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Overall rating
89.76/100
votes
61
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

€ 179,00

21 × in wishlist

61 × member ratings

92 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region 1989 Ma

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.76 points

  1. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    NOSE:
    At the very beginning: UHU / Ahoi lemon shower / Sugus von Suchard pineapple chewy candy
    Carefully warmed and with time in the glass: freshly cut pineapple, dandelion flowers, freshly mixed healing earth, slightly spicy-bitter honey, ripe lemon, overall a strong impression, more and more mouth-watering honey notes.

    TASTE:
    Wonderfully silky and gentle, oily-mature grapefruits, Moroccan mint, floral juice, perfectly balanced, the flavors flit through my teeth while chewing - always on the late summer-citrusy and flowery side.

    DEPARTURE:
    A touch of elderflower, then stewed lemon fillets, the shortcrust pastry base of an apricot tart and delicate, saliva-stimulating light notes, an oak board on which light grapes are cut - a bit of teeth are covered.

    CONCLUSION:
    Especially in the ripe citrus notes, it is still fresh and lively, but extremely balanced.
    Consistent in nose / mouth / finish, interesting aromas with bitter honey, a great experience of a well matured Bourbon barrel whisky.

  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 91 points Connoisseur

    very fresh fruity nose like a cocktail of exotic fruits with lots of mint and a touch of grated oak on top of a large bowl of flamed cream pudding - intense and dynamic with no weaknesses in maturation.
    Overall for me no fruit bomb but a beautifully balanced malt with as much oak as fruit, perfectly integrated alcohol, for his age still a lot of strength and no bitter substances.
    • Nose
      92 92
      yellow melon, a lot of vanilla, creme brulee, lemon balm, lemon cake, crystallized lemon rind, fresh sawn oak planks, hemp flowers, geranium leaves, wax, cream with honey
      when it is in the glass longer, it is always fruity - canned pineapple, white grape juice, tangerine, fresh mint, lime zest, birch water, elder and feather flowers - very emotional, dynamic, elegant but dense
    • Taste
      90 90
      Citrus, melon, vanilla yoghurt, a hint of chilli and ginger all combine on the tongue with spicy tree juice and herbaceous-herbaceous oak flavors, they dance - a vibrant interplay of fruit and oak on the tongue - it is very silky - yogurt, cream, something wax
    • Finish
      90 90
      a wax film lays on the tongue - fine spicy creamy with a touch of pepper - again and again light fruit flares on, the heat fades, the freshness remains very long - without dryness

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. Archer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Starts with a great fruity nose and continues the good impression with Zungenerstkontakt directly. A tiny fly in the ointment is the lavender on the tongue and the finish, reminiscent of detergent or softener. But do not break too much. Beautiful Speysider.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A fruit salad made from papaya, guava, mango, passion fruit and honeydew melon. Gentle and soft and naseschmeichelnd. Rape honey and white chocolate. The fruits always resonate. Spicy wood chips, fresh leather.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft and velvety at the start. The fruit compote from the nose in a weakened form. In addition to the dominant mango is tangerine juice. Honey, vanilla. Little woody for 28 years. Light lavender note, as you will find in many softener. Now wood is found, but it nicely spices the fruit notes and serves as a serving board. White pepper, grated hazelnut.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium long and only slightly dry finish. Lavender flowers, almonds, white chocolate, honey, vanilla. The fruits of the nose and tongue only in the distance.

  9. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me of some older balvenie 25 oa bottlings..
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

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