Overall rating
90.45/100
votes
121
Whiskybase ID
WB144542
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Speyside
Vintage
03.1997
Bottled
11.2019
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
3645
Number of bottles
472
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010852044058
Added on
12 dec 2019 12:55 pm by whiskyexclusive1981
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 370.14

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223 × in collection

Whisky reviews for The Cigar Malt 1997 IM

23 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.45 points.

  1. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  2. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    When you do not like heavy sherry aroma, let this one pass. When you do like it, and I do, this is a very good dram.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Wow, what a nose, lot's to discover here. Many wrote about the flavours so no extra needed.
    • Taste
      90 90
      When you like sherry matured, this is a nice dram. Little bit sharp on the tongue.
    • Finish
      91 91
      A very nice medium to long finish with warm spicy sherry aroma's.

  3. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very delicately for Mortlach, lack of this distinct mortlachia fleshiness, more fruity, citrus peel, a bit of tobacco of which there is then more. Nuts, wet leather, dry tobacco in the finish, it is a bit sour and tart, oak stays until the end-90,5

  4. Kalamadei scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    nice sherry dram, I loved the nose, I missed the depth in the taste.
    from value perspective not worth 400 eur.
    Still happy that I had opportunity to taste it.

  5. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Nikilema scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  7. Erik1908 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The "youngest" whisky in our recent lineup of a tasting with my friends. Very odd whisky. Initially not sure what to think of this, but after some more time in the glass, the pieces of the puzzle came together; in a positive way.
    Odd nose with lots of mandarin. Herbal and fruity flavors in combination with BBQ sauce.
    Very long finish.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    What a dram this is! It offers a very intense but at the same time different experience with Mortlach.
    • Nose
      Not your typical sherried Mortlach nose. It’s rather odd at the start, but in a very good way. It’s hard to explain. It starts rather musty, mild, dry, earthy and spicy. It gives tobacco leaves, dried tea and Arabic spices. After a while more and more fruit notes join in and finaly the meaty side is comming through. Also it gives me a bbq sauce kind of flavor. That typical southern American ‘red sauce’ flavors. It gets to a very intense experience. Great buildup, great layers! Absolutely a top class nose
    • Taste
      There is quite an strong alcoholic and spicy punch to it. I need water for this. After adding that, beautiful scotch mist appears inside the glass. After adding water this becomes a real 5 star treat! On the taste dark chocolate hits almost instantly as well as a the taste of a good quality cigar and dried leaves. It’s not so much in the red fruit flavors but more in the savory and spices kind of flavors.
    • Finish
      A lot of sherry injected old oak casks! There is a very nice charcoal layer in the finish! Leather, tobacco, spices and cherries.

      What a marvelous experience does this whisky offer! If you can get your hands on a sample, it’s highly recommended to give it a try!

  9. RobbievdB scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    These Cigar Malts are intriguing due to their origin, presentation and name. So let’s find out how it is taste wise. And yes this delivers. Some very good barrels have been used here, nothing like your nowadays GlenSherry’s. Taste wise there is lots to discover. There are deep lush sherry notes, currents, cigar leaves, the aromas of sniffing the air when walking through a forest in autumn time, ground coffee and dark chocolate.. absolute stunner!

  10. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  11. JoshNRW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Oh, that's a board - not just the color - like dark wood, boy, boy, a board to bite into. Lush sweetness, the alcohol really well integrated, but there. Coffee, chocolate, tobacco, baked hazelnuts, so the expected and usual for this league and such a board.

      Water is really good for him, more roasted aromas, but the slightly dirty disappears, more sherry.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Burnt, beautiful wood, leather, tobacco, bitterness, no surprise here, of course, but it stays long and full of warm palate. Sweet chocolate, reminds me of a Glendronach 18 or 21.
    • Finish
      90 90

  12. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  13. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    without a doubt a great, intense sherry barrel malt. Exactly what you could expect with regard to the very dark color and yet it is complex. The barrel strength also comes into its own here without the high alcohol content being intrusive. You can spend a long time working on the whisky and always find something new. If you want to look for a point of criticism at all, the only thing left is that the distillery flavors in the very dominant barrel are no longer to be discriminated for, at least for me, and the whisky is thus "interchangeable".
    • Nose
      91 91
      Sherry, raisins, sweetness, Christmas spices, toasted bread, dark oranges, syrup, oak, soy sauce
    • Taste
      89 89
      very sweet, MonCheri` cherry, plums, roasted aromas. Strong, but still well integrated alcohol.
    • Finish
      89 89
      In the long finish, beautiful spicy oak, espresso, again cherry and finally a minimal hint of soap

  14. Najzero scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Very very near to be "over the top".
    It's rumored that this was the last release of the Cigar Malt (again ;-) )
    Gonna shed some tears for this awesome series and let that dark sherry notes sink in my palate for some more minutes.

    Take your time, let the air work and maybe use some drops of water.
    Holy dang, this thing became expensive (around 225€ in Switzerland, 250 in BeneLux and 300+ in Germany)

    In my humble opinion, its worth quite an amount, as its a multi-layered dark sherry. You do not see much of those around today.

  15. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A very intense oak-leather-plum-herb malt. You could say a "typical library malt". To the taste buds, I almost wrote something in the direction of "delicate rancio notes" because of the pleasant spice and plum fruitiness. The finish then again follows the smell aromas without, however, absorbing the sulfur too much.

    _With a little water_, the nose becomes more herb and spicy, the sherry influence is somewhat reduced. Just like the sulfur notes, which also appear in the further background due to the slight dilution with a few drops of water. In the mouth, the malt is now noticeably milder, in addition to the sherry aromas, the plum fruit is also very intense. No sulfur, but pleasant oak and leather. The heat insulation by water also works in the outlet. Overall, a very nice variant that you should try!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Intense sherry, oak, forest floor and herbs. Over time, some oak smoke and tender sulfur will appear; the fruit now takes a back seat. Leather and a somewhat musty wine cellar. An intense aroma.
    • Taste
      94 94
      In the mouth area, the cigar malt is pleasantly leathery, with cinnamon and oak and tingling, the 55.7% can be felt well, but do not have an over-flavoring effect. The plum fruit notes on the palate become more intense, the light sulfur (unlike in the nose) is hardly noticeable anymore, a pleasant oak smoke note with herbal spice remains.
    • Finish
      93 93
      In the medium to long finish, the spice notes are emphasized again, the sulfur is only a distant sound. Oak and leather play the main role, primed by the plum fruit.

  16. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  17. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The nose is incredibly complex and yet multi-layered, the taste of the cigar malt also convinces in all respects. A great and wonderful bottling, I like it very much!

    23/23/22/22 (90 P)
    • Nose
      Dark copper shimmers rusty reddish in the Premium Snifter, a variety of thick and oily "legs" adhere to the glass wall. Nutty aromas of roasted aromas rise, sweet raisins fall into milk chocolate, while morello cherries combine with juicy tangerines and oranges. Dry tobacco leaves and hints of leather lie sweetly in the background, meadow herbs dissolve from peaches, currants and blackberries. The alcohol is wonderfully harmoniously integrated, but sometimes flashes out powerfully. The initially rather reserved leather aroma slowly moves into the foreground, the sweet tobacco also slowly takes up volume. The herbal and spice notes are gradually infused with creamy caramel and toffee, hazelnuts end in creamy roasted aromas, simply wonderful!
    • Taste
      The first sip flows spicy and powerful over the tongue, abruptly clad wet leather and smoky tobacco on the palate, subtle wooden sharpness immediately unfolds its overwhelming volume and warms the palate with a colorful pepper mixture. Tart wood tones stick to the cheeks, roasted hazelnuts and smoky notes also provide a tart note. Wet leather and smoky tobacco in combination with dark wood tones pull through the palate warm and cozy, old walnuts and hazelnuts stick on the tongue. Orange zest and zest from sour grapefruit peels end in menthol freshness. Menthol and white pepper tickle the tongue, it tingles and tickles, immature walnuts mix with wet leaves and dried herbs. With dry wooden elements, taste and aftertaste fuse.
    • Finish
      Hints of cough syrup stick to the palate, walnuts and hazelnuts exude their dark nut aroma, cedar wood and chocolate are minimal. Citrus aromas and menthol freshness come from herbs and spices, tart and dry wood tones stick to the palate. The aftertaste is incredibly intense and voluminous, pepper and nuts combine with cherries and mint to create a creamy and saliva-stimulating melange. The aftertaste sticks to the palate for an eternity before it ends in slow motion with roasted nuts and fine dry wood tones.

  19. didi1893 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Just enjoy today!

    Wonderfully nutty, peaches, mandarins, morello cherries, dates, raisins and sweet tobacco leaves on the nose.
    The taste shows wet leather, slightly smoky tobacco, sour cherries and the rub of old orange peel.
    The aftertaste is voluminous and impressive!

  20. kringo86 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Diluting the malt to approx 43% releases a sulfury aftertaste, it is not bad for sure, bit never ever worth the price tag...

  21. kringo86 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Diluting the malt to approx 43% releases a sulfury aftertaste, it is not bad for sure, bit never ever worth the price tag...

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  23. wouterk scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  24. dpinteractive scored this whisky 97 points Expert Junior

    This Sherry Monster is really unbelievable. The Color alone is a good indicator of whats to come. Dark fruits, sweetness... a little spice. It´s all there. Only the alcohol is not so well hidden for "only" 55,7%. But all in all... a fantastic Malt!

  25. Longmorn66 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    The day of opening, good but not perfect, only bitterness comes through with few fruits.
    ... 2 days after, it is simply a winner. I put 92 but I could put 93, just thinking about some Glen Grant 1969 and I prefer to temper.
    Anyway, it is basically a monster of very dark sherry cask, an amazing red fruits jam (with also the freshness of some raspberries) with present but integrated wood and a little coffee somewhere. That baby is in my top five of all I drank until now.

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