Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection
Stated Age
27 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
48.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 dec 2018 3:51 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 200.00

2 × in wishlist

20 × member ratings

41 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Speyside Distillery 1991 CA

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.35 points.

  1. SAND scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind
    NOSE: Honey, earthy notes, roasted red pepper, juicy limonade, fresh lemon peel, grapefruit, dry hay. (88p)
    TASTE: The arrival is fruity (green and red apples, green banana) but astringent. On the mid palate a bit tight and acidic. Frutier and less astringent with water. (86p)
    FINISH: Mildly acidic and astringent, a bit simple. (84p)
    OVERALL: Total score 86 points.

  2. Sb17sw scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Try it out with water and some time in the glass. Without water it came across as closed and lots of spirit. With water I found apples, banana and pineapple.
    Unexploded bombe = 82

  3. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Round and harmonious, especially the development in the oral cavity is impressive.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    So the age surprises me a little now. The smoky impression was then more dunnage.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Green apples and a certain creaminess right after pouring. This creamy impression increases after just a few moments, plus something fresh and possibly a trace of smoke. After a while it has become more of a fruit basket with lots of raisins, clear fruit acid, strong mineral notes, everything in a neat interplay. Warmth brings more mineral notes and a little disinfectant, and the fruit acid is strengthened.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The start is moderate, the mouthfeel pleasantly soft, not too thin, the fruitiness from the nose can be found in the mouth, whereby the acid is increasingly displaced by a sweetness before the malt dries up significantly. The slightly smoky impression from the nose cannot be confirmed here. The second sip is a bit bitter from the start.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is characterized by slightly tart notes and is medium-long. Here, however, you could think again that some smoke was involved.

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Green exotic fruits, vanilla, hay, bit austere but quite drinkable

  5. Luigisim scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Soft and smooth.
    Truly Speyside.
    Very similar to the 28yo

  6. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Extremely complex and mature. Begins with a delicate smoky-metallic note, fleshy accents, quince, earth, old fruit crates full of apples stored in a musty vaulted cellar, cider and old farm equipment. Altogether very old fashioned and wonderfully composed.
      With water: fresh, floral and very quince, bergamot and light winegums. Later also roses, cocoa and pink grilled pork with prunes.
    • Taste
      Incredibly complex, with oak, mossy undergrowth, delicate smoke, but also juicy dried fruit, waxy Lager apples, lemon cake, old fruit boxes, cocoa and allspice.
      With water: Aromatic, floral and really very ripe and oily. Metallic accents, old orange liqueur, jute, burnt heath and freshly plowed earth.
    • Finish
      Aromatic and very citrus-toned. Burnt sponge cake, toffee and floral accents.

  7. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2019] Two rates so far (97 and 91 points) so this must be a great dram (at least for these two members). Because this is the oldest Speyside Distillery bottling on the market I bought a bottle to check it by myself...

    ...and sorry, dear enthusiatic members - to my taste buds this is sub-standard quality only. It smells and tastes like a standard-aged dram and provides neither complexity nor balance.
    • Nose
      83 83
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers the profile of a rather young malt - in a blind setting I never would have guessed this dram is older than 12 years to be honest. Not much going on here, some shy malty aromas and wooden notes - that is it (I do not find the roasted red peppers and quinces, but the - rotten - autumn leaves I can imagine).
    • Taste
      85 85
      The taste is about the same: Some sweet barley sugary flavours with distant hints of fruits that never dare to enter the spotlight. The wood is strong and dominates which is not a problem because there is (almost) nothing else that is dominated that way. Where is the cocoa powder they state on the label? Where is the lemon tart? My taste buds are too dull to recognise such flavours, most probably...
    • Finish
      83 83
      The initial mouthfeel is hot and peppery but not coating at all. There is a drying-astringent feeling too (tannins at work). The finish is of medium length and turns spicy which is a new impression, finally. It dries out a little towards the end but this is bearable. Water releases chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and turns the taste rather immature with a mashy-malty spike. I like the neat dram better.

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Very round and balanced on the palate - easy drinkable and enjoyable - fantastic!
    First I though this one is the same like the Speyside Region 1991 27yo 48.8% from Whisky-Fässle (id 124927) but this one is just a bit less round.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Wild honey, green fruits, crambole, grapefruits, green banana, limes, stone, minerals, just whiffs of vanilla - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Extremely oily and creamy, sirupy, good sweetness, yellow fruits, peaches, apricots, bananas, pineapples, mango, papaya, creme brulee, somes spices, white pepper - great!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, still very fruity, more spices, a bit more grapefruit

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Cadenhead's notes:


    This is the 3rd vintage we have had this year from the Speyside distillery, each vintage has had a unique profile with this final one of 2018 keeping up the good work.

    NOSE: Roasted red peppers, slightly meaty and earthy with quince and autumn leaves.

    PALATE: Earthy background, with juicy fruits, syrupy mouthfeel and lots of cocoa powder, red apples and lemon tart.

    FINISH: Juicy, lime, bergamot and then highland toffee.

    (LTP) What a different Speyside this is.

    From the nose to the palate its almost as if we are drinking a more west coast style but with the most amazing richness on the finish, the nose is really big with lots of spice with damp wood sweet peppers and hints of dunnage warehouses.

    The palate is deep with some sweet citrus flavours and some rich fruity notes like a lucky bag of sweets and red apples.

    The finish is stunning hard to pin it down but definitely rich caramel toffee and some sweet spiced fruits.

    One of the best after dinner drams we have had from Speyside as a whole.

    £100 [Dec '18]


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