Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Anam na h-Alba (ANHA)
Bottling serie
The Soul of Scotland
Calculated age
10 years old
Ex-Port Cask
Number of bottles
54.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 feb 2019 7:33 pm by old-smokey
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 89.96

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Whisky reviews for Amazing Amanda 2008 ANHA

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.28 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The Port Cask has done a great job, distilleries as good as futile. A sweetie with mild smoke.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Cold and bitter smoke, the smell of a sunlit pine grove. Resin, herbal pillows. Little fruity notes, the most likely one could still crawl out children Em-eukal. Looks a bit snappy. Sandalwood, thyme. The smoke notes resonate in the background but do not dominate.
    • Taste
      86 86
      On the tongue then immediately with sweet grapes and cherries, which make it difficult for the smoke to penetrate forward. Cranberry juice. Vanilla, ground espresso beans, spicy smoked ham. Some smoked salmon. Pretty dry. The sweetness of the fruits always present.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Dry and medium-long, fruit sweet and finally with a mint leaves.

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  3. Whisky Genießer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This Dram shows nice peat aromas, the port cask maturation works well on this whisky. We have lightly earthy notes in combination with the sweetness of the port and the peat. At the first nosing the alcohol was noticeable but very fast disappeared. I tried this whisky before but somehow it wasn't my day to try whisky. The dram and I don't become friends. The second try of the second 10cl are working better. Good Whisky and I like the combination of the aromas. A soft wave of smoke as well is noticeable on the nose. In the mouth the cask strength is quite active and shows his power. Warming, sweet, earthy notes and the peat are working very well together. Maybe it sounds crazy but this dram reminds me in a soft and sweet way of a Lagavulin 16 but of course with less earthy peat punch. Maybe because this Dram as well is complex to discover. I know we have a different cask maturation but in a positive way the whisky safed my day. The finish is long and intense with a well mixture of the aromas

  4. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from an online blind tasting ...
    • Nose

      Starts very fresh and fruity with red berries. Wine-like in the direction of rosé wine. Eucalyptus and it develops more floral. Has something of a flowery fabric softener. The smoke is rather dry. Tangy limes.
      With a little time in the glass more raspberries, cherries and red currants. In addition, a lightly smoked meat flavor. Sweet paprika. A little medical appeal. A sparkling wine-like freshness and a hint of gravy.
    • Taste
      Powerful start. Neat seasoning. Again the dry, ashy smoke. Nice, oily mouthfeel. The alcohol is present, but fits well into the picture. Also here very berry and fruity with a few splashes of lemon. The berries here are more like strawberries. A flowery undertone remains with it.
    • Finish
      Actually lasts a long time. Oily, fruity with a fresh touch. Plus the ashy smoke.
      Legga thing ....

  5. notesofmalt scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Amazing Amanda 2008 - 2019, 10 years, 54.3% alc. Bottler: Anam na h-Alba. Expansion: Bourbon barrel, post-maturation in port wine barrel

    Nose: Oh dear ... where do you want to start? Maritime aromas are paired with campfire and BBQ, and the port wine has a rather complex sweetness of raspberry jam. And as if that were all, we also have bandages, disinfectants and iodine. Quasi a Lagaphroaig. Behind it there is then still pine wood, resin and a very mild trace of cinnamon.

    Palate: More orderly than on the nose and also much sweeter. The port now comes out vigorously. Spicy jam and brown sugar. With sweet peat smoke, lemon cake, marinated grilled meat, ham and a little thyme.

    Finish: Long and dry, balanced between fruity sweetness and smoked ham, there is no longer any medicinal aromas to be found in the finish. In return, there are some eucalyptus and delicate aromas of oak.

    Conclusion: The thing can be seen, really great Islay whisky, very complex and exciting. And what kind of distillery is behind the bottling? Maybe Lagavulin really, but I don't want to confirm that. 89/100 points (2021)

    I thank Miss Scotch for the sample

  6. Fight65 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Abadon05 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    You can already see in the color that the port wine barrel has done a decent job.
    Nice and interesting combination of smoke and port.
    Great part, very interesting and actually does not need water.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Cold smoke and ham or bacon.
      Dark red berry notes. You can clearly hear the port share.
      Over time, the smoke gets through more.
      Light seaweed and iodine notes. A little lemon is still there. Christmas spices are also minimal.
      Interesting and what's nice, you don't notice the 54.3% at all.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The smoke is much more present on the tongue. First a little bitterness comes through, then the port sweetness. The bourbon influence can also be felt a bit stronger, but still in the background. The bitterness subsides. Smoked salmon.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Short to medium length. Sweet, but unfortunately a little dry. Mint remains, minimally some wood.

  8. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Warm smoke, honey, cinnamon, some menthol, cherries, grasses, cereals, pine needles, some resin

      Even more herbaceous / grassy with a little water
    • Taste
      Honey, cherry, lemon, pepper, chilli, ash
      Significantly sweeter and more pleasing with a little water

  9. RobbievdB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    After some water and time this islay malt turns into a nice and very fruity whisky. It delivers raspberries, cranberries, smoked glazed meats, smoldering wood and peatsmoke. Quite an easy zipper. 86 points.

  10. PX-Michl scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  11. Dhugal MacArdry scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  12. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      First smoke / smoked ham; maritime and medical, clearly iodine for me. Then a bit earthy and then comes a slight sweetness; Diluted with water clearly shows the port, which is actually rather little to no presence without water. With water but all the more
    • Taste
      Here is the port clearly. Strong, fruity notes. slightly sweet and tingling in the mouth, almost a peppery pungency. The smoked ham is always present but not too dominant. You get this typical red wine dryness in the mouth and it is nice and spicy
    • Finish
      dry; slightly sweet; short a note like stable; the fruit disappears quickly; Smoke remains permanent; it was briefly a bit minty herbaceous available. The dryness in the mouth goes and for that the sweetness comes again. Everything always accompanied by a nice smoke. This smoke is still in the mouth 20 minutes after the dram.

  13. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      79 79


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