömt einem entgegen. Sehr exotisch, Maracuja ist der erste Gedanke der mir durch den Kopf schießt, es findet sich aber auch Mango, Litschi, Pfirsich, Pflaume, reife Banane. Die Süße wird durch etwas Kokosmilch, brauner Zucker und Zuckerwatte vertreten

      Nach dem ersten Schluck und erneutem verriechen findet sich neben den Früchten auch eine Honignote gefolgt von frischen Kräutern und Pappe
    • Taste
      Unheimlich süß, sehr weich und mild, ölig, ätherisch, pfeffrig auf der Zungenspitze, die exotischen Früchte sind konzentriert vorhanden,  leicht würzig, Eichenholz, Zuckerrübensirup 

      Hinterlässt ein bitter-trockenes Mundgefühl und eine fruchtige Bitterkeit die ich so noch nicht hatte, ähnlich zu vergleichen wie nach einem Multivitam- oder Maracujasaft. Bzw. Prospan Hustensaft, der liefert eine ähnliche Bitterkeit   
    • Finish
      Mittellang 

  57. Arquebus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bought a bottle on Ralfy's recommendation (See You tube Ralfy Review 718 90pts). Just been to Japan where the Mizunara (Japanese Oak) casks were made - so I was intrigued to taste this one. 13yo 1st fill bourbon with Mizunara cask finish. 

    I've had one glass 25ml (honest!) And just ordered a couple more bottles. 92 pts from me is high, but I was very impressed with this one.

    Initial impression what bourbon whiskey on the nose. Just a different profile to Scotch, then it opened - the nose on it went mad! Nice complexity.

    Nose: Bourbon notes, 'Irish notes' (like Bushmills / or Powers), oak spices, vanilla, very distinctive sweet perfumed note. Our father had them in his coffee. I imagine freshly squeezed sugar cane juice might smell a little like this sweetness. it settles down a little and then you get big wafts of pear drops. A sprinkle of earthiness and then deep intense dry nutty sherry notes - walnuts

    Its a delicate, juicy arrival. Bitter sweet / dry in the mouth. Brittle, fresh, mouthwatering. A savory sweetness with a lot of woody spice, but very well balanced and a huge finish.

    For me - a very characterful and unusual whiskey.

    Apparently Mizunara Oak is difficult to work with in the cooperage? Mizunara in Bruichladdich might be interesting - a distillery and Malt I'm more familiar with! Drop staves are no no with the SWA apparently, but if the oak is that rare and difficult to make into barrels it would be a lot more economical and make it go a lot further? If not I'm sure they could knock some cask ends with Mizunara oak. 

  58. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    He is different, not one hundred percent round, but great.
    • Nose
      Vanilla, mango ice cream, light grapes, spicy oak, grated coconut, peach, a slight touch of ginger, slowly coming through, citrus notes become more dominant, old wall unit, popcorn
    • Taste
      Creamy vanilla, sparkling citrus notes, spicy oak, grape sweetness, lemon zest, the oak spice is slowly becoming bitter
    • Finish
      Oak spicy, vanilla sweet, slightly bitter, creamy on the palate

  59. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Price Evaluation - Issue Price 60
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  60. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    He is fresh - different - the nose is indeed "strange" but exciting - I could deal with that very much - after 4cl it is enough but first - to 60 € that was a good PLV more than 80? in 2018 I will not pay for it
    • Nose
      Soup vegetables with herbs, cinnamon bark, bay leaf, sage, thyme tea, a lot of mint, resinous, waxy rosemary, resinous pine wood, retsina resin, wood oil / varnish, canabis, furniture polish, juicyfruit chewing gum, fruity sour apple and sugar melon, honey-sweet - overripe mango, also mango kernels and peel - overall - fresh, spicy and intense.
    • Taste
      kind of artificial, furniture polish, resin, very spicy, subtle fruit notes, sweet, jelly bananas, while chewing juicyfruit chewing gum, cumin and clove oil, soap, banana, sage, chocolate and coffee - nice smooth texture
    • Finish
      very peppery, spicy, fresh, dry oak - resin and sweetness - medium-long, it creates just like that, if you chew for a while. -Where the resinous wood is very long on the palate.

  61. Pollenflug scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      The first nose is extremely unusual, exciting and very interesting. I like the aromatic composition right away. For over half an hour, I've devoted myself only to the nose and have gained the following impressions: Exotic fruits (especially peach, pineapple and a little coconut), fresh orange peel, citrus fruits, hints of vanilla and a good portion of honey dominate on the sweet side , Essential oils, fresh resin, plenty of spices (Christmas spirit, perhaps with aniseed, ginger and coriander), hard-to-define herbs, nuts and a very intense and unusual wood note (sandalwood?) Determined the hard side. All flavors together form a wonderfully harmonious nose, which has a tremendously high recognition value. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      Oily and powerful onset. The spices (ginger) and strong wood notes cause a noticeable tingling on the tip of the tongue. The sweet exotic fruits merge with the heavy notes, which have already been hinted at in the nose and underline here also the great characteristics of the malts. Peaches, mangos, pineapple, a hint of coconut, vanilla, caramel and honey flood the palate with essential oils, Christmas spices, herbs, fresh resin and plenty of sandalwood. Citrus fruits make for a slightly sourish sting. Bitter almonds and milk chocolate follow.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, warming and sweet-fruity-spicy. The fruity-sweet notes rear up for the last time and form with the essential oils, spices and strong sandalwood notes a nice finish. The palate produces a slight dryness and delicate bitterness.

  62. birkzehn scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  63. whiskyhound scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    St. Patrick's Day - Time for Whiskey

    Today one of the most controversial whiskey from Glendalough Distillery

    Glendalough 13 year finish in Japanese Mizunara oak barrel

    First of all! A 13-year-old whiskey from a distillery that has been distilling itself since May 2014 is a bit strange. This can be explained because the founders (5 friends from Dublin and Wicklow) initially got their raw whiskey from the Cooley Distillery. This suggests that the 13-year-old is also a whiskey from the Cooley distillery.

    I chose the whiskey explicitly because the fine spirits literally "fight" over this brandy. Some are blown away, others would like to spit it out again.

    I owe my current passion for Aqua Vitae to Irish whiskey. I still appreciate and love the fine spirits of Irish distilleries today.

    The first nose makes it clear in which barrel the whiskey has matured. Clear fresh oak notes in the whole glass that almost do not allow other notes! No, I would not have recognized Japanese oak! If you ignore the oak, wonderful tones of ripe fruit, a little mint and citrus come through. You have to spend a little time in the whiskey Treat yourself to a glass!

    The taste almost knocks me out of my socks, cold feet inevitably in the weather!

    A wonderful creaminess spreads in the mouth. Full ripe fruits such as peach, passion fruit, bannans, orange, lots of honey-sweet, great fresh mint and even something like woodruff at the back, thanks to the double distillation and the diluted 46% vol. Alc a really drinkable whiskey. I am simply thrilled! I would even call it drinkable, which seems rather difficult with whisk (e) y.

    It stays long and pleasant in the mouth, gradually reducing the fruit taste, so that you can really enjoy this drop for a longer period of time!

    With my notes, I would rather join the proponents of this whiskey! Buy more? Yes absolutely! I give this whiskey 89 points on a scale from 1 to 100.

    Thank you for reading! Happy St. Patricks Day and sláinte mhath!

  64. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    To make it short: I am not a very good "descriptor" for the taste and nose of a whiskey, but in both the nose and the taste you notice a very unusual note of wood. If this is one you can be glad that it is present from the nose to the finish. But I can also imagine that the whiskey is awful for someone who does not like this grade. Otherwise, the whiskey is quite sweet, has notes of pineapple and tropical fruits and a medium-length finish. It is certainly not a classic whiskey, but for me a very successful change to a very good price. The bottle itself I like very well, but the outer packaging is made of cheapest cardboard, if designed attractively. You are a little worried that the bottle will fall out when you pick up the whiskey on the cardboard. Therefore only 85 points for the presentation. Overall, the whiskey is a 92 for me.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      90 90

  65. Hemdl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    By far the most unusual malt I've had in my glass for a long time - and I like it. So something different, but overall really nice. A true exotic, which can score with its fruity notes and extreme contrasts. I like him!
    • Nose
      Well that's definitely an unusual nose, which will be remembered. Extremely fruity and sweet, with an extremely unusual base note. I have the exotic fruits like pineapple, peaches, lychee as well as syrupy honey and the peach schnapps which one likes to get from the Chinese. Behind it also a spicy pastry note that reminds me of the spice cake for Christmas and also a strong anise note.
      It's guaranteed to split people's minds, but in my nose I find it refreshingly different and really good.
    • Taste
      Sweet-fruity again, although not quite as intense as in the nose (that would have been only fruit juice could afford). Light and spicy woody notes blend in a pleasant way with the exotic fruit notes (also here lychees, peaches and maybe some pineapple). Add to that a sweetness, as I know only from cane sugar, without being really annoying or overpowering. Instead, it lays like a light veil on the wood notes and thus provides an astonishingly "easy-going" character. Enclosed also a present note, which I can not really grab or name. Whether this is the sandalwood note that is often mentioned here? Definitely but very unusual.
    • Finish
      Medium long, slightly astringent. Fortunately, without any real bitterness, the fruity-sweet basic tendency of the malts can set even more accents, before the more dry-spicy wood notes take over.

  66. fatalio scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Short question ...
    Am I a shop owner if I like the malt? Where can I pick up my return? At Dramned?

  67. Dramned! scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  68. Dottore scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: I am very positively surprised. The aniseed and lemon note at the beginning first puzzled me, but then blends harmoniously into a fruity-sweet aroma composition. The flavor of the Mizunara influence is noticeable, the wood flavor is really nice, the alcohol is also quite well integrated, the alcohol strength is just right. Very tasty, saliva-stimulating and really good, I mean, what more could you ask for 63 €? Top PLV. Good malt from Ireland. 88 points
    • Nose
      Super interesting nose: actually a lot of sandalwood, anise, gin, lemon. Behind it a lot of sweetness, a little vanilla sugar, coconut. Peach. Really complex. The alcohol does not sting.
    • Taste
      beautiful spicy notes of wood, nutmeg, clove, cardamom. slightly peppery spiciness, in short shows some alcohol. Still fruity, maybe apricot. Yes, and the Mizunarah wood continues to make a nice impression, great spicy oak. Cocoa and black tea. Walnut.
    • Finish
      rather on the bitter side, yet sweet enough. slightly sweetened black tea. Slightly peppery on the tip of the tongue, the cheeks remain woody.

  69. JörgW scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  70. JörgW scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Had him yesterday as a sample in the glass. The nose completely different than I am used to. Very resinous wood. Others wrote sandalwood here. I do not know, so can be. This resinous wood dominates in the mouth, which does not suit me. Alcohol not well integrated, slight sweetness. In the finish dominated again this wood, for me rather uncomfortable. I do not like him.
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  71. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasty, tasty and exceptional in terms of flavors. Should you have tasted it when lure an exotic finish. I would like to have it with 3-4 years more in the glass. But you should like sandalwood, because that is very extreme.
    • Nose
      Actually, the first is sandalwood. I know the smell from my long ago tea room time when sandalwood incense candles were totally "in". The first time I smell that at a malt (but I do not know anything about Japanese malts). In addition yellow drupes, sunlit apricots and peaches, and - actually - resin from the peach tree (I had yesterday in a real Chinese dessert, freshly flown ingredients from southern China) as well as lychee, coconut, vanilla, cocoa and freshly baked sponge cake - totally exotic Nose definitely, delicious and exceptional
    • Taste
      oily, warm-spicy, intensive onset, soft, again the very strong sandalwood notes, the peach tree resin, the yellow drupes, peach and lychee, with ginger, cloves and nutmeg, then cocoa, finally some espresso and Darjeeling tea, and also the sponge cake is here
    • Finish
      warm-spicy, medium-long, especially the exotic sandalwood and resin notes remain long, the spices stick felt eternally on the tongue, at the very end comes back to the coconut, along with the sponge cake and the baking cocoa

  72. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  73. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  74. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      78 78

  75. dram-drinker scored this whisky 81 points Photo Moderator

    Comparing with some Japanese bottlings from Mizunara casks I cannot idenitfy anything alike in this one. Overall it's to vegi and the bitter note is not very pleasant. The price is not justified at all.
    • Nose
      Green fruits, carambola, some vegetables, geranium, unripe walnuts, hints of solvent, whiffs of honey and vanilla
    • Taste
      Very creamy, green fruits and vegetables, subtle sweetness, hints of vanilla, yellow fruits too
    • Finish
      Medium long, warm, a bitter note

  76. kimmosuo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  77. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a liquid table full milk nut - extremely soft and tasty
    • Nose
      Milk chocolate and nuts, light nougat, red grapes, a hint of cassis, fresh bay leaves, some caraway and anise, yet delicate and elegant
    • Taste
      Chocolate fountain of light milk chocolate, very creamy, nutty, red grape juice with honey, in the background again the laurel
    • Finish
      mild, soft, medium long .... and full of milk chocolate

  78. Mannix65 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  79. GIngi scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  80. Whiskytempel did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    The chocolate bomber from Ireland. A smoother and elegant whiskey from the green island, masterfully matured in Japanese Mizunara barrels. A fragrance cargo that comes along in this combination amazing and unusual. Incredible 96 points were given to this whiskey by Jim Murray in the current Whiskeybible 2017. A wonderfully warming whiskey for the cold season. If you like Irish style (redbreast), but at the same time appreciate the exotic note of the Mizunara wood (Chichibu, Hibiki), you should be amazed by this drop. Nose: vanilla ice cream, along with toffee and caramel pieces, roasted pine nuts, sweetened almonds and light milk chocolate
    Taste: Nutty and chocolaty. When you have almonds, peca nuts and chocolate raisins in your mouth at the same time. Very soft, lovely Irish style, no trace of alcohol. Great
    Departure: coffee beans, fresh honey and of course --- chocolate.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      93 93

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