Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Michel Couvreur (MCo)
Stated Age
22 years old
Fino Sherry + Sot de l'Ange Chenin Finish
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
26 Mar 2020 1:15 pm by ArPeJa
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 309.48

7 × in wishlist

22 × member ratings

46 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Alba 1997 MCo

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.58 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The Chenin Blanc grape variety is made from white grapes. It is mainly located in France, South Africa, Mexico and the United States. It produces white, sweet white, sparkling white and sparkling rosé wines. In France, it is found mainly in the Loire Valley and Center, Languedoc Roussillon, South West and Poitou - Charente regions.
    We are especially interested in the soft whites here, of which a barrel from Sot De l'Ange has magnified a 17-year-old distillate, put in barrel fino in 1997.
    • Nose
      honey, candied fruit on white grapes paillasse on a woody litter and a little soaking this wood which is aged, degraded.
      spicy sweetness, fresh coconut oil
      a little dry mold, yellowed herbs, a little menthol in return.
      a little sweet caramel, more fruit on the peach there
    • Taste
      roundness due to an overall sensation:
      sweet honey, vanilla, oak, fruit on the green apple, very juicy and dehydrated apple rings very sweet
      sweet spices then slightly peppery, honey in syrup with a little herbs (dried flowers!), a melting pot of diffuse scents, which turn on the palate and which move away from the "traditional sherry" of the bottler .
      the soaked dry white grapes and the woody area, which is also moist at the end.
    • Finish
      long, and complex oscillating between the fruits lighter than a sherry and fresh, and a persistent woody scent, all complemented by sweet vanilla honey, the grains above the honey jar.
      slight bitterness cream that potentiates these scents even more.

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    For Michel Couvreur, this whisky is undoubtedly unusual. And in the price segment, I also prefer the sherry treasures I love. However, the nose is really interesting and simply offers a lot. The palate is great and here some typical Couvreur wine characteristics come into play. All in all, an excellent whisky with a palate to fall in love with. 90 points.
    • Nose
      The first thing I have is apple juice in my nose. A mix of green and red apples. Amazingly fresh. Mirabelle plums are also there. A hint of mint suggests itself. And the oak is also there immediately. It spices the otherwise fresh nose dry and aromatic. With a little time, stall aromas will be added. Almost a little sulphurous, some dirty hay sneaks into the nose. For a moment something flashes that reminds me of an aromatic incense stick with hints of lavender. The sweetie has a hard time in the nose.
    • Taste
      Oh, that's unexpected. Much sweeter. Beguilingly sweet. Light grape juice. Sugared grape skin. Oak inlaid in honey. Sugared spices. Thyme, but only very subtle. The second sip is a little less sweet, a little cooler. The wine character is now sparkling and sparkling. The apple now comes through more strongly on the palate. Mild and mealy. The palate is incredibly full.
    • Finish
      Sweet with grapes and honey. Medium length, slightly sticky.

  3. glenrob scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very special but exciting couvreur in which you can clearly feel the influence of white wine. So far, I have never incorporated such a successful, fine-pearly, vinous, sweet-sour profile into a whisky - but of course you have to like it too. It's a great fit for me here, it's excitingly different and therefore I like it very much. A great experience, but I don't have to have a whole bottle, even considering the price. Good 89 points, also taking into account the price.
    • Nose
      89 89
      fruity sweetness; bright grapes; juicy ripe apple; Mirabelle; Honey; Mint; some herbs; spicy oak; great, well-matured, if rather atypical Couvreur nose
    • Taste
      90 90
      soft but still powerful start - perfect drinking strength; immediately a noticeably sour-sweet fruitiness; fine-pearly mouthfeel; vinous; bright grapes; green apple; Honey; delicate wood notes
    • Finish
      89 89
      long; fruity; bright grapes; some honey; delicate tart wood notes

  5. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Alba - 17 years Fino barrel, then Chenin Blanc for 5 years. 46% vol CS and SC! 60 bottles for DE.

    Nose: coconut on the face. Citrus fruit, grape. Great fruit cocktail.

    Palate: First very fruity - green apple, grape. Then nice wood seasoning. Very vinous on the finish, slightly sweetish. Vanilla.

    Great part! Absolute recommendation for friends of barrel-aged white wines.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88


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