Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
The Fishes of Samoa
Stated Age
31 years old
Number of bottles
52.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
12 oct 2021 1:29 pm by Dirk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 475.00

23 × in wishlist

24 × member ratings

38 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Irish 1990 Arc

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.45 points.

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Another great Irish from Archives. Don't let yourself be fooled by the shy and astringent nose in the beginning, the palate delivers all the tropical fruit I was hoping for. Probably one of the last (if not the last) Archives Irish from this vintage. It seems most of these (Bushmills) casks have now been bottled by IB's and the few that are still available will become too expensive.
    • Nose
      Starts with some grassiness mixed with subtle hints of kaki fruit, kumquats and mango's. Followed by green oak and mineral notes of wet stones and chalk. Whiff of eucalyptus. The sweetness of the rum cask is there but it takes a while to open up its full flavors.
    • Taste
      Bingo! Lots of tropical fruit now with pineapple cubes, bergamot and pink grapefruit. Ripe apricots and kiwi as well. Touch of linseed and custard. Marshmallows and Turkish Delight at the background. It's all very warm and sweet, with a slight liqueur-like edge.
    • Finish
      Endless with zest of orange peel, lemon and lime. Cinnamon and a little ginger. Aniseed. Light mint at the end. This whisky does need its time to open up, but then it delivers.

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  3. wisekyofcourse scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    butter, caramel, flowers, grassy, fresh fruit in basket
    sweet, cold sensation with cooked and candied exotic fruits, on pineapple and banana poached with sugar and butter
    the rum sensation continues pleasantly with exotic fruits bursting with fruit
    a little bitterness to enhance the scents, almond shells and we go back to the sweet fruits, sensation of an old tangy Harlequin candy that melts in the mouth
    warmth in the mouth, cooked vanilla, sap
    sweet, vegetal, sap, fruity, vanilla, warm, long:
    only the malt is reminiscent of a whisky in fact, terrible in the blind.

  4. SimonOHA scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Rather uncivilized, deceptively complex for my taste, powerful, greedy, excellent.
    • Nose
      Powerful nose, greasy and metallic, then quite quickly on opening on the solvent. In fact, when you close your eyes, you really do look like a Hampden. Very strong on roasted banana in varnish. Some woody notes behind green wood, but you have to get them. Fat grass.
    • Taste
      Soft palate at the start, rather creamy which becomes explosive with salivation. The spices come to give a dry blow in the palate before all the tropical fruits come crashing down at the end of the mouth.
    • Finish
      Very long and intense finish on burnt tropical fruits. Scents of wood soaked in Jamaican rum.

  5. g2ther scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  6. Wolf68 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Sjaak92 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. florian09 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    The nose is very "rumy" at the beginning, with a lot of bananas, pineapple, a harlequin candy side that reminds me of some Jamaicans. Then evolves into apple, mango and a little liquorice. Kiwi. There is also a root side like turmeric or ginger and a little wet grass.

    The palate is initially soft, creamy, then a big kick of tropical fruits: passion fruit, mango, litchee, pineapple. Milk chocolate, pepper.
    I find harlequin candies at the end of the mouth associated with tangy pineapple and bourbon vanilla. Slight dryness at the very end of the palate with hints of green olives.

    An unusual style! I didn't know it, but for me it's definitely a rum cask. The notes of pineapple, harlequin candy and olive clearly remind me of a Jamaican rum. At times we really have the impression of having a rum in the glass. Then the distillate takes over. The tropical fruits one expects from a good Irish whisky are there. A fragile balance, but in the end quite pleasant because it is unusual.

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Initially a bit dry wood and spices and a bit dry, so it needs some time to open... But when it does: minerals, mango, biscuits, menthol, oriental spices, tropical fruits, lemon peel, lychees and tangerines. Really diverse and rich.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Tropical warm fruit, grapefruit, menthol, toffee, pudding, dried fruits in a cocktail!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long sweet fruity and lingering. Sugar sweet but still fresh. Orange peel with kardemom.

  10. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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