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Overall rating
89.97/100
votes
65
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Mancarella (Ma)
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
93
Strength
47.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Sep 2018 9:16 pm by Schmausel

Average value

€ 299,00

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65 × member ratings

97 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1989 Ma

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.97 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Especially in the ripe citrus notes, it is still fresh and lively, but extremely balanced.
    Consistent in the nose / mouth / finish, interesting aromas with bitter honey, a great experience of a well matured bourbon barrel whisky.
    • Nose
      91 91
      At the very beginning: UHU / Ahoy lemon shower / Sugus-von-Suchard-pineapple chewy candy
      Gently warmed up and with time in the glass: freshly cut pineapple, dandelion flowers, freshly mixed healing earth, slightly spicy-tart honey, ripe lemon, overall a strong impression, more and more mouthwashing honey notes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Wonderfully silky and gentle, oily and ripe grapefruits, Moroccan mint, flower juice, perfectly balanced, the flavors slide through my teeth when chewing - always on the late summer citrus-fruity and flower-stressed side.
    • Finish
      88 88
      A hint of elderflower, then there are braised lemon fillets, the shortcrust pastry base of an apricot tart and generally light, light tones that stimulate saliva, an oak board on which light grapes are cut - a bit the teeth are covered.

  2. Pollenflug scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      A fine symbiosis of sweet-fruity aromas and tart spicy oak notes (a bit like sandalwood). Candied citrus fruits, pineapple, overripe apricots, orange peel, forest honey, jasmine flowers and pleasant herbal notes follow. The alcohol is very well integrated.
    • Taste
      Silky smooth and oily texture. A heavy sweetness, slightly floral notes, a hint of beeswax, caramel, citrus, overripe apricots, flat peaches, jasmine flowers, herbs and tingling licorice give the full-bodied malt a high degree of richness of facets. The addition of water is not necessary for my feeling.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, sweet and spicy and slightly warming. Spicy-peppery oak notes, apricots, pineapple, honey, beeswax, herbs and an aftertaste of milk chocolate let the malt finish prudently. On the palate remains a slight dryness.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2018] An undisclosed Speyside Region malt usually is either a Glenfarclas or Macallan these days because these are the only two Speyside distilleries that do not allow independent bottlers to state the distillery name on their labels (okay, Glenfiddich does not allow this either but they "teaspoon" all their casks before selling)...

    ...but maybe this release is all different? It owns an extremely delicious fruity-nutty-honey profile that reminds me a lot of the best Balvenie drams I had so far. Can it be that Dino intentionally did not name the distillery even if he was allowed to do so? This is definitely not a Macallan (from 1989) and despite it could be a Glenfarclas I rather doubt so - but for sure this is an excellent old "Traditional Scotch" style dram. It is not a bargain at 179 Eurobucks but no matter what distillery produced it: It is not overpriced given its inherit high quality! So if the undisclosed distillery name was a little trick to boost a better sale of this stuff this is absolutely okay - but dear Dino: In that case please let us know the name of the distillery once all bottles are sold...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold and the nose offers an adorable old style "Traditional Scotch" profile of impressive fruity, honey, spicy and chalky-mineral flavours that are both very balanced and delicious. Great old stuff, I really like to sniff this... Absolutely recommended to anyone that wants to explore the old style of Scotch whisky!
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is rich on fruity and honey flavours first but very quickly some impressive (and delicious) nutty notes jump in. Later layers include fine barley sugars, spices, shy herbs and finally some (very welcomed) bitter wooden flavours. No flaw and a very fine balance - this is extremely quaffable, I have to reduce the size of my drams right now or I will get drunk tonight (which is not an option on a Sunday)... oops, too late!
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and instantly coating with no distracting moment at all. The finish is long and adds more spices that really pep up the taste further. There are no bitter-astringent or other distracting moments during the finish. Some water releases more oily-waxy-chalky notes both in the nose and on the palate what turns the dram more interesting to explore - but it is more quaffable when neat. Actually, I like this whisky both neat and a little reduced to about 40% abv. I strongly advice anybody to play around a little with water - this is very enjoyable...

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    very fresh fruity nose like a cocktail of exotic fruits with a lot of mint and a hint of grated oak on top of it in a large bowl of flambéed cream pudding - intense and dynamic without weaknesses in maturation.
    Overall, not a fruit bomb for me, but a beautifully balanced malt with just as much oak as fruit, perfectly integrated alcohol, still a lot of strength for its age and without bitter substances.
    • Nose
      91 91
      yellow melon, lots of vanilla, creme brulee, lemon balm, lemon cake, crystallized lemon peel, freshly sawn oak boards, hemp flowers, geranium leaves, wax, cream with honey
      when it is in the glass for longer it becomes fruity - canned pineapple, white grape juice, tangerine, fresh mint, peel of lime, birch water, elder and feather flowers - very agitated, dynamic, elegant but dense
    • Taste
      89 89
      Citrus, melon, vanilla yogurt, a hint of chilli and ginger all combine on the tongue with spicy tree sap and herbaceous-herbaceous oak aromas, they dance - a pulsating interplay of fruit and oak on the tongue - it is very silky - yogurt, cream, some wax
    • Finish
      89 89
      a wax film lies on the tongue - delicately spicy creamy with a hint of pepper - fruity notes light up again and again, the heat fades, the freshness remains very long - without dryness

  5. pianoman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, tender. Yellow apples, grated lemon zest, sawdust. Light grapes, dry garden soil, slightly mineral. Some mint, pineapple and a hint of wax.
    • Taste
      Sweetish, silky. Lemons and oranges, light honey, white pepper. White chocolate with chopped almonds. A touch of lime and mint.

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Balanced and complex, contrasting yet harmonious. This Speyside is a true chameleon. Wonderfully sweet and fruity on the nose, balanced and balanced. The taste is dominated by rather tart, sour and subtly spicy aromas, with sweet, fruity elements showing again and again, with herbs and mint for variety. A very successful bottling for me even if I do a little bit with Bourbon Cask ripenesses and miss the sherry influence a little ;-) Tastes and knows to convince.

    23/22/22/23 (90P)
    • Nose
      Old straw shines in the glass, on the glass wall sticks an oily streak, many small "legs" flow in slow motion down the glass wall. Roasted pineapple and sweet apricots rise from the glass, sweet candy sugar and a hint of citrus are a harmonious contrast. Creamy vanilla, caramelized sugar and dark apricots dominate the nose at the moment. Forest honey drips on dried orange slices, slightly floral and grassy hints emerge, a subtle and subtle herbal note runs through the nose. A touch of fresh mint battles through the sweet fruit mix, minimal show spicy wood tones and sour citrus fruits. The nose is wonderfully harmonious and balances the anticipation of the first sip.
    • Taste
      Gently, the first sip flows over the tongue and ends in sour fruit and harsh wood flavors. Citrus fruits exude their sour aroma, again floral and grassy elements. A pinch of white pepper spreads on the tongue, subtle sharpness envelops the tongue. Pleasant warmth floods the palate, caramel and forest honey dissolve, my salivation is stimulated while a touch of old walnuts arises. Peppermint and lemon balm combine with subtly acidic citrus aromas to create a fresh note; white pepper is poked on an oak board and spreads its distinctive sharpness throughout the mouth. Meadow herbs and a spice mixture dissolve from the decaying sharpness, wet foliage and zest of lemons and oranges dominate the transition to the aftertaste.
    • Finish
      Spicy oak elements rest on the palate, white pepper sticks to the tongue and envelops it with plump warmth. The aftertaste is currently dominated by harsh oak tones combined with citrus and fresh mint. Dark caramel comes up, again show floral and grassy flavors, caramelized sugar dissolves slowly in the saliva. Lemon balm and other herbs dissolve from the spicy wood tones, dark forest honey and old apricots provide a fruity sweet component. With tart wood tones, citrus flavors and fresh mint, the chubby heat slowly fades away, only a pinch of white pepper struggles and exudes its discreetly sharp aroma. After a feeling of eternity, walnuts and a touch of wet leaves rest on your tongue.

  7. DerDennis! scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    sweet, tasty, fresh flowers and herbs, mixed with honey, great barrel. This is for me a ü90 whisky. Complex, exciting, pleasant .... really good! He does not need water. Great part!
    • Nose
      90 90
      sweet, candied tropical fruit, pineapple, lemon, spicy, ginger, nutmeg, mint, floral notes ... jasmine. Great flavors!
    • Taste
      94 94
      strong, sweet, spicy, blossom honey, fresh and flowery, creamy, lavender, great oak, fresh herbs, mint, lemon balm, elderflower ... light spiciness, white pepper and cinnamon ... I can not believe everything, what here literally exploded on the tongue. Brilliant!
    • Finish
      92 92
      long, sweet and tart, fresh mint and honey

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Since there are already some nice notes, only a few impressions of me.
    Without a doubt a high quality malt. But somehow we never became friends. I always have dominant herbal and mineral notes, which cover the fruity notes relatively strongly. The type of these notes are also not mine. Seems to be sensitive there or maybe perceive this more strongly.
    Obviously it's more up to me.
    Now don't get me wrong. I already liked it. But not as good as most.

  9. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Not sure about the nose, plenty of apple skins in the mix & spice but in truth it is pretty plain.
    Nice attack, spices galore which keep the white fruits back, there is some cream and plenty of pastry but also a little oak which slightly detracts.
    Quite a long spicy finish and overall this is an enjoyable malt
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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