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Overall rating
86.59/100
votes
37
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Campbeltown Whisky Company Ltd. (CWCL)
Bottling serie
Watt Whisky - Inaugural Release
Vintage
2004
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
16 years old
Casktype
2 hogsheads married together in a brandy butt
Number of bottles
290
Strength
59.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Watt Whisky Buds
Added on
21 Sep 2020 10:22 pm by NRS
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 125.00

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78 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for An Orkney Distillery 2004 CWCL

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.59 points

  1. Kovalyoff scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Gathering addicts trying to overstate the score?
    This is 87 and no more.
    Another pass-through malt.

  2. daverdaz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
      Wow!!! What a fantastic nose!
      Incredibly creamy, caramel-like, round, balanced and paired with a very subtle, fine smokiness. MEGA GOOD
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste mirrors the aromas of the nose. The brandy cask comes out and is overtaken by the coastal aroma and light smoke. The alcohol is extremely well integrated for 59.1%!
    • Finish
      90 90
      The whisky fades away long and intense. Again, there is nothing to complain about. The brandy finish doesn't look superimposed and goes great with Orkney whisky.

      Conclusion:
      Mark Watt did everything right with this first release, which was only bottled for the Watt Whisky Buds. Very brave to let the malt ripen in a brandy cask. Seldom have I been as convinced of a finish as in this case. However, I am also a friend of Brandy :-)

      I am glad that I participated directly in Mark Watt's crowdfunding campaign. I gladly accepted the waiting time of about 6 months.

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Grassy peat, subtle smoke, roasted twigs, herbaceous, some toffee and butterscotch, vague fruitiness (maybe apple), some ginger. The nose remains closed off, also with time and water but it's actually pretty good.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Greasy, spicy with loads of pepper. Vegetal peat, sweetish, sourish, there's some fruitiness but it's still undefined. Musty nuts (walnuts almost gone bad), some liquorice, bitter wood spice, ashy and dry in development.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Long: one dimensional, liquorice, dry, bitter, charred and burnt wood, slightly ashy.

  4. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Part of the HWF second edition line up! This was the fifth of the night. We were all having trouble getting through this whisky, which is not particularly a negative. It kept us busy for quite a while not really knowing what to think of it. It was not the undisputed winner of the night but it also was not that bad. A great example of a whisky showing how taste is a subjective thing.
    • Nose
      Quite alcoholic at first, but this disappears after time inside the glass. This is certainly not a recognizable HP to me. There is a whiff of earthy, muddy peat and quite some fudgy sweetness. Orchard fruits in like unripe pear, medium sweet apple and slightly sour kiwi. Also there is a nuttiness in like peanuts. Last night I was not very impressed but I have to say that today it is better.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is rather restless. It’s here that it is in need of water, but meanwhile I’ve learned that water will spoil the nose and finish so that doesn’t leave me much to choose. After a while it gets more to the point of giving loads of vanilla and also floral honey. It’s here that people that know this is a HP, start speaking about heather. The extreme sweet layer that has been put on top of it all does not have a lot to add in my opinion.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Sweet peat. It’s here in the finish that I could have guessed a Highland park, but since I was the only one knowing the complete line up, there was not much left to guess for me. Warm apple compote, ripe pear and again sourness of unripe kiwi.

      This whisky is quite a challenge and it leaves me a little confused. It’s definitely not something I would like to have a full bottle of, but it is nice to have been able to taste this rather exclusive botteling :)

  5. Whiskydudes scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      74 74

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  7. harriedv scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Some little peat and fruitiness, not too much in it for me, drying in the end.
    • Nose
      85 85
      A little whif of peat, earthy notes, ssome tobacco, pretty some alcohol. Later on some sweetness comes in.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Strong, powerful, pepper, spicy. Some fruitiness, red fruits. Later on some licorice.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Still pretty strong, a slice of peat, not too long. A whiff of smoke. Drying, some tobacco.

  10. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

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