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Whisky Reviews for The Winter Queen II 19-year-old AD
7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.67 points
- Contains of Teaninich from 1983, Mortlach from 1993, 20 year old Bowmore, and 19 years aged Zuidam
- Lavender Syrup
You may remember the first release of The Winter Queen, a so-called fusion whisky from Adelphi (Scotch mixed with a Dutch whisky) from March 2018. It was so successful that a second batch was produced. While the first was a blend of 9 years old, this was is much older. It is composed – or so I was told – from a Teaninich 1983, a 20 years old Bowmore and a Mortlach 1993, vatted with the oldest cask of Millstone whisky that the Dutch distillery Zuidam could find, i.e. 19 years old. Note that some components are thus much older! The name is a reference to Scottish king James VI’s oldest daughter. Elizabeth Stuart was born in 1596 in Fife, but spent most of her life in The Hague – hence the mix with Zuidam. I am inclined to think this must be a belter. Strangely enough, the ABV is higher than the first, much younger release!
Drying, dark and sweet nose on espresso, roasted bread, hazelnuts and lots of chocolate. Black and red berries. Some waxed leather. A maritime note with some silt and molded wood. Absolutely delicious.
Nicely oily with a good body. Spicy on the palate with black pepper, liquorice and cloves. Hint of bitter oranges, wrapped in toffee and lavender syrup. Burnt wood and some woodsmoke appear. This is a great fusion, if you ask me.
Boy, oh boy! What a long, warm and drying finish. Salt at the death.
There is less than half the bottles of the previous release, but it’s double the price. Having said that, this is indeed a belter! One to sip in solitude, overthinking your life. Happy thoughts only.
- a stern, serious whisky that demands attention.. no cheap thrills, no sweeties.. dark, deep, complex, mature. quite an experience.
a light, floral, springtime breeze is quickly followed by heavier aromas such as camphor, marzipan and freshly roasted dark coffee.. the sherry is shy, with just a reminder of sweet sultanas and red wine. there is a constant and complex interplay between the lighter side of the spirit, floral and earthy, and the heavier, darker side. a stronger, bitter wood and leathery note comes at the end to anchor it all.
if there is angels' share, then surely there must be angels' breath...
the nose is the best part of this whisky for me.
there is almost too much happening at the same time.. dust, wormwood, chocolate, tasty old cheese, milk chocolate, sweet and bitter combining to create a single taste (switter?).. alcohol is barely felt, amazing texture and lightness of being. it is not a low abv, but somehow i would like a bit of a bigger punch to carry all these grand tastes.
manucca honey, the sense of soft heat from the sun warming up your skin, in the morning.. the whisky keeps on on the tongue.. albeit not strong, just barely there.. like the photograph on the shelf of a long-departed good friend.