Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland - Reserve Casks
Stated Age
13 years old
3 Ex-Sherry Butts
48.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Parcel No.4
Added on
07 Nov 2020 11:17 pm by jurgenvandewalle

Average value

€ 131.00

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230 × member ratings

576 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for An Orkney Distillery 2007 ElD

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.88 points

  1. Captain Teague scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: Sweet Maple Syrup plums, Dark chocolate, Berries a potpourri (Rote Grütze here in Germany) pipe tobacco , earthy/ laethery notes on, Muskat/Piment slight vanilla

    T/D: great texture. starts Sweet let's stick to maple syrup and plums :) heavy dark chocolate notes take over... wood berries more sour than expected.. Piment

    F: Oak/ heavy tannins, dark chocolate, and Piment maybe even pepper but it's mixed with the cacao (medium)

    Damn thats sweet and spicy...nice HP I agree that this would have been ridiculous good bottled at cask strength - but 40 % of us wouldn't have the chance to get hands on a bottle that way so fair deal and still a very good dram.

  2. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I was looking forward to tasting this dram! It came up with insanely high scores and became quite a hype, resulting in selling out with warp speed in Dutch shops. But are these high scores justified or just hyped by a group of newbies, insinuating a quality that isn’t there? Time to give it a try!
    • Nose
      Oh this is a beautiful nose! To be honest I did not expect that. A tremendously deep and rich nose, greatly balanced! There is a lot of freshness going on here! Also it’s smokey, not peaty. Floral, buttery, sweet and savory. Cut flowers, dandelion, dried paprika powder. Also some hints of coastal flavors and nuttiness in like almond and hazelnut. I like this a lot!
    • Taste
      Incredibly smooth and balanced! Creamy and almost silky. Orange fruits, peel, sour apples, brown sugar, unripe plumbs and a dry nuttiness. I also get something sweet/fresh/light bitter I associate with something tropical like melons. Quite a chili punch on the palate after a while. Again very pleasant. Well layered.
    • Finish
      In the long lasting finish I get a certain amount of spices. Various Arabic spices like cinnamon, five spice and piment. After a while more sweet flavors pop up, giving raisins, brown sugar, cocoa, and ahorn syrup.

      All together, for me personally, this really adds up and I find this a stunner!

  3. nhuber scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior


    Orkney Malt 13 yo 2007 (48%, Single Malts of Scotland ‘Reserve Casks’ 2020, Parcel No.4, 3 sherry butts)

    Nose: plenty of plummy notes, dried figs, hints of strawberry jam as well as overripe banana and hints of gingerbread with honey. Hints of vanilla pastry. Not as sticky sweet as I expected, there’s a nicely dry, rancio side as well. Leafy notes, old ropes, damp tobacco. A lovely profile.

    Mouth: the drier kind again. Old leather, dark chocolate, some beefy notes, five spice and liquorice. Plenty of umami elements, with black fruits and strawberry ganache playing the second violin. Spiced tea. Cinnamon powder. Some herbal drops. Not much peat.

    Finish: long, earthy and chocolatey, with herbs.

    Great stuff, rather old-school, probably characterised by European oak. It may have been stellar at cask strength, but it’s balanced and drinkable as it is. Warmly recommended, don’t hesitate if you find a bottle.

  4. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    It exceeded my expectations. A great sherry profile, which looks a little old school. The influence of European oak is clearly noticeable. A great bottling that breaks out of the mostly interchangeable modern sherry profile of many current whiskys.
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet; dark fruits; Plums; dark chocolate; Tobacco; light leather notes; some vanilla; Oak wood
      - very tasty nose that looks older than 13y
    • Taste
      88 88
      quite sweet and spicy; old leather; Tobacco; dark fruit; Plums; lots of dark chocolate; Spices
    • Finish
      88 88
      long; earthy; Leather; Cocoa; dark chocolate; Oak wood; pleasant tannins

  5. Koning scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    It's a nice Highland Park with a high quality nose and a developing palate.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Mild and aromatic sweet peat. Milk chocolate and honey, almost like Toblerone chocolate. Apple treacle and lacquered wood (your grandma's furniture). A quality nose!
    • Taste
      87 87
      Full and generous. Behind the mild peat smoke, the honey and chocolate from the nose greets the palate. Various spices come to the front now: cloves, ginger and white pepper. After a while a suprising note of mineral water pops up.
    • Finish
      86 86
      It's creamier now with the same spiceness. The Toblerone returns again, and the mineral water develops into a more maritme saltiness. Mild dry peat lingers.

  6. Marcel74 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A batch of three ex-sherry butts from a "secret" distillery in the Orkney Islands was used to make this single malt, distilled in 2007 and aged for over 13 years. This is an earthy and juicy whisky infused with smooth smoke and a hint of spice.
    • Nose
      Cedarwood and homemade strawberry and vanilla jam combine with smoked chimney cake and chocolate covered raisins. Freshly cut wood gives an earthy sweetness to the aroma.
    • Taste
      Sticky honey is drizzled with sherry trifle, then refreshing cranberry juice and dripping strawberry fondant come to the fore. A little bit of clove is mixed with a toffee of cake.
    • Finish
      Orange peel and licorice root appear towards the end, along with a viscous sweetness. Smooth yet spicy chocolate with 50% cocoa and chili leaves a lasting impression.

  7. Stef89 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    That there is nothing like that nowadays at an issue price below 70 € !? Great! I like it very much. Above all, I am enthusiastic about the exit, because otherwise I always have the least fun here.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very heavy, sweet nose. Hardly any alcohol. The whole thing is somehow almost in the direction of port wine. Somewhat musty, dull barrel swings and now there is clearly menthol that cools the nose and something alcoholic stinging.
      When you are through there you will be rewarded with fresh red fruits. Strawberries, black currants, blackberries and some unripe green fruits are also included.
      I like it very much, if not great.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Very soft start, but not lacking in strength. A lot of spice on the tongue. Here the fruitiness is first covered. The whole thing ends in oak freight that tingles on the tongue. Then the fruits come back. But now they are all ripe and are lying in a slightly damp cellar. A beautiful, unobtrusive sweetness spreads. The tannins become less with a little water and the malt becomes very pleasant to drink. That's fun
    • Finish
      90 90
      Finally a malt again with a wonderfully fruity finish and not only carried by the spice and bitterness, but by your own body. Very tasty and especially the fruits can be rediscovered from the nose

  8. Hvdree scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. pecathor scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    My first ever Highland Park and straight away from an independent bottler! The color is amazingly dark and rich, it feels like liquid syrup:) I've been enjoying this bottle very much since the beginning and have about 30% left after 2 months since I opened it:)) I will definitely explore both the Highland Park and Elixir Distillers more after this experience!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Rich, sweet, but not very, alcohol is very well integrated, loads of dark canned fruits, fruit pie, dark cherry jam, maple sirup, liquorice and oak wood notes, old leather, wood polish, dusty warehouse, beautifully rounded and balanced
    • Taste
      90 90
      Feels warm, amazing explosion of flavors, sweet dark fruit (figs, plums), marzipan, oak tannins, slightly peppery, tobacco smoke, leather notes, get drier over time, wonderful!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium/long, fairly dry, dark chocolate, dark fruit, oak wood, white pepper notes

  10. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Less fruity, more tart, spicy and sweet.
    I have never had such a pronounced tobacco note in any malt. Great substance, especially at the issue price.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Ingenious color, only the viscosity reveals the young age.
      Initially, I have a freshly opened packet of Van Nelle Halfzware Shag in my nose. Behind it maple syrup, roasted walnuts and slightly alcoholic piksen. Later leather and pickled plums.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nice oily start. Here, too, initially tart and spicy, then sweet.
      With water, the tobacco note comes out more strongly here as well. In addition, leather and oak spice are added. I can actually find relatively little fruit.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Tobacco, light smoke, oak flavor. Brilliant!


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