Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whiskybroker.co.uk (WhB)
Stated Age
23 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
60.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
13 Aug 2018 3:01 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 204.11

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38 × member ratings

92 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Distillery 1995 WhB

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.54 points

  1. Kensay scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Unusual spay, powerful, dense, interesting, the integration of alcohol fails a little, although for this degree it is probably quite worthy
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rich dessert, madeira, hazelnut, prunes, raisins and a little skin
    • Taste
      88 88
      Ripe fruits drenched in lemon juice and spices, dark chocolate with raisins and nuts, alcohol sticks out a little
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warming, dried fruits, spices, tangerine peel

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A pleasant and well-made whisky of a classic style with a pronounced woody dominance, a decent range of derivatives, relative depth and complexity, a solid, quality product; when water is added, it becomes more mineral and airy in the aroma, but the taste becomes very watery, so probably not worth it.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, pronounced woody tints, treated board, wood dust, lemon zest, mineral tones - chalk, plaster, lime; carpentry, some dried fruits, dry herbs, coated tablets, sweet candy motifs, vanilla, shortbread cookies, tobacco.
    • Taste
      Powerful, rich, spicy oak notes, strong peppery wave, lemon zest, mineral shades, metallic sourness, Koh-i-Nor pencils, tablet bitterness, dry herbs, tobacco leaf, leather goods.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, soft oak tones, tobacco, leather goods, lemon peel, dry herbs, lollipop motifs.

  3. dandan798 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Exactly my taste. The sherry is noticeable but does not cover everything and also an exciting complexity with a lot of power. I tasted it undiluted and didn't find the alcohol too strong or bothersome.
    • Nose
      Creamy, waxy with sherry. Dried fruit, raisins, cloves, colored peppers and some alcoholic freshness. Lovage, eucalyptus and okra. Insanely multi-layered and complex.
    • Taste
      Fresh, sherry, grapes, raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, cloves, berry compote, honey, waxy, some orange and lemon balm.
    • Finish
      Fresh orange and lemon balm, vanilla, barrel notes, berries, some stone fruit. Finally, some sweet chewing tobacco.

  4. Lakerfield scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Bombastic sherried whisky from start to finish, being a little too far on the dry and bitter side when drank neat. Does that influence my score? No. Adding water not only improves it significantly, it is needed to properly enjoy this one for me. That alone is not a bad thing because there's always room to add water to cask strength whiskies, whilst there is no way to add extra strength to 40-43 percent bottles. Rather too strong than too weak right? Not every cask strength whisky can handle water though, but this one does and I've found my sweet spot at an estimated 55%. Flavourwise it's a cracker and I'm happy to have some left.
    • Nose
      First impression is powerful and bombastic, which is no surprise given the ABV on this one. 60,8% after 23 years in the cask is quite an achievement, must have been a warm corner of the warehouse! Typical Oloroso sherry nose with tangerine, raisin, maraschino cherry, strawberry, ripe banana, coconut and passionfruit leading the way. Further on a big presence of bitter dark chocolate, Nutella, salted caramel, fudge, marzipan, pastry, strawberry yoghurt and orange marmalade. Creamy malt, menthol, vanilla, oak tannin, lavender and cinnamon lead to walnut, pistacchio, hazelnut, soy sauce, truffle butter and toast bread. Somehow I get a hint of limoncello and young ruby port too. Wonderful nose, this has had some good cask influence without being over-sherried. It is a little tannic though, maybe bottled a little too late or just the sherry doing its thing? A splash of water mellows it out, let's blame it on the high ABV for now.
    • Taste
      Initially a lot of alcohol heat to the point it numbed and dried my mouth. I normally don't have any problems with these high strength whiskies.. Interesting how different one can react to drams of a similar strength. Anyway, let's go neat and see how it goes. Behind the alcohol, a little different to the nose but still that signature dry Oloroso style with a sweet touch. Cream sherry perhaps? Raisin, orange, apple, grapefruit, cherry, overripe banana, tangerine, cranberry and dried coconut are the fruity components. A bittersweet core is made up of a combo of milk and dark chocolate, caramel, PX sherry, orange marmalade, creme brulee, sultana, baklava and Greek yoghurt. Still there is some malt to discover along with anise, honey, paprika, menthol, salt and pepper. Pistacchio, walnut and hazelnut take a prominent place too with brine, creamy butter, sour milk, plastic and oak tannin to complete the picture. On the palate less fruity and more on the chocolate and nutty spectrum. Seems to translate into the complexity, where I found the nose to be more layered. Adding water added a little more fruit to the party and reduced the bitterness, which was nice. In my opinion it improved the drinkability too.
    • Finish
      Medium to long. Dry with almond, bitter dark chocolate and cacao dusting.

  5. LittlePeat scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: amber
    Nose: very complex: there are many different aromas; some at the same time and some one after the other: spiced black bread, kvass, dark strong beer (Doppelbock), raisins, dates, walnuts (little), black cherries (jam), brandy, vanilla, goulash with plums, blackberries, dark honey ...
    Palate: wood, malt, brandy, strong beer, brown granulated sugar (crumb candy), nutmeg.
    Finish: medium to long with liquorice, cherry liqueur, brown granulated sugar and wood.
    Conclusion: very tasty, impresses with its complexity. The alcohol is not optimally integrated, but it can tolerate a lot of water.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balance (22,5)
    Very tasty (90)
    • Nose
      Heavy, raisins and nuts ... lots of walnuts ... leathers tobacco ... mushrooms and orange and wax (22.5)
    • Taste
      Sweet, dry, viscous, spicy (22.5)
    • Finish
      Sweet, spicy finish ... menthol, wet skin and cherry lacquer ... furniture polish (22.5)


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