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Overall rating
91.86/100
votes
85
Whiskybase ID
WB110357
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
Ten Years TWA
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Barrel
Strength
45.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Apr 2018 10:10 pm by RoyalScotsman
Uncolored

Average value

€ 330.00

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85 × member ratings

114 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Irish Single Malt Whiskey 1989 TWA

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.86 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] A quick review of a small sample only...

    ...and another fine pick Carsten and The Whisky Agency. It is a benchmark fruity Irish dram that is very tasty and sippable but it lacks a little complexity to be truly great. Its profile reminds me of the 21-years old Bushmills standard edition (the batch I tasted several years ago), dangerously quaffable stuff for sure...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the typical lush fruity and honey profile of older Irish whiskies. Additional waxy and oily aromas complement this nose while the spices and herbs (and other wooden notes) stay rather shy. This is very delicious but it lacks some complexity to cross the 92 points benchmark line...
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is very fruity with a minor artificial (bubble gum-ish) touch. All other flavours are dominated by this extreme fruitiness so the dram is a little out of balance (but to a tasty side). After some chewing bitter tea-ish and wooden flavours are released that fight somewhat with the sweet fruits which is interesting to experience - but this is not harmony, to be honest.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and the sweet fruits take control again. A minor bitter-drying feeling develops towards the end without getting unpleasant at all. Water releases more aromas in the nose and flavours on the palate (e.g., currants and passion fruits) - I like this dram both neat and a little reduced.

  2. GIORGOS scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  3. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  4. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very nice. Filigree. Pleasant mouthfeel. Nice and creamy with lots of mango. Like licking ice cream on a Macao mango. A bit hurry behind, right grapefruit. In the nose a sweet tone, with exotic yellow fruit. Marzipan. The best Irishman I have ever had in my glass. Wow. Warming up. The fruit basket in the mouth is preserved for a long time. A touch of oak hugs it.

  6. sagara-kun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A little disappointed with this one, even if it remains dangerously drinkable.
    We finally arrive at the apotheosis with the finale, but the way to get there is not perfect.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nice nose, more powerful than the degree suggests.
      We are on the fairly classic profile of the Irish of those years, the balance is there and we have a beautiful fruit / wood balance.
      Acacia honey, heather, elderflower, wood, spices, pepper, lemon, zest, apricot, banana and light pineapple, probably because I want to find exoticism there.
      A little hay.
    • Taste
      89 89
      In the mouth, it is a little more austere than on the nose.
      The wood takes up all the space, with pepper, cocoa powder, cloves, a slight unwelcome astringency.
      The fruitiness is still there, mainly on citrus. Lemon, orange, tangerine. Fresh, in krema candy, in jelly, in zest ...
    • Finish
      91 91
      Much more fruity and exotic finish than the rest of the dram.
      Mango, banana, pineapple. It is superb.
      Milk chocolate, pepper, acacia honey.
      Freshness of eucalyptus and light cold ash.
      I would have preferred this balance there in the rest of the dram.

  7. mos1984 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    On the importance of the navy, the tenth anniversary, so many expensive wines, new hair has so many high scores, and it is all scores of those people ... ... discerning people know how it is ... ... base is not a pure land

  8. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Interesting one, a bit on the bubblegum artificial side but then develops some interesting expected tropical notes, quite difficult to rate, guess could a be a polarizing one.

  10. SFWC scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Very light distillate, almost non existent. The nose offers lovely cask fruitiness. Wine gums, sour candies and other sweets. On the palate some pleasant leather and spice from the oak but the spirit is missing. Hope this improves with time open but this not only lacks balance, it lacks complexity. Above average malt, nothing more.

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