Overall rating
Single Malt
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Stated Age
05 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Batch 0003
Number of bottles
54.9 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
11 Oct 2019 5:20 pm by CortheFarmer
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 42.61

15 × in wishlist

39 × member ratings

121 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vital Spark 05-year-old MBl

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.17 points

  1. Dre73 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The power of this whisky is in its body, amazingly smooth and soft for such an Abv. A nice mixture of sweet, fruity and smoky/peaty notes, very pleasant.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peat with some clear leather, spicy as well, bonfiresmoke, then some fake leather. Then some floral notes, more organic. After that, it gets more spicy and warm again, a lot of development.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very smooth, soft and gentle. Hard to imagine this is almost 55% Abv. Peat and smoke, ash, some bitterness. Then some honey sweetness, some red fruits, prunes.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Now a little more pickering, but still pretty smooth. A lot of bonfire smoke, peat, some bitterness initially. Ashy. Later on more sweetness, honey and red fruits, pretty long.

  2. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  3. peej84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Florius scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

  5. JoshNRW scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      Blind tasting:
      Rather thought of as a smoker, the sherry hardly noticed, maybe that's not the right glass, light alcohol engraving, too metallic, but in the Glencairn more oloroso and more exciting.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Hmm, a little spicy, a bit out of round, somehow he doesn't inspire me, but in Glencairn more dry sweetness and better
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    Vital Spark is a release from the Meadowside Blending Co which we know from releases under the labels ‘The Maltman’ and ‘The Grainman’. While it is not stated as such on the label, it’s a public secret that this third batch is a single oloroso sherry butt with my beloved Caol Ila (which cannot be said of batch 2 and 2!). Oh, will you look at that color…

    Dark and sweet nose on raisins and plums, but with a magnificent medicinal note, kelp, salted caramel and bacon on the barbecue. Raw steak! Scent of the sea. Rocky coast. Bitter chocolate, sea breeze, brackish water and ship’s ropes. This is impressive for such a young malt. A lot of influence from the oloroso cask, it’s true, but what a nose!

    Good body, almost syrupy in fact. The ABV leaves little to the imagination, but no water is need. Lovely interplay of sweet and salt, still allowing the distillery character to shine through. It easily overcomes the sweetness of the sherry. It’s the opposite of the nose, in fact, and simply stunning.

    The finish lasts forever and besides what we already got offers op clear notes of nut liqueur and toasted oak. Ashes at the death.

    A bottle of 500ml will set you back some 45 EUR. It is well worth it. Thanks, Manny, fort his veritable bomb!


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