Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Exceptional Collection
Stated Age
05 years old
PX Sherry Octaves
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
28 Jan 2020 2:34 pm by Hercynian_Distilling
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 199.00

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82 × member ratings

156 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for WillowBurn 2014

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.89 points

  1. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I have to admit that in the past 2 years hardly a Glen Els has been able to convince me. Therefore, this is actually an exceptional cask, since I have been completely satisfied here for a long time. Sure it’s fierce sherry, almost syrup. I like that, but of course you don't have to.
    • Nose
      Starts very chocolatey, raisin concentrate, thick, sweet, slightly floral, the typical Glen Els aroma can also be found, that is such a creamy, sweet and slightly chocolatey undertone that I had with many Elsen, chewed coffee beans in a chocolate shell, a hint of mint , some Lumumba, alcohol is well integrated and above all a noticeable light smoke, could be a Bowmore with a lot of imagination, but there is really a lot of chocolate above everything, rather whole milk, the smoke scratches a little, light spice
      After the first sip, a good load of malt, always slightly grassy notes, I like a little damp tobacco
    • Taste
      oily, creamy, sweet, chocolate !, raisins, wow, nuts, light roasted aromas, the mouth is full, syrupy, in the mouth no smoke comes through spontaneously, very tasty, you don't really notice the alcohol strength, here too the Glen Els Touch, sweet, slightly floral,
    • Finish
      here comes mint, it gets fresher, the raisins last a long time, rarely had this note so clearly, grapes, light tingling, still very light chocolate, now at the end light smoke on the palate, but could also be oak, some salt, enjoyable

  2. chichibufan scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    outstanding WILLOWBURN. full bodied, creamy, sherried monster, with a hint of sweet bacon and elegant peat (5 ppm). roasted beef with raisins.... this is just phenomenal stuff, even better than recent Alrik expressions. the full time ageing in just 65 litre casks gives this whisky a much much older taste than the young age stated on the label.

  3. Lorion scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Wow. That is awesome. After the first few seconds, which appear somewhat artificial, an absolute grenade for the nose and palate appears here. I take off my hat. 92 points.
    • Nose
      At first smell, the whisky is actually reminiscent of a bourbon. The intense sweetness reminds of glue for a moment. But that changes immediately. Quite quickly, a whole load of dark, boiled fruit is added. Boiled cherry syrup. Fat raisins. Burnt sugar. Sugared plums. Dark chocolate, which has been properly sugar-coated. Incredibly intense.

      Nose: The whisky looks a little less compressed and boiled down. Sweetness, fruit notes and the wood notes can be separated more clearly.
    • Taste
      Incredibly sweet and juicy. Sparkling grape juice, cherry juice and red berries. Cocktail cherry. Full and sparkling. Chocolate mixed with sweet dark fruits. The whole mouth is covered by this sweetness reminiscent of syrup. The dark sugared fruits dominate in the taste. Some cappuccino.

      Water: The start is softer and sweeter. It's really absurdly cute. Too many too sweet for sure.
    • Finish
      Long, sticky, sweet. The mouth remains occupied for a very long time.

  4. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Madness in liquid form.

    What started with the Glen Els Handfilleds is now at the top of the flagpole. In addition, the fine, spicy, minimally smoky Willowburn distillate is perfectly shaped whisky in its purest form.

    Nose: Spectacularly rosin-like, spicy, fine oak, dark chocolate and caramel biscuits, with a bit of greasy smoke at the very back.

    Taste: What the nose promises is kept here, but with a hint of orange in the finish.

    Conclusion: great, great, great!
    This is really great tennis that is played here. Full Maturation in PX Sherry Octaves, age information, wooden box, limited to 444 bottles, what more could a connoisseur want?

    I think the price is generally too high for a bottle of schnapps, as is the case with almost all other rare whiskys, but in the context the product is really worth the money. These are qualities that are also (and especially) hardly achieved by the big players and when they are achieved it becomes really uncomfortably expensive.

    Addendum after looking at a few point ratings:

    Friends, if the average scores 90 (!) Points for several, several ratings and you give 60 or 70, then something is very much wrong when you look at your other ratings (85 for SK1) for other German distilleries, who produce solid whisky, but still do not achieve these qualities for a long time.
    I'm really taking my head what you have got this.

  5. wbarchive_258409 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Intense sweet smell. The moment the first sip enters the mouth, the expectation from the smell multiplies. Heavy sherry, some hints of roasted pork, reminded me on a cold winter sitting in front of the open fire and enjoy your days freely. The finishing is just as intense. Very very very sweet, even much better than the Glen Els Cosy Winter III. I bought a whole batch of it because I am sure it will accompany for a long long time. One of the best whiskys I ever had. If you look for some sugar cotton with some spice, go for this one.

  6. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Impressive for a 5 year old German whisky.

    The distillery does something pretty right!

  7. Anthaeus scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Chichibufan met very well with his description - I sign everything. That's why he is somehow too brutal for me. Too sweet, too creamy, too greasy ... certainly not a bad whisky but not for me ....

  8. glenrob scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. Expraesi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  10. Samwise2020 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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


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