Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Stated Age
10 years old
Sherry Butt Finish
Batch 0001
Number of bottles
53.2 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
17 nov 2018 2:32 pm by Amsterdam
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 57.45

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51 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Vital Spark 10-year-old MBl

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.88 points

  1. Fat Bastard! did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It's a heavily peated Loch Lomond.
    Confirmed by Andy Hart!

  2. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
      Immediately fresh medical peat smoke streams out of my Glencairn. First of all, I have to think of a freshly mown meadow in direct proximity to the sea. But this first impression vanishes quickly and makes room for unripe bananas, walnuts, raisins, dried plums and dark chocolate. Some time in the glass does the malt well and makes the sherry influence even more intense.
    • Taste
      85 85
      On the tongue, the Vital Spark pushes forward with powerful steam. Dry sherry notes with dark chocolate, walnuts, chili, honey, a handful of dried fruits. Some time releases a fine spicy touch. The whole is surrounded by intense peat smoke. A few drops of water help the Malt to develop properly and to intensify the aforementioned flavors a little bit more.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium. Chilli, dark fruit, baking cocoa, salt and dark chocolate.

  3. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A lovely heavily peated Loch Lomond!
    • Nose
      Excellent nose. Very entertaining. Lots of maritime flavors and off course dark sherried flavors. Fireplace sensations, chocolate and banana’s. The typical, funky LL character is still alive. Give this one some time and oxidation. It works!
    • Taste
      Salty flavors and almost Islay kind of flavors. Lots of red fruits, raisins, several fruits, pepper and coffee flavors. At first it’s rather fresh, mid-palate more spices take the stage.
    • Finish
      Medium/Long and a wee dry at the end. Quite some fresh flavors in like grassy notes and mint kind of flavors. Quite some oak flavors and milk chocolate as well.

      At first I was a little sceptic. Rather expensive for just 50cl and rather young which gives quite a chance of ‘glensherry’. But after tasting batch 2c this was a surprise as well in a lot of ways. The price is on the high side but the quality is worth it. Would have loved to get my hands on a full bottle but €89 is way to expensive when knowing this was around 45-50 euro’s at release.

  4. MacCaroni did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Absolute bang for my buck!

    Class bottling, beautiful bottle with great label.
    Tastes good & great gift ...

    Access, even for the current 45-50 € worth buying.

  5. Vis2020 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    Some say it is Laphroaig or Bunnahabhain. I personally think it is a peated Springbank (Longrow)

  6. Dutchdram scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Immediate peat and smoke as you could expect. Next is a note of a fireplace. It turns a bit maritime now. Notes of sea-salt and iodine. A lovely note of smoked raw ham! A bit of dried fruit like raisins. Sweet notes of vanilla and caramel complement each other. At the end notes of wet leafs and lemon.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Again peat and smoke with also the maritime notes of iodine and a fireplace. Black crushed pepper complemented by an earthy note. Dried fruitiness like raisins and dates. At the end it stays sweet with notes of dark chocolate and honey.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium-long. Raisins and a note of oak and cacao. There is also a strange note of toothpaste.

  7. mer1973 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Hector_Savage scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Special Malt .... means that will split the minds.
    I find it very interesting, especially the nose, but all too often I could not drink it.
    • Nose
      90 90
      You can tell right away, it's different!
      Extremely buttery sweet with heavy fruit, as if you made rum raisins with sugar and butter in a pan.
      A slight smoky note is also there but it gets even crazier, because it comes something that reminds me of toothpaste and that with the beaver, as many herbs are at the start.
      Ripe bananas and hot chocolate at Grandma complete the whole thing.
    • Taste
      88 88
      sweet sherry fruits, pepper, light smoke and again the toothpaste, honey and sweetened espresso
    • Finish
      85 85
      What can I say, even here remains a smoky toothpaste note, something dry, short

  9. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    With the smoky nose in the nose you could locate him on Islay, where the sherry barrel, in which he has most likely experienced a full maturation, is already very active and could distort some things.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Spicy smoke wafting over sherry-infused dried fruits (raisins, dates). Nicely dirty with touched match and angekokeltem tires. Slightly medicated, warm tar, salt, seaweed. However, the latter notes resonate only in the background, the sherry and the associated spicy and dirty notes dominate quite clearly. Old leather - and again and again the dried fruit (which later get a chocolate coat).
    • Taste
      85 85
      In the pleasantly strong onset are first milk chocolate and sweet grapes. On the tongue it is less "dirty" than in the nose. Cool menthol comes pretty quickly. Fresh wood, raisins, dried figs. The sweetness of the grapes passes quickly, bitter, unidentifiable herbs occur and mix with the persistant menthol. Smoke is not much on the tongue.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Just a medium-long finish. Dry, dry. With herbs and menthol and finally some smoke.

  10. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Unfortunately, quite out of place, I would prefer any Classic of Islay in a similar price range.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Dirty spicy smoke, over there is a good portion of sherry, you can feel the alcohol in the nose, dry, not too sweet, short I have banana, now it is immature, vanilla, seems to me something impetuous, cocoa
      with water it gets lighter, still the immature fruit
    • Taste
      83 83
      Milk chocolate at the beginning, the smoke is already special, spicy, slightly spicy, the sherry is there, floral, dark fruits, but the flowery is more intense, is ok, intense, espresso
      it looks thinner with water, but the sharpness is gone too, with water I found it better despite the sharpness, because more intense
    • Finish
      84 84
      Woody, tart, ashy smoke, slightly floral still, chocolate, medium length


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