Lindores Abbey Commemorative First Release MCDXCIV

Overall rating
84.48/100
votes
114
Whiskybase ID
WB185091
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Commemorative First Release
Bottled
2021
Casktype
Bourbon, Sherry and Wine Barriqué
Number of bottles
12750
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060638170099
Added on
06 jun 2021 12:32 pm by drwolfi
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 90.52

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Whisky reviews for Lindores Abbey Commemorative First Release MCDXCIV

30 users have left 31 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.48 points.

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    12.500

    Last summer the long-awaited first release of this new Lowland distillery appeared (at least the one that was made available to the general public). I confess that I don't really know what the difference is with that other release that appeared at the same time under the name 'Lindores Abbey Single Malt Scotch MCDXCIV', because the composition is the same, the alcohol percentage is the same... Let's put them H2H.

    The nose is pleasantly sweet, a tad candy-like and young. But in a good way. As I like it. Quite a few esters translate to Granny Smith apples in the pan and quite a bit of vanilla. Something like hazelnuts. Soft touch of yeast, but by no means disturbing. Gooseberries, kiwi, lychee.

    Nice and oily, sweet and candy-like again. I have to think about champagne for a moment, really. But without the bubbles. Banana, pear, apple and some spiciness that I assign to the wine barrel. Caramel and toffee appear. This is pretty tasty, though.

    The finish is fairly short, it's true, but nothing wrong with it.

    Fine youngster. The only difference I can detect is... the label (and the number of bottles of course, of these 12,500 have been released). Apart from that, they are, in my opinion, identical whiskies. Well, no, not quite. This is just a bit tastier than the general release. But since they are both very friendly priced, it does not bother me that they are so similar.

  2. ConvalRen scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Very nice in a highball mixer with a slice of lemon. If you're feeling adventurous, add honey and mint leaves.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  3. DimiIkon scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: May 2022
    • Nose
      Very floral, with boiled vegetables, but also a sour tone that is unbalanced. Then a light tone of sulphur, very young and with a clear scent of mash. There are also some sour apples and a chemicla sweetness in the background.
    • Taste
      Initially a honey sweetness with vanilla and pears. The mild vanilla remains with a tone of caramel. Spices, with mild pepper appears after a while, then the taste becomes very bitter.
    • Finish
      There is a floral sweetness in the background with mild vanilla and little pears. But everything is overshadowed by a bitterness that is not in balance.

  4. BunnaMan scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      81 81
      Sulfury notes like cooked vegetables, vanilla and some faint sherry sweetness. Floral and light.
    • Taste
      84 84
      First vanilla, pear and honey followed by soft wood bitterness and some fruity tartness.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium
      Light and sweet with some soft spicyness.
      Some wood bitterness and hints of sherry.

  5. Odinson scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. dramidaris scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Falang scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Not bad. First Lindores release and I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a young dram, about 3 – 4 years old. With a lot of potential. Flowery, sweet, elegant... But, drops dead quiet fast. The mouthfeel is special, covering the entire oral cavity with a sweet film. Not bad! Looking forward to future bottlings.
    • Nose
      71 71
      Sweet on the nose with elements like hay, candy, rosewater, frutella-sweets and a hint of stable (animal-like). Hint of white wine and pear...
    • Taste
      75 75
      Sweet and bitter with a lot of fresh pears. Chestnut, waffles, caramel, hint of vanilla and ginger. Mouthfeel is great; this whisky seems to be coating the entire mouth with a gentle sweet film. The taste is rather young, but very pleasant; a lot of evolution though- sweetness disappears rather quickly and the bouquet seems to drop dead.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Sweet finish, flowery, rocky, sticky... Medium long finish that dies out slowly. Ginger comes back. Gentle. Lovely.

  8. kenisam scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Very nice dram, quite young, but yet very pleasant.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Floral, light fruit, touch of vanilla and banana
    • Taste
      84 84
      a bit alcoholic, a bit oily, very nice but unmemorable; black pepper, touch of mint
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium, black pepper, touch of dark chocolate and mint

  9. Andytka3 scored this whisky 71 points Connoisseur

    1665) Lindores Abbey, 2017/2021, Commemorative First Release, MCDXCIV (1494)

    Always exciting to try a new distillery and hopefully able to follow along the way to see how it develop over the coming years. Rests on the site of the ancient abbey at Fife where whisky distilling were first written in Scotland history, surely quite some romantic elements attach to it.
    • Nose
      N- Vibrant and bright aroma, with air of sweetness and pungent ginger drawn in with ease, the eager to pleased floral notes fills up the sphere. As the oak take a deep breathe, the lively Bourbon scents has no end, shines with vanilla, maple, toffee and citrus. Wine barrique influence are mild, with tint of sherry that reminded me of Balvenie DoubleWood (Not a complaint). Utterly modern but no harm. Abiding bouquet stays in the glass for long time and lead to alluring savoury pepper and Dhal under the sweet young spirits. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Soapy, spicy nuttiness over sulphury nuance, barley dust and naked husk. Unpretentious young gun with grain-y, spirits and spicy candy. (82/17)
    • Finish
      F- Medium, rough on the edges -a trait that could be good if it fuse with right companions, but not quite yet with this one. Flat grassy lead to almost green-y herb. Young and spicy with off sweaty notes. (81/17)

      B/B- 82/17 Promising aroma, with more times ahead of this beautiful distillery, it will surely able to reveal a better self. Look forward to try other releases from LA of Fife.

      Weighted Rate- 71pt

  10. KB201 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    For collectors

    Lindores Abbey plays an important role in the history of Scotch whisky: the earliest written mention of whisky (or Aqua Vitae) dates from 1494, in the Exchequer Roll of the same year. Brother John Cor, a Lindores monk, was commissioned by King James IV to produce Aqua Vitae from malt. Today, 500 years later, whisky is again being produced in Lindores Abbey. The Lowlander partly matures in wine and sherry casks. The Commemorative First Release is a limited bottling in specially labeled bottles.
    • Nose
      Very soft with vanilla and caramel, plus garden fruits and sweet pear candy. Reminds of caramel apples.
    • Taste
      Soft and creamy, balanced between vanilla, dried fruits, hints of citrus and spices.
    • Finish
      Departure medium long, tender.

  11. Highlander65 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      very soft and fruity, pear, chamomile, delicate but not trivial, powdered sugar
    • Taste
      very fresh, still ripe fruit, vanilla and almond, slightly spiced
    • Finish
      medium duration, still on the fruity notes

  12. Rallo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    Young and wild with real potential. Certainly not one of the high-flyers yet, but the whisky lover can be curious to see what will develop in the future. For the first one paints a successful start from the still.

  13. PRV scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    21/21/21/21

  14. JvDijk scored this whisky 62 points Member Senior

    combined with chutney with mull . cooked at a low temperature
    • Nose
      59 59
      vanilla, sherry,
    • Taste
      59 59
      red fruit, sweet,
    • Finish
      69 69
      long sweet, sherry fruits

  15. Ninofdram scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

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

  16. drwolfi scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    There's still room for improvement - I'm very excited to see how it goes from here
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  17. whisky_knight scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    This first release (aged only 3 – 4 years) isn’t a legendary dram by any means, but it shows some fantastic aspects, such as a great, coating mouthfeel, interesting palate, and a medium-long finish already for such a young aged bottle.

    This would be a fine starter dram for the evening, and I can’t wait to see what this Lowland distillery is going to release in a few years. It’s shown enough potential that it’s a new distillery to watch out for in the near future.
    • Nose
      70 70
      Apples, white wine, pears, open field floral quality (very light). It’s a gentle nose.
    • Taste
      71 71
      Surprisingly soft, coating mouthfeel. For a 1st Release from this new Lowlands distillery, I was expecting a thin mouthfeel, but it was the opposite, having an enjoyable, medium viscosity coating.

      Caramel, stewed plums (faint), vanilla, ginger and gentle black pepper on the front palate and continuing through the finish, but not overpowering. It keeps the dram lively, but it tastes young (as it is). Fresh, new cut lumber.

      Passion fruit tart-sweetness that causes you to salivate in the corners of your mouth. Honey as well.
    • Finish
      69 69
      Medium-Long. Which is surprising for a bottle this young (Commemorative First Release). Medium ginger spice that fades nicely to a gentle warmth. Light oak bitterness, leather dominate the finish, but some light stewed plums from the sherry cask, along with light honey notes.

  18. TKoolhaas scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    Nose: Banana, Anise, vanilla, fresh wine

    Flavor: Banana, vanilla, slightly chemical

    Finish: Chemical after taste

  19. The_Osprey scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Lindores Abbey MCDXCIV Commemorative First Release, 46%.

    30ml at home, Sep 2021.

    Pale golden yellow.

    Aroma has prosecco, white French dessert wine, elderflower cordial and the slightest touch of carrot and apple baby food up front. A hint of tequila later on. Tequila and lemonade. After a while in the glass it develops something not dissimilar to salt and vinegar crisps. Not an expected aroma profile at all. I'm not sure I've ever nosed a whisky like it. Very interesting.

    Taste is delicate, again it hints at white wine and elderflower, minerally, a salty middle leads to faint bready, biscuity vibes that linger on along with the salt and minerally dry white wine notes, ending in a crunchy oaken bitterness.

    Definitely one of the most unusual and distinctive whiskies I've tried. Really carves out a corner for itself as whisky's answer to white wine. It's a young whisky but one that plays to its strengths brilliantly and delivers a profile that is unexpected and really enjoyable.

    Well, I was not expecting to enjoy this anywhere near as much as I did. It is excellent, although I'm glad I had this as the first whisky of the night as I think the subtle character could get lost if it followed something richer. Overall I really think this is a sensational first effort. Smashed it out of the park just about as well as anyone could do for a first up offering. 3.85/92

  20. dram-drinker scored this whisky 83 points Photo Moderator

    Not bad but nothing special either
    • Nose
      83 83
      Dry hay, little honey, little yellow fruits, hints of vanilla, little vinous notes, white wine, little citric
    • Taste
      84 84
      Oily, fruity, little punchy, subtle sweetness, more yellow fruits, vanilla, pepper, dry hay, hints of sherry, little honey
    • Finish
      82 82
      Medium long, warm, little spicy, pepper

  21. Hlektrion scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  22. ConvalRen scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Has lots of room to grow.

  23. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Honey, barley, banana, vanilla, not much in there, quite watery, not unpleasant too drink

  24. Alterjoe scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    The streaks on the edge of the glass let you look forward to the first sip. Really tough and thick, it runs down the glass wall.

    Nose: fruity notes of sour apples and not yet ripe pears and bananas dominate. Behind it nice notes of nuts and biscuits. As with the 1494, the yeasty smell is also present here, but by no means annoying. On the contrary, it harmonizes wonderfully with the fruit notes. A hint of vanilla comes up. The alcohol tingles your nose a little and of course you can tell it is a certain youth.

    Taste: Hui ... he starts really strong. I definitely wouldn't have expected that. Wild and boisterous with a little banana, pear and apple. Then the spices come and really tingle on the tongue. The Wine Barrels did a great job here. The youth can also be clearly recognized here. Still an oily and nice mouthfeel.

    Finish: A lot of spices and a nice note of caramel and toffee. For the still young age it lasts a surprisingly long time.

    Conclusion: Of course you can tell that he is young and has a certain immaturity. Unlike other and equally new distilleries, it cannot hide this behind any smoke. In my opinion, he doesn't have to either. It's going in exactly the right direction here. Very good quality work. When I look a few years into the future, it brings a little grin on my face. Let a little more time pass and this paired with good quality barrels, you can definitely look forward to it.

  25. notesofmalt scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Lindores Abbey, 3 years, 46% alc. Original bottling. Expansion: Bourbon, sherry, wine barrels.

    Nose: At first it cannot hide its youth, with a little air in the glass it immediately becomes milder. It'll take a few minutes. Then you get pleasant fruit aromas, some not yet fully ripe peaches, some pears and slightly tart apples. The fruit is integrated in fudge with a vanilla aroma and a hint of malt.

    Palate: Stronger than the nose suggested, much stronger, alcoholic. The tart apple is increasing, citrus fruits, malt and vanilla, I can also taste bitter caramel. Removes a nut aroma.

    Finish: Warm, medium to long, very dry.

    Conclusion: As the first freely available bottling from the distillery, this single malt definitely doesn't need to hide. Youthful and fresh. It has its line from mildly fruity to strong to very dry. We will see where the journey goes in the years to come. There is definitely potential. 80/100 points (2021) - www.notesofmalt.com

  26. thijs100 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    It's a fine whisky, pleasant even. But it also doesn't have one defining quality that makes it very memorable.
    • Nose
      The youth of the spirit shines through, but the cask influence is noticeable too. Plenty of orchard influences with ripe apple parts, but also raw puff pastry and some banana skin. Whiffs of bran, fermented mash and aniseed with finally a note of pickled lemons and sweethearts (the candy).
    • Taste
      The mouthfeel is pleasant and has a somewhat oily quality to it, but the arrival is on the spicy side with cracked black pepper corns and nutmeg, but also some roasted peanuts. A whiff of cough syrup and licorice root.
    • Finish
      A whisper of aniseed, some apple and ending on vanilla.

  27. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2021/08/17/another-s-w-a-g-lindores-abbey-first/

    N: Incredibly complimentary of the spirit’s DNA, the fruits are lighter/greener yet still soft/summery, and there’s a lovely bready ‘bloomer’ savoury-sweetness too. The bourbon maturation influence is clear but nothing is peaking/sticking out, it’s just so.

    T: Picking up faithfully from the new make, as a whisky, this one comes in at cruise control from the off, continuing to travel that way completely undeterred. Though not light as such, it is ridiculously ‘easy’/effortlessly moreish barley spirit I could drink by the bucket-load. Amazing really, that they’ve arrived at this in just three + years.

    F: A complimentary finish in keeping with the new make, slight coppery, malty light yeasty with a slight spiciness showing alongside more utterly un-resinous bourbon cask-influence.

    C: Exceptionally faultless/straightforward/well-rounded whisky, the unwavering mouthfeel and delivery, this one’s firm appeal. Furthermore, I commend Lindores for their relaxed accessible release & pricing policy, one that deliberately avoids/negates the ‘exclusivity’ flipper model. Looking ahead, Lindores will continue to stick to their scaled-up ‘whisky to be opened’ plan by avoiding ‘limited’ batch releases.

  28. BLX scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    Really didn’t like this. There’s a soda water vibe on the palate and more so on the finish, only got faint honey notes. Not my thing at all.

  29. Squinugie scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Stecar scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    History right here -Whilst I have a bottle of this with the fancier label it's the same whisky that's in the M bottle.
    The first place whisky was ever mentioned in the historical records of Scotland was at Lindores Abbey so they've gone and opened up a distillery there and this is their first ever release.
    You'd have to say it's very good -more lowland that Highland, it's a light fruity nose with a Oily almost creamy palate .
    This is going to be a distillery to watch out for -no doubt about it

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