Overall rating
87.79/100
votes
70
Whiskybase ID
WB118603
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 106
Vintage
1993
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
24 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
170
Strength
53.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 oct 2018 2:00 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 100.00

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Whisky reviews for Epitome 1993 MBa

20 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.79 points.

  1. Макс scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blended/Vatted Malts, 13 tasted, H2H, for what it is worth the 1979 Berry's although listed as a blend on the label, I am not alone in thinking it is actually really a vatted malt.

    Blended Malt 1979 39 year 53.3% cask 4 Berry Brothers (for RMW) WB ID 116204 – 91/92/92
    The Fiddichside 1981 31 year 47.5% Murray Mcdavid WB ID 181799 – 87/88/90
    Johnnie Walker Green Label 2016 40% WB ID 162279 – 87/88/87
    Highland Fusilier 15 year All Malt 40% square bottle G&M WB ID 35030 – 86/87/88
    Creations 25 year Cadenhead Triple Malt (Islay)46% WB ID 200899 – 86/87/88
    Johnnie Walker Odyssey Rare Triple Malt 40% 2013 WB ID 69245 – 88/87/85
    Epitome Maltbarn 1993 24 year 53.1% sherry cask WB ID 118603 – 86/86/88
    Hazelwood 20 year 40% Centennial Reserve Kininvie WB ID 155967 – 85/88/86
    Hedges & Butler Royal Malt 40% Vatted Highland Malt WB ID 90122 – 86/87/86
    The exceptional Malt 43% 2016 Sutcliffe & Sons WB ID 85824 – 86/87/86
    Scallywag 13 year 46% 2017 sherry cask Douglas Laing WB ID 95803 – 85/86/86
    The Story of the Spaniard 43% 2018 Compass Box WB ID 116617 – 85/84/85
    Collectivium 28 year 57.3% Special Release WB ID 99744 – 85/83/83

  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Tasted with a few drops of water

    Difficult to describe the nose to be honest.
    Distant peat & stewed fruit with something vegetal, it is obscured by something ever so slightly musty?
    Not very expressive nose wise.
    Spicy on the palate with a little peat and the fruit is nicely weighted so a good start.
    The good start is checked by the peppery spice blocking any fruity sweetness coming out, you know it is still there but it cannot get out, shame.
    The finish is fine and fades slowly.

    Parts of this are good and the finish is nice but more sweetness is need to get it near 90 points, still a decent dram.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. dRambo scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    wonderfully clean heather dream
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  7. Lakerfield scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    These are the blends we're looking for! Blind I would have never identified this as a blended malt. It's well constructed and of very high quality. The only thing that keeps me from scoring higher, is the spiciness. It's quite hot and dry at just over 53%. Adding a dash of water fixed this for me and made it a lot more enjoyable. Quite some fruity notes and not as dark and umami, therefore I think it was matured on a refill sherry butt. A good one to be clear! At its price I wouldn't mind a case of this to come back to from time to time. Well recommended if you can still find one.
    • Nose
      Refined and fruity sherry nose, a little alcoholic at first sniff. Apple cider, coconut, orange peel, raisin, cherry and fig go together with dark chocolate, dry oloroso sherry, custard creme, peach yoghurt and marzipan. Further on creamy malt, manuka honey, almond and a touch of mint. Some leather, balsamic vinegar, stale beer and a little smoke too. Nothing bad so far, very good actually. Not too grotesque on sherry after 24 years, but that's a good thing here. Balance is the keyword.
    • Taste
      Somewhere between thin and oily, but a true flavour explosion that covers the whole mouth. Spicy for its strength. (Blood)orange, apple, apricot, raisin, fig and banana cover the fruity spectrum. On to the sweets: chocolate sauce, salted caramel, sultana, creme brulee and licorice. Malt, vanilla, manuka honey, hazelnut and walnut lead to pepper, ginger, balsamic vinegar and some unpleasant oak tannins. A very well crafted blend with a lot of spice and power at its age, you either love it or hate it. Adding water tames it down and turns up the sweeter notes. Going neat is not always the best option :)
    • Finish
      Medium in length, very dry and malty. Sultana, dark chocolate, caramel, pistacchio and menthol are prominent.

  8. Ostap scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The rich sherry aroma is replaced by rather ascetic taste and aftertaste. Good job.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Slightly sherry, fruit, Christmas cake with nuts and candied fruits, dusty, leather, varnish, notes of dried mushrooms, wild berries, milk chocolate, tobacco, salt crystals, dried herbs, cough syrup, notes of nightshade, sheep fur, coffee notes, apricot jam. The aroma significantly increases in intensity over time. Cool!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Chocolate, leather, sweet, varnish, dry, dried fruits, strong coffee without sugar, in the final phase some meaty note.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Bitter chocolate, with a smoldering effect, warms, sherry, herbal, dried fruits, noticeably dry, long.

  9. Jackson05 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Whole bottle review

    I’ve had a bunch of these old unnamed blends. This is one of my least favourites. It’s just too spicy for my liking. I don’t find a good balance of sherry either. If you like spice, you might like it.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Loads of spice. White pepper, cayenne and paprika. Vanilla, A little wax, perhaps blueberries, raspberry, lingonberry, but it’s behind a wall of spice.
    • Taste
      83 83
      A little waxy, spice starts picking up again in the same forms. Some grainy alcohol.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Spice continues, red berries, dry and long. Spice dominate again.

  10. Varrek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    The palate is awesome. Complex, mounthfull with sherry sweetness, lemon sour and oak note. Finish long and sourly, as nose. Really enjoyed this dram

  11. Dramtastic.86 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  12. ScotchGuyTO scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    What can you say when you find an incredible blend other than... more please!
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is sherry lead, raisins and Christmas cake. Mud, machine oil and Tamari almonds.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The palate is an eye opener! Wow huge body here! The quality of he sherry speaks volumes... big spices and sweet tea cakes. Camphor and grape skins meet roasted nuts and spices (cardamom and clove, mace and cinnamon). Motor oil and vanilla essential oils. As it opens there’s even some peat in the background.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The finish is long... very long; you can tell this is old whisky; quality oak hardwood and balsamic vinegar (the really good stuff), nutmeg on top of sweet flan.

  13. dramark scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. Mascht scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A malt with a slightly sour but very clean sherry character.
    • Nose
      88 88
      intense sherry, dried fruits, roasted nuts, apricot jam
    • Taste
      86 86
      a very clean malt, rather simply knitted and tasty, to a heavy sweetness, dried figs and dates, pickled sour cream, a little cinnamon and dark chocolate, coffee and some sour oak
    • Finish
      88 88
      long, sweet, delicate oak flavors and marzipan

  15. toklian scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N22 P22 F21 B21

  16. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    22 21 22 21

  17. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Nine-23
    Serele notes are distinctly pronounced (chocolate, mosaic coffee, tobacco leaves, nuts (almond, greek), dark berries (spiny cherry), interwoven with the scent of the earth, mushroom, old tree, dried hops, soy milk.
    Body (average) -23
    Lots, lots of coffee .... strong black coffee (analogy ... firmly brewed coffee in turkey on sand ????, walnut notes, candied sweet-sour cream (to grapefruit closer than lemon), dry chocolate cookies with black raisins ???? and the third wave is old .. old varnished tree. Good ...
    Finish-22
    Coffee and Nuts, Coffee and Nuts ....
    Balance 22
    23/23/22 / 22-90!
    Cool stuff ??? I recommend
    All I want to define ... what's in the hood))
    Farclass + Sprin or Farclass + Nevis ... or something else)
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  18. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Nice, rounded sherry bottling. The sherry is not too dominant, fits well. Fine smoke. Clean barrel.
    Very tasty and tasty, evaporated by itself.

    A few drops of water make it even smoother and rounder and fruity.
    • Nose
      Dried fruits, a few nuts, just a hint of saltpetre and a fine smoke veil in the background. Apricot chutney.
    • Taste
      Starts sweet and quite full. Then comes ginger, furniture polish and oak, nuts. Smoke and also sherry. Ground.
    • Finish
      Long, intense, nutty, yellow fruits, sherry.

  19. KonstUA scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose 22, taste 22, finish 22, balance 22

  20. malthead-sven scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Earthy-spicy. Of the supposedly used malts, Glenrothes outweighs me in any case. First cooling a bit in the nose, can withstand well water. The oak-rich finish underlines once again the 24 years.

  21. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    bottler's note:

    "According to rumors, a Vatting from Macallan, Highland Park and Glenrothes, married at the bottling.

    Earthy sweetness with marzipan, honey and heather. Sweet cherries and sandalwood "

    "Rumors say it is a vatting of Macallan, Highland Park and Glenrothes, blended at birth.

    Earthy sweetness with marzipan, honey and heather. Sweet cherries and sandalwood "

    sv found some words for that on wf on 03/10/2018 http://www.whiskyfun.com

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