Overall rating
88.00/100
votes
276
Whiskybase ID
WB148395
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Wemyss Malts (Wy)
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
25 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
42.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L 08 12 19
Barcode
793573154996
Bottled for
Wemyss Cask Club
Added on
06 feb 2020 11:19 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 210.80

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276 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Velvet Fig 25-year-old

72 users have left 75 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.00 points.

  1. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For ~ 30% Sherried Bunna 1988 portion quite cheap ... will the content of the barrels have still had 40% ...?

    In any case, it is worth devoting a little time to the drop
    I don't understand some opinions that this malt is watered down. From the label yes, but whoever tries it will know what I mean.

    For me, a rare, yet clear 90-point candidate - because the balance is right

    Tasted in handmade corrugated glass by Olaf Tappert
    • Nose
      90 90
      The fruit dominates. A spicy ripeness develops behind it. No barrel that kills everything, the oak is a great addition and rounds off perfectly with spices.
      We come to the details: forest fruits, raisins, red gummy bears, candied grapes, soft, light caramel. Behind it cinnamon, some maggi, salt, a hint of chocolate, marzipan and an old chest of drawers. 0.0% sulfur, no fear.
      I have an association with an old sherried Glengoyne and a special Glenfarclas Family Cask with little nut. Only the background salt disturbs the impression.
      The intensity of a first sip makes the nose "close". Even if it is difficult - an intensive nose before the first sip is advisable. It takes time for the nose to pick up the subtleties again.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Even more sweet and surprisingly sparkling for 42.3%. Then it takes a moment for the flavors to develop. Yes, here we have a well-developed malt that does not deny its age.
      In the mouth, the spice plays a stronger role than in the nose, but in no way displaces the fruitiness. A nice fruit basket, here now also candied apple, now also the eponymous fig, more berries, more compote, with nuts, coffee, pepper, later dark chocolate. I would have blindly typed it around 46%, such an intensity at 42.3% is remarkable.
      Exhaling through your nose is pure pleasure.
    • Finish
      92 92
      A nice complementary and not intense dryness until the finish. Even now a nice balance: fruit, sweetness, spice and dryness result in an ideal symbiosis. With the fruits I am now with Turkish apple tea and figs. Coffee becomes clearer, the chocolate darker, cinnamon stick, nutmeg. I also had an association with cola. Interesting...
      Long and intense, my preferences are met almost perfectly. Not too bitter like many other long-matured Sherry Cask bottlings.

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  3. ZLako scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Current unavailable to purchase here. Why did I not buy a full bottle...Great stuff.

  4. dereinejo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Now, at the very end of the bottle, I have to write a review. On a few evenings I enjoyed the dram with herbal pastries, fudge or a mild espresso. It could also be offered to guests who simply wanted to try a delicious whiskey and were put off by smoky notes. The Velvet Fig has actually always been well received. I don't know yet whether I'll open my second bottle or whether I'll sell it. In 2020 I paid about 130 €. In retrospect, I think the price is very reasonable.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The first impression is little alcohol (who is surprised at 45.3%?), old leather, plum jam and dried fruits such as raisins and figs, but also some spices in the direction of cloves or a little bit of nutmeg. All a little flat and nestled in sherry and some wood - little for it's age. But overall quite nice.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A quite soft whiskey appears on the tongue, but it is still peppery and a little salty. The dried fruits are further away here and herbs emerge, including a tiny trace of bergamot. Overall, the whiskey also leaves little sweetness (salty fudge) in the mouth. All in all round, tasty and easy to enjoy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      This continues at the beginning, but increases somewhat as the burning sensation on the tongue subsides. Since again rather dried fruit but weak. Overall not unpleasant and very tasty with ginger biscuits or just "salty fudge".

  5. Yarema scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Great fragrance !
    The feeling that there is filled with good old whiskey that they tried to pull out with young molts.
    It's a pity.
    Great age...
    Breathable and very tasty...
    The taste is flat...
    The finish is transparent...

    Nose - 23
    Taste - 22
    Finish - 21
    Balance - 21
    Rating - 87

  6. alex..w..fan scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    22 22 22 22 88

    very nice smooth tasty and drinkable whisky!

  7. Igitor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. Kensay scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Gorgeous nose, you can inhale all evening, then much weaker, lacking density and depth. But it is drunk for pleasure, light warm-up whiskey
    • Nose
      90 90
      Airy, delicate, fruity. Ripe sweet pears, mango, flower honey, spices, oranges
    • Taste
      87 87
      Citruses in oil, wood, some sherry
    • Finish
      86 86
      Wine, citruses and woods, some spices

  9. GlenGabriel scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. geriud scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. gaboruso scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Notes from an online blind tasting.
    Funnily enough, I got it blind again. This time, too, I found it delicious.
    • Nose
      Color:
      Light amber

      Nose:
      Starts a bit sour and sedate. Waxy and a stitch acrylic. The sourish goes more in the berry direction. Blackberries and overripe currants. Behind it lies a slightly rotten, light fruit aroma. Looks more and more tropical. With a little more time in the glass, the sour taste turns towards pineapple. A bit fleshy and subtly cold, stale smoke. A touch of rosemary and nutmeg rounds off the set nose, very pleasant.
    • Taste
      Soft start. Then the alcohol flashes slightly and brings a peppery seasoning with it. Nevertheless, the colleague remains full and waxy in the mouth. The ashy smoke is far in the background. But the slightly bitter herbs come through better. In the taste I find the berries nowhere near as dark as in the nose. Again the tropical and marzipan are increasing. In addition, there is a subtle, winy, sweet touch.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Subtly spicy with a pleasant sweetness. Here, too, this fine smoky note.

  13. Whisky-Fancier scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Unfortunately, the ABV is too low. Unfortunately, it cannot keep its good nose in terms of taste and finish.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  14. Spoerkel scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  15. HerrRossi scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    The negatives first. With 5 or 6% more, this malt would probably have entered my top 5 ever. But the blenders probably didn't want to further disguise the character of the 30-year-old Bunnas and you have to thank them for that. Great malt that hit exactly my center of pleasure. My personal malt of the year 2021
    • Nose
      91 91
      Great nose, lots of dark fruit. Plums, dark, very ripe peaches, plus a sweet tart with toffee and hints of wood.
    • Taste
      92 92
      In the mouth it shows its full potential and from my humble point of view, its Bunna heart. A slight saltiness on the sides of the tongue underlines the fruitiness in an elegant way. The malt is oily and creamy in the mouth. Almost chocolaty. Dry fruits like dates or plums, almost pipe tobacco - like.
    • Finish
      90 90
      This shows that the alcohol power is a little too low. The very pleasant notes of Turkish honey with a little coffee and salt almonds disappear too quickly. Oh sweet moment, so linger a little longer ...!

  16. ep11ripee scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    23/22.5/22/22.5
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  17. Thomas75 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Has a watery effect and is extremely peppery

  18. Totolino scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blenders Glass.
    Despite the small degree, I recommend rolling with small vultures.
    The aroma is the strongest side. A straight-through malt that is unremarkable.
    Balance 22
    Total 87
    • Nose
      87 87
      Nose: very pleasant, alcohol is well integrated and not felt at all, toffee, dates, chocolate, caramel, herbs (oregano, mint, thyme); after standing for a while, acacia flowers show up strongly - sugary-sweet 22
    • Taste
      87 87
      Taste: sweet, caramel and milk chocolate. 22
    • Finish
      86 86
      Taste: sweet, caramel and chocolate. 22
      Short, sweet and spicy aftertaste, herbal bitterness and pepper 21

  20. whiskytornado scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  21. craide scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A really good malt. The nose in particular convinces me from the start. The rest actually fits, although the palate subsides slightly.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The first impression is a nice, round and slightly nutty sherry malt smell. Fruity plums, oranges, apricot jam that also have a slightly artificial sweetness. Appears a bit musty on the nose, leather, vanilla. Has something slightly maritime and salty about it. The nose is clearly characterized by notes of sherry. In the background aromas of rum raisins, spices and chocolate come through.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Voluminous, soft approach, fills the oral cavity nicely. some spice, some white pepper. Fruity aromas of oranges, plums and rum-raisins show up and merge into a subtle sour component. But everything looks very harmonious and well balanced. Appears on the palate more like a fresh, summery Ex-BC malt. Honey and chocolate meet spices like nutmeg, cloves and a little cinnamon. A few percent more would certainly suit him better.
      Fine varied thing!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long finish with a slightly tart touch of gooseberries, limes, some nuts and almonds with oak spice, rather tart juniper,

  22. Defeatless scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    This is very well blended! A very good whisky indeed, and worth the €125,-
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very well matured and blended whisky. This nose is quite good! The fig is really there indeed, but maybe the imagine of the title makes it that way.
      Nice proper old school sherry nose, with a lot of depth. Some nuts, like almond, pecan and roasted walnut. Hint of woodpolish in the background.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Very silky. Smooth sherry taste, loads of well riped red fruits. Love this taste. It has a mature wooden note in the background and gives a nice warmth.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long length. This is a tad bitter, but not that much that it gets a point of. A wood note, some polish and a sweet berry note make the finish.

  23. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  24. Igor_Gudimov scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Disappointing, don't get why it so popular. Would like to see it on higher proof
    • Nose
      87 87
      Bright fruity sour notes (strawberry, raspberry) with sweet malty cookies, creaminess appear over time, slight chocolate note
    • Taste
      85 85
      Slightly spicy with fruity sour red berries, and light vanilla cream
    • Finish
      85 85
      Short, dry, creamy fruity spice

  25. olegborgol scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fruits, berries, chocolate, salt, in the aroma of bunna, the finish with bitterness warms well and lasts, the body is a little lacking. 22.5-22-22.5-22

  26. Bernando04 scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Fruity sherry very mild.
    You can smell the old ... Bunahabban

  27. JohnnyTheSmoker scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Very nice whiskey which does not "overwhelm"! Despite the low alcohol content, the aromas are carried well into the nose.

    Overripe fruits complement each other with a note of vanilla cream, a little liquorice and rock candy with caramel pudding and again and again chocolate and dates. Behind these beautiful aromas I have a note of freshly fired cartridge cases, gunpowder and some metal.

    A bombastic mouthfeel with an unbelievable oiliness, unfortunately the finish is not particularly pronounced ... you could stay in it for hours.

  28. SeWuWhisky scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: sweet and fruity, apricot, marzipan, dried fruit, speculoos, spicy, some oak. A very complex, but also very pleasant nose.
    Mouthfeel: Very mild, slightly dry feeling. Relatively heavy on the tongue
    Taste: Definitely a decent sweetness here too, gummy bears, fruit, some cloves in the background, slightly salty and spicy (here you can notice the bunnas)
    Finish: Very nice and long, sweet, yes, here you have the fig and some oak. You can also tell the old barrels by some clove and spice. But very nicely balanced.

  29. zaphod155 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A wonderful example of 'a Year in the cask, a minute in the glass'. The whiskey takes time to fully develop. But then it definitely fulfills the demands that it would have expected based on its framework data. However, I would have liked a little more depth.
    • Nose
      Red fruits with dry sweetness and a slight acidity. This is followed by nutty notes and a little vanilla and caramel. A little sweet yeast dough and also a restrained heat is added. After a while, there are more, rather light-colored fruits.
    • Taste
      Quite soft, restrained start with red fruits and caramel .. If you leave it in your mouth for a while and salivate it, it becomes stronger. Clearer sweetness, nuts and a dry heat comes through. Here, too, patience is worthwhile. It takes time, but then there is a nice spice and roasted aroma.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste is not overly pronounced. Mainly the sweetness with a little spice stays.

  30. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An inconspicuous and therefore rather underrated well-aged blended malt which you can or could still get at a decent price. There is fine old Bunna in it, and the whole thing has a good complexity, oscillating between between sweet and sour. What's not to like? No quibbles, no bitter notes or even bitter wood at all. Just very very nice, old & delicious whisky. Calm and relaxed in a positive way, it does not scream anything into your face. I like it very much and just keep on listening to its elegant whisper. Those who are into the loud, vulgar sherry monsters please go the other way.

  31. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  32. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This good drop develops in the bottle, do not be so impatient and thirsty. Yes, the ABV could be higher, but the profound influence of the sometimes very old barrels compensates for that.
    • Nose
      90 90
      He offers a lot, more and more over time. Yes, the rims are also included, but also stronger notes of herbs, liquorice mix with dark fruits, almost a small note of liqueur but also a hint of chain fat after a Sunday drive.
      After it is only half full and has been able to breathe in the bar for a while, raisins, toffee and bananas develop in the nose
    • Taste
      89 89
      Unfortunately does not quite fulfill the promises of the nose, but a very pleasant oily mouthfeel shows its age.
      It is naturally mild and becomes softer, nuttier and you get a very pleasant light impression from the barrels
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mild and soft and becoming slightly bitter towards the end. The drained barrels report one last time.
      It stays long and pleasant in the mouth, a great drop.

  33. yfalkov scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Lacks strength, but overall great, perfect balance and sherry isn't overpowering the malt. And a lovely "dusty" note of the old barrel. It would be perfect if the strength was a bit higher
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very fruity, red apple, plum, grape, later- more sherried notes - leather, dried fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, distant flowers
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fruity and leathery, some oak, spicy
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, sweet, spicy, oak

  34. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Great part.
    • Nose
      Notes from online blind tasting:

      Colour:
      Light amber

      Nose:
      Starts with a sour, fresh citrus note. Towards green grapefruit. Tropical fruits are coming through more and more. Kiwi, green bananas, gooseberries, solvent, lychee, mint.
    • Taste
      Soft start. Then immediately hot ginger. Nutmeg, peach, coconut, white wine cream, vanilla, a lot of bitterness from the wood, a dull taste towards oatmeal follows.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Creamy and with dry fruit aromas. Plus a lot of wood.

  35. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      pleasant and inviting, aromatic fruity with fresh fruit notes and dried fruit, yes, also figs, slightly sweet and spicy, fine oak, hint of baking spices.
    • Taste
      86 86
      warm, spicy and sweet, somewhat fruity, sherry, a hint of orange, fine oak, light barrel note, a hint of perfumed and a hint of alcoholic spiciness, now a little bitter to bitter, some chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      A hint of tart, a hint of chocolate, a little nutty, then slightly sweet, here too a little orange and sherry, fruit compote. Finally, oak / wood notes again and a hint of smoky ??

  36. DGV scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Despite the limited range of derivatives, this whiskey is very good! The tonality presented, in tandem with an excellent balance, is comparable to the work of a master. He seems to be telling you: "Yes, this is all that I have, but try what quality it is!" In general, this is a pleasant all the way, balanced, velvety tape.
    • Nose
      Very fresh, soft. In the foreground are fruit and dessert tones - Duchess lemonade, apricot, green apple, marmalade. The second plan is dry leaves, wax, resin.
    • Taste
      Nice, smooth. Fruit sweetness, malt bitterness, chalk.
    • Finish
      Longer than average. It is a logical continuation of taste and aroma.

  37. Likudi scored this whisky 87 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  38. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Strong part. Great old malt that is fun and offers interesting flavors.

    Strange and somehow funny discovery: If I still have the taste in my head, the Velvet Fig on the palate reminds me of the 'Herb & Lime Salsa' bottling from Wemyss.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Sweet grapes and sweet fresh fruit notes such as figs and plums pour out of the glass immediately after pouring. In addition, a light bitter chocolate note and great spices. Over time, notes that are difficult to define emerge in the direction of marzipan, oranges, dried fruits and delicately musty wood.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Delicately spicy, sweet and sour limes with a salty maritime touch. Is that the often mentioned Bunnahabhain part? Somehow the taste reminds me of the 'Herb & Lime Salsa', which was also bottled by Wemyss.

      Slight herbal notes, pleasantly tart wood notes, delicate bitterness.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pleasantly tart, somewhat dry. The herbal note is still slightly noticeable, as is the somewhat tart, maritime lime note.

  39. Dram Brigade scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      Very delicate and complex. Full of sweet dried fruits, apricot, beewax, very pleasant oak perfume. Very beautiful and most importantly complex but balance. After a sip, tons of vanilla!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fresher than the age suggested! Mild fruit cake, honey, raisins again, delicate oak wax, and maybe some fresh sherry. Hints of sarsaparilla. Quite velvety indeed!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, fresh raisins (?)

  40. SRB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  41. Alba99 scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    @ Tom na Gruagaich
    This is not a Whiskey, this is a Whisky! Even this is a Blend and you may not like them, but please be fair. Sorry, but this drops my mind a little. Very disappointing.

    Sorry, do not wanted to highjack this forum...

    This is a nice blend with 30y old BHV, nice, I like them anyway. If you know the 88 and 89 Wemyss, you will recognize the smell. As others said, a bit more alc in depth could have take it to far more. But as a Blend it should be well recognized.

  42. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    There are already a lot of Notes, so I'll leave that with that.

    Actually a nice malt. But my mouth lacks a bit of fullness, which prevents me from buying a bottle.

  43. TechnOBY scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  44. Bateman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Aroma:
    an intense sweetness and I immediately thought of my mother's rum pot. Then I had very light smoke, like from a distant campfire. Then banana came through and dried fruit.

    Taste:
    the first association was strawberry, much less sweet than the nose actually expected. The alcohol is present. again that very light smoke that I already noticed in my nose. The wood aromas are also present in a restrained, yet distinct way. I thought of an antique shop with old furniture. Very old dry wood, leather aromas and of course the fig comes out at the back.

    Aftertaste:
    medium to long, slightly astringent. Fruit compote with fig. The wood stays on the tongue for a long time. A great blended malt.

  45. Teddyseigis scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Great whiskey!

    Taste explosion! Absolutely surprising ...

    Such a whiskey is a pleasure to have in the glass!
    • Nose
      87 87
      Enjoyable. Fruits sweet very soft
    • Taste
      92 92
      Absolute hit ... it starts gently with sweetness and fruit ... becomes more complex, like a flower opening in the sun. It unfolds its full potential with citrus fruit, caramel, apple .. unbelievable highlight of the citrus fruit ..
    • Finish
      89 89
      A little dry, but very balanced
      Some chocolate, absolutely overwhelmed by the fruit. Candied apple
      Still served short and sweet

  46. Islaysmoke scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    A great Wemyss malt !!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  47. Miyagi Max scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    Nose: Fig-like; slightly sweet in the glass; very figgy after the glass is emptied
    Palate: lovely sweetish sherry that never gets cloying because of the Bunnahabin. It seems to remove the uber sweetness of a sherry bomb. Takes the bottom right out of it
    Finish; Very smooth and completely without spirit.Probably from the long barrel aging.

  48. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  49. mothers_finest scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Behave right. Sticky sweetness, red fruits, sherry.

      (After enjoying the whiskey in the empty glass, it smells of honey)
    • Taste
      87 87
      A little thin for the age. Subtle sherry with a hint of wax.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A little short and thin.

      The whiskey is not bad per se, but the mouthfeel is not intense enough for my taste. A blend of that age should be able to do more (even at this price).

  50. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  51. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  52. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A beautiful, round and matured Blended Malt, combined from different sherry casks, which also contain old Bunnahabhain single malts from 1988. The maturity is clearly noticeable, but also the influence of the casks, which manifest themselves in dark fruits as well as spicy notes of tobacco and oak. A successful dram for which one should take a lot of time and rest.

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/09/24/velvet-fig-25yo-blended-malt/
    • Nose
      Very aromatic on the nose with fruit compote, plum jam, apricots and blackcurrants. Behind this fruit basket, notes of cinnamon and some marzipan emerge, followed by oak spice, dark chocolate, some leather and tobacco leaves.
    • Taste
      Creamy, even sticky fruit on the palate with sweet fruit jam, cherries, plums and apricots in particular. Slightly warming spices with cinnamon and oak, followed by milk chocolate and a fine leather note with some tobacco leaves.
    • Finish
      The finish is of medium length and slightly warming. Becomes drier with time with notes of oak, tobacco leaves, cigar box and spices.

      With water: After the addition of a few drops of water more present on the nose with orange fruit, prickling spices and notes of tobacco. Initially fruity on the palate with orange and plum, but then more spicy with tobacco leaves, cigar box and liquorice. The finish is short, spicy and very dry with oak and again tobacco notes.

  53. MickMatrix scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very great malt. For an even better rating, 4-10% alcohol is missing
    • Nose
      90 90
      Old and settled. Not necessarily intense. Very ripe with good oak and a nice fruitiness.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Great interplay between old aromas such as wall units or cardboard creates a nice dark fruitiness!
    • Finish
      90 90
      A medium-long finish remains with everything you would expect at the age. Mouth is lightly covered with oak. The fruits also remain.

  54. jkswift scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  55. Othorion scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Great malt! Reminds me of the old Bunnahabhain 25 from the wooden box!

  56. robse211 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  57. rolabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  58. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    An inconspicuous and therefore rather underrated well-aged blended malt which you can or could still get at a decent price. There is fine old Bunna in it, and the whole thing has a good complexity, oscillating between between sweet and sour. What's not to like? No quibbles, no bitter notes or even bitter wood at all. Just very very nice, old & delicious whisky. Calm and relaxed in a positive way, it does not scream anything into your face. I like it very much and just keep on listening to its elegant whisper. Those who are into the loud, vulgar sherry monsters please go the other way.

  59. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The key data on the barrels used in this blend are exciting. It has also become a beautiful blend that is very mild and pleasant (very drinkable) in the mouth. In the nose (I like it best) still very sweet and fruity, you have to like the more sour-tart notes in the mouth and finish. For me it fits, but the 130 euros for a simply drinkable and quite unexcited blend are already quite high.
    • Nose
      90 90
      fruity-sweet; Juice oranges; Raisins; Apricots; Berry; with a harmoniously integrated oak spice; everything very well balanced
    • Taste
      88 88
      mild, pleasant approach; less sweet than on the nose; more sour and tart-spicy; Oranges; Apricots; Herbal notes; Oak seasoning
    • Finish
      88 88
      medium length; bitter oak notes (slightly woody); sour and fruity with a little orange

  60. maltaholic scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Nice color.
    Nice nose.

    Rather oak and not the suspected sherry.
    These are bitter notes.
    Rather spicy than sweet.

    This continues in the mouth.
    It remains bitter and bitter.
    The woody taste dominates strongly.

    Is he good? At least interesting.
    Do I need a bottle of that? No.

  61. JoshNRW scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Oh, what a cool nose, so round, so mild and full. Soft sweet, floral, honey, bourbon vanilla, but not as clumsy as many bourbon ripening. Roses, at the back a minimal alcohol note. Delicious
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very mild and tasty, but falls off a bit too much, but not dramtically either. Unfortunately, the taste is a bit too weak for the age. A pity
    • Finish
      88 88

  62. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Extremely sweet fabric.
    Very tasty, full-bodied, without being overemphasized, is probably due to the low alcohol content.
    Lots of red fruits, berries and stone fruit, raisins, vanilla, oak wood influence with spiciness, herbs and mint spices.
    Lightly salt and something maritime like ozone or fresh breeze to finish.
    At first, Highland and Speyside tend to break through, later the Bunnahabhain becomes increasingly noticeable.
    Highly recommended, but not that cheap, even if the price ratio is still ok.

  63. Anthaeus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Tasty gummy bear note but a bitter finish that prevents a really good rating.

  64. Totoro scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      91 91

  65. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    ok, that's a nice drinking whiskey, but frankly, I'm a little disappointed. He shows me a little too little everywhere.
    • Nose
      Sherry notes, quite fruity, a small metallic note, something minimally musty, raisins, oak, nut chocolate and a little bit of fumes. One can guess the Bunnahabhain.
    • Taste
      soft, sweet, tasty, amazing, the small alcohol note that affects the mouth tends to be bitter.
    • Finish
      tart oak, sherry aromas, a few chocolate notes, barrel seasoning

  66. Egge scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Apricot, oranges, sweet fruits and vanilla. Maybe some raisins too. Definitely sweet and fresh at the same time. I was expecting something "heavier".

      The water in my mouth runs down. Let's see what comes in taste.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Surprisingly fresh on the tongue, but sweet. In the mouth I give him some time, no burning sensation (which was also not to be expected with 42.3% alcohol), but an opportunity to develop.

      It stays sweet, but gets warmer, more "adult" and fuller. Sherry comes very clearly, just like the apricots. I also taste different herbs and, in the end, dry fruits. All in all, very balanced.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A little surprise: Sour apple? Nevertheless, a pleasant sweetness remains, but rather dry overall. The oranges stay there for quite a while.

  67. knopfler99 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In summary, a good sherry whiskey, but I completely lacked the fig clay that could still be found in the earlier Velvet Fig. The price-performance ratio is borderline for me. It is undoubtedly well done, but not enough for the price, and it lacks a certain depth.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The Velvet Fig delights with its raisins, green apple, vanilla, citrus notes such as orange and herbal aromas. A nice interplay of sweetness and a sour component.
    • Taste
      87 87
      After a while in the glass, a first sip. It spreads warmly in the mouth. The fruity tones disappear a little and make way for a sour and somewhat bitter note, not unpleasant, nicely balanced. The low alcohol content does not bother, the flavors are carried enough, no spiciness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A taste like the bite in a tart apple peppered with raisins remains at the back, a light bitter almond tone, woody notes.

  68. redbreast2000 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    The Wemyss Velvet Fig 25 consists of 71% (5 barrels) of Speyside and Highland Malts from 1994 with approx. 48 vol.% And 29% (15 barrels) Bunnahabhain Malts from 1988 with approx. 40 vol.%. The Bunnahabhain barrels each had less than 50 l of residual content. Because of violent angels share and / or because they were leaking. The previous owner could not provide any information. The Speyside / Highland malt barrels were still filled normally according to their age. After mixing the two malts and storing for another 16 months, the whiskey had 43.3% by volume of original cask strength. In the case of blended malts, it is customary to lower the alcohol strength at least a little immediately before bottling and thus fix it. Otherwise it could happen that between the printing of the labels / boxes and the final filling of the alcohol content naturally drops by more than 0.3% and then everything would have to be reprinted or labeled according to the law. In this respect, the Velvet Fig 25 is by definition not a barrel strength but actually only 1% by volume of it. All information comes from the Wemyss Malt Blender who is also a brand manager.

  69. Maltkanzlei scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    EYE / NOSE
    Bright, shiny amber. The nose offers a great start immediately makes you want the dram. Very delicate, very complex pleasure. Not a muff, but a fine, fruity sweetness that is reminiscent of a basket full of ripe berries and apricot compote. The age of the components gives the blended malt a depth that is far from common. I could deal with the nose for a long time, but I'm too excited about the taste. Does it reflect the aromas of the nose? Does everything suddenly flatten out, as is so often the case with older whiskeys? Does bitter oak take the helm?

    PALATE
    The FIG has a very appealing viscosity and creates a pleasant, warm mouthfeel, so you give it the time you need. The typical hot burning of modern high strength crackers with a few years of barrel maturity, youthful wildness and fat sherry finish for the color should not be expected here. But great refill pure sherry flavors, you get them. Cappuccino, fine herbs, nutmeg - all in all a little bit sweeter on the palate than the beguiling nose conveyed. No patchy, sticky sweetness, but fine and balanced. Then later dried fruits, especially apricots and - nomen es omen - naturally figs, as well as a wonderfully mild oak that gently surrounds the other flavors.

    FINISH / CONCLUSION
    The question that will most likely be discussed most often is that of alcohol. Are the 42.3% ABV too little, would he have needed more?
    They are just not enough for my taste, like GM's Caol Ila 1966 Centenary Reserve (40%), MMD's Islay Trilogy (40.3%), Bowmore's Seadragon (43%) or countless other malts and blends from earlier days. The aftertaste offers fruity, powdery sweetness, a little bit of wet wood, a little salt and strong fruit aromas, as if you had recently enjoyed a ripe nectarine. Here, too, the maritime influence of Bunnahabhain is still evident in the background. Strong, spicy, maybe even a little mineral, as is known from the island distillery. This is not a 'fair dram' that you just try in between. The very skilfully balanced VELVET FIG with its delicate, multi-layered aromas requires an unusual amount of attention and tranquility, which it then more than rewards. Water is absolutely unnecessary here, almost goes without saying.

  70. lok13 scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    This is a good blend but that is it. Not worth the money. I would put it in the same league as the current GlenDronach 12 and it definitely is not as good as the bottle from 2013 I tasted in comparison to it.
    I cannot recommend this, at its price, to anyone.

  71. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  72. JungleDram scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  73. Jlb420 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    Good sherry experience.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Like other says: very nice typical sherry nose full of fruits. Very good.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very good like nose, but low abv makes you want it more intensive.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long with good sherry tones but one more time lack of intensivity.

  74. JungleDram scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    My friend matt.schwarz said, that it's a pity that Wemyss watered down this beauty with up to 30-year-old Bunnas.

  75. NorthCoast500 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A superb nose - all that you want from your typical sherry cask whisky. Nice taste - but only nice! Why the hell did you water this beauty down to 42% ? Could be so much better at a higher ABV.

  76. rampah scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Retail price: ~130€

    5000 bottles

    20 Ex Sherry Hogsheads total
    15 Bunnahabhain Casks from 1988 (possibly low %)
    5 Sherry Hogsheads of Speyside- and Highland malts from 1994

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