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Scotch Universe Mars I - 113° U.4.1' 1798.5"

Overall rating
87.49/100
votes
70
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Scotch Universe (SU)
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2018
Calculated age
09 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Valpolicella Wine Barrique
Strength
63.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
19 Dec 2018 11:35 pm by Piff De
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 107.00

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Whisky Reviews for Scotch Universe Mars I - 113° U.4.1' 1798.5"

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.49 points

  1. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    As you grab blind in the sample box and promptly no one less than the Roman god of war in his fingers - whether the name is justified in this allegorical interpretation, let's see.
    For me Michel Reick is one of the busiest German bottlers and regularly proves tremendous instinct, if not magic, when he comparatively young whiskys - matured in always error-free barrels - with alcohol levels far beyond the 50% vol. bottling ... and they are always extremely good pure drinkable.

    Since he apparently has buttoned up my heart's distillery for Mars, I am particularly curious here - and possibly also particularly critical.

    Conclusion: a surprise bag. Like the bottlings of Scotch Universe so often. Who buys the whisky in the expectation of a clearly articulated Highland Park, will probably not be happy. If you play skillfully (not like me here) with water, but you could find a balance between distillery and wine. Oh yes: this whisky is not martial, so in the end only the reference to the red planet remains, far from mythology.
    • Nose
      I read 63.1% vol on the label, but my nose says no. Here everything is turned upside down, which I think I have learned about whisky. Young whisky, high alcohol content = reason for caution. Nope. Almost shy, the malt is still in Glencairn after 20 minutes. Sweetness of thick berry jam rises towards me. In it everything, from richly sweet strawberries and blueberries, but also pleasantly acidic components of blackcurrant and currants. That here was a wine barrel in the game, can be guessed on the basis of minimal winy dryness. This is completed by fresh vanilla biscuits. Three core flavors so, everything coherent in itself, but all no signature flavors of my beloved distillery from the far north.
      With water: The nose immediately reports a well-known impact, wine retreats and gives room for fresh sea air, a herbal note that makes me think of thyme and also a hint of smoke is there, I mean.
    • Taste
      Mars has his spear pulled and tickles the edge of the tongue. Salivation begins immediately, but the alcohol does not stingy, think more of a buzz in the mouth. The sweet and sour berries immediately start to speak again, and an acidic oak note is also noticeable. Wood is the keyword here. The mouth becomes dull relatively quickly, it puts a kind of layer of charcoal dust on the tongue, without being smoky. Bitterness? None. For pleasant roasted malts.
      With water: malty, maritime and with herbs. I think of fresh ciabatta with mediterranean herbs and some sea salt. At best, the fruit is still calling from the background.
    • Finish
      Cherry juice, fresh biscuit dough and toasted bread.
      With water: a short but spicy reverberation remains.

  2. Achany scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    sweetness and a fine amount of peat was the first thought with this one. it took a while until the cask kicks in and brings some grapes, red fruits to the palate. the spices, some rather dirty peat influence and quite a high ABV do ist trick and make this dram a fine and long lasting (finish) experience. Not the usual HP but I like it a lot!
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The barrel selection was probably a stroke of genius. Totally unusual for a Highland Park (at least in my experience) and very tasty. Maybe a tobermory after all? ;-)
    Full review (german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/05/28/ziggy-fassstark-and-the-highland-parks-from-mars/

  4. Issie did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      definitely sweet, a little honey, menthol, cereals, strawberries, blackberries, baked apple with cinnamon, something citrusy there is also ... hmm rather orange, in the background also something very kräutrig / grassy
    • Taste
      Herbal honey, currants, lime, grapefruit, wood, pepper

  5. hawk31 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Nose: vanilla, strawberries, slightly musty cellar, gummy bears, honey, white dessert wine, potatoes ?, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, chocolate bons, amarena cherries

    Taste: spicy onset, slightly mouthfeel but getting oily, pepper, for the age proper oak cargo, strawberry jam, honey again, becoming drier with a subliminal sweetness which becomes stronger over time. The vanilla at first from the nose is also back.

    Finish: Medium long, the oak makes itself felt, makes him look older. Bottom line, but rather has a younger, crisper character. Cranberry bars, roasted malt and chocolate are left behind.

    In the meantime I do not drink it undiluted anymore, without water it is just too intense for me. Since I'm currently on the Weinfasstripp soweiso he likes me very much. Even though I prefer whiskys from other wine barrels meanwhile.

  6. mer1973 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. malthead-sven scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    powerful part, the sweet at first is really surprising, but I'm a bit too rough and out of round overall
    • Nose
      sweet, brown sugar, low alcohol for the high percentages, salted popcorn, light smoke, cranberries, diluted with water a bit mineral, mint, wild garlic,
    • Taste
      Pure really recommended only in tiny slips, already burning on the lip, then watered paprika, wood shavings, chestnuts
    • Finish
      Warms up a lot, the sweetness of the aroma comes through again, medium to long

  8. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
      Cranberry, bramble, apple, caramel, milk chocolate and a whiff of smoke.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Typical Highland Park peat. Goji berry, wine gum, biscuit, caramel, apple and marzipan. Still a quite young, raw spirit that even the cask cannot disguise. Probably only a finish, otherwise not the most active wine cask. Could have stayed in there a few years longer.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Now the wine influence becomes really nice as the immature notes fade away and the cask character is all that remains. Cranberry, caramel, chocolate, young peat and blackberry.

  9. CIB914 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. dr.mad scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

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