Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Valinch & Mallet (V&M)
Bottling serie
Lost Drams Collection
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
54.8 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
25 Mar 2019 5:11 pm by GüsälKarri
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 188.50

5 × in wishlist

26 × member ratings

29 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Distillery 1996 V&M

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.17 points

  1. Dave-V&M scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    To Jackson 05.. I guess some things were a bit mixed up in the story, this cask was a first fill sherry cask, spent 22 years in it.. Perhaps they were referring to the Blair Athol 9 or one of our younger sherry casks that indeed are matured for a couple of years in sherry casks that we had the chance to pick mainly from almacenistas now sadly out of business.. So definitely old casks (40, 50 and 70 years old, yes), but used for different products! (Craigellachie 12, Blair Athol 9, westport 12 and some new you'll see in 2020!).

    The most important thing is that we're excited you like it! Thank you for the kind words!!


    Dave (from V&M)

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    In store sample

    I was told by the store employee that Dave from Valinch & Mallet came across a 50 year old (I asked multiple times, but she assured me) Pedro Ximénez Cask. They bought the cask, drank the sherry, and finished this Speyside distillery whisky for two years, that had been previously in American oak... A 50 year old Pedro Ximénez? Really? How did they come across this? And why Speyside distillery? Surely you could have went with Caol Ila or a more interesting distillery for such a special cask? Maybe that’s the point, they wanted to show off the cask with a neutral spirit? The quality of the cask certainly isn’t one of my questions. Very High quality.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Incredible nose and it’s all about the cask. Smells like you’re in a dunnage warehouse sticking your nose into a great old sherry cask. Chocolatey, fresh strawberry jam, charcoal dust, dunnage floor, hessian, raspberry compote...sweet but balanced. It’s not really about the distillery.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dunnage floor, hessian, strawberries in chocolate, luxardo cherries, red licorice, rich full mouthfeel, charred oak. I’m not even really a huge sherry fanatic.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Nice long finish. Mouthcoating sherry, sweet, but not overly. High quality sherry. Makes many sherry maturations look silly to be honest. Dark chocolate, nibs, charred oak, hessian.

  3. MatzeW scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    Wow what a strong sherry whisky. The nose lets one guess what to taste should follow. And she's right: perfect balance of intense red and dark fruits, some rum pot and a hint of old leather. The alcohol is perfectly integrated and gives the full flavor the necessary strength. The warm, fruity finish stays in the mouth for a very long time. Beautiful old sherry whisky!

  4. jazza scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. JNuyts scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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