Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Fox Fitzgerald (FF)
Bottling serie
Vintage Cask Mercury's Selection
Calculated age
30 years old
Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength
Number of bottles
51.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
Tiger's Choice
Taiwan Taiwan
Added on
27 mar 2020 9:03 pm by wbarchive_258409
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

USD$ 1700.58

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Whisky reviews for Islay Single Malt 1989 FF

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.25 points.

  1. the_muskox scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A fantastic whisky, but missing the more tropical character of later Bowmores. Definitely improved by a dribble of water.
    • Nose
      Almost no smoke at first. Intensely floral, but not soapy at all. Peach nectar, pineapple, honey, and a sprinkling of nutmeg. Creamy bourbon-cask notes of vanilla buttercream and white chocolate. Honey. Nutmeg. White chocolate, vanilla, buttercream. The peat intensifies with time in the glass – cool smoke filters in, along with bracing brine. It even gets savory: fennel, sage, and pork fat – sweet Italian sausage.
      With a dribble of water, the fruit is more pungent. Watermelon, honeysuckle, and wet soil.
    • Taste
      Silky texture. Briny and cool on the arrival, with wet stones, petrichor, and coal smoke. A hint of soft fruit as the whisky develops, but it’s that creaminess that seems to be in control – white chocolate cheesecake? Fresh ginger, birch bark, then finally pleasant herbal bitterness.
      Water gives things more dimension. It’s smokier – mineral, a bit ashy, even a bit industrial. A bit of a pork-fattiness again, pancetta. Brighter fruity notes of lychee and St. Germain. Almond nougat emerges after lots of rest.
    • Finish
      Medium-long, more of the same flavour-wise but with a lingering sticky texture. Coal smoke, river rocks, key lime pie, flower petals, and pine sap. Ginger-beer effervescence.
      Water intensifies that peaty and industrial side of the dram. Some sesame seeds and lemon drops now, too.

  2. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    The aroma took me on a journey from briny salt ponds along the coast, over the mangrove swamps, and across waving fields of grain. It settled on the farm where a mild farmy funk combined with grain husks, tractors, and engine oil. Mellow whiffs of white pepper and meat appeared before dark chocolate coalesced. The mouthfeel was gentle and smooth, with a slightly acrid bite at the end. Flavors of smoke and grain, a mild farmy funk, and a kiss of salt linked the sea and land together. The finish was quite long with industrial, earthy, and honeyed notes.

    I was surprised at how little this dram reminded me of Bowmore. It had very little of the fruity maritime notes I associate with the distillery. Considering the grass, citrus, and hints of farmyard funk, I would have guessed this to be a Bunnahabhain, Caol Ila, or Bruichladdich. It was pleasantly absent of any of the floral notes for which 1980s Bowmore is infamous— though they can be nice in moderation.

    Mental Image: Oatcakes and Tractors
    • Nose
      Maritime and sweet, tide pools, salt ponds, mild grassiness, engine oil, burning compost, white pepper, grain husks, with water chocolate and more meatiness.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, mellow and smooth flavors, gentle smoke, cereal, salted fish, honey, sunflower oil, rising earthiness with oil, tractors, slightly farmy funk, acrid industrial bite at the end.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering with tractor oil, earth, and honey.


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