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Overall rating
86.76/100
votes
106
Whiskybase ID
WB170494
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Meadowside Blending (MBl)
Bottling serie
The Maltman
Vintage
07.2010
Bottled
09.2020
Stated Age
10 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
2090
Number of bottles
632
Strength
54.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 nov 2020 11:01 am by aspa
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 109.99

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106 × member ratings

235 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for A Highland Distillery 2010 MBl

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.76 points

  1. aspa scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    nose
    The young age is noticeable, the alcohol is noticeable. Interesting, tangy, tangy sherry with oriental spices. Very oily and maritime. The distillery comes through the barrel nicely on the oily side, even if the barrel had a very strong effect. Raisins, pickled dried plums, a little cinnamon and further strong spices with light curry powder.

    taste
    Here the waxy side comes to the fore, beautiful bitter sherry still very spicy, salty and now only slightly oily, but now also great combined with the mineral and waxy side of this "secret" distillery. A rather dirty dram, maybe with a bit of sulfur, but for me a nice combination of sherry, all kinds of spices and mineral-waxy aromas. I had hoped for such a taste from this bottling. The alcohol is now well integrated for 10 years, the dram has power and a lot of taste but the alcohol does not burn. Leather and wet tobacco, light liquorice and a little menthol are added. Towards the finish, a bit more spicy dark forest honey.

    Exit
    Medium long, still very tart and spicy with mineral notes and tart sherry with leather and cinnamon. Then a bitter, slightly bitter and mineral note lingers in the mouth for a long time.

    Conclusion
    I have to deal with the dram more often and in more detail, it looks young to the nose, but then in the taste it is very interesting and also typical of a distillery. I'll give it a little more time and then it could turn out to be a nice, if rather unspectacular, drinking whisky.
    N-87, T-88, F-87 for 87 points that are still expandable.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. Tauti scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Time helps this whisky take off its sherry dress.
    Of course the sherry is still there, but after 20 minutes of breathing the "Secret Highland" aromas come through, which I was looking for in vain right after pouring.
    • Nose
      Furry sherry at the beginning, which settled after a while. Then the mineral Clynelish wax with fudge, menthol, honey, herbaceous, light smoky note (?)
    • Taste
      Tobacco, chocolate, mint, a mix of lighter (pear) and darker fruits (orange), honey, the waxy side is much weaker here, light woody bitterness
    • Finish
      Orange, chocolate, bittersweet

  3. Gous scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

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

  4. jazzvilly scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  5. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  6. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      81 81

  7. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  8. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    For me personally one of the tastiest whiskys I've had.
    • Nose
      90 90
      leather, caramel, earth, citrus, anise, licorice,
    • Taste
      90 90
      fruity, caramel, leather, red fruit, liquorice, anise, chocolate cake,
      fudge, warm, buttery, typical Clynelish undertones.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The finish is long. Wood and licorice can be tasted for a long time to come.
      Salmiak, fudge

  9. rpvdwel scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  11. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I read this ought to be a Clynelish. Didn't come to mind.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Blueberry, buttery caramel, coffee candy. A light metallic edge. Lighter with water: Rosehip.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Caramel, blackberry, mocha and cherry.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Blueberry, caramel and cherry.

  12. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Alcohol clearly noticeable, some menthol, lemon, strawberries, blackberries, wild berry jam, dried fruits, some dark honey, some earth, some wood, a bit of green, baking spices, nuts, fermented berries
    • Taste
      Lemon, grapefruit, nuts, coffee, old wood, pepper

  13. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Bernando04 scored this whisky 93 points Newbie

    Very dark color
    A lot of oak freight for 10 years
    Dark chocolate vanilla plum
    Jam, orange peel
    Great price / performance
    • Nose
      Sweet orange fruits
      vanilla
    • Taste
      Cinnamon, plum jam, candied fruits
    • Finish
      Long taste of candied dark chocolate

  15. JeJoost scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

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

  16. SMC-HH did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It's a Clynelish

  17. mema82 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  18. etwa77 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I single handedly brought the score down from 87 to under 87 (at the time of writing).. and i think i did the right thing! This is no 87 p whisky, but it is a pretty tastey, coffee-sweet, bitter-herbs-and-ginger-with-little-oil 86-and-some points whisky…

    joke aside, for me the clear winner is the taste, with a strong note of freshly opened cola zero.. very vibrant, very fresh and acidulated.. moving into bitter coffee and rose petal confiture. yes, it feels young, especially in the finish, where the artificial sweetener note becomes dominant, but the sherry sweetness and the Clynelish oily, slightly salty spirit make for a very enjoyable combination
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  20. whiskytornado scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

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