Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Rolf Kaspar GmbH (RK)
Bottling serie
Lichtburg - Historic Series No. 3
Stated Age
18 years old
Ex Ruby Port Cask
Number of bottles
53.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Funfun Single Cask
Added on
04 nov 2021 9:31 pm by craide
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 128.64

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Whisky Reviews for Single Malt Irish Whiskey 2003 RK

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.06 points

  1. Official tasting note

    Lichtburg # 3 Funfun Single Cask
    Single Malt Irish Whisky - 2003, 18y, 53.8% vol.
    ex ruby port cask - 302 bottles

    The Lichtburg opened its games with a large gala program in front of 2000 guests on Thursday, October 18, 1928. Today the most beautiful German premiere cinema has a nationwide radiance and with its diverse program is a cultural beacon of the Ruhr area - carried by people for whom cinema is life and passion, like this man with balloons in an advertising campaign as part of the premiere of the film "Gift im Zoo "on January 24, 1952.

    This whisky was distilled on May 14, 2003 and bottled on June 24, 2020 from the ex ruby port cask # 55116 without cold filtration or coloring and at cask strength.

    Aromas of red berries, hints of marzipan and candied red apples are intensified by adding water and shape the complex character of this full-bodied bottling from Jack Teeling's stocks.

  2. glen efze scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Irish whisky has long been overshadowed by Scottish whiskys. This was mainly due to the long-standing monopoly of the Irish Distillers. It was only in 1987 that John Teeling brought movement to the market with the Cooley distillery. And so today many of the older single cask bottlings still come from stocks that Teeling was able to take with him when the distillery was sold to Beam in 2011. Unfortunately, a finite stock, from which this single malt Irish whisky, provided by John Teeling's son Jack and bottled for Rolf Kaspar, also comes. Double distilled and aged 18 years in ex ruby port cask according to the label. That's promising.

    • Nose
      There is spice on the nose, followed by ripe fruity tones. It's definitely an aroma that I associate with Ireland, without being able to describe it in detail. At best, Irish whiskys have a special aroma, even if the production process is not fundamentally different from Scottish whiskys. It's another spice that goes in the direction of tarragon for me. There are also warm oak tones with cinnamon and ripe fruits, plums and juicy yellow peaches and mangoes. However, the fruits are always contrasted and complemented by a herbal note.
    • Taste
      The taste of the whisky is strong, has deep red fruit notes with spicy herbs. He doesn't actually need water, with 53.8% vol. the Aklohol is well integrated. There's blackberry juice with sweet plum syrup and cassis. In addition, there are beautiful wood notes with rich vanilla. This is a fine Irish aroma that is difficult to describe. There are also gentle red wine notes that are full and round.
    • Finish
      The typical Irish notes remain with ripe, red fruits and herbs.

      This is a lovely whisky that combines mature Irish notes with good cask aromas and a deep and sweet red wine aspect. It is actually the case that Irish whisky has a special aroma profile that unfolds wonderfully in this whisky. This is a wonderful Irish single malt whisky.

  3. DannyDram scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Fruity, red berries, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, malt, herbs, oak spice, lime, mineral, rhubarb, honey. Well balanced, medium-bodied, fructose sweetness, good intensity, depth gradation present.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  4. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    The third release of Irish single malt in honour of the Lichtburg, the historically significant cinema in Essen, is an 18-year-old that matured on a former port cask. This was also 'provided by Jack Teeling, Dublin', which suggests that it is a former Cooley cask. On the back label it is described as a 'funfun cask', whatever that means.

    Delicious nose where the port cask immediately sparkles. All kinds of berries, mainly red (doh!) and strawberries, dipped in manuka honey. Wine gums and tiger balm. Nice and aromatic and rich. Another hint of rose water and soft notes of the oak.

    Great body. Nice and oily. Very sweet on red fruit and some marshmallows. Meringue and strawberry jam. Blood oranges and a hint of marzipan. Gently seasoned on nutmeg and pepper. Lightly drying.

    Medium finish, softly drying, on red fruit that is now gradually going on the candied tour.

    Ah, this is another winner. Very much enjoyed it. Thank you, Benny.

  5. DerDennis! scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Very balanced whisky, which needs some time and air.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Captain Teague scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sample from Whisky - Maniac..Definitely port.

    M: Blueberry , Brombeere, citric and sugar, polish, menthol, fresh wood.. (85)

    T: Hits fresh.Sour red berrys, polish, vanilla, citric, tannins, menthol, raspberry when you're used to sourness (90)

    F: (m) Citric, Peppery wood wood, sour red berry, burnt sugar, menthol a soapy note, (87)

    Nice work/ feels fresh and fruity young - you have to like sour red fruits it's really heavy sour in the mouth.

  7. Bart-msb scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Nice one, a bit heavy for an Irish, butI really like it!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Absolutely the port cask influence, but in a good and nice balance.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The port influence reamains at a good level.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Quite heavy for an Irish, but I like it.

  8. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Good malt. Quite fruity (rather fresh). Blindly, I might even have estimated it a few years younger, because the fruitiness is rather fresh and it lacks a little depth.
    • Nose
      Nice berry fruits. For me it goes in the direction of fresh raspberries and strawberries, some of which have also been boiled down a bit. A bit of wine gum. Some kirsch. Slightly floral hints. Rose water. Juicy wood tones with an ethereal touch. Minimal lemon balm.
    • Taste
      Not quite ripe josta berries. Flowerhoney. Baklava. Meringue. Marshmallows. Rose blossom cheese for a moment. Again the berries, but now with a little more acidity. Some Fanta tangerine. Tree sap.
    • Finish
      It gets a little drier, but not really bitter. Again slightly floral. Sour wine gum.

  9. brechtvds scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      the nose starts off very sweet lots off strawberry's , raspberry's , candied cherry's ,blackberries, candied apples , rhubarb jam after a while some almonds and marzipan appears
    • Taste
      sweet mouth coating arrival , lots of sweet jammy red berries strawberry's , raspberry's , candied cherry's , a hint of white pepper , dates , almonds and raisins
    • Finish
      medium to long finish a little dry again lots of red berries and jammy/candied fruit characters some dates and a hint of chocolate the sweetness is less present on the finish i get a more zesty and tangy feeling to be honest i wasn't expecting this, but there is some nice balance in this whisky

  10. craide scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    For me, a seamless continuation of this series. Hardly falls off. Harmonious, round bottling in which you can tease out even more with a little water. Just like an 18 year old, he doesn't quite come across.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Quite a dark fruity and sweet beginning, alcohol is hardly noticeable. Red berries, cherries and some plum jam determine the beginning. Everything looks slightly candied. In addition, there are always light wood aromas that contribute something slightly bitter. Chocolate, sweet rum, marzipan, some muesli and vanilla emerge in the background. Oak pushes forward and alternates with the sweet fruits. The chocolate is also part of the mix again and again. The whole thing looks rather dignified and set here. Great harmonious and versatile nose.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Tingling, slightly sharp start. Here, too, the alcohol seems to be very well integrated.
      The fruits are immediately present. A little apple and apricots are added. The fruits appear sweet and chocolaty. The oak flavor is more subtle on the palate and not intrusive. There is also some marzipan and cinnamon.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium-length finish, chocolate and spices push themselves to the front. Fruits can only be guessed at by the way. Some oak and sweet roasted almonds. The whole finish provides a nice kick again.


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