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Overall rating
89.44/100
votes
29
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

€ 97,04

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Whisky Reviews for Orkney Islands 1999 BR

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.44 points

  1. 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.

  2. thanasist did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    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. 

  3. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nose:
    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:
    Creamy with significant amounts of smoke, at the same time beautiful sweetness of ripe lemons with freshly cut vanilla pod

    finish:
    Smoke and fruit aroma are transformed seamlessly into distinct spiciness with some resinous, ginger-like sharpness

    Conclusion:
    This is a full legal HP with everything that belongs to it! Overshadows the 18 year old OA, not only because of its alcoholic strength (which is almost terribly well integrated, so there is no desire for water), but simply because of the intense aromas, which are probably due to a very good barrel selection and careful aging have come about.

  4. 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)

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      Reed, baked apple, vanilla and barbecue ash.
    • Taste
      Grape juice, apple, peat ash, cake and Printen, especially the spices.
    • Finish
      Peat ash, grape juice, apple, vanilla cookie, gingerbread, straw and spices.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I had to come back to this malt after letting some oxygen do its work, cause I could not believe that this whisky could be rated that high at the quality that it showed directly after opening the bottle. the heat of the last days could have affected it negatively. so let´s see.....
    • Nose
      88 88
      The character has stayed the same but the aggressive offnotes a toned down quite a bit.
      Still I need water!
      ok , now we can become friends. It´s a very mossy and sappy nose with green bananas, quite mineralic what I always appreciate with a faint, distant smoke. hints of honey and some light marzipan. cannot get anything of the sherry but but normally I don´t need that in good distillates. Two points up for the nose!
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste was not that bad a few days ago, let´s see if it has improved too...
      The smoke is more evident than on the nose! it´s quite malty and a little nutty with a good spoonful of honey. Also the sherry influence gets noticeable on the tongue and we have a few nice woody tastes.
      the palate did not change that much but I still go up one point cause there´s more harmony in it now.
    • Finish
      86 86
      very clean, a bit dry, medium length

  8. Benny85 scored this whisky 87 points Member Junior

    when i first opened this bottle, i found the alcohol a little dominant, but given some time and drops of water the highland park delivers quite well.
    sherry influence is really subtle but still noticeable. flavors overall give u a nice mix of grass, flowers, light sherry, bits of smoke - especially when u smell the empty glass after some time.
    definitely recommended. fair value imo!
    not sure if its a ninety in my book. maybe more like an 88,5 pts. as of now.

  9. spigray scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    this is not quite my cup of tea I must say. could be that it´ll change within a few days now that it´s open.
    For me this smells and tastes slightly aggressive, the cask did not do very much on this dram no matter wether this is 16 or 18 yo. In fact it smells and tastes rather young.
    but let´s wait a few days, we all have made our experiences with freshly opened bottles! and the weather is rather hot at the moment!
    • Nose
      86 86
      initially very sharp on the nose with austere smoky smell of a freshly opened bottle. we´´ll have to wait!
      after a while it did not change significantly.
      autumnal smells of rotting leaves, damp earth, field fires. mossy notes too. and alcohol.
      we´ll need water: yes, it opens up a bit, the mossy notes are getting stronger, roasted hazelnuts, chocolate. quite austere! Another drop of water - even stronger moss.
    • Taste
      86 86
      dark honey, malt, faint smoke, roasted hazelnuts, chocolate. sour bread dough. It definitely needs water, very sharp and aggressive if you sip it neat.
    • Finish
      86 86
      medium, clean

  10. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    That is, in the first experience, an absolute smell of smelling. Great. Meadow and hay meet on beach and sea surf. It is even spicier on the palate and on the finish.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Hay, grass, with time comes a light sweetness of unripe apricots. Erika on a dry meadow. Finally, the smoke announces a gentle fire from meadow hay and herbs. Lemon freshness. Already seductive.
    • Taste
      90 90
      In the mouth comes the island malt with neat smoke, which is now easy in the medical. Salt spray follows - not for nothing is Orkney almost across from Wick. The herbs are added later, the hay as well. The slightly damp meadow and the fruitiness of just unripe apricots are far from being as present as in the nose.
    • Finish
      89 89
      In the medium-length finale, this Orkney malt is as on the palate a ping-pong of the smoke, meadow hay and herbal flavors.

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