Single Malt
Whisky Druid (WhDr)
Bottling serie
Peated Hercynian
Stated Age
05 years old
First Fill European Hogsheads, Ex-Pedro-Ximén
Number of bottles
51.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Oct 2020 1:22 pm by toto82
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 130.92

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36 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Emperor's Way 2015 WhDr

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.94 points

  1. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Sweet, fruity, subtly smoky. Those who like the Emperor's Way originals from Elsburn will also be delighted here.
    The issue price of around 125 € is absolutely okay in my opinion.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Initially, many dark fruit notes, blackberries, plums, ripe cherries, wrapped in an accompanying smoky note. After a while, caramel, forest honey and light chocolate are added.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Sweet, overloaded fruitiness with plums, blackberries, figs but also malt, rum raisins, dates, honey, almost like Chinese plum wine. The smoke is very discreet, the alcohol is perfectly integrated and the texture is creamy and almost liqueur-like due to the sweetness. A little pepper is added.
      Despite its five years there is a certain depth.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium to long, subtle oak bitterness, some smoke, pepper and an elegant dark fruit note merge with forest honey.

  2. Fudschafudscha scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    From the 1920s Blenders Glass rather stocky, extremely dark fruitiness, a PX sherry barrel attack, which even covers the now well known distillery character. Smoked and roasted bacon, somehow sticky mouthfeel or extremely creamy to greasy. Campfire smoke fights against the influence of the barrel, the alcohol is well integrated, but I even suspect some residual sugar in it. An Emperors Way Henry IV that I consulted underlines my impression: this one is much more light-footed, this is more whisky, here the aromas are finer, more subtle and overall more pleasing.
    Poured into a Classic Malt glass, the Whisky Druid is still so overloaded, but overall spicier and less greasy, the beech wood smoke is more harmonious here. This is an experience I really never need often.

    Mouth and finish:
    At first sweet as f***, much too much for me, then in between briefly pops up a Laphroaig-like phenolic smoke, which is pretty much gone again. Health food store liquorice, not as artificial as from Haribo. Dark fruit, dried a bit too long, very creamy and doesn't bite at all, although a little alcohol would be desirable. Gets quite woody in the finish with cooked vegetables, which I can't really name at the moment. Cocoa and milk chocolate, quite nutty.
    I drank the 2cl four times, that's all I can put in my mouth. Phew, what a bomb, that's really enough and I'm looking forward to the drop of the "original".
    By the way, the Henry IV is more characteristic, less on the 12, but after the Whisky Druid I can hardly taste anything, because after a few minutes I still have the clapper in my mouth.

    The will-less German color drinker just buys everything that comes out of the sherry cask and has a corresponding color. So I became a victim myself and thank god I got a sample without opening the whole bottle that was sold again. A bizarre device, which still doesn't excite me after three tastings and after these notes this experience is now a part of my whisky history. Even a fruit fly in the room buzzes around the glass while creating these notes. I grant it!

  3. Whisky_Buffet scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Very, very tasty. A bread and jam with butter on the nose and a very dense smell with full sweetness. On the palate, the sweetness continues and shows the typical PX aroma. Full-bodied, it hogs the tongue. Jam, molasses and sweetness everywhere. When you exhale, the smoke comes, which briefly surprises the tongue dryly. It feels like a cold ashtray (sounds disgusting, but is very pleasant). ☺
    The alcohol is very well integrated.

    Seems to have been a very active or wet barrel, but it suits the whisky very well.
    Dirty whisky, but the good way.

    Blindly I would not have recognized it as German whisky.
    A very good whisky for those who love a strong sherry influence and are not averse to the little smoke.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Jam with butter
      Sweet and fruity
    • Taste
      90 90
      Molasses, syrup and some honey
    • Finish
      89 89
      Smoky and dry accompanied by the sweetness of the PX.

  4. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    Ingrateful about the secondary market prices, I tore the bottle open immediately after receiving it and was promptly VERY rewarded.

    This is peated whisky at its finest in the style of Pepin.


    Very fruity, very raisin-like, lusciously spicy, nice smoke!

  5. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    shop info:

    "Emperor's Way is the first independent single cask bottling from Harzer Hammerschmiede with its own label and a different bottle. Connoisseurs associate the noble brand name with smoky-spicy and fine-fruity malts made from 100 percent peat malt with up to 35 ppm. The particularly complex Peated Hercynian single malt is The whisky Druid's bottling, limited to 272 bottles, matured in first fill European hogsheads and smaller octaves prebuilt with Pedro Ximénez sherry. The whisky was finished in a single ex-bourbon barrel that gave the flavor After a total of five years of ripening and a high Angels' Share, peat smoke meets typical, wonderful sherry aromas with raisins and "fruit cake", mandarins and oranges - complemented by roasted nuts and the intense sweetness of malt and caramel and chocolate: the diverse flavor profile of the non-chill-filtered , uncolored independent bottling can be at 51% vol. Unfold barrel strength fully on the palate and skilfully get in the mood for the coming season.

    Aroma: An enormous fruitiness with rum raisins, fruit cake and orange, supported by caramel and a fine note of peat smoke.

    Taste: The sherry barrels are immediately noticeable and enchant the palate with a soft maltiness. Again aromas of orange and dark, ripe fruits. There are also notes of roasted nuts and aromas that are reminiscent of warm crepe with Nutella, almonds and freshly baked gingerbread. A pleasant smokiness rounds everything off.

    Finish: The single malt ends long and intense - and makes you want to take the next sip. "


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