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Overall rating
90.82/100
votes
117
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Speyside
Vintage
03.1997
Bottled
02.2018
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Casknumber
3647 + 3649
Number of bottles
1205
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010852038200
Added on
04 Mar 2018 9:24 am by GuybrushThreepwood
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 552,98

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225 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Cigar Malt 1997 IM

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.82 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Wham!

    Although the distillery is not mentioned on the label, it is a public secret that this is a Mortlach. Ian MacLeod has bottled a couple of these Speysiders under the ‘Cigar Malt’ banner – which made some think this was a Dalmore, but that is not the case. The mahogany color alone makes me want to give this a try.
    • Nose
      OMG… this is great! A veritable umami sherry bomb! All dried fruits that you would associate with deep sherry: figs, dades, sultanas, plums, but also cherries, dried apricots and a panoply of spices with cloves and cinnamon in the lead, followed closely by candied ginger and nutmeg. Leather, tobacco, chocolate, old books, he has it all and more. This is a monster!
    • Taste
      While it starts somewhat peppery and even a touch astringent on tannins and leather, the sherry immediately kicks in with the dark and sweet notes that I already detected on the nose, upholstered with rosewater, tobacco and elderflowers. Some orangettes and espresso shine through, as does ginger and chocolate. It goes up and down between bitter and sweet and it works! This is a beautiful malt.
    • Finish
      The finish… ah… the finish… yes, it lasts forever and shows – before dying a bitter death on tannins – once more its umami character with leather, pipe tobacco and dark honey, while some roast beef lingers in the background.

      Absolutely stunning whisky. You can get me out of bed in the middle of the night for this baby. Wake me up before you go-go! Thanks, Manny.

  2. DavidH. scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wonderfull whisky, great nose, mouthcoating but unfortunately medium finish.

    These high level drams are quite rare for that price these days (€199).                                      
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Thanks Hansie Hansie
    • Nose
      91 91
      Yes! Full sherry with figs, dates, raisins, coffee and chocolate.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dark chocolate, tobacco leafs, again full sherry and some rose hip.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium drying with nuts, syrup and oily.

  4. Tobias B scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Really good one! However, the 2017 release is better.
    • Nose
      Cherries with dark chocolate (the one with > 90% cocoa) plus a mix of dried fruits like plums, etc. but really hard to distinguish single ones. It's a quite complex nose!
    • Taste
      Spicy, peppery start, lot's of sherry, a dirty, astringent profile with tabaco, leather and tannins.
    • Finish
      Long and spicy - it becomes even even a bit sweet and turns back being slightly bitter in the end. Again lot's of tannins.

  5. didi1893 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    The wonderful flavors still echo a felt eternity. Rarely have I had such an intense malt in the glass and fortunately I still have a few cl of this wonderfully old and solid malts in reserve! A dreamlike drop, I really like it very much!
    • Nose
      Deep dark copper radiates from the glass, on the glass wall adheres a thin streak from which dissolves a variety of long drops and relatively quickly back into the glass runs back. Dark berries and tart leather powerfully exude their dreamlike scent. Dried raisins and dates mix with cedar and dried tobacco leaves. Dark sour cherries and slightly wet leather combine with the dark berries to a beguiling fragrance, already my salivation is massively stimulated. Dark caramel drips on old leather, a humidor is opened and the various tobacco notes are distributed in the room. Sweet tobacco crumbs and old dried tobacco leaves dominate the nose at the moment, again an enchanting combination of dark, dried berries, cedar wood and leather rises. A touch of freshly brewed espresso follows the dark sherry flavors, rasp of dark chocolate merge with the dark caramel. The nose shows at any time with its dignified character and the beguiling aroma cargo that here is a special and old malt in the glass. My salivation is now almost unbraked, I must try the Cigar Malt immediately!
    • Taste
      Herb and intense, the dark sherry and leather flavors bounce on the first sip on the palate, the tongue is immediately enveloped by a plump warmth. A combination of sweet and dried berries immediately mixes with tart leather and old tobacco flavors, spicy wood elements combine with dark caramel and sour cherries. Discreet pungency surrounds the tongue, the palate is ensnared by slightly dry and tart aromas. Milk chocolate slowly turns into dark chocolate, sweet plums and sour cherries break through the old leather and tobacco notes. Sweet and creamy with harsh influences, the wonderfully old and dignified flavors rest for minutes in the entire mouth, the plump warmth never seems to end. Again freshly brewed espresso rises, bittersweet chocolate with small pieces of walnuts melts on the tongue.
    • Finish
      The bitter and sometimes bitter leather aromas still rest on the palate. Old and dried tobacco leaves fall into cold espresso, subtle sharpness in the form of mild pepper is on the tongue. The chubby warmth still clings to the palate, the aftertaste reminiscent of the variety of wonderful flavors. Tart and sweet components play together, the mouthfeel is creamy and dry at the same time. The aftertaste never seems to end, oily and creamy, the aromas rest for an eternity in the mouth. Slowly a tart leather flavor crystallizes in combination with sweet tobacco leaves and dominates the rest of the after-sound.

  6. GIORGOS scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 99 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sherry; strong fruits bounce on a sweet bed of molasses and brown sugar. The saliva begins to flow; There is a great and leathery note added. He looks very powerful and mature. The alcohol content is wonderfully involved
    • Taste
      Creamy; sweet; Sherry; a lot of fruit; Molasses and honey; beautiful cinnamon seasoning (almost spicy for a short time) with a really great touch of oak and dark chocolate. A touch of espresso (also slightly herbaceous, but then sweet again) the fruit comes back. Sherry is fully there. Wow what a hammer. Again some leather
    • Finish
      Madness, he shows the taste again completely in the finish. Sherry and chocolate, espresso, dark fruit and a crazy sweet. Afterwards a bit bitter or dry. He looks very mature adult.

  8. ovanpuyvelde scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. Steven79 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very nice one, full of aroma's and taste, and pretty smooth for it's pretty high Abv.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Lots of red fruits, prunes, raisins, coffee, pure chocolate, herbal, cinnamon. Very nice sherrycask influences.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Surprisingly smooth, only a little tickering on the tongue. Again prunes, coffee, chocolate, full body.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still a little pepper remains, chocolate, red fruit, coffee, some honey now. Pretty long.

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