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Overall rating
87.53/100
votes
65
Whiskybase ID
WB111353
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Anam na h-Alba (ANHA)
Bottling serie
The Soul of Scotland
Vintage
20.02.1997
Bottled
22.03.2018
Calculated age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Casknumber
2
Number of bottles
343
Strength
54.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
24 Apr 2018 8:36 am by ak47
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 119.99

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101 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Wardhead 1997 ANHA

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.53 points

  1. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    For me as a lover of intense sherry bottlings, this Wardhead from a Bourbon Hogshead was a new and welcome change. Dark fruit aromas and spicy wood tones give this filling in combination with herbs and spicy notes an interesting character. The mouthfeel is the whole time very creamy and velvety. A delicious and interesting bottling, now I'm curious about the Cask # 1! Tastes and I like it very much!
    • Nose
      After panning, a viscous streak has formed on the glass wall from which dissolves a variety of oily drops and searches in slow motion again their way into the glass. Dark straw shimmers out of the glass, from far away the fruity and sweet aromas are perceptible. Velvety peach and creamy apricots combine with sweet sugar to a beguiling nose, malt and caramel play together while slightly burnt sugar mixed with meadow herbs. Slowly, the alcohol is pleasantly noticeable and spreads a fresh note. Milk chocolate and a touch of nougat are powerful, a slightly grassy note ends in meadow herbs, a hint of vanilla rises and mixes with the floral and grassy notes. Yellow fruits such as quince and mirabelle plumage flash for a moment, malty sweetness and lightly caramel are in the foreground. Short cinnamon and sugar come to light, then again dominate floral aromas in connection with apricot and peach.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, the first sip flows down the throat through the palate. Powerful seconds later, a voluminous flood of dark and intense aromas reverses and pushes dominant and intense from the throat towards the tip of the tongue. Dark fruit flavors, slightly burnt malt and sugar heat up the palate and tongue neatly. Spicy wood elements and dark floral aromas pull powerful through the palate and distribute a plump warmth. A subtle smoky note is created, hazelnuts and slightly dry pieces of wood stick to the tongue. From the partly bitter pieces of wood dissolves a slightly fresh mint note, the mouthfeel is getting creamier and velvety. The second sip is also marked by dark fruit and wood aromas, a spice or herbal note lies in the background. Sweet sugar and vanilla flash over and over again, the minty freshness is becoming more and more intense and powerful, a touch of espresso and hazelnuts appear again for a brief moment. Creamy yet somehow bitter, a wonderful combination of dark yellow fruit, spicy wood tones and refreshing peppermint rests on the palate, giving the Wardhead a velvety and creamy elegance.
    • Finish
      With a mixture of hazelnuts and walnuts the Wardhead goes into the reverberation. The dark and spicy fruit-wood mixture is followed by dried meadow herbs and a touch of thyme. Creamy and pleasantly spicy, a variety of tasty flavors rests powerfully on the palate until the aftertaste is slow with an unusual combination of hazelnuts. Walnuts, meadow herbs and a touch of thyme fades away.

  2. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    (blind)
    • Nose
      Again fruity, this time redder. Some of the fruits have already dried. Plums, strawberry jam, sweetness of caramel, light spicy and woody notes evoke a forest edge association with grass and needles. There are still notes of malt that become sweeter over time.
    • Taste
      Great mouthfeel! Super soft and almost creamy. Sweet there again. The caramel tips in the direction of sweet cappuccino, so toasted aromas are added. Fruits play with apricots and orange peel in the background, but the main protagonist is a sweet-spicy, slightly bitter game that you hardly want to end by swallowing.
    • Finish
      Remains sweet and tart on the tongue even after swallowing, great!

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Dark fruit flavors and spicy wood tones give this filling in combination with herbs and spicy notes an interesting character. The mouthfeel is the whole time very creamy and velvety. A delicious and interesting bottling, tastes and I like it very much!

    23/22/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      After panning, a viscous streak has formed on the glass wall from which dissolves a variety of oily drops and searches in slow motion again their way into the glass. Dark straw shimmers out of the glass, from far away the fruity and sweet aromas are perceptible. Velvety peach and creamy apricots combine with sweet sugar to a beguiling nose, malt and caramel play together while slightly burnt sugar mixed with meadow herbs. Slowly, the alcohol makes pleasantly noticeable and spreads a fresh note. Milk chocolate and a touch of nougat are powerful, a slightly grassy note ends in meadow herbs, a hint of vanilla rises and mixes with the floral and grassy notes. Yellow fruits such as quince and mirabelle plumage flash for a moment, malty sweetness and lightly caramel are in the foreground. Short cinnamon and sugar come to light, then again dominate floral aromas in connection with apricot and peach.
    • Taste
      Sweet and fruity, the first sip flows down the throat through the palate. Powerful seconds later, a voluminous flood of dark and intense aromas reverses and pushes dominant and intense from the throat towards the tip of the tongue. Dark fruit flavors, lightly burnt malt and sugar heat up the palate and tongue neatly. Spicy wood elements and dark floral aromas pull powerful through the palate and distribute a plump warmth. A subtle smoky note is created, hazelnuts and slightly dry pieces of wood stick to the tongue. From the partly bitter pieces of wood dissolves a slightly fresh mint note, the mouthfeel is getting creamier and velvety. The second sip is also marked by dark fruit and wood aromas, a spice or herbal note is in the background. Sweet sugar and vanilla flash over and over again, the minty freshness becomes more and more intense and powerful, a touch of espresso and hazelnuts show up again for a brief moment. Creamy yet somehow bitter, a wonderful combination of dark yellow fruit, spicy wood tones and refreshing peppermint rests on the palate, giving this malt a velvety and creamy elegance.
    • Finish
      With a mixture of hazelnuts and walnuts, this bottling becomes aftertaste. The dark and spicy fruit-wood mixture is followed by dried meadow herbs and a hint of thyme. Creamy and pleasantly spicy, a variety of tasty flavors rests powerfully on the palate until the aftertaste slowly with an unusual combination of hazelnuts. Walnuts, meadow herbs and a touch of thyme fades away.

  4. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Well done filling from the ex-bourbon barrel. As with most of these bottlings, it opens in the glass if you give enough time (> 30 minutes). Then you will be rewarded with a successful composition of various fruits, honey and wood notes in connection with tingling sharpness.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dusty grain, vanilla, cereals, cake batter with lemon aroma, only slightly alcoholic.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Enormously velvety and oily to begin with. It's hard to believe that that's 54%. Grainy, some yellow fruits, honey, citrus, when chewing the oak spice makes itself felt with a tingling sensation on the tongue.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-length finish, forest honey, hot ginger, apricots, very pleasant, dry and astringent at the end.

  5. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Also a very tasty Ex-Bc malt. Archetypal, without being boring and very tasty. Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      Sweet and light fruity. Alcohol is well integrated, but still clearly felt. Dried fruit, honey and wood notes. Later also a bit of citrus and vanilla. With a few drops of water, first closed again, then comes pear, some ginger and also something waxy.
    • Taste
      A mild start with water. Here, too, light-fruity and sweet. Ripe pears, forest honey, wood spices, a slight ginger spiciness and very salivary stimulating.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Wood spice, slight bitterness and sweet cereal notes alternate. With larger sips, a very voluminous finish.

  6. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    blind
    • Nose
      Alcohol clearly noticeable, beeswax candle, honey, caramel, grain, sweet muesli, hay, grasses, fresh wood, a few herbs, then becomes more and more fruity, from apricot to peach, the alcohol also withdraws more and more, very easily cinnamon
    • Taste
      dark honey, caramel, physalis, dried apricot, vanilla, some coconut, wood, very light aniseed on the back, very light pepper towards the finish

  7. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [Blind tasting notes]

    Guess: 15-and-up Speysider, ex-bourbon-matured.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very clean, all on minerals and cereals initially. After a while the fruit rises up in the form of apple compote.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Refreshing, on tart pear skin and crisp, sour apple peels. Barley sugars and vanillin from the oak. Slightly dusty, so perhaps older than I think.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Indistinct, pretty standard fare, sour-sweet ex-bourbon-matured malt. I don't get much of a sense of its age here.

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

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