Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Valinch & Mallet (V&M)
Bottling serie
The ‘waxy’ Highland distillery
Stated Age
24 years old
Bourbon Hogshead
Number of bottles
48.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 Jan 2021 10:19 pm by Dramtastic.86
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 285.82

29 × in wishlist

53 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Highland Malt 24-year-old V&M

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.31 points

  1. Jackson05 scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    This is a flawed cask. If you’re looking for any wax or typical Clynelish notes, look elsewhere. I found little to love with this one, even with the promising stats.

    I’m sure it’s tough out there for bottlers. Between Brexit and the feeding frenzy it’s tough to compete in the market.

    The same is said for us humble customers. Bottles that used to be $150 (CAD) are now $450 ($CAD). Convert that however you like but the point is the same; we must choose wisely. Gambles hurt a lot more now.

    I don’t write this note to be disrespectful to the bottler. I write it for the enthusiast, because I really appreciate thoughtful notes from similar minded folks to help me as well. So often is the case, as seen here; a very high average of over 89 from 20+ scores, without any notes. Don’t be fooled, people are manipulating the market for their own (financial) reasons or simply because they spent so much they must convince themselves it is worth it (confirmation bias), but more likely the former. Of course you can (and please do) disagree with me, but IMO this cask is flawed. Take care out there.
    • Nose
      50 50
      The nose is straight up bad and flawed. Wet newspaper, mothballs. No waxiness, no depth, it’s vacant. It has a dirtiness and a salesman will say farmy, but not In my opinion.
    • Taste
      73 73
      Taste starts where the nose left off, with predominant notes of old newspaper and mildew. It makes somewhat of a recover mid to end palate and some fruits start coming through such as apples and a little signature melon, but there’s no true depth or anything of interest.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Finish is definitely the best because it’s managed to lose the strong notes of newspaper and dust. Here the musty notes mingle with some fruit and comes across as a little dirty but not in a terrible way. It’s got a little more body and interest in the finish for sure, but in the end it’s not enough.

  2. Derufus scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  3. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Today I'm giving this "Waxy" Highland a try. Had many other versions of what I'm led to believe is from a distillery located in Brora, Sutherland, Scotland. Let's see how it tastes.

    Nose starts off with touches of menthol followed quickly by freshly peeled apples, then hints of Mackintosh's toffee, fleeting aromas of vanilla candle wax, faint citrus notes.

    Palate begins with beeswax, then immediately to apple skins, toffee, some vanilla extract, and perhaps some green melon.

    Finish shows pleasantly tart apple skins, melted toffee, warming spices appearing that linger nicely and mingle with melting creamed honey.

    July 24, 2021 - Similar notes as above but now palate and finish add old style peat smoke which does not detract from other flavors.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. Kopite scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    This bottling is a strange animal indeed...

    The label indicates a "waxy" Highland distillery, well that surely must be Clynelish, or? Anyway, high expectations given the age, the cask details, and the fact that it is a celebration bottling.

    The nose at the opening of the bottle would actually say it's flawed. Even after 10 minutes in the glass it is a surprising disappointment, and the first sip is not very promising either. It appears both closed, shy, sour, and full of off-notes.

    I did put the glass aside and thought this was a lost case. Added a wee drop of water and tried again after approximately 30 minutes in the glass. This made wonders! It turned into a completely different whisky and experience, and to me, worth the wait. However, this is not by any chance your typical "waxy" highlander at 24 years of age, not at all. This is a challenging whisky that requires plenty of time and patience.

    I would describe this as a daring and bold selection by V&M for a 100th bottling on the market, and some die hard fans out there would - rightly - score this whisky well below average. I find it challenging, and different, and the quality of this bottling is well hidden.

    Score immediately after opening, around 75.
    Score after a drop of water and half an hour in the glass, 88. This score will be closely monitored by myself the next time I taste, cause I am not fully convinced.

  5. penumbra scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Scallion oil mixed with salt and pepper ginkgo, the 100th commemorative model can be such a mediocre bourbon, and its own kung fu can be imagined.
    • Nose
      This familiar H2S taste, since it implies that it is not Mortlach / Ledaig, it seems that Valinch's barrel pickers have some ideas, brewing soy sauce, roasted tobacco leaves, savory ham oil, and the Chinese food condiment area of the supermarket. After the strong smell passed, I could distinguish some raw green fruits similar to 80s big cats, anhydrous calcium carbonate, milk flakes, fragrant pears, grass, green grapes, lemon fruits, and the sweetness of bourbon barrels.
    • Taste
      Watery Bourbon cat, wax, coconut shell, vanilla, ginkgo, mint, matcha.
      Generally, the fat is peculiar, slightly sweet, no tannins, no sourness, no astringency, almost no bitterness, no pungency, and no alcohol.
    • Finish
      Generally, the same as the entrance.

  6. DrunkDude scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    This is Clynelish?

    In my personal experience, similar flavors (sample size> 5) generally come from weak barrels of masala casks: the greenness of the unripe, original malt whisky and the rancio of Marsala are sympathetic but harmonious. But this is a single barrel of bourbon. Isn't it tobermory?
    • Nose
      91 91
      Tobacco leaves, funk's raw nutty aroma, reminiscent of Masala barrels. But this is a bourbon barrel? Isn't it? In addition, there are smells of sea salt, soy sauce, fermented bean curd, a little bit of scallion oil, chili oil, and rich oil. Maybe there is a hint of motor oil? And some green grass, soil, and vanilla coconut and other bourbon barrels. There are also some lemon essential oils: the only thing that can be thought of is the smell of kittens. 91
    • Taste
      86 86
      Inferior to the wonderful smelling, slightly green vegetable oils, western medicine is the first to attract attention. In addition, there are new oil wax acetic acid, raw nuts, pineapple juice and oxidized orange juice, a little scallion oil, followed by lemon essential oil that sweeps the tongue, peppermint, lignin, cool, and chocolate at the end. The wine is of medium body thickness, medium power, medium to weak oiliness, but full of weird scallion oil aroma, the overall performance is slightly youthful and cool and light. 89-3 (because of the initial sense of youth)=86
    • Finish
      86 86
      Mint cooling sensation, sesame pepper, lemon, garlic cloves, scallion oil. 86

  7. FrankH did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Why is the average value before sales start at € 190?

  8. dramidaris scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. Odinson scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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