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Whisky Reviews for Velvet Fig 25-year-old
60 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.10 points
- 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.
- 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?
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.
- My friend matt.schwarz said, that it's a pity that Wemyss watered down this beauty with up to 30-year-old Bunnas.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
- Great malt! Reminds me of the old Bunnahabhain 25 from the wooden box!
- 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.
- 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.
- Retail price: ~130€
20 Ex Sherry Hogsheads total
15 Bunnahabhain Casks from 1988 (possibly low %)
5 Sherry Hogsheads of Speyside- and Highland malts from 1994
- 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.
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
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
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.