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Overall rating
90.62/100
votes
30
Whiskybase ID
WB115467
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
TWE Exclusive
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
24 years old
Number of bottles
209
Strength
48.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 Jul 2018 2:23 pm by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 320.97

31 × in wishlist

30 × member ratings

52 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Irish Single Malt Whiskey 1993 TWA

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.62 points

  1. jjkmlss scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Papaya, pineapple, peach, banana, honeysuckle. The oak was a lil bit persistent. Lacks of some complexity for sure.

    Palate: Apple, pineapple, peach, papaya, cane sugar, dried apricots. Still the raw oak's there.

    Body: Really thick especially for a bourbon barrel, but we've seen much 46&-50% abs bottled Irish in great need of texture and boldness, and sadly this is no exception.

    Finish: Long with apricots, papaya, peach and oak.

    Honestly I don't understand such high rates. To most of my shockings many 90pts come from people who's obsessed with heavily sherried/peated Scotch including you-know-who. This is not normal. As an Irish fan I can't help myself to suspect if some marketing maneuver happened behind.

    Also what I don't get is why soooo many people trying to persuade others that these late 1980s - early 1990s Irish Malts are Bushmills. It certainly tastes not, at least not the triple distilled Bushmills we know. This is more like Cooley or Cooley-owned-Bushmills-stocks, if you get me.

  2. switzyuk scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Serge says:

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/archivejuly18-2-Macallan-Bowmore-Knockando.html#230718

  3. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Color: Straw

    Nose: Now, I'm not tasting this blind, but we're pretty clearly dealing with a solid example of this particular style, i.e., the late-80s/early-90s, fruit-led Irish malts. Having said that, this one is about the latest vintage I've seen that's clearly still a part of this glut of casks with the indies. And it shows a bit. While I'm definitely finding a very solid note of fresh fruit, it's not quite so over-the-top as I find it can be in more "typical" bottles. For instance, I've got a '90 vintage that TWA did for TWE, so we don't even have to worry about bottler variation, and it's an unadulterated fruit bomb. This guy, instead, balances that with a very pleasant minerality: think wet rocks, especially, but a very mild saltiness comes on, as well. The fruit is the pretty-standard, but still good, combination of apples and peaches. With a bit more time to develop, some light honey'd notes start emerging, as well. Clean and lovely. Water seems to tamp down the fruit a bit and bring out the barley, which takes this more towards mid-90s Imperial territory--still quite good.

    Taste: Very solid arrival. The strength seems like it's perfect as-is, but I'll try some water in a bit. There's no heat and the mouthfeel is appropriately coating but not viscous (which wouldn't quite work as well with this style). It's a continuation of the nose in some ways: balanced fruitiness. There's no acetone edge like I get in the '90 TWA for TWE where the fruit was left entirely unchecked. Unlike the nose, the honey is immediately apparent on the palate. Luckily, none of this is overly sweet as the oak gives it a bit of a bitter and drying edge (water strips some of that away). The good balance continues.

    Finish: As mentioned, there is some oak here, which isn't unexpected given it's an old-middle-age malt. Nothing out of order, though. However, I'd say it's not shining here in the same way. Water does help a bit.

    Comments: While it's really not the same kind of thing, I liken this Irish more to the '70s undisclosed Speysiders, which manage to pull of the heavy fresh fruit profile in a stunning way without going over-the-top. This is a notch above the other exemplar of this crop of Irish malts I've sampled as a consequence. While I think I enjoyed this more than @jjkmiss did, I want to echo the sentiment in his review that I'm clearly missing something in the reviews of many of these whiskies, because this barley gets to 90 for me. I have a hard time imagining the fruitier, less-balanced cousins reaching scores like 92 and above. Oh well, different strokes, I suppose.

    As a brief postscript, this was one of the early TWA labels that featured this retro style, and I love it. They're a lot of fun. Leave it to the Germans.

  4. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N- Toasted, vanilla, spicy honey that thickened to creamy chocolate. Wild flower, puffy old wood furniture preceding to nutmeg, nutty oilmen and citrus in the middle, with creamy toffee remains at the base. While the other two Irish are with flows of fruits, this tend to be on her own with refine woody and floral characters. (90/22)

    P- Stirring a hot pot of sweet ripe tropical fruits jam on open wood fire, coal phenol rising from the back along with smog of carbon and dry wood. More aroma developed around the nose rather than flavor on the palate. All good but feel ended a wee shorts. (88/22)

    F- Medium long, honey, welcome back the scents of floral, fresh leafs with morning dew. Lasting dryness and remains chewy for quite a while. Some raw wood lurking. (87/21)

    B/B- 88/22

    Cr-1, Fr-2, Fl-2, Pt-0, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-2, Sc-2

    Weighted Rate:- 87pt
    • Nose
      N- Toasted, vanilla, spicy honey that thickened to creamy chocolate. Wild flower, puffy old wood furniture preceding to nutmeg, nutty oilmen and citrus in the middle, with creamy toffee remains at the base. While the other two Irish are with flows of fruits, this tend to be on her own with refine woody and floral characters. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Stirring a hot pot of sweet ripe tropical fruits jam on open wood fire, coal phenol rising from the back along with smog of carbon and dry wood. More aroma developed around the nose rather than flavor on the palate. All good but feel ended a wee shorts. (88/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, honey, welcome back the scents of floral, fresh leafs with morning dew. Lasting dryness and remains chewy for quite a while. Some raw wood lurking. (87/21)

      B/B- 88/22

      Cr-1, Fr-2, Fl-2, Pt-0, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-2, Sc-2

      Weighted Rate:- 87pt

  6. Andytka3 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N- Toasted, vanilla, spicy honey that thickened to creamy chocolate. Wild flower, puffy old wood furniture preceding to nutmeg, nutty oilmen and citrus in the middle, with creamy toffee remains at the base. While the other two Irish are with flows of fruits, this tend to be on her own with refine woody and floral characters. (90/22)

    P- Stirring a hot pot of sweet ripe tropical fruits jam on open wood fire, coal phenol rising from the back along with smog of carbon and dry wood. All good but feel ended a wee shorts. (88/22)

    F- Medium long, honey, welcome back the scents of floral, fresh leafs with morning dew. Lasting dryness and remains chewy for quite a while. Some raw wood lurking. (87/21)

    B/B- 88/22

    Cr-1, Fr-2, Fl-2, Pt-0, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-2, Sc-2

    Weighted Rate:- 87pt
    • Nose
      N- Toasted, vanilla, spicy honey that thickened to creamy chocolate. Wild flower, puffy old wood furniture preceding to nutmeg, nutty oilmen and citrus in the middle, with creamy toffee remains at the base. While the other two Irish are with flows of fruits, this tend to be on her own with refine woody and floral characters. (90/22)
    • Taste
      P- Stirring a hot pot of sweet ripe tropical fruits jam on open wood fire, coal phenol rising from the back along with smog of carbon and dry wood. All good but feel ended a wee shorts. (88/22)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, honey, welcome back the scents of floral, fresh leafs with morning dew. Lasting dryness and remains chewy for quite a while. Some raw wood lurking. (87/21)

      B/B- 88/22

      Cr-1, Fr-2, Fl-2, Pt-0, Ft-1, Sp-0, Wd-3, Wn-2, Sc-2

      Weighted Rate:- 87pt

  7. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      Bright and playful, with fresh oranges and passion fruits. Plenty of white fruits like nectarine, peaches and apricot. Baked banana cake, toasted fruits, fruit salad, this malt turns into a fruit bomb after a sip. Some green tea, tea leaves and lemonade.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Lovely mango juice, fruit candy sweetness, and marhmallow. Fresh Penang's nutmeg water, makes you feel refreshing and relaxing.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Fruity, slight bit of nuttiness, like almond. Lemony and citrusy. No bitterness.

  8. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

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