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Overall rating
87.80/100
votes
49
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

€ 120.00

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Whisky Reviews for Wardhead 1997 ANHA

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.80 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. 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.

  3. schengel10 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very good blended malt - in direct comparison to barrel 1, it is a bit more harmonious.
    Here, too, I recognize a mature malt, but I would not have predicted it to be 21 years old.
    [Color] = straw;
    • Nose
      Sweet (honey), fruity (apples, peach, orange), wood, oak;
    • Taste
      strong, fruity and voluminous, some alcohol, herbs, spices, honey, caramel, clear wood aromas, spicy oak;
    • Finish
      long, herbs, spices, pepper and spicy, dry oak;

  4. Malthead19 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This whiskey is a so-called "teaspoon whiskey". In this bottling, a single malt from the Speyside (GLENFIDDICH is believed to be) is mixed with a small amount (comparable to a "teaspoon") of another single malt. This addition has little flavor, but it means that you can no longer sell this whiskey as a single malt and it is therefore officially a blended malt. (in addition to the still not mentioned, another "concealment" of the origin)

    - a super aromatic ("Glenfiddich") blended malt,
    - not comparable to the standard Glenfiddich 21 y. (43.2%) (=> both in terms of taste and quality) but still very good,
    - lots of yellow fruits
    - very suitable for experimenting with water
    - 120 € for a 21 year old whiskey with 54% bottling is not too much, I think, there are certainly better ones for the price, but definitely recommended
    - in direct comparison I see him a little behind the Cask No.1
    • Nose
      subtly fruity, more oak and maturity in the foreground, balanced,
    • Taste
      oW: fruity, juicy start combined with spice, clear oak notes, very drinkable even without water;

      mW: the slight spiciness goes away a bit, but the clear spice remains distinctive in the mouth, fruity aromas (yellow fruits) not so present
    • Finish
      medium-length strong oak-heavy finish;
      spicy, dry long (alcoholic, but not annoying) aftertaste, stays in the mouth for a long time

  5. napets scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    From a blind tasting:

    First impression:

    Liquid gold makes itself wide in the glass. The legs are thick and oily. The whiskey seems to have matured in the barrel for a while, until it ends up in my glass.

    Nose:

    After a while, my nose, which is a bit snuffled, smells of vanilla, apricots, star fruit, fresh mint, which gives the whole thing a lightness.
    Over time, a slight acidity comes out. Whether from the fruits or something else I can not say. Green apple completes the fruit compote. Reminds me of a fruit punch with a shot.

    Taste:

    The alcohol is noticeable but does not bother at all. He accompanies the fruits that I already had in my nose. However, the whiskey seems much more stable, almost adult. For me, he is an elderly contemporary, in which the taste of the wood notes clearly play a role and accompany the fruits.
    If the whiskey is in the mouth for a longer time, it seems slightly bitter to me with a phenolic note. (?) Strange.

    finish:

    After a medium time, a wood-dominated taste sets in the mouth. At first you can taste the fruits very clearly. The mouth is pleasantly warm from the alcohol and it does not bother me at all after a while that fewer fruits are available.
    Edit: The last sip, however, leaves a bitter aftertaste that I did not have before. Funny..

    Conclusion:

    A bourbon that pleases me overall. Estimate him around 20 years old, with just over 50% alcohol. As a region, I'm typing on southern or northern Highlands.

  6. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    BLIND TASTING
    N: first association: Glenfarclas and refill sherry barrel. Beautiful dried fruits: apricots, figs, dates. Behind it coconut. This always excites me when I find coconut notes in a whiskey.
    G: Dry, Astringent. White pepper. Honey. Tongue and cheeks are tickled. Rather on the dry side. Oak spice. Vanillin. caramelized apricots. The second sip I like much better than the first. At the first sip the mouth of the oak freight and dryness was first "shocked". With each additional sip, the vanilla sweetness spreads stronger in the mouth
    A: Long and spicy sweet. In the finish, the taste continues.
    Conclusion: I am comfortably warm. A whiskey that really gives pleasure. Really nice! 91 points
    Tip: Glenfarclas 26 years. Refill Sherry Barrel. 53%

  7. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  10. Dre73 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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