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Overall rating
89.97/100
votes
60
Whiskybase ID
WB187247
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Jury (TWJ)
Bottling serie
21st Release
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
30 years old
Casktype
Refill Barrel
Casknumber
4404303
Number of bottles
264
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 Jul 2021 10:05 pm by chrisyeo
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 308.00

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Whisky Reviews for Islay Single Malt 1990 TWJ

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.97 points

  1. MaltHaus scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    Kudos to The Whisky Jury, this is another great bottling from them. Remarkably classic, the initial fruity, floral, malty and marine character of this bottling will delight fans of fruity Islay whiskies. After this, full of passionate and inspiring energy, it allows itself to express an incredibly rich and exotic beautiful way. This dram invites me to take my own sweet time to enjoy the fruity, floral and marine landscapes, reaching the peak in a spirited and wonderfully expressive finish that continues right to the empty glass.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Gentle and soft. Aromas of orange blossom, candied apricot and tropical fruits appear together on a very fresh and dynamic initial nose. This stunning, fruity rancio then develops into new citrus fruits of lime & grapefruits and notes of delicious honey. Gradually, the aromatic palate becomes intensifying exotic such as mango, passion fruit and Kaffir lime. Allowed it to breath, it becomes increasingly complex, developing notes of briny, salty, light peat, pepper and camphor. With drops of water added, then the malted barley decided to take charge. It is now more radiant, the notes of malted barley appears alongside with orange zest, jackfruit, pineapple, banana, lemon and mango before the soft peat and light smoke takes on the fruity notes.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Delicate, clean and precise on arrival. With the same radiance, the malted barley holds the floor. Then, it invites to the table a variety of fruits, including pineapple, jackfruit, juicy pear, mango, apple and honey. Mid palate is exotic, nobly malty and lends huge momentum to the start of the palate. The end of palate is herbaceous and lush, with hint some red fruits of pomegranate. With water, salty and peat resurfaced with more fruity sensation dresses the taste bud, refreshing them as it does so. Next, fine notes of honey and heady florals gradually intensify the entire palate of flavours.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Medium long. Aromas and flavours of fruits perfumed the end of the palate which also bring the finish lots of energy and even emphasise its sweetness. Soft peat and light smoke are present throughout without ever overpowering the taste buds. This allow exotic fruits and sweetness to bring lots of complexity to the end of the finish. Retro nasal reveals delicious citrus fruit zest and honey. Empty glass is intensely fruity, floral and smoke with some hint delicate notes of musky.

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Michelangelo

    Argh... Joeri, you're keeping us in suspense again by not revealing which Islay distillery this 30-year-old hails from. Anyway, then we'll leave that in the middle. Distilled in 1990, this malt can already come to the fore with a maturation of no less than three decades. You don't come across that so often, do you? Let me get straight to work.

    Pleasant, somewhat understated and surprisingly (well, after 30 years) fruity nose on orange, pineapple and quite a bit of lime. After a few minutes in the glass (it’s worth it!) it actually becomes tropical! Apricots, grapefruit, mango. Delicious. In the background I get a salty breeze and a nice touch of white pepper, dark honey and sweet barley sugars.

    Oh, my! If taste was a sculpture, then this malt was created by Michelangelo! Chiseled is the word I’m looking for. Clean. Razor sharp but oh so delicate at the same time. A cartload of fruits, tropical like on the nose with even more lime, some soft herbs and an unexpected hint of potpourri. And in the meantime, the peat provides a nice smoke development that will not dominate at any time, but makes the distillate shine.

    That potpourri translates into a floral, slightly perfumed finish that is nice and spicy and continues to reverberate for a long time. The smoke lingers, but is delicate and graceful.

    Wow, what a great malt! My brain whispers Caol Ila to me, but I really don't know for sure. Sister cask #4404302 – which yielded 242 bottles at 49.8% – was bottled exclusively for Singapore. This gem puts you back about 290 EUR, but that's spent with pleasure!

  3. thewhiskyjury did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    This is the worldwide release. Bottles will be offered by our retailers in the coming weeks. Belgium and Holland will release later (probably september) Retail price Belgium will be 298€

  4. WhiskyCasual scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Crazy to see young, dark and modern one-dimensional drams scoring 90+, while this one does not even hit the 90 on average
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sweet and sour, unripe bananas, pineapples, multivitamin juice and citrus notes; phenolic peat / smoke in the background, also some leather
    • Taste
      91 91
      Creamy, ashy and sweet, apple, grapes, hints of tropical fruits, notes of citrus, but also peated grain notes, delicate peat. very nice
    • Finish
      91 91
      Ashy, salty liquorice, repeated brief impressions of pineapple and apple peel, what remains is a dry, ashy impression

  5. ConvalRen scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I prefer cask 4404302 better, the bottle for Nanyang Singapore.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  6. K C Wong scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. kofima scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. JNuyts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  9. -sAxo- scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  10. chrisyeo did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    shared in @thewhiskyjury Instagram
    7 July 2021

    Here they are
    30Y OLD PEATED ISLAY SINGLE MALT (secret distillery)
    1 worldwide release (output: 264 bottles)
    .
    And 1 sister cask (the green label) available very soon from @nanyangwhisky (Singapore) (output: 242 bottles)
    (WB187207)
    https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/187207/islay-single-malt-1990-twj
    .
    These work very well in a 1920s blender’s glass. The peat has been gently softened by time.
    A lovely dram from a stunning distillery (that has to be kept secret)
    .
    The general release will be available in the coming weeks from our worldwide retailers (keep an eye on our social media). Belgium and Holland will follow a bit later.
    .
    Thanks again @ @stefani_servaege and @ @dekwekerij_studio for this lovely illustration

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