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Overall rating
89.18/100
votes
155
Whiskybase ID
WB148982
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Michel Couvreur (MCo)
Bottling serie
Achates
Vintage
20.02.2008
Bottled
21. 01.2020
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
590
Strength
53.04 % Vol.
Size
500 ml 1500 ml
Bottled for
Exklusive for Whisky for Life & Brühler Whiskyhaus
Added on
13 Feb 2020 10:25 pm by toto82
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 98.49

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Whisky Reviews for ‘Aχάτης 2008 MCo

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.18 points

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    World class. I seldom had a whisky, on the one hand I have nothing to complain about and on the other hand I was enthusiastic about everything I perceive. This bottling, which Marco Bonn has conjured up here, is a real masterpiece - even for Couvreur standards! I can't help it. The whisky gets 93 points and thus belongs to the lonely top. I also briefly considered upgrading him to another point, which then finally brought him to the whisky heaven. I'll postpone this decision until later ...
    • Nose
      "This is Couvreur, unmistakable! Immediately there are dark balsamic fruits on the nose, which are seasoned with lovage in the pan. Heavy sherry is poured in and slowly boils down. Dried plum, dried cherry. A sweetness hides behind all of this. Aromas of slightly fermented fruit rise in the nose. After a while, the sticky-herbal sweetness can be smelled even if the nose does not linger over the glass. The nose becomes more intense, a little mountain pine is added.

      Water: lovage goes a little in the background (but does not disappear). Apple cider. An intense dark chocolate is also being formed. "
    • Taste
      "Full and leathery. The plums are there and I also have lovage on the palate. I have the sweetness there, but it is in the background. I have wine-soaked wood. Very herbaceous. The dryness of the Oloroso sherry can also be felt, but it is not a dry and dry whisky. The herbs, the wood, the dryness - everything seems to be compressed into a sticky, dense, balsamic vinegar-like mass. In the taste I have a hint of liquorice and espresso.

      Water: Now the sweetness is more dominant. Very creamy and very juicy. However, the sweetness quickly disappears into the background and it becomes drier, woodier. Coffee. Spicy tobacco in the taste. "
    • Finish
      Long. The warmth is noticeable, but not particularly strong. However, the palate remains present for an incredibly long time. The balsamic mass described above remains in the entire mouth. The finish is rather dry, there is hardly any sweetness left.

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The bottle was opened for a few days and tested briefly. At first contact I felt the nose was not round and sometimes slightly sprittig, today the agate is more harmonious and balanced, at least from the nose. Nasal I unfortunately missed the typical vaulted cellar on both days, but the taste shows it all the more intensely and "dirty". Due to the Oloroso Sherry Butt, the sherry note is sometimes more delicate and delicate, in my opinion dominated by fermented grapes and dried berries. You have to like or not like the characteristics of a couvreur typical in the form of lovage and musty vaulted cellar! Today, this bottling convinces me much more, so I give 89 points today.

    PS: The aftertaste is still extremely present and voluminous. Herbs and lovage give off their intense bouquet with dried berries for a long time ...

    22/23/22/22 (89P)
    • Nose
      The bottle was opened for a few days and briefly "tested", today I am dealing more intensively with this bottling. Cloudy amber shines mysteriously in the Premium Snifter, on the glass wall occasionally thick and oily "legs" pull their tracks back into the glass. Fermented berries and grapes rise sweetly, hints of raisins and dates combine with hazelnuts and a delicate scent of lovage and meadow herbs. Today the nose looks extremely smooth and harmonious, leather and crumbs of dried tobacco leaves are minimal. In the background there is subtle mint and a minimal menthol freshness. The sweetness increases noticeably, the sherry shows its delicate and filigree side while roasted aromas are creamy in the air. From time to time the alcohol tickles your nose.
    • Taste
      The first sip flows powerfully over the tongue, leather and spicy wood tones stick to the tongue immediately, white pepper easily tickles it. Seconds later, the musty and moldy elements known for Couvreur finally appear. A load of white pepper in combination with wooden spiciness dissolves from dried dates and sulphurized raisins. At the same time, sweet grapes and berries stimulate the flow of saliva. Lovage and meadow herbs stick to the palate, wet leather and smoky tobacco harmonize perfectly with the musty vaulted cellar and the old, decayed wooden barrels. Spicy and herbal-heavy warmth floods the palate, creamy spicy wood elements swim in the saliva under the tongue. Herb, yes almost please, the second sip wets the tongue. Suddenly the peppery, wooden pungency is shown in connection with extremely sweet fruit notes and caramelized sugar. Spicy wood tones and hints of cough syrup again stimulate the saliva, at the same moment the musty and rotten vaulted cellar is again present.
    • Finish
      The aftertaste voluminously warms the palate, tart wood notes stick to the tongue with lovage and hints of wet leather. Fresh mint and a hint of eucalyptus dissolve from fermented fruits, cough syrup mixes with a handful of hazelnuts, malty and creamy, delicate sherry aromas rest on the palate, the mouthfeel becomes smoother, butter flakes melt on the tongue. There are minimal smoky notes in the air, with leather and musty muff the aftertaste fades away from what feels like an eternity.

  3. redsnapper scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    This bottling suits my taste exactly. The longer in the glass the better. Sherry full in the nose, nuttiness, dark fruits, slight smell of maggie ... So everything you expect. After a long time, some leather is added ... no matter.
    In the taste this nuttiness again, intense sherry aromas, the alcohol definitely there, but great "integrated". Perfect.
    I would define the finish as medium and dry.

    Conclusion: a very, very great whisky. No idea where Couvreur always finds these barrels. This bottling is not really cheap for an 11 year old ... but since it is a single cask bottling, you can see over it. Anyway, for me it is perfect, so the price is secondary.

  4. whisky_universe scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Had this great MC in a glass at a trade fair yesterday and immediately had to take a bottle with me. Like almost all MC bottlings, this whisky takes a certain amount of time (the longer the better) to breathe in the glass and then develops its full aroma. A complex, intense, heavy sherry malt in barrel strength - a really great barrel was chosen!

  5. wisekycourse scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Good news, a bottle titrated at more than 50 ° at MC, for an 11 year old sherry butt:
    nose:
    the sherry comes out directly, the wood soaked so intense; a little heady red wine, red fruit on the cooked cherry, raisins full of sweetness, candied fruit on orange and lemon, a trace of dehydrated strawberry.
    malt, a grassy feeling,
    the thick cream with vanilla from Madagascar, caramel with soft butter, a bit rocky at the end and hazelnuts and honey which soften the whole.
    mouth:
    there it causes, spices, sweet pepper, cinnamon, yellow wine but the sweet syrup that emerges (and I know there is no yellow wine though!), grassy, minty trace, earthy with celery, the very common nut, which oozes, the syrup of candied and macerated fruit, with cooked orange zest and dry sweet strawberry.
    mold then appears there, a bit of bitterness quickly replaced by cooked lemon, grassy scents and woody again, on well soggy wood shavings, strongly scented wood,
    honey, sweetness, a little humus.
    final:
    remarkable because it changes with sherry on one side, candied black and red fruits, mold and honeyed sweetness, wood with soggy humus too.
    An intense dram which denotes more scents than the age displayed.

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    First contact without Notes, just brief impressions ...

    Extremely oily "legs", fermented berries and dried grapes, nutty, lovage initially slightly sprittig, then creamy and mild. The taste is initially slightly tart, again fermented or sulphurized grapes and berries, subtly musty and musty. In the aftertaste leather, dark chocolate and lovage, tart wood tones. At the moment I am still a little hesitant: I like my nose, I don't know what to taste about it ...

  7. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Since my 2nd bottle is slowly coming to an end, I decided to give some small tasting notes again :)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Tart sweetness at the beginning (the acidity dominates), licorice, lovage, maple syrup, maggie, unripe peach, gooseberry, currant jam, some fudge and milk chocolate
    • Taste
      89 89
      Beautiful juicy oranges, candied cinnamon, a little mineral, red apple, in the background the oak appears (slightly dry). Alcohol is very well integrated. I like it much better on the tongue
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium, dusty, again currant jam, light tobacco and coffee notes, chocolate, slight bitterness at the back

  8. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great bottling. You have to like the clear note of lovage and musty vaulted cellar, but I love it. You can feel the great quality of the old sherry casks here, something like that is hard to get anywhere else today. But I find the overaged a little better for my taste.
    (Rating: o)
    • Nose
      88 88
      clear touch of lovage; Balsamic vinegar; great sweet dark fruity aromas; Dried fruits; Plums; Raisins; Cherries; Herbal notes; delicate leather and tobacco notes
    • Taste
      88 88
      full and powerful; peppery-spicy; sticky-sweet fruit flavors; Plums; Raisins; Herbal notes; Lovage; leathery; Tobacco notes; Wooden barrel from the musty, musty vaulted cellar
    • Finish
      89 89
      musty, slightly tart wood notes; sweet dried fruits; Leather; tobacco

  9. JoshNRW scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      An unusual, high-quality sweetness, beautiful oloros, menthol, boiled balsamic, lovage over everything, very unconventional and strong dram.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Powerful, but broad and not shrill, follows the nose, woody spiciness that tingles slightly.
    • Finish
      88 88
      You have to like it, but it's something different and a great dram for a change.

  10. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      deep sherry; Spice; Wood; in the Blenders glass, I still have an intense note of Werther's original, herbs, lovage, a sweet fruitiness, but at the same time also a nice, sour wine note, I have something leathery and a hint of damp tobacco leaves in addition to the sweetness
    • Taste
      Substantial; Leather; spicy, cinnamon and dried fruit; Nutmeg; Nut and lovage, slightly dry wine note, then sweet again, WOW, I really like this leathery stickiness in the mouth
    • Finish
      Long, leather, wood and tobacco, spicy cinnamon spice, again nut; delicate bitter, very dark chocolate

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