Overall rating
87.08/100
votes
81
Whiskybase ID
WB173794
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Rolf Kaspar GmbH (RK)
Bottling serie
Lichtburg - Historic Series No. 1
Vintage
03.05.2005
Bottled
24.06.2020
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
ex-Armagnac cask
Casknumber
2003
Number of bottles
532
Strength
57.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Marika Single Cask
Added on
05 jan 2021 11:21 am by Thomas75
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 139.00

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Whisky reviews for Single Malt Irish Whiskey 15-year-old RK

22 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.08 points.

  1. jan.berg scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    Color gold
    Viscosity: medium
    Dram: undiluted

    Conclusion:
    An incredibly creamy and sweet Irish whisky that comes with a really nice fruitiness but also shows its age with a certain spice and woodiness. The type of barrel gives it exceptional aromas. A unique malt that one can hope will be released again at some point.

    My rating system:
    100-95: Exceptional whiskies
    80-94: Top whiskys
    50-79: standard whiskys
    0-49: flops
    • Nose
      Very fruity with summer fruits like peaches, sweetly pickled tangerines, plus a nice vanilla note reminiscent of a freshly cooked vanilla pudding, malty of sourdough bread, plus something sparkling like Sprite, wood notes linger in the background, reminiscent of a freshly varnished wooden table, up to light fir notes, plus a decent sweetness of agave syrup and rapeseed honey, light spices of cinnamon, star anise and cloves, liquid caramel. The malt is really creamy, fresh and slightly sparkling after a dry Riesling wine, slightly overripe red grapes
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the malt starts with a really nice sweetness, reminiscent of popcorn, agave syrup, powdered sugar and rapeseed honey, then very beautifully fruity with light fruits such as grapes, peaches, tangerines but also melons more like honeydew melon, guava, gooseberries. After that it tends to become drier and slightly mineral. It is somewhat reminiscent of a sparkling, dry Riesling, plus again nice notes of vanilla pudding, nice spices at the end of cinnamon, slightly star anise and cloves, malty of sweet muesli with dried fruits and nuts, waxy
    • Finish
      The finish is very long and is characterized by the extremely sweet notes of Demerara sugar, agave syrup, rapeseed honey and caramel-covered popcorn, then light fruity notes of light fruits and finally becoming drier with some wood of cinnamon, cloves and slightly nutty notes of peanuts and almonds and pecans

  2. pianoman scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Fresh, fruity. Yellow apples, ripe pears, lemon thyme, garden mint. Vanilla sugar. Flowerhoney. Sawdust. Light cookie dough.
    • Taste
      Creamy, sweet, spicy. Apples, nectarines, passion fruit. Honey, white chocolate, almonds and some pepper.

  3. herby.usa scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Mapl scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. Bowmore Axel scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Water is really good for him. :O)
    • Nose
      87 87
      Reluctant at first with one
      moist - woody - herbal note.
      Then comes tender sweetness.
      Do I smell Armagnac there???
      Ah, some grapefruit. Also peach.
      Bites something in the nose.
      Significantly fruitier with water.
      Some clove.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet with dry fruity acidity.
      Peppery - mineral. Vanilla.
      Some grapefruit over time.
      With water, sweeter and softer
      fruitier. Better !!!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Bitter sweet. Grapefruit again. Yummy.
      A little better with water.

  6. Archer scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A very nice 15 year old Irish single malt, the Armagnac barrel is not intrusive at all. If I had to guess a distillery, I would go to Northern Ireland rather than the Republic.
    • Nose
      89 89
      A nice fruit basket with passion fruit, papaya, peach and banana. Very fruity, fresh, light. Spices emerge behind the fruits, which on closer inspection turn out to be cinnamon, coriander, tarragon and chervil. Jaffa cookies, almond butter.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Strong and dry start with the beautiful fruits on the nose. Passion fruit, papaya and peach can also be found on the tongue, which combine very nicely with the note of well and long-stored oak planks. Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, honey and vanilla. The drought is spreading.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long, fruity-sweet, very dry (which comes across as pleasant). Coffee with milk, milk chocolate, an echo of tropical fruits.

  7. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Smell: medium bouquet, alcohol present, clear notes of enzienna, the fruity notes are hidden under the hot alcohol cloak quite successfully, with a little ventilation cinnamon biscuits, with more ventilation heather notes, with a lot of air raisin notes, but also a German. Solvent grade

    Taste: The alcohol is better integrated on the palate than in the nose, wood is present, German. Ginger spiciness, medium body, long finish with a fine, not unpleasant bitter almond note

    Color: lightening yellow gold, medium. WR, kar

    Conclusion: Interesting whisky, which I would never have blindly located to Ireland, the initial note of Enziannot is quite unusual, with ventilation, especially in the nose, a remarkable development takes place, as a sample an experience, but the subsequent purchase for 100 euros is not for me necessary ...

  8. Whisky Hamster scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Not too shabby, not at all. A well made Scotch Single Malt... See what I did there? It's an Irish Whisky, I know but this not being a Pot Still Whisky one can't really tell it apart easily. In regards to the Armagnac finish it is very light and hard to find for me. Having said all this it still makes it a quality whisky full of good flavors and no off- ones. Maybe a bit stiff price-wise, but these are the times I guess.

  9. StyrianSpirit scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    A really exciting malt from Ireland! The very fine, intense "dark aromas" distinguish it from the Redbreast 12 CS, for example. And if you know, "Armagnac aromas" actually appear in this case, which go very well with the fat honey-malt of the Irish. After the first tests, a 93-point pleasure (94-93-92).

    From the large Bordeaux glass, the nose is once again "wider" and fruity-deeper than from the Premium Snifter, but in my opinion not better; just a different style. The "Initial Taste", on the other hand, is really in a class of its own, but in the finish the malt has a bit of an oak emphasis. This also results in a 93-point rating (94-94-92) for this Lichtburg.

    _A few drops of water_ also make the nose sweeter with this whisky; the palate is also fruity and less heated. This also applies to enjoyment from the large Bordeaux glass. The "sweet-mouthed" among the spirit friends should try this variant in any case. Different, but not fundamentally better than pure, I would think. Simply a nice variant.
    • Nose
      94 94
      It really takes time in the glass - after about 20 minutes it opens and fine malt notes complement the honey and the intense eucalyptus notes ("Firnzuckerl" was available, at least earlier, in Austria). Such a firn bonbon was filled with a little chocolate cream and caramel and plum aromas can now also be heard in the Lichtburg teeling. Which would have landed us at the Armagnac barrel. Apart from the "potstill spice aromas" such as chervil and marjoram, completely in the Redbreast 12 CS style (WB139113). The Armagnac aromas can actually be felt, with the pleasant, dark, moist forest soil, the plum notes and pleasant oak.
    • Taste
      93 93
      The Lichtburg Irishman comes into the mouth, especially during the first tests and after a relatively short time in the glass, very rebellious, but with a noticeable note of plum and cherry fruit, accompanied again by the intense spices; now with more thyme and chervil. With a lot of time and oxygen, the aroma arrangement integrates even better, the plum and cherry fruits become more intense, the oak is better integrated. Very intense and very interesting.
    • Finish
      92 92
      The finish is medium to long and sums up the palate aromas. The focus shifts back to the herbs and some oak.

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  11. Brunobaer1887 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Something different, damp chestnuts, then a strawberry fruitiness and fresh wood shavings.
      With water below 50% vol, there is a fruity sweetness and a certain nuttiness
    • Taste
      86 86
      Exciting: herbal spicy start with a damp chamber - not disgusting but also not awesome but yes - somehow exciting, really something different.
      Not so spicy with a little water at the start, more pleasing
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium-long finish with a nice flow of saliva, with the third sip I get it: the slightly bitter fruitiness of good, mild green olives.

  12. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Gous scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  14. Ebbe11 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

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

  15. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Armagnac

    Rolf Kaspar is a German independent bottler that has quite a bit of Irish whisky on its resume, bottled primarily in collaboration with the Hotel Essener Hof. This one, however, was bottled in honor of Lichtburg, a historic significant and protected cinema complex in the heart of Essen, that opened its doors in October 1928 and played an important role during the Second World war for the German propaganda machine. What makes this Irish whisky so special, is that it matured on a former Armagnac cask.

    Well now, this is a special nose. While underneath you immediately notice that this is an Irish whisky with notes of tropical fruit and honey, there is something that completely overpowers it, which is not a problem in itself: mildly burnt applesauce (speaking from experience, let's not go there), blackberries and overripe plums. A truckload of cinnamon and vanilla. Very, very sweet. But it works, rest assured!

    Delicious full body. Very round and rich. Immediately again those wonderfully tropical notes of pineapple on the barbeque, banana, plums and apricots, but also a sweet and sour touch as if from a grapefruit, before the spices do their thing. Cinnamon and cloves and then some. It gives this whisky both weight and punch. The strength is near perfect.

    The finish is long, sweet, warm, satisfying.

    Boy oh boy, this was very good. And if I was a gambling man, I'd say this is Bushmills. Thanks, Benny, this was a great sensory experience.

  16. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very beautiful, harmonious and also delicious malt. Somehow something else. Not overly complex but very consistent in what it has to offer.
    Finish ties in very nicely with the good nose and becomes even better at the back.
    • Nose
      88 88
      It smells good, a little sweet honey, malty notes, generally slightly floral touch with sourdough, freshly baked yeast bread. Has a lightly perfumed effect, rose water, jasmine. There are also woody oak aromas with dry pine wood. In addition to fruity notes of pears, apples and exotic fruits like pineapple, mango, peach and gooseberries, there are a few spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Develops even better with more time.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Creamy, soft start despite the high alcohol content. A short time later, however, the spice and the peppery sharp notes come through. You can add some water there.
      But it remains this great fruitiness with the very sweet moments of raisins and a forest fruit jam.
      Some chocolate and slightly flavored tobacco are forming in the background.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long finish, a lot of malt, oak and slightly exotic sweet fruits, yeast bread comes out again

  17. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It's not bad. I expected something different with the combination of Irish malt and Armagnac. One assumes a milder representative. It is certainly not. But it was interesting to try it.
    • Nose
      It needs air, some water and time. Quite spicy. Rather dry wood notes. Nuts. Spices like clove. Malaga ice cream. Some vanilla. Tart dried apricots. Completely removed some incense sticks. If you know that it was in an Armagnac barrel, you can smell the Armagnac a bit.
    • Taste
      He has strength and pushes. But never unpleasant for me, because it also has nice oily and sweet notes. Pepper. Wood wort. Rock sugar. Cereal. Some rose water. Rye flour.
    • Finish
      Chocolate with chilli. Tree bark. The spiciness comes again and brings salivation. After that it will be drier.

  18. whiskytornado scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  19. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    It really wasn't that easy now. Has neat corners and edges. But I imagined it to be a little different. I would not have come across Armagnac blindly.
    • Nose
      Colour:
      Light amber

      Nose:
      First I come across tart leather and a flood of alcohol. I'll let him breathe a bit right away.
      When the alcohol mist has lifted, a sweet berry wine note immediately appears. In addition, elderberry and a tart herb aroma. Reminds me of cabbage wraps, also because of the meaty component.
      With even longer time in the glass, the colleague looks sweeter. In addition, a dry, aromatic tobacco note. Wet steel and fresh fennel.
      Another 30 minutes later it really opens. Sweet wood note is in the foreground. This now fine alcohol note only sticks out subtly. Now more plums and junipers. It is very interesting how the colleague changes in the glass with more and more time.
    • Taste
      Alcoholic onset. Dry ginger heat. In addition, this sour citrus note. Partially tastes like unripe grapes. With hazelnut and some chocolate.
      With a few drops of water, the colleague becomes more pleasant. Without losing its bite. In addition apricot, tart leather and rancid fat. With the second sip, more tart plums and again the wet steel. Has a hint of grain.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Spicy and with a lot of bitterness. At the very end, some fruit sweetness finds its way. The metallic remains until the end.

  20. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon bark, rum raisins, dark grapes, plum jam, vanilla pudding, allspice, sourdough, honey
    • Taste
      89 89
      Strong start, creamy, spicy, nutmeg, fresh ginger, grapes, raisins, vanilla sugar, malt, bread dough, cinnamon
    • Finish
      87 87
      Quite long, warming, spicy, cinnamon, ginger and oak

  21. Othorion scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Unusually spicy for an Irishman, but very tasty!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  22. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    Description from Rolf Kaspar GmbH, Ruhrallee 59, 45138 Essen

    Lichtburg # 1 Marika Single Cask, Single Malt Irish Whisky, Ireland

    The Lichtburg opened its theater with a large gala program on Thursday, October 18, 1928, in front of 2000 festival guests. Today the most beautiful German premiere cinema has a nationwide radiance and, with its diverse program, is a cultural beacon of the Ruhr area - carried by people for whom cinema is life and passion.

    Extract of tasting notes: full-bodied, round mouthfeel, a vanilla-cinnamon-like sweetness and aromas that are reminiscent of black currants, ripe plums and blackberries

    57.5% vol., 0.7 L, single malt Irish whisky, Ireland

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