Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Anam na h-Alba (ANHA)
Stated Age
12 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
57.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
de Germany
Added on
26 May 2019 3:50 pm by Hobbit
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 74.90

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Whisky Reviews for Orkney Single Malt 2007 ANHA

34 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.80 points

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a nice barrel
    a delicious whisky that you really like to drink
    a pleasure that is rare at this price
    a distillery that hides well behind the barrel, possibly a UA

    near Heaven
    really a 90 point whisky
    • Nose
      Bottle opened - mmh floppy
      directly mother-in-law's best plum rum pot in the nose

      he was always so brilliant
      she has gutted big ripe plums
      Put a big candy in each plum
      all layered in a large ceramic pot
      pressed hard together
      the pot was brimming with squashed plums
      then it was filled with vodka
      She left everything for 8 weeks
      then we were allowed to ran

      so now I'm glad that I can get to the Viking
      schnupper ....

      Plums are also in the glass
      Nutmeg, cinnamon
      Sherrynoten behind it
      Cinnamon & sugar
      ripe mirabelle
      nice round seasoning

      I will taste with 2 glasses
      in the Snifter it is brighter and sweeter, as are the ripe mirabelles clearly
      in Blender's Glass it is darker and spicier from the notes, later a tart note pulls through the spice

      The Snifter will later add a honey / wax note
      and a nice cocoa note

      Do I smell Erika or do I think too much about HP?
      who wants and / or can smell heather ...;)
    • Taste
      in the beginning he is cool and smooth
      then he tingles on your tongue
      this is life
      Plums on your tongue
      with cinnamon they stick to your palate
      Your flesh is sweet on your tongue

      Your whole mouth is kissed by him
      full-bodied, strong, aromatic

      Cocoa - sweet and fruity in your cheeks
      Your mouth is getting wet
      everything seems to be shrouded in cask

    • Finish
      Barrel, seasoning, cinnamon, nutmeg

  2. matts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The label is wrong.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This malt definitely needs time and has to breathe! Yesterday briefly uncorked the bottle and immediately poured a Dram ... I must admit, I was a little disappointed. Today I gave the Orkney Single Malt at least 15 minutes time and he thanked me with his funny, if very idiosyncratic way. The muffige note after decayed wood elements, I find very borderline partly because this now and then in echoes of sulfur passes, which I do not find so tingling. Although this bottling is good drinkable without a water addition, I now give a little water. A tug is not necessary in my opinion, but tickles a few new flavors and we are a little milder. Time to breathe this filling in my opinion definitely, maybe even a little more air in the bottle ;-)
    An idiosyncratic, interesting and tasty filling which may not be convincing at first contact, but definitely deserves a second chance and then guaranteed to be convincing. In my opinion, this malt needs some time to breathe! I like it, a successful forum filling.

    22/22/22/23 (89P)

    Edit: The more air in the bottle, the more pleasing it becomes. A few drops of water, delicious!

    And yet I stay with it, Muff and Moder are present for me, if now more in the background. Tastes and tastes always better!
    • Nose
      Wonderfully bright copper with an orange red shimmer shines in the Premium Snifter, I watch the long and oily "legs" which adhere for an eternity to the glass wall. "This malt needs time and has to breathe" You hear some people say ... ok, we give in 15 minutes time. Mossy decayed wood elements rise up, wet leather and beguiling sweetness join in, while dark and opulent fruit flavor powerfully lifts from the glass. Dark plums and dried cherries mingle with raisins and prunes, while the freshness of menthol is in the background with Moroccan mint. The musty and decayed flavor is intensified, immediately try caramelized sugar and sweet fruit aroma to point the emerging sulfur back into its place, with success. Hints of sulfur can not be denied in my opinion, the previous breathing the Orkney single malt has done very well. The alcohol is very well integrated despite its high volume and shows only occasionally with its fresh and mentholischen kind. Dark plums and plums play with shadow morels and caramelized sugar, a hint of peat smoke comes on and is in the same moment again from a torrent muff and moder overcast.
      With minimal water addition: The nose opens after a minimal addition of water and is fresher and sweeter, surprisingly, the alcohol is in my opinion even more dominant to advantage. Menthol and peppermint play with sweet plums and dates, oranges come on, the caramelized sugar appears a little sweeter in appearance, the musty and decayed wood tones sound a little less and are no longer so dominant.
    • Taste
      Sweet with musty and decayed wood tones, the first sip flows over the tongue and heats up the palate immediately. Voluminous rotten wood tones through the palate, plump warmth dresses the entire mouth, dried berries and grapes end in candied fruits and caramelized sugar. Spicy and dark wood elements emerge, slightly smoky, a little peat sticks to the tongue, hints of scorched wood are immediately superimposed by sweet fruit flavors and emerging freshness. The second sip is characterized by sweet fruit flavors and (why should it be otherwise at the second sip?) And musty and decayed wood tones. Wet leather and a hint of sweet tobacco followed by smoky elements, the initial hint of smoke intensifies, as well as the burned wood tones. Again and again, sweet fruit flashes on and today I feel the high alcohol content as not so dominant, today I could do without an addition of water and later I still give a little water. Slowly the salivation begins, it is fun to deal with this malt.
      With minimal water addition: The malt looks sweeter and more pleasing, is definitely smoother with water. In the taste, the fresh peppermint and menthol notes are clearly highlighted and intensified by the addition of water. The leather still appears more dominant, the smoky echoes and charred wood elements are weakened. Do I now check dried tobacco and old walnuts?
    • Finish
      Dark, sweet and dried plums and cherries stick to the palate, raisins stick with slightly smoky hints on the tongue. Fresh mint and a touch of eucalyptus tingling through the palate, musty and decayed wood elements are dominant in the foreground. the aftertaste I perceive as medium long, while the plump warmth in connection with musty and decayed wood tones remains long and dominant in memory. With menthol freshness and a sticky sweet fruit note, the aftertaste gradually fades away.
      With minimal addition of water: The echo, which is relatively short for me, is shortened by a few drops of water, and I also discover more bitter wood elements and walnuts in the finish. The aftertaste will be slightly creamier and sweeter.

  4. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    With its 12 years brings the quality already a more than decent pounds on the scales. Varied nose, exciting palate, long finish - if then still fruit and spice would have been a little more intertwined and presented less standing side by side ...
    And if you then but the initial issue price keeps in mind, then there is nothing more to moan. ;-)
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet, overripe plums, reminiscent of Choya umeshu (a Japanese plum wine). If I had the impression of having a scratched match in my nose during the first few drams from the freshly opened bottle, this aroma is completely missing after a few days' ventilation. Cherry water, fruit sweets, leather, fruity flavored pipe tobacco. Weathered forest soil, moist cardboard - in combination with the sweet notes of cherry and plum, this results in an exciting combination for the nose. Almond cream, vanilla. Mild herbs, a little rosemary. The sweet, overripe fruits stand out again and again.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Creamy and mouth-filling, the very sweet plums and cherries from the nose directly on the tongue. Overripe blackberries and blackcurrants. Light smoke, fresh wood. Wet leaves, moist, musty forest soil. Leather, tobacco - very sherry-stressed. Zuckerrübensiup. A herbal mix that brings more and more bitter notes on the tongue over time - as a counterpoint to the sweetness of overripe, almost fermented fruit. Almonds, walnuts, heather honey. Spicy over time with pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon and cardamom. Menthol out the back.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium to long, only slightly dry, a little musty, minimal smoke, still the plums and cherries from the nose and the palate. Cooling menthol.

  5. Oldie6.1 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    After at least 15 min.

    slightly musty oak, nutmeg, herbs with chocolate vanilla sauce on light cherries and oranges.
    It forms subtle peat smoke and a cocktail cherry comes up from time to time.
    The alcohol is very well integrated.
    He is - for me - difficult to sniff out; one-dimensional, then again with different flavors.

    creamy oranges, velvety oak, cherries with a lot of vanilla.
    Then sparkling strong black pepper with an orange-herb crust
    to nibble.
    Salivation begins and he remains dangerously tasty, half-dry with oak,
    salty citrus and sweet herbs, long back.

    What the nose does not necessarily hold, then brings the taste out again!
    Much better in the mouth than in the nose; no Schnüffelwhisky.
    ... but it depends on the taste.

    He is great and worth his 5 out of 6 or 90 WB points anyway; a unique PGV!
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The single malt with the three faces. The nose is dominated by modrigem wine cellar, some champignon breeding and depending on the situation and day shape also vinous notes. You have to like it. On the palate, the Orkneyaner opens up all its spicy sherry and plum splendor. In the medium-long to long finish, he again changes direction "gummi sweetness" and herbal seasoning, without however (oaks) to become bitter. Overall, an 89-point pleasure (88-90-89) for me. From the large burgundy glass with 87 total points less convincing, with some water from the Premium Snifter, the barrel-strong malt from the Orkney Islands is even better with then 90 total points.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The first impression: We are in a slightly musty cellar, the aromas of wet barrels and rose wine in the nose. Air, the malt needs air. Let's open the doors and let oxygen in. Matchheads, ritsch, rassch. Some marjoram and rosemary, damp forest soil, a few hazelnuts. In further tests, as today, remains the moldy wine cellar keynote; However, there is some more fruit (ripe peach, plum) and some cinnamon along with a pleasant menthol freshness. The herbs are a bit more discreet, as well as the matchheads.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very compact, very rebellious - and now the sherry is fully there. Welcome! Plum, some cinnamon with plum roaster. As with the TWE-Pulteney, the sherry and fruit flavors are very clear on the palate, despite the almost 58% of the Fassstark HP. And then also the fine herbs - "brighter" than in the nose -; ok, maybe something Erika. The matchheads flash (unlike in the nose) also only very briefly. Pleasant, dense sweetness.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The finish remains long and especially full of sherry and Zwetschkenkraft, coupled with pleasant spiciness; in the finish creeps, depending on the Tastingsituation, still some "Edradour-rubber sweetness" to it, or even a little bit of oak, without becoming bitter.

  7. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Ripe plums, brown sugar, some orange peel. Fresh butter croissants with apricot jam. Some vanilla, raisins and marzipan. Sour cherries. Lemon thyme, a touch of rosemary.
    • Taste
      Creamy. Dark cherries, raisins, marzipan. Dark chocolate with chili. Black tea with brown sugar. Walnuts, cocoa powder.

  8. Gloin scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The smell invites immediately to the Probieten. But that would be a mistake, because the smell has many impressive flavors to offer.
    However, the whisky in the mouth reveals its true strength: a true palate chopper, which you want to refill immediately after emptying the glass
    The finish falls a little bit without tarnishing the overall impression.
    A great whisky, very ripe for the young age. The barrel is however quite dominant. But that does not diminish the enjoyment in any way.
    • Nose
      dark cherries, maraschino, slightly sour, very delicate but clearly recognizable smoke, vanilla, cocoa, slightly sweetish tobacco, plums, dates, dill, condimento all'Aceto balsamico
    • Taste
      medium body, rather soft onset, but then a slight tingle on the tongue, cherry, some gravy, raisins, cognac, sweet and sour, some oak, chamomile, sourdough bread
    • Finish
      a mixture of dark notes and sweetness, the fruit now recedes slightly behind oak, dark bread crust, dark chocolate, Seville orange marmalade, a reminder of the cherries

  9. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. LDB scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Brutally strong and simple, burning and musty, that's the olfactory accompaniment to drive with a split skull not to Valhalla, but to Helheim.
    In any case, Viking imagery cannot hide the shortcomings:
    Even with a lot of patience, a little water and even after months of opening the bottle, I can only find one-dimensionality, namely the taste of fermented plums in which a flame thrower was held and the whole thing was fortified with 60% young schnapps.
    At least I don't like this rather superficial style that much.
    Others seem to be celebrating it. Well, each to his own.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83


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