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Overall rating
88.61/100
votes
63
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Vintage
1999
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
16 years old
Calculated age
18 years old
Casktype
Refill Butt
Casknumber
28
Strength
53.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
25 Feb 2018 11:35 am by RoyalScotsman

Average value

€ 100,57

39 × in wishlist

63 × member ratings

154 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Orkney Islands 1999 BR

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.61 points

  1. thanasist scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Does anyone have any clue why the stated age of this bottle is 16 y.o. while the distillation took place in 1999 and bottling in 2018 ? Normally it should be 18 or 19 y.o. 

    Tried it end of September. One of the best whiskies I had for some time. No matter if it is 16 or 18 y.o. it is superb and doesn't make you regret the money spent on it. I am not a big fun of HP but this one definitely made me want to try more Orkney IB

  2. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    This is a full legal HP with everything that belongs to it! Removes the 18 year old OA completely, not only because of the alcohol strength (which is almost terribly well integrated, so that there is no desire for water), but simply because of the intense aromas, which is probably due to a very good barrel selection and prudent maturation have come about.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Delicate notes of smoke, creamy, honey-like sweetness with salt - fresh sea spray in flowering heather, with excellently integrated alcohol. Dry pine forest with ripe pineapple on top
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy with significant amounts of smoke, at the same time beautiful sweetness of ripe lemons with freshly cut vanilla pod
    • Finish
      89 89
      Smoke and fruit aroma are transformed seamlessly into distinct spiciness with some resinous, ginger-like sharpness

  3. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Naked characterful Highland Park.. quite peated
    • Nose
      91 91
      Wet leaves, earth, verbena, lemon peels,paraffin, peat, cough syrup, heather honey
    • Taste
      92 92
      Waxy smoked lemons with a pinch of salt plus liquid herbs.. the peat grows bigger.. wonderful taste..and quite powerful
    • Finish
      90 90
      Lemony, waxy, peated with a herbal dry elegance

  4. Schnappsdrossel scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Pure Highland Park almost without Sherry influence. Who does not need it -> great catch.
    • Nose
      Sharp without water. Already tried - not my thing. With water: green, resinous, sections of plants and coniferous forest, freshly sawn branches, autumn leaves ragged in early November, for HP strong smoke, earthy, and acacia honey. In the second attempt, the last sherry remnants are recognizable, with much fantasy ripe orange. (For the Battler: Something about the empty Strathisla bottle smelled.) A little later wet pebbles and a truckload of malt. Even more acacia honey.
    • Taste
      Soft with enough water. I suspect around 48%. Directly the "smell" of damp earth and old foliage, garden waste, and a smoke, as if someone had left a splash of Laphroaig in the glass. Acacia honey, coniferous forest, linden blossom. No sherry.
    • Finish
      First acacia honey. Fir needles, bark fragments, resin, dirt and smoke in the hair and all garments. Old, dry wood, a burned and smoldering campfire. Later comes out again old foliage.

  5. ted.striker did not rate this whisky Moderator

    Green Welly Stop writes: „A Mis-print on the label, this is an 18 year old whisky.“ (https://www.thegreenwellystop.co.uk/orkney-1999-berrys-cask-28.html#additional)

  6. spigray scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    came back to this after the bottle is open half a year or more now. I had to admit that it´s good whisky but it was not what I expected from a HP. I remember that it was totally hot outside when I opened the bottle and now in spring I am very curious how this dram may have changed!
    And what can I say: Forget about all the things that I have written after I tasted this one immediately after opening the bottle in the heat of last August......
    • Nose
      89 89
      Much less aggressive than I remembered it. Also much fresher, all these aromas of rotting leaves and rancid nuts are totally gone. Still slightly alcoholic. nuts and bananas, sunflower oil, a faint smokiness, carbon paper, moss, earth
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oh, it´s amazing how good I find the palate this time. absolutely fresh, salivating. malty, pastry, nuts, baklavas, slightly salty, bananas. great harmony!
    • Finish
      90 90
      the finish is long, very clear, slightly dry with a green banana aftertaste.

  7. McMoulis scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. EJS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  9. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  10. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

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