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MacNair's 21-year-old - Lum Reek Peated

Overall rating
86.63/100
votes
81
Whiskybase ID
WB121168
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Bottled
01.10.2018
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Oloroso, Virgin Oak and Red Wine Casks
Strength
48.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
3 11 11 BB
Barcode
5060568320120
Market
de Germany
Added on
16 nov 2018 11:09 pm by Dominique69
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 126.16

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106 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for MacNair's 21-year-old - Lum Reek Peated

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.63 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2021] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is a simple and easy sippable dram but way too expensive (imho). The recipe is pretty good, actually - but the quality of the selected casks does not match that ambition, unfortunately.
    • Nose
      84 84
      The colour is deep gold and the nose offers a fruity-peaty mix which is nice to sniff without being as complex as the recipe promised. The wood is quite strong, a little too much according to my olfactory cells. Unfortunately, the powerful impressions with the first sniff vanish quickly so I suggest to start the nosing right after serving the dram. After around 15 minutes the nose vanished almost completely. My score started at 87 points but quickly fell to 84 due to the disappearing impressions.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is very sweet on barley sugars and honeys with some shy fruits and surprisingly little peat notes. I do not get a lot of winey flavours, to be honest. After some chewing interesting nutty flavours (walnuts, almonds) pop up and the sugars combine to a white chocolatey note. This is easy drinkable stuff, not more and not less.
    • Finish
      83 83
      The dram arrives a little hot and without any coating effects on the palate. The finish is rather short and adds no new impressions beside an increasing drying-astringent woodiness. Water turns the nose more punchy and the taste gets bitter, so forget about any reduction.

  2. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      About 3 months after opening and time to breathe, I give LumReek a new chance. At room temperature the nose is still dead, I warm it up with my hands for a good 20 minutes and it actually gets a pulse ... a slight hint of smoke comes out, behind it a ripe fruit. A bit like a charred pear tree.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Soft, gentle start with a little white pepper. Salivation and a transition into a pleasant woody nutty aroma.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Pleasantly spicy but mild, unobtrusive and lingering for a long time. Can be made, is very round but must be enjoyed warm.

      Overall, the price-performance ratio is still not right for me.

  3. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Overrated and way too expensive, for the age I expected more. The name Billy Walker will also contribute to his name. It's a shame that it's not just about quality
    • Nose
      73 73
      Seldom has a nose disappointed me as much as with the Lum Reek, I immediately went to the corona test
    • Taste
      84 84
      Better than expected, quite interesting but also not as complex as promised when tasting the third
    • Finish
      85 85
      Long and quite aromatic

  4. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, but not worth the massive surcharge compared to the 12 year old. I think the latter is even better!
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  5. thijs100 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A high-quality blended malt by Billy Walker that shows its age in all the right ways.
    • Nose
      Slightly green but with subtle smoke, cigar tobacco and touches of sandalwood, but also notes of vanilla, orange peel, sultanas and peaches. Finally just a touch of menthol and cocoa powder. Clearly the most mature of the three.
    • Taste
      Velvety and buttery, there's a good amount of leather and tobacco, combined with gentle pepper and pleasing oaky notes. A whisper of honey, chocolate and fudge too.
    • Finish
      Lingering spices and a touch of pralines.

  6. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose:
    toasted spices, dry smoke, fruit in a basket, a little hay, actually quite neutral, quite reserved
    mouth:
    phew, it changes in a pleasant way, with tasty baked vanilla, wax, a little glazed, spices on white pepper, a little hazelnuts,
    a little honey which softens even more,
    notes of fine tobacco, in fact the empty cigar box that you open, fruits undifferentiated on citrus, smoke more than peat, a little zan.
    final:
    simple and fairly long, varying between smoke in the distance and cooked fruit, with a good length at the bottom of the glass.
    • Finish
      a blend of 4 single malts (no grain therefore !!) including 2 from SPEY, 2 from ISLAY and Glenallachie!

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 81 points Shoplink Moderator

    Dead nose
    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  8. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    He is old ... complex, difficult to grasp. Overall, very balanced, with sherry and smoke in the taste something go down, but I have cherries ... maybe. from the red wine barrel. For the price I expected ... more.
    • Nose
      Spicy, nutty, light sweetness, nutmeg, honey, tart orange marmalade, clove, grated lemon zest, malt, white pepper, charcoal
    • Taste
      sweet, spicy, cherries, pepper, nutty ... almonds, dark chocolate, pleasant wood, honey
    • Finish
      medium to long, cherries, oak and discreet wood smoke

  9. Artus scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Gold color. Whiskey quite oily.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Pretty sweet. Lots of caramel. A bit greasy. Even toffee, actually. A trace of smoke underneath. Salt. Salty caramel. A pinch of spices. Some fruit. Maybe even red.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Caramel. Lots of salt. Salty caramel. A pinch of spices. White pepper. A little smoke and ash. Light spice. Light oily. There is a certain greasiness. Toffee but salty. There is a certain oilyness. With the second sip, more smoke, which even became quite heavy, definitely nicer. Maybe traces of fruit in the background.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Smoke. Salt. Salty caramel. Vanilla. A bit of ash, but with a sweet twist. A pinch of spices. White pepper. Medium-long finish.

  11. Abadon05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Horny, perfume-like nose that cannot hide the wine influence, but is not too dominant.
    The taste then more like a blend. The finish is a bit mild, but with depth.
    Offers an unusual amount. Hardly any "peat".

  12. Stouby scored this whisky 72 points Member Senior

    Tønden online tasting.
    Golden. Glenallachie + Islay whisky. Light smoke, fruit, vanilla, barrel. Fine body.

  13. RJKrueger scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A blended malt from which I expected significantly more with the barrel combination and the age.
    • Nose
      81 81
      A very subdued nose, hardly any fruit, something spicy, slightly smoky comes through. After a while, hints of vanilla.
    • Taste
      85 85
      On the palate it is nice and oily, spicy and the smoke is also clearer. Here he shows his strength and also a little more complexity.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The positive impression of the taste evaporates too quickly. What remains is the oak spice with light bitter notes.

  14. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  15. Stobk scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Light smoke in nose.
    Light smoke, mild, sweet in mouth.
    Short aftertaste.

  16. MasterMork scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  17. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. L_Gillian scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very well behaved and mature Whisky. You have to appreciate the craftsmanships that went into blending this malt! There's not much wrong with it, other than its quite subdued on the nose.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Balanced. Green apple peel, candied fruits, spiced vanilla cake and wooden cigar box. Hint of sherry, nicely integrated.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Smooth. Sweet fruit and ginger ale. Later there's ginger spice and some seasoned pepper, honey and licorice root.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium length. Slightly wine-y, nice and creamy chocolate mousse. Drying smoke with a celery salt zing.

  19. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A well composed, wonderfully complex, mouth-filling and balanced blended malt. Here you can taste the over two decades of cask maturation: everything is in harmony - a balance of sweetness, fruit and warming spices. Rich, multi-layered and full bodied with a lot of power. With or without the addition of water an inspiring pleasure experience.

    I thank The GlenAllachie Distillery for the complimentary sample!

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/11/25/macnair-s-lum-reek-21yo-peated/
    • Nose
      Sweet peat smoke on the nose with lovely fruity notes of apricot and peach. Honey, a hint of herbs, ginger and oak tones are added. This is followed by vanilla and butterscotch with some orange peel and dark chocolate in the background. Very soft and round.
    • Taste
      Sweet start on the palate with vanilla and fruity apricot. Then warming notes of pepper, oak spice and ginger arrive. This is accompanied by honey, sweet smoke, some orange peel and cocoa notes, with a touch of cigar box towards the finish. Powerful and very appealing.
    • Finish
      The finish is long lasting with honey and pleasant peat smoke. Initially creamy and wonderfully warming, it then slowly dries out with spicy oak, ginger and allspice, with some tobacco leaves towards the end.

      With water: After adding a few drops of water a little fresher on the nose and more fruity with apricots and peaches. Vanilla, honey and butterscotch are added, accompanied by peat smoke and a touch of mint. Sweet and creamy on the palate with apricot jam. Then warming and prickling on the tongue with pepper, oak spice and ginger, with accompanying notes of butterscotch, honey and a touch of smoke. The finish is still long, warming and much drier with oak, ginger and a touch of ash.

  20. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Just a wonderful blend, very fruity, excellent price
    • Nose
      Stone fruits, light smoke, waxy, juicy, huge citrus fruits.
    • Taste
      Juicy, stone fruits, peach, waxy, sour
    • Finish
      Medium, baked apple

  21. WJF1007 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    What's good about this one is the balance. It really restored the feeling when drinking a fruity whisky in a smoky room.The smokyness it's just on point, more would be too overpowering, less would be too weak to notice. A salute to Billy Walker, great job.

  22. DrunkDude scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Slightly expensive, but all good.

  23. StephanB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. GIORGOS scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  25. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  26. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Yes there is peat and cream on the nose but there appears to be a big wood note and little else but I am struggling for descriptors here.
    This one is really fizzy on the palate, very lively, simple profile but I like it and the strength of 48% is spot on.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  27. Jeadrick scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

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