Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Whisky Import Nederland (WIN)
Bottling serie
First Cask
Stated Age
16 years old
Sherry Butt
58.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottled for
WIN dranken B.V.
Added on
21 May 2021 1:48 pm by Osaka
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 102.46

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34 × member ratings

71 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for A Highland Malt 2005 WIN

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.52 points

  1. GlenSikkes scored this whisky 50 points Connoisseur

    I think something went wrong with the distillation here, maybe something with the lower-wines/foreshots.
    Initially I get methylated spirit/Spiritus and strange volatile perfumy/chemical odors. It shoots into your forehead. If after 10 minutes it calms down a bit, a strange out of balance composition of dark fruit, herbs, varnish and oak remains. Butter/Werther's Original is recognizable on the taste. Finish; literally headache.
    Glad I didn't buy a bottle..

  2. wouterk scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    I really was looking forward to this bottling, wasn't convinced to buy a bottle and tried a sampled first.... really glad I did. This dram is not what you expect from a 16yo (undisclosed Glenmor.....).
    • Nose
      81 81
      Good start, dark fruits and berries, spices and a hint of wood.
    • Taste
      77 77
      Okay, here we go... not really good. Starts okay, nice mouthfeel but when you think this will be good, it is going downward. Dry wood takes the overhand and the darker fruits I tasted and liked at first disappear like snow in summertime.
    • Finish
      74 74
      We are in a downward spiral. The dry woods are very present at this moment accompanied by some spicy peppers, Russian home made alcohols and low quality leather (completely dried out) and loads of tannines. The darker fruits are really hard to find at this point. My saliva is nowhere to be found, my mouth is Sahara-dry, I cannot spit anymore. If you want to experience in your mouth what a good quality sponge does to water, please, try this dry MF...

  3. glenenz scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Clearly too much foreshadowing. Lots of spirits, lavender soap and a strange headache smell. Not my thing !

  4. thijs100 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    The nose is above average, but after that it all falls apart.
    • Nose
      First some notes of crème caramel and lemon yoghurt, followed by a touch of lychees, redcurrants and orange zest, as well as some perfume-y notes. Whiff of damp oak and nutmeg too.
    • Taste
      Dry, oaky and very spicy. Plenty of black pepper, cloves and nutmeg. Let's add water immediately. Or maybe I shouldn't have. It doesn't do much. Some more? Okay, some more water. Somewhat better now. Slightly creamy, some bitter coffee and resin. But so dry still.
    • Finish
      Burnt honey after a little while. Spicy. Some greener notes. And it goes without saying that it is quite drying.

  5. HammerHead scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    Apparently this is the way loads of single cask bottlings are going right now. Quick finishing for colour and some overpowering flavour. No distillate to be found here whatsoever, but the actual experience isn't totally bad either (wait till you taste the 2021 Dailuaine by WIN). Still quite nice on the nose and initial taste, development and finish are too dry indeed.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Thick, fruity and mildy tarty. Fruit jam, sour red currants, blackberry, blueberry, some sour cherry as well. Dusty and dry wood spices, some ginger and slight cinnamon.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Creamy mouthfeel, sour fruits, currants, cherry, blackberry, some lime, spicy on pepper and clove, quite a strong alcoholic bite, developing into dry wood notes.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Long: cassis like fruit notes, receding into general sourness, overpowering spiciness, peppery wood and clear tannins.

  6. Marcel74 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Something's not right, the nose is great, and I can smell methyl alcohol, so the cuts are fine. What goes wrong here is a too fast distillation, the stills were pounding quite a bit and that explains the sharp taste. Water doesn't help, it stays hot, aftertaste is of course nothing... this can happen at ib's the distillery knew this of course, they don't sell to the blends anymore.. and probably not to ib's either.. but if a batch has failed they want to please get rid of that, and it's in my glass now..has nothing to do with glenmorangie this
    • Nose
      Sherry, chocolate, coffee, raisins, dates, wood
    • Taste
      Tart and hot, with the above flavors in the background
    • Finish
      Short and sharp and bone dry

  7. Cask1988 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The second release of these WIN bottlings haven’t been quite a treat so far. So let’s see what this brings me.
    • Nose
      Well something went wrong here. This nose is filled with off notes. It gives all kinds of dark fruits and dark spices but the whole is being caught in a sickening smell. Like something was rotting here. A molded cask maybe or a wrong cut during distillation? Time makes things worse. Water doesn’t help.
    • Taste
      Heavy sherry cask flavors. In like cheap px flavors in a jacket of pour integrated alcoholic flavors. Quite some raisins but also to much spice. The whole is out of balance and too dry. Loads of tannins. Water makes it almost not drinkable. The body completely vanished and what’s left is giving me puke-like flavors.
    • Finish
      Medium length but not really a pleasure. I keep having flavors of rotten red fruits, fungus in like mushrooms and some sour, out of bounds spices.

      I can see why this bottle has been titled as ‘a highland distillery’. As a distillery I sure wouldn’t have been proud if this bottle carried my name on it. What a total waste of time and money. The art is ON the bottle instead of IN the bottle. Don’t leave the bottles in the shelves, drop it on the floor somewhere outside where nobody is bothered by the smell.

  8. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Needs some drops of water to open.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    At first it's quite allright, then in taste and finish some woody bitterness comes in. I don't dislike it that much as I read here in some critics, but I agree that this whisky is certainly going down in time. Not worth buying for this money, I would say.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Fruity, citrus, ripe apples. Oranges, some raisins, earthy notes as well, autumn forest. Then some soapiness comes in, some floral notes, lavender.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Thick structure, pretty spicy, cinnamon. Plums, earthy notes, pepper. Again some forest experience, with then some bitter, woody touch as well.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Still quite some power, ripe fruits, cinnamon, plums, earthy. Pepper. A bit drying now, still quite long. Towards some dry, bitter woody notes to the end.

  10. Ninofdram scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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


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