Overall rating
89.50/100
votes
115
Whiskybase ID
WB153322
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Le Gus't (LEG)
Bottling serie
Selection XXIV
Vintage
1989
Bottled
08.03.2020
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Fino Butt
Casknumber
1852
Number of bottles
285
Strength
56.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
2020/03/03 08 20/02077
Added on
27 mar 2020 4:46 pm by Francisque
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 178.57

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Whisky reviews for Speyside 1989 LEG

39 users have left 41 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.50 points.

  1. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Significantly more present on the second try.
    Beautifully fruity and woody, in the style of good old Ex-Bc bottlings. Unfortunately, it remains too unbalanced for me in the round. Somehow I don't like to experiment with water with such malts. Personal preferences, but I prefer drinking strengths. This one doesn't have that for me, unless you give it a really, really long time. Otherwise top malts from the year I was born.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Now in the second attempt but much more intense at the beginning away. Very fruity and clear in the aromas. But also a clear pricking of the alcohol in the nose.
      Citrus, meringues, flower juice and ivy leaves. Vineyard peach and nashi pear give it a slightly exotic touch. Could also have been a really good refill bourbon cask. After the second sip you can smell the wood clearly. I've never had that so concisely with a malt. A little bit of biscuit there
    • Taste
      89 89
      Here, too, very fruity and powerful on entry. Citrus fruits, a slight tartaric acid, ginger and then a bit too dominant in the alcohol. You would definitely have to work with water here, but after the last sip I don't try to see if my colleague can swim. But time! Yes, with at least an hour in the glass it gets a really nice oily mouthfeel, which significantly curbs the alcohol. Crazy part!
    • Finish
      89 89
      Wow, as shy as the smell was, the finish definitely packs a punch. No crass astringent moment, but you can clearly see the age. Fruit and bitterness are well balanced. A good filling time was found!

  2. Killswitch scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Butter cookies, orange pulps, golden gooseberries. Then there were smoked dried figs, milk powder, salted cream cheese, hay and kumquats. After a sip, fresh walnuts, green melon and hard candy. Subtle changes but you could sense the vividity. Pretty refreshing too.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Orange, carabao mango, some maltose, dried figs, and a bit of nectar, followed by Chinese preserved plums that tasted sweet and salty. Slighted salted preserved lemon near the end. Tasted good but without much depth on the palate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Honey green tea, earthy orange jam, kumquats, chocolate walnut fudge and dried sweet potatoes. After a minute or two, plain dried tea leave and citrus pith.

  4. Raistlinmejere scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

    The wine is light honey-colored, so I had begun to think that this wine had nothing to do with sherry barrels - after drinking it, I found out that it was actually a fino barrel.
    Smell, the first smell is soft, the smell of toasted wholemeal bread, the sour smell of citrus, the light aroma.
    At the entrance, there is a crisp sweetness, the sourness of red wine, and the liveliness of a Latin girl. A little roasted breath, after entering the throat, there is no other taste in the mouth, only a very weak bitter bottom is left, which is not uncomfortable and lasts for a long time. The most important thing is that it doesn't feel sore or numb in the mouth at all, it feels like 40-degree wine.
    Finally, why is it called a nasal congestion terminator? Because after swallowing, the high-pitched and high-pitched breath was like a suona. It broke through my blocked sinuses in an instant, leaving behind the aroma of wheat, raisins, and cashews, which lasted for a long time!
    It really feels like a good wine. However, it is not advisable to wake up for a long time. I drank half of it and left it for an hour, and then I felt that the flavor was a bit off (but there was a faint heather smell in the smell).

  5. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Shy part. Was given a lot of time, but I couldn't really see through the malt on first contact. Since the Dartigalongue was just more accessible. This one isn't untasty either.
    • Nose
      Still quite closed after 30 minutes in the glass. Yellow fruits, a bit of cask spiciness and then the alcohol pricks the nose. Quinces and ivy?!
    • Taste
      The attack is quite powerful compared to the smell and the aromas are also more direct. Bananas, pears, pepper, quinces and shortcrust pastry.
    • Finish
      Nice strong and long finish. Sweet-sour-bitter. What exactly is harder to grasp here.

  6. kanpai79 scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. zzqfyl scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. TuduriLCW scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    This whiskey, older than me, having spent 30 years of its life in Fino casks, now delivers me all its splendor.
    • Nose
      88 88
      On the nose, a flawless balance, no unnecessary artifice and that is what makes it so elegant, a distillate highlighted as it is no longer or almost!
      It reminds me of some other old speyside from LeGust including speyside 78 and 88 and others ...
    • Taste
      90 90
      An attack on the cereal, as said above, the distillate is expressed superbly, with perfect strength and balance.
      Then the wood expresses itself delicately, nobly, notes of almond follow, white pepper, superbly integrated alcohol and a most pleasant oily texture make the whole wonderfully harmonious, a great success!
    • Finish
      89 89
      A light, level woody note and notes of moss at the end of the mouth, the cask still left its mark with a disconcerting finesse and delicacy, it's magic.

  9. KonstUA scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Nose 23, taste 22, finish 23, balance 22

  10. Chris Ge scored this whisky 91 points Newbie

    Serge 91 http://www.whiskyfun.com/2021/A-few-anonymous-Speysiders.html

    A little bird told me this could be Burnside, whilst another little bird told me Burnside was Balvenie. But do we still believe birds in the age of Facebook, Twitch and TikTok?
    Colour: straw.
    Nose: I would swear the fino is pretty obvious, but then again, the power of your mind… You know, mustard, curry and fresh walnuts… With even a feeling of distant peat smoke, like a stroll near a kiln. Then more traditional meads, ciders, mirabelles starting to ferment (way before distillery time), plus just, well regular mirabelles and apricots. Which is pretty 'B' in my book. With water: wee whiffs of bicycle inner tube, then custard and mirabelle pie. Fresh plum pudding.
    Mouth (neat): rounder and fruitier, but the fino-y side remains there in the middle, with a little smoked mustard. Making this up, not sure anyone ever tried to smoke mustard, unless that's slang somewhere. You never know. In any case, there's a feeling of Ben Nevis now… Gasp, this baby's not easy to follow… which is just great. With water: incredible how this fino leads you to the West Coast. You tell be this is from Fort Williams or Campbeltown and I reply 'okay'. It's even a little salty, waxy for sure, and naturally, full of fresh walnuts. Finish: rather long, coastal and salty, and very coherent. The waxes are superb. A few sour fruits, cherries…
    Comments: rrrrrrright up my alley. Wonderful, all distillers should use much more fino wood. But I suppose fino (15% vol.) doesn't travel as well to the bodegas as oloroso (18% vol.) or PX/moscatel (sugarbombs). Pure speculations on this strange day.

  11. Castle did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Received a 91 on Whiskyfun: http://www.whiskyfun.com/#010421

  12. Jimenez scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Balvenie 30yo & 91pt by Serge:
    http://www.whiskyfun.com/2021/A-few-anonymous-Speysiders.html

  13. DocF scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Color: Yellow Gold. Fino Butt - that brings back memories - in the nose too. Unripe apples, resin and soot from candles. Lots of tree sap, lemon peel, fresh sawdust. In the mouth: good flavor. And it has 56%, so then ... nose with water: Reneclaude, vanilla, baked apple. More soot, oils from freshly crushed lemon peel. Mouth: resin, a lot of soot, fresh mountain water, wet pebbles, damp undergrowth and even more soot, tree sap, crab apples, lilac blossom, hot ash. Propolis, linden blossom. Later turpentine and pine honey. A little lavender. Finish: Long, sooty, a fine note of vanilla, lime blossom. Fir blossom, elderflower jelly. Jo, in that there was again more peat than in the 29-year-old from above, is already halfway towards the old Talisker, water can also run in generous amounts, with my ~ 46% the spectrum is certainly not exhausted ... A bottle to head. And probably the same "store" as WID107489.

  14. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Extremely tasty and complex with a surprising experience on the palate. Great maturation.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Spicy, delicate smoke, subtle saunabole notes, slightly waxy. Old dry leaves. Sweet chestnuts.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Fruity-sweet and oily, but no syrup, just coriander honey, heather, the best olive oil.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long and harmonious. Great!

  15. Totoro scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very subtle, one for those of you who don't mind experimenting with water and leaving their dram in the glass for a good long while. Definitely rewarding, though – I'm particularly intrigued by this soft, herbal peatiness.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Pretty shy at first, and I'm surprised to be getting some soft smoke. But perhaps I shouldn't be: this is my second (undisclosed) older Balvenie that appears to have been exposed to peat in some shape or form. The smokiness makes for a softly farmy / dirty aspect, which is unexpected, but interesting. After a while, it becomes more herbal and savory, with the hallmarks of old age becoming more apparent. Camphor, eucalyptus, straw, roasted peanuts, dill, thyme... I get why not everyone's a fan of this bottling – it's certainly missing the fruits and waxes that old Balvenies can display. Water releases additional oils and makes it creamier and sweeter. Wait, is there even some honeydew melon finally entering into the mix?

      88 points without water, 90 with a generous drop.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very satisfying on the palate, with a dense and concentrated mélange of flavors that is hard to separate out from one another. Among other less clearly identifiable flavors, I got green banana, caramelized cinnamon toast, earthy / farmy peat, fennel, parsley, lots of honey, oatmeal / porridge, caramel wafers, honeydew melon, and mild oak spice.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Pretty honeyed and still softly smoky, but less pronounced and well-defined than you would hope for. Softly bitter in the aftermath. A bit unmemorable, really, which is strange at this age. Leaves a nicely oily film on the lips, though.

  16. the_muskox scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Exquisite. Amazing fragrant honey and tropical fruit, great mouthfeel, balanced oak… just fabulous. Even the herbal notes are soft and gorgeous. Not a whole lot of the Fino cask coming through, but I don’t mind.

    Nose: Sweet and sour. Honeycomb, flowers, boiled sweets, guava, and some kind of complex tropical fruit… maybe an overripe pineapple? Cereals, sponge toffee, marshmallows, and pickled ginger. Rock quarry, peppery herbs, birch bark, a bit of mulch, and some fresh leather. Oh, it’s sort of like dry mead!

    Palate: Oily texture. Arrival is fragrant and somewhat savoury – jungle flowers, fermented pineapple, beeswax, apple, and fennel. Fairly strong oak, and dissolved minerals on the development, following by the return of honeycomb and lemon candies. A hint of malty sweetness in the middle. Towards the finish are charred notes, cashews, cream, and a bit of licorice and salt.

    Finish: Resinous and somehow refreshing. Roasted peanuts, pineapple, Granny Smiths, preserved lemons, dried basil, some camphor, and more honeycomb. Looooong-lasting honey.

  17. olegborgol scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    23-22-23-22. wonderful molt, thank you kensay for the advice to wait an hour)

  18. Varrek scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    You really need to stand in a glass for a while. The harshness goes away, a fairly balanced whiskey opens.

    Vanilla honey, spicy, lemon pits, melon. Long enough aftertaste

  19. sarthur71 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  20. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  21. Seanzhang scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  22. Simon Stood scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    24/22.5/22.5/23

  23. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      First impression is quite vegetal, cut flowers. Green apple, vanilla and honey. More honey when adding water. Not much sherry influence here.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Switch to the sherry side with salty caramel. Apple and vanilla. Then honey, leather, tobacco and cocoa, which I like.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Caramel, apple, vanilla, honey and banana.

  24. juju cassoulet scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Mineral, dry white wine. Butter.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Typical of a dry and peppery talisker. Powerful.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Butter and herbaceous

  25. GIORGOS scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  26. Mark-E scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  27. Odinson scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. STL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In the second tasting, much more seduced than at the first discovery (in samples). A small confectionery
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. Kensay scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Age-old and time-consuming whiskey, harmonious and balanced, a little dessert, for patient connoisseurs of speyside, give the whiskey at least an hour and a half in a glass and it will not disappoint you
    • Nose
      Wild herbs, buckwheat honey, wax, powdered sugar and vanilla, ripe pineapples and melon, menthol lollipops, vanilla, coffee with milk
    • Taste
      sweet treacle and spices in oil, thick and warming, ripe exotic fruits, melon with banana, alcohols are perfectly integrated and a very high degree is practically not felt
    • Finish
      vanilla, a little spice, monpensier candies, citrus notes and a little wood

  30. WhiskyResonance scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nice tasty dram of Le Gus't to begin the evening with.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Lots of fruit, some pineapple and pear. The honey smell reminds me of gingerbread.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Some spicyness in the beginning but it goes away fast. What's resting is lot's of fruit, some apple and pear. Nice.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Medium. Only the fruits stay for a little longer.

  31. dramidaris scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

  32. Oris Yang scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    An old style fino sherry, very good.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  33. matfrl scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  34. Jnpons scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale gold, golden reflections.

    Nose: whoua!

    Fruit, white fruit, pear, an impression of harlequin candy, magnificent. It's fresh, it's very tasty, passion fruit.
    The nose reminds me of some Speyside 73.

    There is some nuts, a light touch of almond and nuts, and roasted malt.

    Palate: explosion of flavors! Very well done. Very complex, alcohol very present which gives a spicy side that was not especially on the nose. A touch of pepper.

    Finish: medium on fruit and almond.

    Comments: a perfectly integrated alcohol.
    A perfect nose, if we had to retain two flavors, it would be this superb pear wrapped in almond and harlequin candy.

  35. red71 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  36. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  37. Dirk scored this whisky 88 points Super Administrator

    Tried this multiple times now, at the first try it didn't convince me. Had to try it a few times before I could enjoy this dram.
    Not sure what it is but several of the Le Gus't bottling improve a lot with some additional air. Open a bottle pour a few drams and set the bottle aside for few months. The whisky improves a lot.

    High age and high ABV seem to be a weird combination.

    As for this Burnside? I stand with my score but that is the average score of several sessions. It is a good one but for me really depends on the moment.

  38. STL scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Few comments on this bottle yet very (too?) Well rated. If the information that circulates is good, it is a teaspooned Balvenie.
    Tasted in sample.
    • Nose
      87 87
      The nose is on wood, white pepper, dust and dehydrated fruits (apricot, currants). After aeration, the fruits gain in greediness with a candied / honeyed side
    • Taste
      84 84
      First soft and velvety (for a few seconds), it becomes progressively more aggressive. Ouch! Alcohol sends and is unbalanced. Some herbaceous notes bring freshness but are very quickly overshadowed by the spices then the sweetness (finally!) Of the honey. It's almost violent ... and unusual (the lack of integration of alcohol) for Le Gus't!
    • Finish
      86 86
      The finish is long. It becomes sweet after the attack on the second mouth.

  39. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  40. Hvdree scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  41. wisekyofcourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Lots of power, honey, very rich obviously a lot of complexity with age. No woody too present.
    Especially a lot of fun, short to discover!

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