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Overall rating
85.97/100
votes
31
Whiskybase ID
WB157576
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Agency (TWA)
Bottling serie
TWA Spring 2020
Vintage
2003
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
barrel
Strength
51.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
05 May 2020 9:04 am by Connaisseur
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 212.63

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Whisky Reviews for Irish Single Malt 2003 TWA

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.97 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2020] A quick review of a small sample....

    ...which should have matured several years longer, to be honest. This cask was rather inactive (other would say exhausted) and contributed not that much to the maturation of the spirit. Such casks can generate truly great drams once they are allowed to sleep quietly for 30+years - but the prince came way too early for this one, sadly...
    • Nose
      87 87
      The colour is very pale at white wine and the nose offers a fruity profile within a somewhat bitter wooden setting. This is okay but rather simple, to be honest. Given this nose I would guess a much younger malt, obviously the wood was quite leached already (hence the pale colour).
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is comparable - several flavours one finds in young malts usually (like mash, malted barley and sugars), some fruits and shy woods, that is it. It is flawless and easy to sip, no doubt. But given the price point I expect a little more (actually, much more). Water releases more of the fruits in the nose and turns the taste smoother without increasing the complexity of flavours. I like this dram best when reduced to about 43% abv.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives a little hot (peppery) on the palate with a nice coating effect and no distracting moments. The finish is medium to long and adds more of the sugars and some spices, finally. No distracting moments again, the minor drying impression towards the end is rather an asset in this setting.

  2. BlueFire scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Fruity, spicy, vanilla, bit thin, but solid.

  3. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  5. rampah scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Solid, but way overpriced.

    Even in 2020 there are Irish releases with similar age and cask profile available (Rolf Kaspar, SMWS) which are cheaper and in terms of quality certainly not worse.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

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