Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Italian Connection
Stated Age
07 years old
First Fill Amarone, Marsala
Number of bottles
55.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Exclusive 2021 Edition
Bottle code
Bottled for
Kirsch Import
Added on
10 mar 2021 10:16 am by KULTundGENUSS

Average value

€ 80.04

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69 × member ratings

171 × in collection

Whisky reviews for ElsBurn 2013

18 users have left 18 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.11 points.

  1. stefan_PB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    With the "Elsburn Italian Connection", the Harz distillery has created a true masterpiece. Very complex, rich and powerful.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Rather subtle at the first smell. I would not have expected that with this color. I smell some dark fruit (black currant?), Heather notes, subtle wood tones. With a little water it opens again nicely. There are also raisins and dried fruits. Cocoa and slightly tart cigar aroma as well as honey aromas. A rather subtle, but balanced and pleasant whisky on the nose.
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is a real explosion at the first sip. So many taste nuances come out here that it is difficult to grab all of them at first. At first you can taste cake notes, later fruit notes. The black currant is present again, but this time more clearly. Nice, strong tart notes of cigar and wood alternate with pepper and cocoa tones. The whole thing is rounded off by the constant wine notes of red wine, sherry and port.
    • Finish
      90 90
      With the "Elsburn Italian Connection", the Harz distillery has created a true masterpiece. Very complex, rich and powerful, this is actually the best dram I've had in my glass so far this year.

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  3. Drum scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Well integrated alcohol, but a few drops of water will do it good. Very sweet, too sweet for many, but I like it, unmistakably a sweet, delicious drop from the Hammerschmiede.
    • Nose
      Roasted aromas, nuts and sweet! Dark dried fruit and brown sugar and brown butter with honey-crusted roasted almonds and nuts.
    • Taste
      Liqueur-like sweetness and nut brittle, nuts coated in caramel and honey, tobacco and raisins.
    • Finish
      Warm, turnip greens, red wine cream and sweet wine. Chocolate and sherry at the end.

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      76 76

  5. freshnight scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

  6. Jochen scored this whisky 74 points Expert Junior

    More liquor than whisky. Looks sweet, fake and unbalanced to me.

  7. Vale46 scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Dangerously tasty! Dark fruits with pipe tobacco and leather. Great whisky.
    • Nose
      Full and sweet, dried fruits, plums and some cinnamon, vanilla, cherries, caramel, resinous notes, dark berries, pipe tobacco
    • Taste
      Very sweet, voluminous, cherries, prunes, coffee, dark berries, oranges, some oak
    • Finish
      Medium length with lots of fruit and coffee and cocoa, leather

  8. craide scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Delicious, delicious, this Elsburn. However, it is more of an intense liqueur than a win-win whisky.
    But the barrels really leave their mark, you have to like that.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Opens only tentatively at first. Very sweet, slightly acidic, fruity like currants, oranges, prunes. Subtle wood notes noticeable before more and more tobacco and dark chocolate emerge. But everything remains subtle, but then quite harmonious.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The smell passes over seamlessly on the palate. Extremely fruity and very sweet. Amarena cherries, amaretto, everything more like syrup. Slight tingling in the mouth. Hardly any spiciness or spiciness noticeable. Rather soft and dignified. Many dark fruits stick to the palate like a liqueur.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium-long finish, a bit dry, cocoa, espresso and some tobacco linger.

  9. besar scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. Archer scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Friends of a sweet, liqueur-like whisky will love it ... :-)
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  11. lenaherbie scored this whisky 89 points Member Junior

  12. claymore84 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Tasted on 06-03-2021 in Baveno, Italy. Nearly undrinkable for me, way too sweet. Like a liquor with more ABV.

  13. RJKrueger scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A very complex, intense whisky with an interesting and rare barrel combination. A great nose with a lot of depth. It is worth playing with water.
    • Nose
      89 89
      What a complex nose when you have tamed the alcohol by adding water and the whisky is open. Currants, cherries, vanilla, nut caramel and spices.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, strong, complex and voluminous. The Marsala barrel dominates here, whereas the Amarone tends to predominate in the nose. But here, too, he starts the concert with clear cherry aromas that then merge into dark berries and plums of Marsala, some polish hints, leather, dark chocolate and tobacco round off the spicy side of the picture.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long lasting and complex, the Marsala will continue to wear for a while. At the very end there is an ethereal freshness.

  14. Saltmark scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Nice aromatic drink which does even better after adding water. Leather, wax and forest honey in the nose. But tasting it instead of whisky one rather thinks of a fortified wine that has had some measures too much of alcohol. Any spirit character is being buried beneath the wine cask influence.

  15. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  16. Madnes82 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Somehow very tasty, but doesn't have much to do with whisky for me. More like a good red wine with 50% alcohol.

  17. butt scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  18. Daren scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Italian Connection - 1st fill Amarone & Marsala
    55.5% - Kirsch Import Exclusive

    A new love seems to be sparking. After I used to devote myself reluctantly and shyly to the German distilleries, I have to admit that the hammer forge completely knocks me out of my socks. That's why there's the latest bottling for the Easter weekend.
    All I can say is: Amarone is Amore!

    The wine influence is dominant directly in the glass, which is why time and a little warmth should help my hand.
    Dream! Sticky toffee pudding meets a hint of cinnamon, maybe a little clove. The fruity components join in. Full-bodied prunes in a harmonious composition with syrup amarena cherries. Gradually, the nutty touch comes into its own. Roasted almonds flavored with cappuccino ... Great!
    I also have something flowery in my nose.
    On the whole, the glass shows off a fascinating interplay of woody-tart aromas and a compote refined with wine.

    Cherry! And totally chocolaty, maybe something like chocolate raisins.
    A mix of honey and propolis appears.
    A fruity-tart experience with a delightful sweetness.
    The bitter notes are incredibly beautiful and go very well with the overall composition - coffee meets syrup.
    The Amarone in combination with the sweetness of the Marsala is simply a jackpot. Dark grapes stick to the palate.

    long, tangy, tangy finish with a sweet kiss.

    Sensational and once again proof that the hammer forge knows its trade. Bravo!

  19. Gogopro52 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Simply nice to look at, nice to drink, nice to smell, nice as a whole!


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