Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland
Stated Age
21 years old
Manzanilla Sherry Butt Finish for 24 Months
Number of bottles
51.6 % Vol.
700 ml
de Germany
Added on
11 Sep 2021 11:35 pm by RaggaeShark
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 269.00

37 × in wishlist

61 × member ratings

224 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Islay South Coast 21-year-old BW

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.36 points

  1. RaggaeShark scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    *inhales deeply to enjoy the full bouquet of aromas from my own flatulence*
    How does anybody dare to rate this stale horse urine higher than 80? This doesn't even come close to the legendary Lagavulins from the 50s and 60s that I tried at all the fairs and meets that you cockroaches didn't even know existed.
    I wouldn't even wash my dishes with this plebeian beverage. And it's still available. Yuck.
    Before presenting to you an unreadable wall of text including all the other great bottles I have tried that have nothing to do with this whisky, let me first address the distillery management and the CEO of Diageo directly, whom I'm sure are hanging on my every word.
    I'd like to give them my long-yearned-for approval of the great work they did 50 years ago with the all good bottlings that you poor lowlifes will never lay your grimy fingers on.
    Of course I will never let you taste any of my old bottles (that I'll secretly end up selling) but I still expect you to have the same frame of reference as me, someone who has been a devout semi-professional whisky snob for several decades.
    If you don't, don't even think about rating a whisky here! Your insignificant opinions are polluting this database.
    *inhales again*

    On a side note:
    This whisky is great and it blew the ridiculously priced 21 y.o. Lagavulin SR WB35109 out of the water. 91 pts from me, but I'm just a guy who enjoys a dram from time to time.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. rampah scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    According to some hints, this is Lagavulin.

    Tasted this head to head with the Feis Ile Lagavulin 20yo from 2020.

    Qualitywise those two bottlings are on the same level for me:
    This one here is more rounded, sweeter and quaffable, while still having a clear Islay profile.
    The OB 20yo has more depth and power, but isn't that well rounded.

    Overall a stunning release and I believe this is my favourite bottling from Brühl so far.

  3. 3_243F6 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    South Islay, and if you look closely at the label, you see '1816'. Ardbeg and Laphroaig were established in 1815, Lagavulin 1816.

  4. dominikbraun scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
      After about 5 minutes in the glass, the whisky opens up more and more. First, light, multi-faceted smoke emerges, which fluctuates between a classic campfire and extinguished firewood. There are also clear maritime notes with fresh sea air, iodized salt and a little ginger.

      The manzanilla barrel with sun-dried citrus fruits only becomes noticeable relatively late. The balance between smoke, maritime notes and fruit is extremely good. The firewood, together with the citrus fruits, forms a typically fruity-tart mixture that is partly reminiscent of chocolate and fruit tobacco.

      Everything looks very balanced, dignified and mature - and yet there is a lot of power and liveliness in the aroma.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Very oily, again smoky and now noticeably more fruity than in the aroma. Light wood, campfire, jam, plums, nectarines, forest honey, berries, pleasant spices and subtle herbs - an outstanding interplay!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Oak spice and wood, smoke, some peach, more jam, slightly dry, long and round.

  5. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Hmm very good, harmonious smoker.
    Nice nose, set key, matching finish.
    I see the same classes as the Volxwhisky and would like to try the two at the same time.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Swirling smoke. Sometimes cold, almost ashy, sometimes warm.
      Behind it smoked sea bream, sweet fruits, orange juice.
      Pushes very hard out of the glass. Citrus notes emerge, a bit of fresh rosemary. Also lies nicely in the glass: Thin legs only loosen late, run back into the glass very slowly and leave beautiful windows behind. A smoked ham note now wafts from the glass and reminds one of 12 CS.
    • Taste
      89 89
      For me, the alcohol content is perfectly interwoven with age and barrel influence. Nice oily mouthfeel and quite stimulating for saliva. Salty and sweet, salted caramel, a bit of red berries, barrel spice, dark gravy.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Smoked ham, barrel seasoning, sweet berries, slightly salty.
      Long finish that remains nice and fruity and never dry.

  6. MaltRogers scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    After giving the Dram some time in the glass, the nose reveals just a touch of subtle smoke, which hides itself behind some wonderful light fruit aromas, where the Madeira cask clearly left its footprint. The mouth again reveals some tingling citrus fruitiness before the typical Lagavulin character strikes, which reminds me of the good old smoked ham Lagavulin bottlings. The finish continues the journey with the light citrus fruits and a long lasting portion of smoke, which sticks to the tongue paired with a nice sweet flavor. Not much to complain and as it was formerly said, this is more the gentleman or better to say the very gentle woman from the label, than an offensive in-your-face-flavor.

  7. svenske2015 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Bottler's notes:

    "The South Islay 21 Years - Manzanilla Sherry Cask Finish reveals light fruit notes, marigolds, ripe oranges, a beautiful nose of old oak, Christmas cookies with almonds, honey and sultanas that set the pace. Only in the second nose reveals itself a nice campfire smoke note that combines with sweetly marinated meat.

    On the palate, the South Islay is characterized by oak wood, a fine smoky note, a slightly salty, bitter sherry note of manzanilla and again oily, complex notes of light fruits, honey and Christmas cookies. The orange comes through, but your friend brought grapefruit with her.

    A powerful and at the same time elegant Islay whisky that is looking for its equal. "


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