Speyside Region Speyside Very Old Selection Sb

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
Sansibar (Sb)
Number of bottles
45.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Finest Whisky Berlin
Added on
27 Feb 2020 10:06 pm by PuddingmitHaut

Average value

€ 99.06

15 × in wishlist

88 × member ratings

110 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Speyside Region Speyside Very Old Selection Sb

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.43 points

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The nose surprised me already. The malt shows noticeable pronounced notes of old charred wood from nose to finish, which is reminiscent of a smokiness. I think the old barrels are sure to come into play here. Overall, very tasty and a pleasant drinking sensation if you like the present barrel wrap.
    (Rating: o)
    • Nose
      87 87
      sweet-spicy; slightly musty (pleasant) woody notes of old wood (one notices the proportionate old barrels); tender fruitiness; sweet oranges; Dried fruits; Brown sugar; a hint of vanilla; a note reminiscent of smoke is present (charred wood? '); with time in the glass, the fruitiness comes to the fore
    • Taste
      88 88
      soft and oily; pleasant mouthfeel; also a lot of spiciness in the mouth and also slightly sweet; Dried fruits; dark chocolate; Coffee notes; the spiciness increasingly takes on a peppery note; Notes of old wood
    • Finish
      87 87
      initially peppery-spicy; some dried fruit; dark chocolate; old (charred) wood notes remain - reminiscent of a smokiness

  2. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    What do you do with barrels that are useless for anything like the ones that used to be the last to be picked up on the playground when voting for teams and went into the goal?
    You pack them up like in a special school class and hope that something useful comes out of it, put a great colorful label on it and market it under a well-known label. I'm glad I only took one sample ...

    Addendum 2 weeks after the first tasting: there is a solution, either dissolved in the water as a homeopathic dose or given away to a clochard: this is how it unfolds its full effect. In my opinion it is not rightly called Zanzibar, Herbert Seckler why do you allow it?
    • Nose
      67 67
      Do you like smoked mackerel with a touch of farm dog that lifted his leg on the barley? Then you are exactly right here
    • Taste
      71 71
      It tastes metallic and apparently there were rotten fish in the barrels when they were first filled
    • Finish
      73 73
      The best! It is gone quickly and is suitable to neutralize during a tasting, because all other aromas are gone for now. Now a cigar and twelve crackers and it can go on

  3. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Tasting blind, at the beginning I would have assigned it to Bowmore.
    Smoked bacon hanging long on the nose, nutty, sweet and a little balsamic.
    First sweet in the mouth, then smokier; ends in a salty, earthy finish.
    Definitely not a young or modern malt
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. webturtle scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    I would never have located it in Speyside.
    But I'm really not sure whether it's peat smoke that I perceive or maybe something smoky from charred barrels.
    I really like the sherry influence and the tobacco that is evident.
    There is also a little cowshed.
    I like this blend. It can show very nicely that it doesn't always have to be single malt.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Vallado scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Unusual Speysider, I wouldn't necessarily have expected the smoke and umami notes. The dram increases in the course and culminates in a quite long, pleasant spicy-fruity-tart finish
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  6. Likudi scored this whisky 69 points Shoplink Moderator

    Smells like Inge Meysel under her dressing gown. Association of poorly ventilated old people's home rooms including disinfectants and everything else that goes with them.
    • Nose
      63 63
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      70 70

  7. Helgo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Bought blind and despite Speyside I had maritime grades at first and something between Talisker and Bowmore occurred to me, which obviously can't be ... Let's see which Speyside distilleries come into question here, which ones too are not so little. The best known are:

    - Ardmore
    - Balvenie
    - Benriach
    - Benromach
    - Glen Moray
    - Glenfiddich
    - Tomintoul

    and a few more ... So not definable. Unless the distillery's note on the label is clear ... I can't classify it in terms of taste.

    But what I can definitely say is that this whiskey has really nice notes of old damp musty wood and, in my opinion, a perfect smoke influence. How much PPM does this whiskey have? No idea. Since the barrel worked right here, I don't think that can really be narrowed down. The subsequent ripening over 18 years has beautifully interwoven the individual components.

    Yes, special and not everyday whiskey either, but it costs just under 100 €. Due to the age, I'm not afraid that the whiskey might tip over at some point. It will stay in my bar for a long time and come up every now and then if I feel like doing something special or if I want to show whiskey delights that Speyside can also be "peated" ;-)

  8. mokkori did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Scotch blended malt from the 60s / 70s which was married in a sherry barrel in 2001 and then bottled in 2019.

  9. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Interesting, but somehow also a bit dated. Would bet on an Ardmore stake.
    • Nose
      Noticeably smoky - I didn't expect that. Earthy, musty-damp, well-decomposed peat smoke, such as from an old Ardmore. After a while like cottage ham smoked over beech wood. In addition, some old wood and a delicate apricot fruitiness, otherwise there is not much going on. Rather simply knitted, but very harmonious, and you can tell the age.
    • Taste
      More power on the palate. Beautifully hearty-spicy-fleshy, I almost feel reminded of Mortlach here, although the trail of smoke persists. Honey sweet, light oiliness from the long time in the barrel.
    • Finish
      Sounds very mellow, still earthy (damp forest floor with mushrooms), but also slightly leathery and dusty, with "gentlemen's room" and old library book associations. Here again very, very mild, but also really pleasantly old-school.

  10. tangtang scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Surprising aromas especially on the nose. Very complex and extraordinary.
    • Nose
      87 87
      at first I have a smoky note, which is quite surprising. Very spicy and lots of oak. Slightly fruity, oranges, very light vanilla. Later the fruitiness increases.
    • Taste
      88 88
      soft attack, oily creamy, spicy oak notes, dried fruits, chocolate, becoming slightly tart.
    • Finish
      87 87
      very spicy with pepper, somewhat fruity, sweet, again a slight smoky note


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