Overall rating
87.56/100
votes
19
Whiskybase ID
WB192474
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Michel Couvreur (MCo)
Vintage
21.02.2002
Bottled
30.06.2021
Stated Age
19 years old
Casktype
Malaga
Number of bottles
866
Strength
45.5 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
26 sep 2021 9:02 pm by n1k0n
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 298.58

4 × in wishlist

19 × member ratings

27 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Alba 2002 MCo

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.56 points.

  1. Lorion scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    An insanely interesting whisky. The palate is outstanding. Complex and tasty. 89 points in total.
    • Nose
      Sweet apple cider. Cashews. Intense oak wood soaked in wine. Sweet cereal notes are in the background. I also hear a hint of chocolate.
    • Taste
      Dusty wood, old books. Immediately comes the intense sweetness of lightly fermented apples. It gets sweeter and sweeter in a matter of moments.
    • Finish
      Long and sweet, the spice also remains behind the sweetness. The aftertaste is rather dry. Drought lingers a little longer.

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  3. hs305 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    [June, 2022] A quick review of a sample...

    ...which is a sour-sweet wine-driven dram with not many whisky flavours left to detect. Easy to sniff and easy to sip with a very simple but charming profile, could be from any distillery from any country in the world that produces a clean spirit. Certainly a fine dram for all wine lovers but to be honest: Where is the whisky?

    This is (probably) the most expensive way to boost up a sherry wine to a higher abv. Try the following: Buy a bottle of excellent old sherry wine (around 20 Euro) and add pure high-proof alcohol to it until the abv reaches 45% (another 10 Euro, rather less). I am sure you will get a comparable tasting experience for a fraction of your money, not kidding!

  4. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A 5cl sample with a friend to fill up the "new" Couvreurs. Unfortunately rather a disappointment. I already knew that this probably wasn't one of the better Couvreurs, but I still hoped for a point or two more.
    • Nose
      87 87
      A pleasant sweetness that is clear and structured but unfortunately the front, middle and end consists of this pleasantly beautiful sweetness and somehow this infuriates me considering the asking price, which is already very different from what is offered here .

      Over time, a sour acidity from fermented fruit comes out.
      I don't even want to describe the nose as overloaded, but it is - at least for the expectations - far too simple.

      I give the 87 points for nosing and ignore the price.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Starts again with a finely structured and pleasant sweetness, but becomes more and more acidic towards the end. I don't know if I find that exciting or totally inappropriate. Is something new.
      A bit of bitter oak at the back.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium, sweet-sour-bitter

  5. wisekyofcourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A first for Michel Couvreur: the aging of an Irish distillate in triple distillation.

    Less spicy, full of delicacy and finesse, the distillate reacts very differently in Malaga cask. Beneath an apparent fragility, superficiality, it is very persistent. A very floral aromatic resonance, citrus, which persists and offers a very elegant rancio. While the 1st Alba was in Chenin cask, this one joined it for its finesse and delicate complexity. Natural degree, 866 bottles of 500ml made on June 30, 2021
    (W and R selection at 259 €)
    (Bottler's note)

  6. wisekyofcourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    a question I ask myself:
    why speak of the Irish distillate as a sales force when the late MC ardently advocated the value of the barrel?
    This makes me think that the Roofer spirit is in danger of collapsing!

  7. ango did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Would be really interesting what MC Fans think about this price position of Alba2!? We are talking about a selling price of 420 Euro based on an 0,7 bottle… 19 years is not really unique and that it is an irish destilate is from my point of view a nice to have information. 95% of the taste should come from the cask itself and the special storage in the cellar of MC. Even if we compare price position with Glendronach or Macallan it seems expensive. Personally I think fanbase is not big enough to consume 866 bottles for 300 Euro so I will wait till price is decreasing… For 300 Euro I prefer Very Sherried which you get from time to time for the same price.

    866 bottlex x 300 Euro = 260.000Euro for 1 Cask... After the first ratings it might be possible to be patient and wait if price can be adjusted... Price is always the balance between supply and demand... Maybe demand is to strong and have to be adjusted

    Would be great if current packaging could be changed as bottles gets damaged if they will be sent within the wodden box…

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