Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whiskybroker.co.uk (WhB)
Bottling serie
Jubilee Malt
Stated Age
21 years old
First Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee 1952-2012
Added on
14 may 2019 9:29 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky reviews for Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1990 WhB

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.05 points.

  1. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    This is a harmonious malt to my taste. In order for it to come into its own, it needs a lot of time in a glass and a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy honey, sweet fruits from ripe apples, mandarins, peaches.
      The malt takes a long time in the glass. Then deep-lying oak wort comes into play, too
      A few drops of water will help make this malt more open and let the aromas come out more clearly.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Intense sweet and spicy, the aromas from the nose can be found on the palate. The fruits are yellowish, more towards nectarine and peach.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Nicely combined and long. Here not only the oak notes, but also the sweet elements stay in the mouth for a long time.

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  3. FeydRautha scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Ed Radour scored this whisky 86 points Specialist

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

  5. DocF scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Color: Pale Straw

    Without the strange note in the nose, he would have been considered easy to drink. For me neither Bunna nor Sherry.
    • Nose
      Sulfur or orange soda, that's the question here. -> Pour more. No, no sulfur, (rancid?) Fat, jo, thanks, rottendon. With apricot pieces on top. "Very nice". With water: resinous, some smoke, indeed, he is still not completely rid of the suspicion of sulfur, dry branches, tree sap. More sherry, unripe oranges, canned plums, but not the tastiest.
    • Taste
      With water: dry, malty and fruity, everything hit well in the middle, but I don't like fish or meat, I liked the Bunnas with more and less sherry better. With chewing around fruity, especially plums.
    • Finish
      Fruit, malt, tree sap, somewhat sulphurous and musty.

  6. ThinLizzy scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Very, very cool nose, you are immediately at the characteristic, mineral Bunna profile with a hint of smoke. Not overloaded at all despite 1st Fill Sherry. Rather fruity, fine sherry notes complement the distillery character. I feel extremely reminded of the old version of the Bunna 25. And for me it's one of the absolute best.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. rottendon scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I would say spontaneously Aberfeldy, middle age. The nose either requires a lot of time or even more nerves, at least for me this note of rancid fat is difficult to bear, is probably like the sulfur for many others. Even without this note, he remained unspectacular in the nose. In the mouth it is really good for that. The interplay between sweet and tart looks well balanced, the power is pleasantly powerful and underlines the aromas very clearly.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    OK, I will never know which distillery it really was, although in principle only Bruichladdich remains as an unpeated islay. The musty profile in the nose would also match. This whisky didn't look like a 1st-fill sherry butt either.

    Edit: Now that I have learned that the distillery is well known, I have to clap my forehead: How could I have forgotten Bunnahabhain?

    Probably because I always associate Bunnahabhain with smooth and super harmonious, if mostly slightly salty, whiskys, this whisky didn't want to fit into this scheme at all ...
    • Nose
      68 68
      Ui, what a stinker at first, a biting bunch of bad notes on the nose, rotten smell, rancid fat. I'm curious to see how it will evolve over time, so put the lid on! After a long period of time it is pretty closed, but the rancid muff is at least strongly pushed back. There is a soft dark sweetness in the background, mainly wood and vegetables, almost as if you had a grain in the glass. In between, the rancid flashes from time to time and then for the first time there are also hints of fruit, rotten apples at first, but really only extremely short approaches, mainly old ship planks dipped in rancid oil. After a longer period of time, now a good two hours, it looks more harmonious, notes that are reminiscent of old brandy are now available, plus fruit soaked in schnapps, the rancid fat is no longer, or can hardly be found. Heat is the first thing that produces apple punch, and that's it.
    • Taste
      88 88
      In the mouth it is initially a very sweet whisky with a lot of honey, a little vanilla and also light fruit notes, which then suddenly turns spicy, with dry herbs and cocoa powder. A fairly clear acidity also spreads in the back of the mouth. The start is moderate, the mouthfeel very oily.
    • Finish
      86 86
      In the aftertaste it warms up strongly, dries off and has in principle disappeared suddenly, while both dry herbs and some honey are still on the tongue a little longer. Overall medium length.

  8. Malt Hans scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Fruity honey aroma, sultanas, figs, malt, anise, vanilla, green apple, white vinegar and lemon.  Marzipan sweet taste, plum jam, ginger, pepper, anise, malt, ripe orange and strong tea. Medium long, spicy and malty end.


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