Overall rating
90.12/100
votes
305
Whiskybase ID
WB139949
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Regensburger Whisky- & Weinclub (RW&W)
Bottling serie
Private Club Bottling No. 13
Bottled
12.10.2019
Casktype
Oloroso-Sherry, PX, Riesling-TBA
Strength
51.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 oct 2019 10:58 pm by MFHaberl
UncoloredCask Strength

Average value

€ 598.95

99 × in wishlist

305 × member ratings

585 × in collection

Whisky reviews for VOLXWHISKY The English Patient

66 users have left 69 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.12 points.

  1. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Overall, a very successful whisky. Class interplay between sherry, sweet herbs and maritime notes. For 175 € for me definitely a purchase, even if everything was already out of print in the pre-order and bottles are therefore only to have on the secondary market. The question still remains what distillery it is ... It is "A" in the room, but could also be an "L" for me! But since I'm not the biggest Islay specialist, I abstain from a definite opinion :)
    • Nose
      92 92
      Class interplay between sherry & peat. Intense and great nose, nice Islay style with sweet herbs and maritime notes, greasy.
    • Taste
      92 92
      very pleasantly soft and cool in the mouth. Sparkling, sweetish herbs, greasy. Alcohol super integrated, rather soft and not too intense, well balanced, fat and oily, light smoke but not too dominant.
    • Finish
      91 91
      medium length, greasy, smoke, herbs, surprisingly little alcohol noticeable for 51.9%, following slight oak on the palate

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  3. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. JoshNRW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Exciting whisky, super complex with its different aromas on the nose and on the palate, which harmonize perfectly.
    This is not old-style stuff and probably not older than 17 years, but the many aromas and the beautiful quality make it a 90 to 91 point whisky.
    Islay flavors tend towards Lagavulin, Bruichladdich, Port Charlotte or Coal Ila.
    • Nose
      91 91
      90.5
      Crazy nose, you really do find Oloroso, PX and Riesling here. And the great thing is that it still harmonizes. Black Forest smoked ham, figs and plums, fermented light grapes.

      The alcohol is soft and yet not thin. There are 91 points here primarily for the exciting and well-harmonised overall profile.
    • Taste
      90 90
      On the palate then also a subtle peat smoke and then directly bitter grape notes.
      Exciting!
      Cool?
      Hmm, I'm not sure yet if that's 89 or 91 because this whisky isn't easy to classify.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The mouthfeel is full and filling, not too intense. The finish is of medium length.

  5. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    The maturation of a whisky in a Riesling cask, for example, is sporty - and I am firmly convinced that this maturation is reflected here in a sparkling champagne note. Maybe not a whisky for every day, but it's always interesting.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A delicate smoky note that smells of Islay. Damp forest floor, mushrooms, slightly musty and musty. A proper standing time in the glass is definitely good for it, because it only develops its full aroma after a while. Smoked ham, raisins, furniture polish.
    • Taste
      85 85
      In the soft and yet in places sparkling attack, a champagne note spreads at first, apart from which there is nothing else to dissect in terms of aromas. Then come green branches, gooseberries, kiwi, fresh hay, spicy ham. Now very dry, still tingling/sparkling.
    • Finish
      84 84
      In the just medium-long and very dry finish, green twigs and gooseberries predominate, enveloped by a pleasant note of peat smoke.

  6. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  7. FeydRautha scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. SebStar scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. herby.usa scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Dottore scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    The 13th bottling of the Regensburg Whisky & Wine Club, they say a Lagavulin. Oloroso, PX and Riesling matured, brave, but the bottlers have sufficiently demonstrated their competence. In the meantime, my bottle has been open for 2 years, the initially slight disharmony, because of which everyone was called upon to be patient when opening, has now completely disappeared and given way to a demanding complexity. Ashy strong Islay smoke, wet mossy wood, pine needles, leather. Raspberry jam. The influence of the excellent cask quality is reflected in the mouth, nothing seems artificial here, the aromas from the cask harmonize excellently with the distillate. For me it's definitely a Lagavulin, close to some of the wonderful old Lagavulin sherry cask aging. The smoke and saltiness combine exceptionally well with the dry sherry sweetness and old wet oak notes. A slight acidity - possibly from the Riesling shares - is not quite my cup of tea. I don't really have a good connection to the combination of white tartaric acid and whisky. Long finish with sweet compote, wet wood and ashy smoke, the mustiness lingers on the tongue for an extremely long time. The opinions on this whisky differ quite widely, hate it or love it, this time the Cluba filling doesn't seem to have been completely suitable for the masses. I like it very much, even if it doesn't reach the level of the predecessors and successors for me. 91 points

  11. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Yes, it's not bad. It lives from the interesting smoke and is more of a somewhat "dirty" representative of the whisky bottlings. But for me not even close to the 90 points that this one has on average right now.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Burnt wax, spices, light smoke, salt, caramel, smoked ham, malt, hint of cocoa
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet, smoked ham, strong alcohol, malt
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-length finish, somewhat soapy, clearly smoke, bitterness, malt

  12. _Glenseileach_ scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. Prince Valiant scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  14. Ed Radour scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  15. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  16. Lanister106 scored this whisky 90 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. Killswitch scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  18. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Always a dream, what Pit composes here. Incredibly complex on the nose, especially the multi-layered vinous notes. Water even helps differentiate. However, alcohol is perfectly integrated even without water.
    In the mouth I think I can now recognize the malt, which I was not able to do in the nose. The characteristic sweetness tells me that the base is a laphroaig from the bourbon barrel. I suspect it was more like 15 years of maturation before several parallel or successive finishes (possibly ice wine / sweet wine and sherry) created this end product. The finish also sticks very nicely.
    That's fun!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  19. g00se scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    I honestly expected more from. Out of my head I couldn't say that the 16 Lagavulin is much less complex.
    • Nose
      87 87
      With water somehow only peat and a wet barrel. Fermented red fruits, wet leather and tobacco leaves. A hint of pepper on smoked ham.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Quite strong without water, despite the only 51.9%
      Already milder with water. Unfortunately, the oak arrives faster and more intensively.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The finish is really awesome. Long-lasting and strong. Fleshy smoke, astringent from the wood and a hint of dark fruit.

  20. Nikilema scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. mudshark scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I guess the water for this dram was taken from Loch Sholum
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  23. voodoochile scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This whisky is no patient at all. It is a great dram. Smoky dried fruits, maritime lean back and enjoy. I'm glad to have a bottle to myself.

  24. dominikbraun scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  25. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A fine malt that Pit conjured up. Absolutely great in terms of taste, but my nose doesn't really pick me up.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Roasted aromas and slightly straw-like smoke, citrus notes, slightly grassy, slightly wet wood, somewhat musty, dried oranges
    • Taste
      90 90
      Nice and creamy and very fruity, yellow fruits, quite tropical, creamy, nice strength on the tongue, later the citrus fruits are again in the foreground
    • Finish
      88 88
      A nice finish with lots of citrus again, pleasant oak, the nicely integrated smoke stays for a long time

  26. Eule9114 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I never actually write reviews, but I really have to say that I absolutely don't understand the reviews for this whisky.
    In my eyes it is a young Laphroaig who is relatively complex for the age, but a far cry from the ratings given across the board here. For me absolutely incomprehensible.
    Tastes good, but nothing more.
    If I had bought not just a sample but a whole bottle at the current price, that would have been the biggest bad investment I would have ever made in whisky.

  27. ConvalRen scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      90 90

  28. Whisky.Hedonist.MY scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  29. Whisky Genießer scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Wow what a great experience to try this excellent Dram! It's the best Whisky of 2020 I tried! This dram shows the whole range of flavors. A very complex fruitiness that goes in the exotic direction, combined with a depth of wood, peat and smoke aromas! This whisky has no off-flavors. This whisky is the first one this year that fascinates me so much that I want to spend several hours with it!

  30. BehindSpace scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    too much hype, too many 'finishes'
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  31. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  32. nallacam scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    The nose convinces, in the mouth it loses completely.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruit & Peat
      Raspberry, hazelnut, caramel, toffee
      Pleasant combination of smoky, sweet and fruity
    • Taste
      78 78
      Very vinous and sour, hints of rinsing
    • Finish
      80 80
      medium length, dry, smoky

  33. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  34. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great (probably Islay) malt, which probably spent a few more years in the barrel;)
    If not, it would be very advanced for a young age.
    The alcohol is incredibly well integrated, is on the tongue like oil. Nice complex bottling.
    I also join some previous speakers here, you should definitely not let the hype take over, but approach it objectively. Just because it is 'rare' and suddenly becomes extremely expensive does not make it an absolute high-flyer. Still a great whisky! At first (in the nose when the glass was freshly poured) I was a bit skeptical, but over time nice aromas develop and the taste is really very good!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Crunchy spicy notes rise in the nose right away. Nutmeg, leather, tobacco smoke, campfire. Intense spice, reminiscent of a herbal brew. Toasted nuts. You have to take your time for this malt, the aroma is lost in phases in a weakening interwoven, spicy-smoky veil. Liquorice, light sweetness, smoked Christmas spices. If you go deeper into the glass with your nose, great spice notes come through, cinnamon, stomach bread, cloves, dry gingerbread, orange peel, lemon zest.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very soft, very oily, campfire, spices. The alcohol is despite the 51.9% alc. actually not audible, very impressive! Citrus fruits shine through. Maritime, slightly moldy, red fruits. Sea air, tart damp wood, tobacco leaves
    • Finish
      89 89
      Great finish! Leather, damp tobacco, moldy damp wood, sea air, maritime, seaweed, licorice, great spices, citrus fruits, becoming tarter and drier over time.

  36. grinface scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Quaffable, tasty, but "hype-y". The label is simply amazing, but you can't drink that ;-). I didn't want to give points at first, but I enjoyed the rest of the sample and it derserves a good score. Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2020/04/29/old-rare/

  37. Silversurfer scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  38. quaxi scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    Very tasty whisky! One of the best I've ever had in a glass.
    What I like very much and makes me smile every time is the entire LABEL !! That in connection with the hammer content delights me with every dram.
    You have to have tried it on all occasions !!

  39. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  40. DannyDram scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A whisky that splits us a bit and comes across as too heavy for my taste buds.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Peat, smoke, red berries. Intensity medium to pronounced
    • Taste
      91 91
      Smoke, peat, orange, herbaceous vegetables. Medium to pronounced intensity
    • Finish
      92 92
      Warm smoke, white pepper, caramel. Long finish

  41. Keppi63 scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Everything has already been said in the comments so far.
    I would like to add that I got goose bumps all over my body the first time I smelled it after pouring it out. So far this has only happened to me at the Bowmore 1963, Anniversary and the Sailing Seagull.
    The drop is extremely noble.
    Thanks to Pit and his team

  42. maltaholic did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    68 points from Angus...

    http://www.whiskyfun.com/2020/Liquid-Brexit.html

  43. whiskyinstitut scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Odor:
    Fine sweet smoke, nutty, slightly grainy, fresh biscuit biscuits, raisins, a bit ashy, then it becomes beer and above all hoppy - a little IPA, old paper, raisins always come between the other flavors, the second smell is all more interwoven and pastry-heavy, then it gets yeastier - head into the washbacks

    Taste:
    Sweet and creamy, the smoke brings a light and pleasant sizzling, the oak grabs nicely, with the second sip a lot sweeter and a lot more raisins, one chews - comes smoke

    finish:
    Grainy smoke in the finish, then sweet raisins, then it becomes bitter and tart for a short time, leaving behind a smoky to sweet but also somewhat bitter sourness, which is creamy on the palate

  44. mothers_finest scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a splitter!
    Boundless enthusiasm for Whiskybase and high marks from some members that I really appreciate. However, also many extreme reviews of unknown green shirts, but well, it should have some purpose ...

    Be that as it may, the whisky was the best-rated WB Dram 2019 - objectively that is quite remarkable.

    So a whisky that you seem to love or hate, or how do I explain the 68 points of Whiskyfun?

    In any case, he does polarize! And when I look at the secondary market prices here, it really bears fruit.

    This is not a 'hate post' - I want to make a point of that! There were enough pointless entries about the whisky here. I just wanted to point out that tastes can be very far apart; even among experts. Or are we talking about a return coach because of the sarcastic Brexit label?

    The answer can only be found in the glass!

    I was allowed to try the whisky much later, and Brexit here, hate there, hype there ... yes - a very good malt!

    I find it quite complex, interesting and (unfortunately) very tasty. In fact, one of my favorite islays ..

    Slàinte

  45. jay83 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    In contrast to last year's club bottling, which was extremely characterized by its changeability and playfulness, this year's path leads us back to the "rock-solid" Islay style. Nevertheless, the excellent handwork is also evident in the end result. The ingeniously selected raw material was refined to the point with still older distillates from the distillery and rounded to the point in qualitatively (and age-specific) outstanding barrels. The result is a wonderful Islay malt, whose three pillars (spirit, barrel influence and smokiness) are enormously reminiscent of past decades. No primary aroma-driven peat bomb, but an incredibly elegant, "old-school" island malt. At no point does the vitality and power fall by the wayside. Wonderfully fruity-sweet overall impression, which is interwoven incredibly flattering with subtle coastal aromas and intense but elegant smoke impressions. A few drops of water add to the complexity. Really absolutely old school but never boring. Another slow drink statement and great cinema again. In terms of price / performance unbeatable! If the distillery publishes such bottling itself, the price would be x times! Chapeau ...

  46. Vallado scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Without water, your nose puts you in a honey-sweet and spicy BBQ on the sea coast, but when added to water, it is very fruity and cold-smoky. Amazingly hard to believe that this is the same dram.
    These differences also continue on the palate and in the finish with / without water; roughly said, without water the smoke is warmer and the fruits are pushed into the background by a spicy fatiness. When water is added, the smoke becomes colder and the sweet-fruity notes gain the upper hand.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  47. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  48. rampah scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  49. LordBellamy scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Water: he does not need it because the alcohol is very well integrated. Nevertheless, we try a few drops - and immediately the malt changes, opens, everything becomes softer, more playful, without losing even a hint of strength. Whoever drinks it here is to blame

    Conclusion: A stroke of genius, great that you can and still discover such great things again and again. This is a flatterer, my whisky of the year 2019. If I had to guess, I would tap a laphi.
    • Nose
      Smoke, more like peat smoke, campfire with some coal, smoked bacon, sweet cocoa powder, dried fruit (apricot), dates, orange zest, pebble beach behind, a few algae, salted caramel
    • Taste
      oily, mouth-filling, soft, harmonious, great dark sweetness, which also carries a lot of light fruits, plus the clear smoke, which takes a long time to gain the upper hand
    • Finish
      supported by a lot of peat smoke you will find an intense sweetness, dried fruit and slowly fading away the spices of the not too dry oak like cloves, nutmeg

  50. Vertigo_2405 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    This whisky combines everything that many whiskys try.
    A wonderful smoky note with a wonderful taste. Campfire with a fruit salad! A wonderful complexity. There's love in there. Many can cut off a disk. That is quality! This is whisky!

  51. Vertigo_2405 scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    This whisky combines everything that many whiskys try.
    A wonderful smoky note with a wonderful taste. Campfire with a fruit salad! A wonderful complexity. There's love in there. Many can cut off a disk. That is quality! This is whisky!

  52. Adam78 scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    TOP in every way !!!

  53. A.o.T. scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    Incredibly complex and full, a bouquet of different flavors unfolds in the glass for a long time, from dried fruit to grape aromas to wonderfully interwoven smoky notes

  54. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2019] I just was offered a small sample of this incredibly hyped stuff - thanks for that! Because there are so many other long reviews and detailed tasting notes I skip that. Instead just a couple of impressions from my side:

    This is a fine and quaffable whisky without flaws but it is neither very old nor very complex and it is certainly not produced in any of the traditional South Coast Islay Distilleries (according to my taste buds). Given both the aromas profile of the nose and the flavours profile of the taste I guess this is a Port Charlotte which has been re-racked to several casks over time (what they did regularly at Bruichladdich during the experimental "Jim McEwan" phase)...

    ...but please, dear fellow whisky aficionados: Stop starting these stupid "hypes" everytime a somewhat better bottling hits the market. This is so inane (and there are more excellent drams out there than you can imagine)!

  55. Andy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  56. Oldie61 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    Nice old Islay whisky

  57. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very fruity, peach, apple, banana, seabreeze, whiffs of iodine, little peat and smoke - really not bad
    • Taste
      91 91
      Punchy, oily, fruity, more yellow and red fruits, peach, little strawberry, fine peat and smoke, subtle sweetness - very good
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, warm, still fruity and sweet, little more punchy, spicy

  58. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is really good stuff, nice selection guys.
    Quite refined compared to some Islay whisky offerings but I like that in a whisky.
    90p across the board from me.
    I like the picture of John Bercow on the top of the cork :)
    Perhaps the profile is a bit simplistic for some, it is not multi layered or anything so if you are seeking complexity, do not bother with this.
    The bottom line is, this is a tasty whisky, and that is what counts.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Well my first impression is Lagavulin but its only a guess but definite similarities with the 16 year OB but this is not as pungent or smoky.
      Smoked kippers, burning wood, seaweed, sea salt mixed with peat, lemon, lime and sticky toffee pudding.
      Some bitter orange notes emerge after a minute or two, like some orange liqueurs can be.
      Certainly an entertaining nose with lots going on.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The peat is front loaded with the fruit behind and there is a big blast of pepper and as it goes down some smoke as you let your tongue adjust to what happened.
      Not an aggressive peat but quite a mellow one.
      The fruit is of the `stewed for a millennia` type of fig, prune, date and dark plum but there is also a slight fried mushroom taste mixed with salt.
      As you go on a ginger spice note emerges but the peat is gradually taking over and what sherry is there is in sync but the peat starts to sing after a few minutes.
      After a few mouthfuls it gets quite syrupy and the peat is dominant ,
      If I was being picky I would say the peat is drowning the other flavours out so the balance is not there for me and the fruit is pushed to the background which is a shame but it is really nice.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Good length remaining peaty & spicy to the end.

      With water:-

      This is a little different there is a definite sponge cask note, and the fruit is more evident with the peat in the background so has the addition of water released the fruit on the palate?
      Some nice orange notes in the mix here.
      There is more fruit now on the palate and the peat/pepper combo now has more pepper and smoke.
      There is also some sweetness similar to sugared almonds.
      Finish is still long and the pepper note lingers

  59. sealgair scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    An incredibly complex drop that develops slowly and very elegantly in the glass. If you ask me: A very nice cork!

  60. Wummy scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    For me, a somewhat sherrylastiger Laphroaig is totally hyped but completely covered for the price. Well done but from my point of view, it's never worth 90 points. So I praise the current Cask Strenth Batch No. 11 by Laphroaig. In my view, much better.

  61. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  62. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    the seagull flies away
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dense sweet fruity complex nose, apple jelly, orange, crystalline dried fruit, cinnamon, gingerbread spices, nutmeg, maritime iodine note, gauze bandage, banana, you can put your nose deep into the glass without finding an alcoholic note - at the same time I can't breathe away my nose , there is nothing filigree here

      the longer it gets air, the more yellow-fruity it becomes, the more beautiful the smoke becomes - open fire
    • Taste
      88 88
      Orange marmalade, lemon, dried figs and dates, pine resin, campfire smoke, old church pews, cold cigarette ash, mint, powdered sugar, liquorice
    • Finish
      89 89
      still yellow fruity, orange lemonade, ginger, liquorice, roasted walnut, very subtle pleasant bitterness, very nice and warming, more than medium length

  63. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    From the original announcement of the Regensburger I have a passage especially remembered, because she was somehow pulled in front of the bracket:
    'The dark peat whisky speaks for itself and is clearly recognizable in its character for the connoisseur (...) you smell it, you know it!'
    Okay, so visually dark I do not feel it visually compared to some 'Dark Sherry', although it is of course anything but a pale malt. I spontaneously make notes of 'black tea'. And the nose? In the Glencairn, the malt shows, which I first allowed to breathe for a long time for the tasting, in order to give the older portions the opportunity to unfold, at first still quite closed, which surprises me. Parallel to the Glencairn I filled the Volxwhisy into the bigger Schott Zwiesel Bar Special, where the nose looks much fuller and more expressive. I continue tasting primarily with Zwiesel and would also recommend using a similar sized or ideally even larger glass here. The Volxwhisky thanks it with fuller flavors. From the glass now at the beginning like sweet smoky notes. Spicy. molasses-malty sweetness, salty spray, as one sometimes perceives on the beach after storms. Spanned! Very multi-layered profile, sure exactly the desired effect of multi-barrel use for ripening.

    PALATE
    The Malt looks quite strong in view of the remaining 51.9% ABV, without, however, suspected of slipping into the Sprittige. I note a slight tickling on the edges of the tongue. The structure on the palate appears very rich, even oily. Quite a lot of sweetness, even restrained acid as a counterpoint, the TBA influences are also recognizable here, and I confused without the knowledge that TBA was in the game, 'Speyside ??' would have noted. Smoke and again a lot of spicy notes, without the individual herbs would stand out for my taste buds, a herbal tea comes to mind. In general, there are various tea aromas. I perceive fruit notes subliminally at best, perhaps some currant and pickled clementines. An old bourbon fruit salad is the Volxwhisky by nature certainly not. A little water helps the fruits.
    Tasty, no question. And yet, on the palate, I actually have the feeling that aromatically could do more with a little time and rest here. I am very curious, what brings the further tasting in 3-4 weeks to light.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    Pleasantly long finish, for me so far the showpiece of the Malts. The now omnipresent but by no means dominant smoke paves the way and pleases the oral cavity. Herbale spice - probably the long basic maturity, TBA sweetness, and vain sherry influences wrestle for last word. Last but not least, it leaves a warm, slightly dry feeling, as if one had just enjoyed a little pipe with spicy Latakia tobacco. Strong finish!
    The alcohol is incorporated perfectly clean, but this does not change the fact that a few drops of water get the Volxwhisky excellent. In parallel tasting, I personally prefer him with a splash of water, which I do not often have - simply because the profile gains in fruitiness and thus seems even more complex. It may be interesting to see if this perception may change as well.
    Finally, on the Gretchen question, this time of every religion. Is the distillery really clearly recognizable? Intended for one of the Malt Maniacs! Some others, however, are likely to brood, I in any case. I have recently - blindly - been tasting whisky friends with an exquisite (smoky) 1975 BenRiach 40yo, Cask # 7028, which I would have thought quite accurate for an old Bowmore due to its deep fruity notes. Blind tastings are fun, but also provide ample room for error. In particular, when different types of barrel and especially, as here, sweet wine is at the start, it will be difficult.
    Talisker, Caol Ila, Laphi, Laga, Ardbeg ... I think there is hardly a traditional distillery that has traditionally operated on peat and was not mentioned in the speculations. Let's make it short, if I put Islay as a region due to the intense smokiness after a long maturity times, I would most likely tap on a Sherry Ardbeg or Sherry Laga as a base. Despite the possible Phenolgate hint, which could be interpreted as a nod to Laphi, I miss the medical, the Hansaplast component so to speak. For Caol Ila missing the usual impressions completely. The deep sweet chimney smoke, the pleasant mineral undertone and the remaining power, that's classic South Coast for me. Ardbeg or Laga. I commit myself in November. To a direct comparison with older bottlings of the two distilleries, I do not get around so easily.

  64. dewo scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    First to the bottle.
    The 13th Club Bottling of the Regensburg Whisky & Wine Club Slowdrink.
    "The english patient", we as Scotch and Malt drinkers / connoisseurs, we don't really know what is happening to the island state and whether / not what the whisky prices do. , , ,
    And John Bercow is enthroned on top of everything on the cork and looks uncertainly to the "bottom right".
    You don't have to look at everything as seriously as you read it, especially when the bottle says "very basic single malt of low quality".
    It is not a simple malt and certainly not of low quality.
    Who has the honor to hold this bottle in his hand, respect, did everything right.
    It is rumored that the distillate was further refined with even older bottles of the still and then went through the barrel maturation in an Oloroso Sherry Butt, a PX Barrique and a Riesling-TBA barrel.
    A long throw at whisky.
    But I am very excited to see how it will change in 3-4 months. The drop, like all of Great Britain, is still in "turmoil" after bottling two weeks ago.
    • Nose
      96 96
      The nose in an Islay whisky is very distinctive.
      The smoke note is there immediately and dominant for the time being, but that's where the barrels come through and that's exciting. Slightly malty sweetness and grapey fruit notes mix slightly peppery sherry notes into an excellent composition.
      But also the light salty pinch from the south coast is present in the nose.
      Slightly iodine and liquorice notes come through and I have sweet dry fruits like dates and plums in my nose.
      Elegant power, venerable and exciting. Great round and "clean".
      From the nose it is an old, long matured malt.
      I really let it drip in the glass of air for 20 minutes and sniffed myself.
    • Taste
      94 94
      The second sip makes the palate really smoky with a very light sizzling on the tongue.
      Then the PX sherry barrel wins, quickly gets dry and only slightly promotes the flow of saliva.
      Now more than ever you think you have an old sherry barrel bulkhead in your glass.
      The smoky, the drier peppery sherry notes, as well as the very light berry wood flavor with a slight sweetness, very light, I taste a "salty peanut chocolate".
      I also imagine light tobacco that comes safely from the barrel, from whatever.
      Not playful, straight out and with age, these are the words on my tongue.
    • Finish
      96 96
      The finish is really awesome.
      Long after swallowing, the smoke is still slightly there, but is replaced by dry herb notes and speculative notes. The iodine is still there and slowly disappears accompanied by a vanilla sweetness.

  65. Othorion scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
      Elegant, warm apple pies, iodine, fruit bread, orange oil, tangerines, burnt marshmallows, lots of cocoa, plums, smoked bacon, rum raisins, almonds, honey, a touch of rosemary and tamarind. Again and again come new impressions without an aroma dominates! Great!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very oily, sweet, dark fruity, chimney smoke, leather, honey, bread dough, roasted almonds, bacon, a little salt, then again sweetness, no alcohol to feel, old bookcase
    • Finish
      92 92
      Infinitely long, warming, spicy, with smoke, light sweetness, cocoa and roasted nuts, getting dry

  66. kanpai79 scored this whisky 93 points Specialist

    And again such an incredibly complex (and yet much more difficult to classify, as my beloved Seagull) ArdLagPhroaig from the Regensburg witches kitchen .... thank you P. for the repeated nose-tongue throat confused ... love it ... geiler shice like that Berlin hipster likes to say. With water, completely different whisky. I'll give the smoky brother a few more months to relax and calm down .... and solidify my opinion that the potential candidate trio will become a duo. Clear case of (very positively meant) WTPhroaig?! .. :-)
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  67. Paulsenheimer scored this whisky 100 points Member Junior

    Auge: We have to talk about the label first. Some say that enjoyment is never apolitical. The "political touch" may not please everyone, but the whisky is in the tradition of the already discussed "Russian snap" and may be enjoyed with a pinch of sarcasm. The label is wonderfully trashy. The color reminds me of a mahogany paneled room. Quiet, yes dignified, the whisky rolls through my snifter. The legs take their time, do not hurry. Deceleration. Then they come slowly, but extremely fine and nuanced. Salivation begins.

    Nose: A complex and extremely compact aroma front strikes me. There will be a lot to unpack. First impression is cocoa, Nesquik cocoa powder to be exact. Then smoked bacon. Light mineral in the background. Multivitamin sweet. Honey. Forest floor. A parfait of tonka bean. Roasted rind. Malagaeis. Although the whisky is not biting, I add a few drops of water. The result is breathtaking! The whisky is suddenly fruity. Notes from a basket full of stone fruit. Oats. Creme brulee. Then a very brilliant mandarin. Chestnuts. Musk. And certainly you could discover many more nuances. The complexity of this whisky is insane.

    Mouth: Pleasant and very aromatic. The feel is to kneel down. Oily and fine. One does not like to swallow. The alcohol is just an echo, which tingles something on the tongue to say "hello" for a moment. Really elegantly integrated. The taste is initially dry. Leather. Cold smoke. Malt. Then the whisky gets sweeter. A dark sweetie. Very pleasant. Much sweeter with water. Suddenly a clear ash aroma stands out. Strong. Ripe and round on the palate. Pure elegance.

    Heart: Spicy on the palate when swallowing. Direct malagasy in the nose. Ether. Iodine. Leaves a deep but subtle sweetness in the mouth, especially on the tongue. Absurd long reverberation. Cocoa, cold smoke and ashes form the final chord, because you want to take another sip.

    Conclusion: Go straight into my top 3 single malts of all time. That's a league in itself. It does not matter which distillery it comes from. A whisky to sit down and lose in it. More than a drink. More than a stimulant. That's perfection.

  68. MarcoWe65 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It is friday morning and a perfect time to start in the weekend.
    So lets see what this years bottling brings to us.
    Thanks Rick for sharing your bottle. I'm happy to get every year a sample from friends from germany.
    Normally you don't open a bottle so quickly after bottling, so lets see if it is drinkable :-)

    The smoke is immeditaly present, but not too heavy. Oaky,spicy,old sherried style.
    Reminds me on older ''A'' bottlings from the 70's.
    On the palate it is a well balanced sherry malt with spicy and old peaches notes. Not too dry but also a complete different style than the new Sherrycask generation.
    I don't need water for this one. The abv is pretty well chosen.
    I can feel more the dryer Oloroso Cask than the PX, which I like more. Too sweet wouldn't be my taste.So all good for now.
    I have to compare this dram to the older ''Crois Chill Daltain'' bottlings. I think I remember a similarity between these bottles.
    It paints more and more the picture of Ardi or Laga in my head.
    The Chill daltains had more sherry influence and this one is more complex. If I would guess, this one is older and has a much cleaner islay character.
    The finish is mid to long. Nothing what disturbs me for now.
    Spicy and old school sherry style. From plums,peaches,coffee,chocolate and tropical fruits.
    Surprisingly fruity but still different from many islays like Caol Ilas, Bunnas or Laddies.

    I will give this one another try tomorrow or maybe on sunday and will add some notes.
    For me this years bottling is better like the last years Seagull because it is much cleaner and not overloaded with extreme sherry(even if the Seagull is an old bowmore, but there was not much left of the old bowmore style).
    And that is what I love, when I can taste the charakter and decade.
    I would guess that the sherry casks used here were good old second fill european oak from the 60's or70's.
    I don't know if they have such a good connection to get a old cask like this from ''A'' or ''L'', but if you ask me I would immediatly say it is one of them. Don't expect a modern peated style. It is something different.You have to go back in history to taste some older bottlings.

    That is my first impression.
    Well done
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
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    • Finish
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  69. RollOff scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    Colour:
    Dark tea / chestnut, slightly cloudy.

    Nose:
    The first nose drives me directly a smile in the face. A very set, elegant, spicy whisky streams out of the glass. The maritime-salty smoke holds back discreetly and is very well interwoven with the sherry aromas. The sweetish aromas immediately remind me of the Christmas dice, marzipan and plums, raisins in rum, violets (lilane sweets).
    A whopping, but not unusual oak note is there throughout. The alcohol is perfectly integrated and hardly noticeable. From time to time, a slightly sour note comes out and disappears in the next second.
    It's fun, you could smell it forever.

    Taste:
    Wonderfully spicy it explodes in the mouth. First comes a load of salt and lighter, greasy smoke. Immediately thereafter, musty, old oak broads in the interplay with sweet and sour dark fruits. The alcohol strength is perfect, it should not have more or less%. Overall, everything fits together perfectly, you want to keep the drop as long as possible in the mouth.

    Finish:
    Salty, conclusive, a little musty. Very dry. Somewhat later, something (pipe) tobacco and smoke come out again.

    Comment:
    A gorgeous, set and complex Malt! You have to take your time, there is a lot to discover. The light smoke, the sherry influences, the salt and the old oak play together perfectly. I do not want to commit myself to a distillery, I leave that to the professionals. But there is a tendency.
    Great work, Pit!

  70. short0r scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    First Notes for "The English Patient"
    This is certainly a complex Islay malt. This has been bottled just a few days ago, so it still needs to settle to show its full potential, a bit shy at first but rewarding if you give it time
    It shouldn't be a problem to identify distillery on islay, if you have some islay standard bottling, have them side by side.
    I'll come back to this in time to add and refine notes / score

    Dear flippers: grow wise, drink and enjoy
    • Nose
      92 92
      Burned Christmas stollen/apfelstrudel, eucalyptus, sweet iodine, roasted plums and a cold dry breeze of ashsmoke.
      After 30min: herbal, herbal cough drop, and a cheese note
    • Taste
      94 94
      Sweet and dry smoke. Glaced nuts, pistachios. No nip, no alcohol burn, well rounded, marzipan potatos,
      More sweet smoke and a pinch tymne
    • Finish
      93 93
      herbal, spicy and dry smocked

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