Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Birds from the Orient
Stated Age
30 years old
Rum Barrel
Number of bottles
53.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
ARen trading
Added on
24 Mar 2020 12:25 pm by Bachess
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 425.00

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37 × member ratings

34 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ireland 1990 Arc

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.12 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is the third Irish botteling from Achives, this time exclusively for Taiwan. You can't go wrong with these early 1990's undisclosed Irish. This one is no exception. For me one of the best Archives of the year. Most probably from Bushmills, who used rum casks a lot in that period.
    • Nose
      A bit shy at first nosing with quite some leafy and floral notes. Also chalk and wet stones. It takes a while before the expected fruitiness arrives. Not a tropical sensation, but more on the citric side of the spectrum; gooseberries, lemon and lime. I also detect green bananas. Fresh mint and cut grass. It's all very delicate and complex
    • Taste
      Now we're clearly in fruity 'tropical' Irish territories again. Blood oranges, mango, papaya and tangerines. Delightful bitter-sweetness of pink grapefruits. Bergamot and hints of acacia honey. Very creamy with a slightly woody edge at the background.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering. Zesty. Some rummy notes. A little cinnamon. Well balanced excellent Irish whisky. Glad I was able to purchase a bottle.

  2. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Lively start, after 10 minutes it becomes fruity and smells of candy
    • Taste
      84 84
      Peppery start, almost hot, then clear apricots
    • Finish
      83 83
      Nice, medium-long finish

  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    The Baker’s Dozen 13 independent unspecified single Irish malts 12-30 year old.

    My experience of irish single malts is not huge so I thought I would try these 13 IB.
    In the past I have found that in the main Irish single malts are not as complex or heavy as Scotch whisky apart from some older Lowland offerings.
    Many of the ones tried here had a cereal note, stewed white fruits on the palate and the nose was a little distant but the palate was pretty good.
    I did not do full tasting notes as I had 13 to taste but also after the first half dozen they where melding into one.
    There are obviously less differences in this flight rather than a Scotch H2H but that is understandable as there are far fewer distilleries in Ireland and my guess here that half of those here were bushmill’s.
    What was interesting is that sometimes with Scotch whisky the palate does not deliver what the nose promised, with quite a few of these it was the other way round with the palate being the weakest part.
    I still prefer Scotch whisky to Irish because there is more going on but there are exceptions, as there always will be and in the past Ihave had some cracking Irish single malts and blends.


    1-Irish Single Malt 1988 26 year cask 14360 45.6% The Nose Art, Whisky Doris wb id 69548
    2-Irish Single Malt Whisky 1193 25 year 48.1% Liquid Art wb id 119623
    3-Single Irish Malt Whisky 1989 29 year rum barrel 56.5% Liquid Treasures wb id 129031
    4-Ireland Single Malt 1989 29 year 48.6% Daily Dram wb id 118242
    5-A distillery in Ireland 2003/2016 12 year Exclusive Malts cask 10 52.6% wb id 85542
    6-Ireland Single Malt 1990 30 year rum barrel cask 589 53.1% Archives wb id 152831
    7-Irish Single Malt Whisky 1991 23 year 51.6 The Whisky Agency wb id 76927
    8-lrish Single Malt Whisky 1989 26 year 47.2% Whisky Fassle wb id 77442
    9-Irish Single Malt 1991 24 year cask 8533 48.5% The Nose Art, Whisky Doris wb id 79410
    10-Limerick 1991 23 year Slaney Malt Adelphi sherry cask 10694 48.3% wb id 77577
    11-Irish Single Malt 1991 22 year cask 8231 48.1% The Nose Art, Whisky Doris wb id 63188
    12-Irish Single, Malt Brothers In Arms Vom Fass 14 year 43% wb id 71131
    13-Single Irish Malt 2001 17 year cask 3379 55.9% Rolf Kasper wb id 129342

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is the last of 13 Irish tasted tonight so excuse the short tasting note.
    The nose is full of stewed white fruits plus pineapple and mango bit i would not say it is particularly sweet.
    The palate is pretty much the same, stewed fruit, some not ripe, just ever so slightly unripe, that sort of thing.
    There is some spice showing up after a few minutes, but also a faint metallic aftertaste in the finish which drops it a few marks.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Likudi scored this whisky 84 points Moderator

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  7. Ed Radour scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

  8. yggr scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  9. dram-drinker scored this whisky 92 points Moderator

    Tropical, green, austere and Irish really match - very good!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Tropical fruits mixed with grapefruit and herbs, good level of austerity, green fruits, green banana, little leafy, honeydew, lime, green apple - I'm running out of green fruits - anyhow, it couldn't be anymore typical Irish - very good!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Oily, fruity, sirupy, good sweetness, more tropical fruits, more on the green papaya side, pineapple, mango, little vanilla, little leafy and herbal, austere, lemon peel and grapefruit - still good
    • Finish
      91 91
      Medium long, warm, fruity, still good sweetness, little more lemon peel and grapefruit

  10. g2ther scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93


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