Abhainn Dearg Cask Strength

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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
63.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
07 sep 2020 10:09 pm by Ralph Hiltrup
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

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£ 121.23

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Whisky reviews for Abhainn Dearg Cask Strength

One user has left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.00 points.

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    After bottle-splitting a significant amount of this small pricey bottle [£95] with fellow Swaggers, I’m left with a 10cl sample to play with. After my first contact with it at the distillery [WLP+/-86], here are my [re-review] findings.

    N: This fills a room just pouring it into the glass. Like a late-into-the-night University project, this reminds me somewhat of that infamous ‘Moscato finished’ Three Ships [WLPNS]. More generally, we might be talking of Port Charlotte > Ardmore < or Ledaig’s heavy peatiness, stylistically. Add to that, a healthy portion of full-bodied vegetal-sweet wine influence, oily/fatty barley, and underlying soft/refill bourbon-y woodiness. Along with that, we’ve an array of burnt materials [vegetal and manufactured], a curious/unique fruity [orangey?] floral [boiled/damp scented flowers] smoked [grilled chestnut & Swarfega] oily detergent/cleaning spray vibes,…. tomato ketchup in gherkin juice,… socks sprayed with furniture polish & vanilla essence, squidgy sweet yet tart lemon meringue,… Then there’s the [slightly curried] meaty fish skin complex. It’s an evolving dram with established focal points. Against what I said last time, the 63% strength [for me right now] is nigh-on perfect, those un-chill-filtered fats oils esters and aldehydes, alive and kicking!

    T: There’s a lot to process initially. Though not immediate and certainly not overpowering nor too distracting nor defining, it’s soon fishy [canned/metallic tuna & mackerel in the main, a little sardine juice and grilled kipper skins], followed by an injection of thick dry sweet n sour wine-derived fruitiness, and a firm saltiness. A metallic potato note not dissimilar to a [Kuro Kirishima] shochu I’m currently reviewing provides a steadier platform in the middle which aides a plentiful journey with a succulent soft abv/woody spiciness on the turn – a complex yet subtly crafted mix of herbs & spices, Szechuan sauce [the Foz],.. and turkey meat?

    F: After an Intense but most manageable [even neat, certainly] palate,.. you can still revisit the underlying barley. The mackerel/kipper skins envelop around the not-pushy-yet-persistent cask, repeat, joined by more of that likeable & curious sweet-vegetal bitter-woody [now dryish] oiliness. Heavy vanilla-ey [sooty] ash and the remnants of dry sweet-vegetal grape tannic notes linger, followed by [orange juice to sweet squeezed lemon] fruity cellulose > waxiness,… Angostura Bitters,… more woodiness,…

    C: I’ve waffled way too much, as usual, but Abhainn Dearg shows us there is another way. A triumph really. Further reading [WLP].

    Scores 87 points

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    N: Nicely peated, vegetal-sweet, vegetal-dirty-oily slick, vegetal caramel, and a good oily/dirty dollop of peat smoke. Arguably Ardmore/Ardbeg & Mortlach-like, in part.

    T: Works a treat, neat. With an Ardbeggian-esque arrival, it’s certainly madeira-driven and with a healthy lick of varnish. The peatiness talks of coal, ash, and wood fires whilst remaining nicely vegetal – brought about by keeping the peat a little moist during the maltings process. The more it goes on, the more the spirit comes through – just about. Strength-wise, I’d ideally have it down to 46-50% max.

    F: Quite short but clean, everything rings true.

    C: Surprisingly, very accomplished. Any overall comparisons? Benriach-y,.. perhaps?


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