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Overall rating
89.75/100
votes
43
Whiskybase ID
WB161890
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Michel Couvreur (MCo)
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Vintage
23.07.1998
Bottled
06.04.2020
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
219
Strength
45.48 % Vol.
Size
500 ml 1500 ml
Bottled for
joint bottling to celebrate the anniversaries of Whisky for Life (5th) and Brühler Whiskyhaus (10th)
Added on
12 Jul 2020 12:37 pm by n1k0n
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 339.00

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43 × member ratings

48 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Le Paradoxe 1998 MCo

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.75 points

  1. Dottore scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicious but price-performance ratio unacceptable to me

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Really a great whisky. I love it when smoky whiskys can do more than just be smoky. However, it is extremely expensive, clearly too expensive for me. 89 points.

    Addendum: In the meantime I have to add that the smoke is fading into the background. Meanwhile, I perceive the whisky as not being that smoky at all. Rather, it seems much sweeter to me. Gone! I tend to add a point or two here. Because that's how I really like it!
    • Nose
      Sweet smoke. Surprisingly smoky for its age. Vanilla. Sweet and at the same time spicy honey. Sugary herbs. After a while, some mint will spread in the nose. And the wood comes through. Untreated and fresh. The smoke settles a little in the background and now lets fruit emerge. Yellow apple and mirabelle plum. A colorful herbal mix always remains, it goes in the direction of herb candy. It will be even sweeter.
    • Taste
      The start is cool and sweet. Immediately afterwards the smoke builds up, but remains within limits. Apple peel. The mouth begins to tingle. A hint of ash prevails without displacing the sweetness or the apple. Here, too, is the memory of herb drops. The aftertaste is quite complex to describe. There is a residue of sweetness, there is an onset of dryness. There is a slight ashy smoke. None of it is dominant, everything is tangible. It's fascinating.
    • Finish
      Midday to long. The whisky does not warm you up very long, but the combination of sweetness, dryness and smoke already described stays in the mouth for a long time.

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    woody and fruity and peaty nose (well done to take it !!)
    caramel, oak, vanilla, ripe cooked fruit, mold, crushed nuts, a little vegetal in wet drops.
    on the palate on spices, on wood, soaked old oak, on liquorice in addition to the turbe which fades on a very pregnant smoke, it is also sweet and almost pastry, more velvety!
    in return, we find herbs, yellow fruits, a little apple, cooked lemon, it's soft and a little oily anyway, it starts to sting on the side of the spices, the peat has given way to the smoke ashen when in the early hours of the morning, we come back to the fire, a little salt, but is it due to the fact that I read that the distillate comes from HP?
    finish on cereal, caramel, mold, cold ash and liquorice which hides the peaty side well.

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Really a successful malt. A somewhat unusual couvreur. Great mouthfeel and nice balanced flavors. Great, even if the price is beyond good and bad. If I have to rate the PLV, it doesn't suit me.
    • Nose
      91 91
      directly a noticeable smoky note (a little clearer than the usual Highland Park bottlings from Scotland - this Couvreur is said to be a Highland Park); damp cellar; with time in the glass the smoke recedes and a fruity sweetness comes out more clearly; yellow ripe fruits; Honey; Caramel; Herbs; some vanilla; delicate notes of old oak
    • Taste
      90 90
      mild and full-bodied; some pepper; delicate fruit notes; some honey; Caramel; Vanilla; Herbs; spicy oak; delicate note of smoke in the background
    • Finish
      89 89
      long; a touch of white pepper; delicate tingling and spicy oak (slightly bitter touch); Herbs; delicate smoke

  5. Segens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very interesting malt - it is fascinating that even in a pure Bourbon Barrel you can identify it is a Couvreur - it still has this „winey“ taste
    Very delicious for sure and definitely a very rare opportunity- if you are Rich and look for a gorgeous malt, go for it. If you look for value/price monsters then this malt is too expensive from my point of view.

  6. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Strongly reminiscent of the Diageo Special Edition 2017 by Caol Ila, but doesn't knock me off my feet
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. Likudi scored this whisky 83 points Shoplink Moderator

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Well, I was a little afraid of losing myself in this singularity, in this Maltese paradox, the result is surprising, bluffing and positive.
    Like what a second tasting at rest takes it to another dimension.
    • Nose
      Woody and fruity and peaty (well done to take it already for this triplet !!)
      caramel, oak, vanilla, cooked ripe fruit, a little mold, crushed walnuts, a little vegetal in wet drops. The tenacious fragrant wood that sticks to the nostrils in fact.
      At this time, nothing remembers me by far the specificity if not a little notes of noble mold that emerges!
    • Taste
      On spices, on wood, on soaked old oak, on liquorice in addition to peat which fades over a very pregnant smoke, it's also sweet and almost pastry, velvety more!

      in return, we find herbs, yellow fruits, a little apple, cooked lemon, it's soft and a little fatty all the same, a little honey and herbaceous note again, it starts to sting on the side of the spices , the peat has given way to the ashy smoke when in the early morning, we come back to the fire (for those who have had the pleasure of making wood and removing the hot potatoes from the ash, wrapped in 'Albal it's a bit like that scent that I felt!), A bit of salt, but is it because I read that the distillate comes from HP? (yes at this moment I think back to the magnificent 16 years which came out a few years ago and which left on salty iodine, on heather, a delicacy in the mouth, but I am coming back here!); slight trace of bitterness followed by woody notes and spices to settle down at the back of the palate.
    • Finish
      On cereal, caramel, mold, cold ash and liquorice which hides the peaty side well. A spicy and woody depth that is a little syrupy also arises and remains, that's it, the Couvreur magic operates even after tasting!

  9. wako93 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

  10. MarkMan scored this whisky 95 points Member Junior

    Hammer. So many flavors. Nicely integrated. And the barrel is there too. Let it stand and enjoy the whole evening

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