Overall rating
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
22 years old
Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
55.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 Dec 2019 12:55 pm by clairebackus1981
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 362.65

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193 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Cigar Malt 1997 IM

16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.12 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  7. JoshNRW scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • 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

  8. Malthead_80 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

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

  9. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    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

  10. 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.


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