Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Rolf Kaspar GmbH (RK)
Bottling serie
Hotel Essener Hof
Stated Age
17 years old
Number of bottles
55.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Astra Theater Collection No. 13
Added on
07 Apr 2019 1:59 pm by Peater 2
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 100.75

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Whisky Reviews for Single Malt Irish Whiskey 2001 RK

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.27 points

  1. Dominique69 scored this whisky 85 points Moderator

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    The Baker’s Dozen 13 independent unspecified single Irish malts 12-30 year old.

    My experience of irish single malts is not huge so I thought I would try these 13 IB.
    In the past I have found that in the main Irish single malts are not as complex or heavy as Scotch whisky apart from some older Lowland offerings.
    Many of the ones tried here had a cereal note, stewed white fruits on the palate and the nose was a little distant but the palate was pretty good.
    I did not do full tasting notes as I had 13 to taste but also after the first half dozen they where melding into one.
    There are obviously less differences in this flight rather than a Scotch H2H but that is understandable as there are far fewer distilleries in Ireland and my guess here that half of those here were bushmill’s.
    What was interesting is that sometimes with Scotch whisky the palate does not deliver what the nose promised, with quite a few of these it was the other way round with the palate being the weakest part.
    I still prefer Scotch whisky to Irish because there is more going on but there are exceptions, as there always will be and in the past Ihave had some cracking Irish single malts and blends.


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  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    I do not like the nose on this, sour apples and plums basically.
    The palate starts of well , plenty of white fruit mixed with cream and a medicinal alcohol note.
    The fruit gets sweeter with an icing sugar note that reminds me of those tiny biscuits with a blob of icing on, called iced gems, so my wife says :)
    with water:-
    The nose is still not to my liking but the water has released a lot of peppery spice which adds interest.
    An up and down malt but the palate was ok which is what counts
    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very successful Irish, beguiling nose, excellent fruity taste. Not overly complex, but really great material.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. DerDennis! scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  6. claymore84 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-28-2020 in Oberstaufen.

  7. markjedi1 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Fruit Chewing Gum

    Early 2019 this 17 year old Irish whisky – of which the distillery is kept secret – was bottled by German indie Rold Kaspar for the Hotel Essener Hof in Essen, Germany. Bottler and hotel cooperate often to give tastings of whisky, but also gin and other distillates.

    The nose prickles a bit, but immediately offers some very candy-like and tropical notes. Feels like I’m smelling some mango and kiwi flavored ice-cream, drenched in syrup of pineapple and peach. After a few moments some grassy notes and nuts appear. Deliciously summery.

    The tropical fruit returns on the palate, albeit in a very candy-like shape, almost like chewing gum. It cannot fulfil the tropically fruity promise of the nose, but is still quite pleasant. On the edge of, but not quite reaching, guimauve. Feisty with pepper to give it some punch.

    While nose and palate are quite alright, the finish is a tad too bitter and try to please.

    Well, the patrons of the 4-star Esserner Hof are quite lucky to find this on the shelf. Lovely single cask Irish whisky for a reasonable price. You can still find this today for around 100 EUR.

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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


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