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Overall rating
85.79/100
votes
22
Whiskybase ID
WB151867
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Mc Raven Cask Strength
Vintage
02.2017
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
03 years old
Casktype
ex-Tuscan red wine & American bourbon barrels
Casknumber
L545
Number of bottles
1000
Strength
59.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
59.80%ABV
Added on
15 Mar 2020 7:16 pm by Odysseus93
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 69.90

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22 × member ratings

36 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Thousand Mountains 2017

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.79 points

  1. Flou scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    This whisky has an extraordinary color in the glass ... like reddish shimmering amber. That increases my curiosity all the more and I'm excited to see what this whisky has to offer me. I've never had this whisky on my screen myself, but a dear malt brother sent me a sample and advised me to try it.

    I immediately have a great fruitiness on the nose, which is supplemented with vanilla sugar and pepper. The alcohol stings a little in my nose, so I have to feel my way a little more slowly. Strong citrus aromas of oranges, lemon juice, grapefruit and lime peel combine with apricots, peaches and a few tropical fruits like passion fruit and papaya. The red wine barrel brings a little red fruit, but a certain "dark fruity heaviness" is completely missing in my eyes ... The citrus notes are most present for me from this fruit basket. This fruitiness is perfectly complemented by an intense spiciness that leaves the fruit aromas enough space and space for the big stage. A little cocoa powder can now be felt and the wood of the barrels becomes more intense. The wood is nothing special in terms of its aromatic character, as is usually the case with younger whiskys. The vanilla note integrates very well. All in all, a whisky that is fun to smell and has a lot to offer. Especially related to its selling price. But I would have hoped for a little more dark fruity depth and heaviness in the red wine barrels.

    In the mouth, the whisky is incredibly strong and intense at first ... it tingles all over the mouth, the pepper sweeps over my tongue with a strong heat and makes me understand that the alcohol content of almost 60% is simply too much of a good thing for me . The fruits turn a little redder and darker in the mouth, a little candied strawberry comes to mind. The citrus aromas are still present and ensure a sour freshness. The intense spiciness is back and this time takes over the helm. Added to this are tannins that were hardly present on the nose: leather, tobacco, slightly damp forest floor ... a slight bitterness is noticeable, but is well absorbed by the sweetness and fruitiness. The sharpness is still there ... I dilute to about 52-54% and try again. Mhhhh much more pleasant! The sharpness is reduced a little and the mouthfeel is now much more pleasant and creamy. The spiciness is still pretty dominant.

    The finish is medium-long with a lot of pepper, leather, tobacco, coffee, liquorice and a veil of fruitiness and sweetness that can only be perceived subtly. The mouth becomes a little dry, a slight bitterness settles on the inside of the cheeks ... and a metallic note is noticeable.

    So in summary I have to say that I liked the whisky best when I smelled it. In the mouth it is too hot for me and the spiciness is a bit harsh and no longer embeds as harmoniously as it was in the nose. For the price, however, I am positively surprised because I drank enough whiskys for more than double the price that I was less convinced of. I still don't need a large bottle ... but I'm grateful for the great sample.

    I got 87/100 points.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. jan.berg scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    Color: copper
    Viscosity: oily
    Dram: undiluted and diluted

    Conclusion:
    To start with, it is one of the best German whiskys I've tried so far. Great complexity, the alcohol is well integrated and can only be felt easily on the tongue, great fruitiness, paired with an elegant maltiness. Nice creamy mouthfeel, almost buttery. Significantly better than its little brother. A whisky that comes to visit more often now.

    My rating system:
    100-95: Exceptional whiskys
    80-94: top whisky
    50-79: standard whisky
    0-49: flops
    • Nose
      A sweet and fruity smell rushes first into the nose, then melted butter, the alcohol is very well integrated, no stinging in the nose, sour cherry jam, light sulphurous notes after ignited fireworks, grated orange peel, sour notes of grapefruit, gooseberries, shortcrust pastry, Pickled pears, green apples, cinnamon rolls, with water there are more floral floral notes of dandelion and chamomile, creme brulee, boiled rice, dried tobacco leaves, milk chocolate, coffee
    • Taste
      A strong start that carries the initially fruity notes, oranges, apricots, green apples, sweet pears, slightly tart notes of gooseberries, grapefruit, ginger jam, sweet cherry jam, vanilla notes of vanilla pudding, toffee candy, shortbread and light malty notes, barley sugar, popcorn, sugar , Liquorice sweets, cinnamon rolls, with water reveals spicy notes of tarragon and thyme, melted butter, shortcrust pastry cookies, milk chocolate, coffee, leather, dried tobacco leaves
    • Finish
      Long and fruity finish, becoming drier, slightly woody, licorice candy, some cinnamon, earthy and nutty notes, peanuts, hazelnuts and almonds, light pepper notes, ginger jam

  3. www.whisky-helden.de scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    The Thousand Mountains Mc Raven Cask Strength 2020 is fun and serves as another example of excellent whisky from Germany. The nose is exciting, the mix of red wine barrels and bourbon barrels ensures varied, intense aromas that harmonize perfectly with each other. I like the creaminess in the mouth. Great, varied flavors can also be found here. A great cask strength whisky that is definitely worth tasting. It doesn't always have to be a single malt from Scotland!
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose starts out very fruity and sweet with intense bourbon vanilla, sweet malt, milk chocolate, fresh fruits and raisins. I hear strawberries with whipped cream, caramelized pears and spicy oak. The alcohol content is noticeable. Brings out more and more aromas over time. Nice nose! The aromas from wine and bourbon barrels harmonize well and are not suppressed. I like it better on the nose without adding water.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A really creamy mouthfeel right from the start! Intense vanilla, malt with spicy, bitter oak and tingling pepper. With the second sip, sweet, burnt caramel, wild berries and red wine aromas with tannins and dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-long with vanilla, red berries, dry oak and tannins. Etas nougat / nut, fruit and honey as well as espresso.

  4. Gomez1981 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    A German whisky from my region, bottled at cask strength, with an unusual barrel concept. I am very excited.
    • Nose
      82 82
      A sweet note of peach melba on the nose. Some vanilla and other fruits, but also some mint.

      Unfortunately, the alcohol isn't well integrated. With 3ml water to 2cl and approx. 52% alcohol content the alcohol occurs and the sharp note disappears. A little air is also good for him.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Warming mouthfeel, clear alcohol, more tart than fruity.
    • Finish
      70 70
      For me the disappointment of this malt. Strongly bitter, metallic, out of round. No improvement even with water.

      After the quite successful nose, the finish really pulls it down for me.

      It's a shame, but in my opinion it would have had to be in the barrel for much longer. There is potential, but other German whiskys are clearly ahead in a direct comparison for me.

  5. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This single malt, still quite young at only three years of age, surprised me positively. The maturation in Tuscan red wine casks gave the Mc Raven beautiful berry fruit notes, which also benefits from sweet notes of vanilla and caramel presumably provided by the original Kentucky Bourbon barrels. The variety of aromas is multi-layered, and the high alcohol content leaves enough room for water. One should do so, because then even creamy notes of milk chocolate come into play. A young, German single malt that knows how to please.

    I thank Sauerländer Edelbrennerei for the complimentary sample.

    https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/2020/05/04/thousand-mountains-mc-raven-cask-strength/
    • Nose
      A powerful start on the nose. The high content of almost 60% abv is immediately noticeable, but not unpleasant at all. There are red fruit aromas such as blackberry and cherry, followed by raisins and sweet caramel notes. Vanilla is clearly detectable, followed by notes of sweet barley malt and a touch of oak.
    • Taste
      A strong start also on the palate with a beautiful sweetness of caramel, fruity berries and delicate red wine aromas. Then comes the high alcohol content, with the whisky becoming more spicy with oak wood and an alcoholic spiciness accompanied by white pepper. This spiciness increases with the second sip. Pleasantly warming and mouth filling.
    • Finish
      The finish shows medium length, warming with subtle walnut and drying towards the end with some tannins and oak.

      With water: After adding some drops of water, more vanilla and caramel notes appear, accompanied by considerably more oak wood. Overall, the nose is much more tamed. The taste is berry with creamy red wine notes, caramel and vanilla, followed by milk chocolate, hazelnut and tamed oak spice. Overall warming, but clearly less spicy. The finish is still of medium length with creamy caramel, nut aromas, milk chocolate and a hint of oak on the tail.

  6. CIB914 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Odysseus93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

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