Overall rating
Single Malt
Michel Couvreur (MCo)
21. 01.2020
Stated Age
11 years old
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
53.04 % Vol.
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

€ 89,00

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Whisky Reviews for Michel Couvreur Achates MCo

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.80 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  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. Blankowitsch 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. 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 ...

  6. Abadon05 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    If you like Oloroso, you will get your money's worth here.
    For me personally too maggi-heavy and too dry. Especially in the finish.

  7. Hefeweizen scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

  8. Marduk1349 scored this whisky 95 points Newbie

    I am delighted. Just stunning for 10 years. Oh what, he's terrific at all. But blindly I would have guessed a lot more. A masterpiece that Whisky for life and as Brühler Whiskhaus have bottled there.

    Tasted at a trade fair, so impressions were created in a particularly good mood ...

  9. WhFlip scored this whisky 93 points Member Junior

    It is complex. It's not just a classic whisky made from an Oloroso barrel. You can tell: Different barrels have been used here than are otherwise in circulation. There is an amazing amount of sweetness on the nose. Winey berries, prunes and moldy wood. A lot happens on the palate. It's a back and forth between a sweet and a bitter side. Impressive.

  10. Abadon05 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    If you like Oloroso, you will get your money's worth here.
    For me personally too maggi-heavy and too dry. Especially in the finish.


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