Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
Finest Whisky Berlin
Stated Age
36 years old
Number of bottles
50.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Feb 2020 11:51 pm by whiskycuse
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 350.85

33 × in wishlist

105 × member ratings

102 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky 1983 Sb

19 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.25 points

  1. WhiskyLover73 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    I am not sure if this is a Clynelish. Much more likely a Brora short before closing of the distillery. This one reminds me too much on the very good Brora I had a few years ago. Absolutely superb!

  2. PatSch23_12 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I know exactly why this whisky polarizes (see note above). The character is absolutely raw and unsexy - and just old. I give him 94 points because I love that. And to the discussion about the content: Anyone who brings a 36-year-old Brora to the market for just over 300 euros is sure to do the fan community a huge favor, but is probably bad on the head commercially
    • Nose
      immediately after pouring out a clear flag of smoke that wafts out of the glass, but quickly fades away. Quite massive, plus this brittle, waxy and citrus-heavy "unsexy" Northern Highland character. Chalk dust, lemon zest, dry autumn leaves, a little spicy-sweet vanilla and candle wax. Purism par excellence
    • Taste
      of course with a lot of strength and spice, the oak is clearly present, which may be and is not bitter. Aromatic coffee, herbal oil, limestone, limes and some light, sweet stone fruit
    • Finish
      long, crisp dry, acidic-tart and with green pepper

  3. Amino scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

    N: Floral, fruit, apricot and spicy paraffin, vanilla.
    P: hot fruit, rough hot paraffin, dryness
    F: spiciness, dryness, hot fruit

    With a lot of water there is more apricot and light stone fruit. The paraffin becomes a little dirtier, the sharpness and dryness remains.

    Maybe it's a Cly ... but not a good one. Really not a good one. Better the OB 14. Think about it ... Even without naming the distillery, one could easily ask for more than 800 if it only came close to good old Cly or Br. The taste counts. But 96 points, etc. very questionable and already brazen! Shame on you!!!!!! 36 years ago or not. Age doesn't always make a good whisky.

  4. Antiseptisches scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Wonderfull Clyne… ;)

    If youre like the old Brora Styles you better hurry up! Thats a Cracker!

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Old whisky is rare and expensive in 2020 - more and more I have the feeling that this is why today you get barrels as single casks from the corner that would have just ended up in a blend.
    It is of course individual taste but for me today this whisky combines cardboard as an indication of too long barrel storage and a certain colorlessness in the aromas and light sprittiness on the palate which for me are more of a very drained barrel - all in all I would like this bottling never worth the price. It may also be simply because you still have a few bottles from previous years in the closet and the prices for them in your head.

    The Mancarella bottling with similar key data is a real goddess - I would only "accuse" that it looks a little quaffable and thin and you have to enjoy it in full sips - which in this league hurts a bit in your wallet.

    FYI: I like the bottler / shop very much, know him personally and have no grief - I hope Uwe doesn't take the notes badly - it's sold out :)
    • Nose
      88 88
      the first nose after which the sample flowed into glass was really top-class fruit bomb - now with some time, whether warmed by hand or not - nice yes - but not more - very discreetly degraded Highland Peat - very light fruit notes - mineral, chalky with medium-delicious citrus fruit - I like the vanilla sweetness very much - but I have too much cardboard / book spine - with an old blend that I dust for a few euros i find it charming, in the price range everything has to be right for me
    • Taste
      86 86
      Crystalline lemon - very tasty, lots of chalk, stone flour, ground citrus drops with mint, oatmeal cookies, here again the rancid old books dry, dusty, shortly before decay, every time you turn the page you have something from the book in your nose and on your tongue , if you take several sips, lemon and the mineral component build up very much on the tongue - this is too much for me - it looks slightly artificial (removes the toilet
    • Finish
      86 86
      Above all, the aromas that I previously perceived as a bad note remain on the palate - I like fresh lemon, lemon balm, mint and vanilla - I don't like the tart mineral components

  6. DocF scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Color: amber

    More barrels, less dry wood, unfortunately less vegetable oil. 87 points. Commentary on the Mancarella largely identical, if it has to be one of the two -> Mancarella, the Zanzibar bottling tastes more of ex-bourbon than of Clynelish, there may still be a chance or two.
    • Nose
      Cool, barrel-heavy, sweeter, less dry wood. Pineapple juice, rapeseed honey. Tree sap, some beeswax. Anise, dill. With water: vanilla, baked apples. Tree sap, cinnamon. Some lavender.
    • Taste
      Oily and sweet, apple juice, rapeseed oil. Chestnuts, wet bark. Dry wood. Tree sap, pine needles. Rapeseed, orange peel.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Vanilla, pine needles.

  7. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Super fruity nose with a little water. Unfortunately too much flavor and metallic notes in taste.

  8. GIngi scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

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

  9. daverdaz scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    All these alleged Clynelish's, which came out from different independent bottlers this year, all fail with me! One better, the other worse, but not all at the level of Clynelish's where the name of the distillery is on the label, let alone the Broras, which for me are the premier class of whisky. Definitely not worth their money these whole bottlings.

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Pretty interesting but no clue which Highlander that could be - definitely not Brora style - I even doubt Clynelish as the old ones taste differently (more limestone, not wineish)
    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy, little fruity, dry hay, oak wood, pepper, white grapes, little vanilla, little flowery and fragrant - not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Little punchy, oily, subtle sweetness, more white grapes, little nutty, spices, oak wood, more dry hay, really some wineish notes but white wine - good
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, spicy


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