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Overall rating
89.15/100
votes
28
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Whiskybroker.co.uk (WhB)
Vintage
08.05.1995
Bottled
10.08.2018
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
14
Number of bottles
310
Strength
60.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 Aug 2018 3:01 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 203,80

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28 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Speyside Distillery 1995 WhB

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.15 points

  1. Lakerfield scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    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. And €70 for a 23 year old sherried Speysider, how bad can it be? Very good that is.
    • 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.

  2. LittlePeat scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Color: amber
    Nose: very complex: many different flavors come; some at the same time and some in succession: spicy black bread, kvass, dark strong beer (double goat), raisins, dates, walnuts (little), black cherries, brandy, vanilla, goulash with plums, blackberries, dark honey ...
    Palate: Wood, malt, brandy, strong beer, brown granulated sugar (Krümelkandis), nutmeg.
    Finish: medium to long with licorice, cherry liqueur, brown granulated sugar and wood.
    Conclusion: Very tasty, captivates by its complexity. The alcohol is not optimally involved, but it tolerates a lot of water.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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