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Scotch Universe Mars III - 137° U.2.1' 1798.5"

Overall rating
86.82/100
votes
35
Whiskybase ID
WB179074
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Scotch Universe (SU)
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
11 years old
Casktype
First Fill PX Sherry Hogshead
Strength
57.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
16 Mar 2021 2:25 pm by Malzbrenner
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 84.86

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35 × member ratings

85 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Scotch Universe Mars III - 137° U.2.1' 1798.5"

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.82 points

  1. Myke scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Sherry aromas and spice both in the nose and in the taste - nice.
    The heather keeps coming out without appearing obtrusive.
    I like it very much with water, as it becomes sweeter and transports more sherry flavors and exposes the nutty. Without water, it transports more wort and spreads further. It's pretty good with and without water - depending on what you feel like doing.

    Is it a revelation? No!
    Is it a must-have whisky? n ..... aja, n .... a
    Is he good? oh yes, absolutely!

    Anyone who likes HP should get at least one sample. Everyone has to decide for themselves whether it is enough for more.
    [90 - 86 = extremely tasty -> get a second bottle, don't look at the prize]
    • Nose
      Sherry notes through and through: brown sugar, rum-raisins, plum jam / prunes.
      In the background there is a smoky note, including this typical sweetish HP heather note, but also a slightly ashy note with a charred wood.
      The seasoning comes out more and more: ostensibly more cinnamon and a little less nutmeg.
      At the back it becomes even more flowery
      The almost 58% tickle the nose every now and then, but are in principle well integrated. Light menthol in the nose, which has a cooling effect.
      With water: it opens even more, becomes spicier, more heather; the fruity notes take a back seat, but are still clearly noticeable.
      It now even looks somewhat "dirtier", slightly acidic (the sweet plums now look a bit more immature and sour / fresher) comes into play - but that somehow all fits together.
    • Taste
      spicy on the tongue, creamy-oily, dark chocolate turns into dark chocolate (but does not drift into bitterness). The tongue looks covered with oak spice; the alcohol is very well integrated.
      He's getting drier. Sherry notes stick to the tongue (tap an Oloroso, as I like light nut aromas of walnuts and roasted hazelnuts).
      With water: it looks softer, sweeter, more pleasing. Seasoning, heather, sherry flavors are also there.
    • Finish
      Dark chocolate fades away next to the spice and tannins, stays on the tongue for a medium to long time.
      The fruit flavors are fading.

  2. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Initial impression: nope.
    After a while: Yo, actually very tasty.

    Here is a PX-matured malt that has many rather frowned upon aromas from this type of barrel. The first time that PX seemed really uncomfortable to me at first. But the bottom line is somehow an interesting malt that is clearly good for time and air.

    Nonetheless: I liked the Mars II a lot better.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Seasoning and herbs. And neatly. Maggi? Lovage? Is that it? Sometimes it definitely smells like the terrible mixture of salt, monosodium glutamate and aromas that my father likes to add to the soup. Just not quite as dominant and disgusting. In addition, a very light, greasy-sweet grill note. After a while, light, sweet red fruits and some white sugar in the background. The sweetness of the PX keg.

      Initially rather striking and relatively one-sided, the whole thing becomes much more coherent after a few minutes. Doesn't really appeal to me personally yet. However, the alcohol is well integrated!

      Edit: It takes time! Now I have cotton candy, burnt caramel, BBQ sauce that is a little too sweet and (unfortunately) the weird Magginotes. But pretty far in the background.
    • Taste
      86 86
      A good surge of sweetness settles on the tongue. Pretty oily. The high alcohol content now creates a slight tingling sensation, but it's fun and doesn't bother you. Now the aromas from the nose have reversed. The sweet red fruits dominate, the Maggi and the lovage notes have receded far into the background. Thank God! Sweet red berries, white sugar, artificially sweet red apple rings, dried raspberries, cotton candy and a touch of citrus.

      Not Bad!
    • Finish
      85 85
      Fades a bit one-dimensional and a tick too fast, but brings again pleasant tart-spicy notes and dry herbs with it. The tongue is gently covered by a gentle sweetness and spicy wood notes.

  3. z1reticuli scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    If this is really Highland Park, then it is finally one I enjoy drinking. I have been disappointed by more single cask bottlings recently, this one plays well. And I am not a fan of PX maturation either.

  4. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Sherry, sweetness, raisins, dried fruits, light spiciness, some chocolate. The alcohol is well integrated.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Mild, creamy, sweetness, dark chocolate, spiciness, honey, later a slight but not unpleasant sharpness emerges.
    • Finish
      90 90
      The sweetness and chocolate remain, oak, medium length

  5. Carsten scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Enjoyment Booster Tasting - Scotch Universe - 2021/4
    Mars III (HP), FF PX, 11y, 57.9%

    Color: amber
    Nose: alcohol noticeable, plum jam, chocolate, wet wood, minimal smoke
    Body: medium
    Mouth: clearly alcohol, sherry sweetness, dark malt, roasted aromas, dark cherries, dry wood, some campfire
    Finish: medium, scratchy, mocha, dark chocolate
    Conclusion: 82.5P., A bit alcoholic and bitter, could bring the sherry notes even stronger. But quite tasty and drinkable.

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