Overall rating
90.50/100
votes
8
Whiskybase ID
WB168020
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Wine Society (TWiS)
Bottling serie
Reserve Cask Selection
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Sherry
Number of bottles
2064
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 oct 2020 11:36 pm by AdamB1975

Average value

£ 95.00

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8 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for The Society's 1989 TWiS

4 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.50 points.

  1. OJK scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    I'm reviewing this from about three quarters of the way down the bottle, and the edges have really softened from when it was first opened. There was a bit of distracting heat and wood spice in the first few pours, but it's now rounded out into a very elegant and characterful old sherried whisky. Herbal toffee on the nose, with some peach, cranberry, marzipan and honey. Wonderful creamy vanilla on the palate with old tobacco and strawberries, caramel, chocolate raisins and a little wood polish, with some citrus and honey-roasted nuts coming through on the finish. Probably an 88 when first opened but a solid 90 now.

  2. man2392 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me of some of the oldschool Gordon Macphail releases- a very approachable sherry cask expression.

  3. Willie JJ scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is a very nice old whisky, but it’s easy to make a case that it would have been better at 25 than 30. The oak has got a bit grippy now and isn’t giving the spirit much room for manoeuvre. A touch of water eases the intensity and makes it more enjoyable, but it’s still a bit over the hill in my opinion.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh tobacco, stewed fruit, some tropical notes of guava and mango, cherries and faint hints of chocolate. There is a slightly solvent note that isn’t unpleasant, but it’s a flaw. A few drops of water lightens it and freshens the fruit bringing in some black currant.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The immediate hit is of gentle spicy oak that has more of the fresh tobacco, but it quickly intensifies in a way that masks the underlying fruit. The water makes the palate a bit easier and more manageable with a bit more chocolate coming through.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The fruit remains, but the spices dominate and linger for ages. There’s lots of length and a return of the fruit that comes through as rhubarb jam. Water lengthens it further and delays the spice attack, but when it comes it is hot. There’s plenty of mouth watering to counter the dryness of the spice and it goes on and on.

  4. DeanoH scored this whisky 92 points Member Junior

    I left this in a glass for a half hour before smelling or tasting. Please give it the time it deserves to open up.

    I'd put good money on that this is a glengoyne.
    • Nose
      92 92
      N. Instant hit of polish, like a freshly polished deck of a boat in the blasting sunshine, then it's all over Christmas cake. Loads and loads of booze soaked raisins and spices but also fresh nectarine and apricot covered in lemon zest bubbling underneath
    • Taste
      91 91
      P. Arrival is sharp, a little sour with lots of hints of linseed oil, slightly bitter before it releases lots of dry ginger, sweetness is there and the boozy raisins in the nose develop nicely. For a 30 year old there is lots of freshness there, lemon oil and a hint of fennel seed and suggestions of tropical fruit around the edges of your tongue
    • Finish
      94 94
      F. Wow this is where it is really at its best for me. The finish goes on and on, with bags of Christmas cake flavours rolling around the pallet. Here the sherry that shows itself as polish on the nose becomes really dominant alongside fresh stone fruit. You think it's going to end but it doesn't, it just keeps making you salivate with incredible depths of flavour. I'm a little bit in awe of this finish to be honest. The only whisky I have that even comes close is the glendronach grandeur 10. It reminds me of what a real sherry cask can do.

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