Overall rating
88.33/100
votes
72
Whiskybase ID
WB146404
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Vintage
04.11.1998
Bottled
02.2020
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Hogshead
Casknumber
10
Number of bottles
325
Strength
52.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
13 jan 2020 3:48 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 225.47

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72 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Orkney 1998 Arc

14 users have left 14 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.33 points.

  1. Dominique69 scored this whisky 87 points Photo Moderator

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

  2. Wolf68 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  3. eselsim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    22/22/22/22

    Well matured Orkney malt. I`m not 100% sure if it`s HP, I'd rather say it's Scapa
    • Nose
      Perfumed, fresh hay like scents, cut grass, earthy tones of peat, white pepper, allspice
    • Taste
      Very herbal, slightly unbalanced, wood, pine needles, salty. With a drop of water spices like star anise, cooked mash
    • Finish
      Long, spicy, after shave

  4. RoytjeV scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

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

  5. Gris scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Serge's notes: http://www.whiskyfun.com/2021/Highland-Park-and-Assorted-Orkney-Stuff.html

    Is it possible to feel as though you've visited Samoa without ever having been? Colour: white wine. Nose: chalky, chiselled, crispy cereal, brilliantly fresh, bright and breezily coastal. Of an age where these coastal, cereal and gently herbal peat smoke qualities are beginning to morph into a more overt waxiness, which is particularly enchanting. A little touch of creamy smoked vanilla, lemon barley water, gauze and pine wood. With water: doubles down on the lemony notes, almost like a slightly salted limoncello. More bright, sweet cereal notes, very soft waxes and heather flowers. Mouth: brightly citric, coastal, fresh, crisp cereals again, pine needles, crushed aspirin and more lemon barley water. Also some smoked olive oil and mixed dried herbs. There's a kind of crusty saltiness about it as well, which maintains a constant impression of freshness - something so many of these Orkney malts seem to possess in spades. With water: lanolin, white pepper, lemongrass, putty, aniseed and cough medicines. A delicate thread of peat smoke and some dried seaweed in umami broths. Finish: medium, herbal, still nicely coastal, some olive oil and sandalwood. Comments: evocative, playful, superbly fresh and pin sharp mature Orkney malt. Just lacks a little extra complexity that would have propelled it passed the 90 mark.
    SGP: 462 - 89 points.

  6. Vmarcinv scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Citrus, brine, slightly smoky, some apples, pears, vanilla sweetness, there is minerality. Some earthiness and wax. Very good bourbon whisky.

  7. g2ther scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. wncvirus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Smoked elements, fruit, delicate peat, sea elements
    Taste: Sea flavor, noticeable peat combined with sweet elements. Smooth taste. Strong flavor. You can feel that it is arranged in taste.
    Rating: 88 | 100 Finish quite long, slightly smoked. Good whisky with a nice taste. Strong aroma. This HP was good.

  9. whiskytornado scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  10. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is another one where the average WB score is right on.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Semi-sweet riesling, apple vinegar cider, sweet peat
    • Taste
      89 89
      Creamy and very oil, dense mouthfeel. Quite peaty for a Highland Park and I quite like it. Also some old metals, some sweet bitterness, not unlike grapefruit, but also teetering on chalk and crushed stones. Swims well with water. A very masculine HP, with strong edges.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The ending is not totally balanced, with lingering grapefruit pith and crushed aspirins.

  11. MaltMartin scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A decent Highland Park of which we have seen plenty undisclosed expression of this period. A bit unbalanced in my view.
    • Nose
      Gentle earthy peat intermingled with sour apples and gooseberries. Coastal kippery notes of dried-crab-shells and smoked mussels. Some leafiness. Burnt hay and hints of white pepper. Rubbery notes at the background.
    • Taste
      Quite grainy and gristy with a clearly peaty underground. I also got barley sugar, liquorice and aniseed. Later on vegetal notes of freesias and geraniums. Hints of apple-mint. It's all quite nervous if you ask me.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Peppery. A little pine. Becomes quite salty at the end. Too unbalanced to be really good.

  12. martinbutterfly scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    ***
    ????: straw,
    ????: delicate but intense, waxy-floral, sweet-varnish, a little warm, a little volatile, subtle atmosphere of a nice ex-bourbon, there is also a pinch of peat, very delicate, nice nose !!!
    ????: smooth, delicate, oily, warming, melts in the mouth with a nice sweetness and varnish, yum!
    ????: long, warming,
    *
    Very nice, subtle but also variable whisky, not so much changeable as consistent and not one-dimensional! Te 21yo has already given her velvety and delicacy. Miam yum yum !!! :)
    *
    ????: 5.5 / 10
    ????: 89/100

  13. J.B.Saxon scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Oranges, slightly peat and heather (-honey) notes.
    Taste: Herbs and crushed pepper, followed by a hint of salt.
    The finish is medium, semi dry, salty and finally a kind of bitterness appears.
    Adding some water opens an oily kind of wax.

  14. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

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