Scotch Universe Callisto IX - 103° P.6.1' 1846.4"

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Scotch Universe (SU)
Stated Age
08 years old
First Fill Marsala Barrique
59.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 feb 2020 9:16 pm by Ralf
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 79.30

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Whisky reviews for Scotch Universe Callisto IX - 103° P.6.1' 1846.4"

10 users have left 10 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.42 points.

  1. Obynapewno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      grilled meat, sea breeze, smoke, but also sweetness and freshness. Dark fruit, chewing gum, some wet skin
    • Taste
      85 85
      firewood, ash, salt, sweetness, wood, hot chili, pepper, dark fruit
    • Finish
      87 87
      long, smoky, sea, fruity, sweet

  2. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Really beautiful Caol Ila, I loved the rich combination of meaty smoke and stewed fruits. I would not have guessed this was Caol Ila, there were not a whole lot of the notes I associate with the distiller— citrus, maritime, and salt. There were hints of those things, but the profile was far more driven by barbecue notes and cask influence. This dram had a great balance between a sweet palate and a more savory nose, though the peat monster wife thought it was a bit too sweet for her taste. At eight years old the spirit had an excellent punchiness which balanced well against the strong cask influence.

    Mental Image: Porterhouse with Marsala Wine Sauce.
    • Nose
      With smoldering coals, grilled meat, and fragrant spices, the aroma is meaty and rich. Fruity notes of stone fruits and dark berries along with a sweet poached tomato complement the thick smoke. Seaside steak barbecue, unagi, and a rich red wine sauce. The Marsala influence comes on strong as steak demi-glace sauce.
    • Taste
      Grilled stone fruits, charred fruit skins, dulce de leche, as well as sweet cinnamon and brown sugar, A bit of sweet and salty grilled fish comes through along with barbecue sauce, though thick fruity notes dominate the palate.
    • Finish
      Medium length smoke and fruit.

  3. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    The Callisto IX is a solid malt that is very barrel-heavy. The aromas of the Marsala barrel press so hard on the aroma that even the smoke almost disappears behind it at first. Without water, the alcohol numbs my taste buds a little too much. In my opinion, diluted with a little water, the aroma unfolds much better and also makes the malt more interesting. I would have liked the finish to be a bit longer and more intense.
    • Nose
      A bit withdrawn at first, a few minutes in the air will definitely do him good. I find sweet wine notes with dark fruits, currants and wine gums. The smoke, which reminds me of smoked bacon and an extinguished campfire, is very subtle and well integrated. The strong alcohol is a bit pungent and overpowers the flavors. In general, the feeling in the nose is slightly cooling.
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is also very sweet, the wine notes are clearly in the foreground here. The alcohol is very sharp on the tongue. At first, I almost can't make out the smoke behind the luscious sweetness. After the malt has settled in the mouth for a few seconds, the smoke comes through a bit stronger as well.
    • Finish
      The sweetness decreases a bit, on the palate and on the tongue the feeling becomes a bit drier and slightly sour. The oak brings a slight bitterness. Unfortunately, except for the smoke, the taste almost completely fades away a few seconds after swallowing.

      With water:
      Much more pleasant on the nose. I no longer find the alcoholic note quite as pungent. The aroma is generally a bit more intense and much fruitier than the first impression. I am reminded of pears, sour cherries and red berries. The mouthfeel is also much more pleasant with a slightly reduced alcohol content, but does not change significantly.

  4. Horror_Vacui scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Sticky sweetness and not much behind it. The distillery character is completely pasted up. What remains is coal smoke and a slightly artificial sweetness: raisins, a little red fruit. A bit bubbly without water

  5. Chrizzz84 scored this whisky 79 points Member Senior

    Fortunately, there are bottle divisions. I don't get warm with the Callisto IX.
    • Nose
      80 80
      dirty, greasy, superficial smoke that lets fruit shades through. Clearly e.g. The raspberry but the sharp smell of alcohol bothers.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Like the nose. The smoke dominates but the fruit dances on the tongue. The alcohol is annoyingly sharp. Purely he brings tears to your eyes. Pressed down to a good 50% with water. Still outrageously sharp. I like barrel strengths but the alcohol is not well integrated.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Hmm, I can only repeat myself. The colleague is too thinned for me, too. Actually a nice combination of smoke and fruit. But I was happy when he was down. Unfortunately sharpness

  6. larswehmeier scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Great part!
    • Nose
      Wonderful! Maritime, salty, cold smoke. Wet leather. The sweet notes of Marsala slowly emerge from behind.
    • Taste
      Pleasantly strong. Maritime, cold smoke. Nutty flavor. Nice dry fruitiness.
    • Finish
      Long, aromatic smoky. Gradually dries up.

  7. whiskycu scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    My first thought was this should be great if the cask was ok or it could go wrong; young wild caol ila balanced out with sweet dessertish wine.

    Just recently had various independent caol ilas and compared this one to a "plain" (ex-bourbon) caol ila. I found those bourbon-style caol ilas very kelpy and shellfishy or in other word bitter and a bit rubbery. To be fair, some of them were good and others just ok. In short, my imagination tells me that this one is very salted and very dry. So even though I can detect a few nice flavours, the saltiness and the dryness are too dominant for me.

  8. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nice change between red fruits and smoke
    • Nose
      88 88
      red fruit, sweetness, tobacco smoke
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nice change between red fruits, smoke and again fruits, sweetness
    • Finish
      82 82
      red fruits, sweetness, short

  9. Glenjasper scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Ahhh! Delicious...

    This is my Caol Ila again. Great sherry notes and smoky nuances in the interplay. Dark fruits and a warm feeling in the mouth. Milder and more balanced than its VIII predecessor, but also a little less character than its VII.

    Light cherry and raspberry aromas give the whisky a sweetness that almost goes in the direction of a liqueur, at least if you had the VIII in the glass beforehand.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. CIB914 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      greasy smoke, ash, followed by red fruits, strawberries and raspberries
    • Taste
      90 90
      First, however, the smoke comes out less fat than in the nose, followed by red fruits and intense strawberries. A nice sweetness remains in the mouth. The alcohol is well integrated
    • Finish
      87 87
      Rather short finish


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