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Overall rating
87.31/100
votes
57
Whiskybase ID
WB156181
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Rolf Kaspar GmbH (RK)
Bottling serie
Hotel Essener Hof
Vintage
30.10.2003
Bottled
23.03.2020
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
Ex-Port
Number of bottles
318
Strength
54.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Historic Series No. 15
Added on
16 Apr 2020 1:19 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 99.85

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Whisky Reviews for Single Malt Irish Whiskey 2003 RK

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.31 points

  1. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Great port barrel of whisky. The nose doesn't really promise much. The taste then pulls it out again. The best together with the finish.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Great light red, pink color. Slightly oily in the glass.
      Dark fruits after grapes, plums, raisins. Some strawberries and currants are also included. Somehow I have a rosé note in my nose. Freshly opened wine. Plenty of sweet notes. Marzipan and cinnamon are in the background. In addition woody notes, somehow like pine needles.
      Quite an appealing nose, which unfortunately also reveals little and slows down the intensity of the aromas.
      But you only really notice when you've tried. Then the difference between restrained nose and taste is clear!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Soft, easy start. Then more spicy, sharper. White pepper, fruity sweet, plum jam, raisins, red apples, strawberries. Quite a bit longer chewable.
      Cinnamon comes through a little later with a light honey sweetness. There is also a slight caramel note. A great taste. The port barrel is very dominant and produces a lot. I like it.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-long finish, fruity, slightly chocolatey with some bitterness. But everything is more pleasant than finish. Fits the solid overall impression.

  2. Barreman scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  3. rpvdwel scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Ro_Loe_10 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Milk chocolate, raspberries, nuts, dried fruits, raisins
    • Taste
      Red fruits, raspberry, strawberry, pleasant spiciness, nutmeg and cinnamon
    • Finish
      Medium, fruity

  5. katarn_rb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Very shy nose, great mouth and a delicious Casis note in the finish
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. Mark-E scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  7. STL scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Mapl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Cassis

    The German bottler Rolf Kaspar often works together with the Hotel Essener Hof, resulting in many a release exclusively for the hotel. A few months ago I was lucky enough to try a 17 years old whisky and look: again a sample found its way to the Whivie HQ, thanks to my friend Benny. This 16 years old matured on a former port cask.

    Raisin bread and apricots pie. So a dark and sweet nose, which comes as no surprise. Plums, dades, cinnamon, marzipan, but with a red twist: strawberry, raspberry, cassis. Everything you might expect from a port cask, basically. After a few moments a nice touch of pine needles kicks in, as does some red wine.

    It is surprisingly oily and mildly spicy on nutmeg and cinnamon with a hint of cloves. A surprisingly fresh touch of menthol – did not see that one coming. The fruit returns, but now oranges are in the lead, followed closely by red fruit. Honey and strawberry jam. This is very good.

    The finish is long with some bitter chocolate at the death.

    Delicious Irish whisky with a red twist. For those with a sweet tooth.

  10. Banzai scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

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