Overall rating
87.83/100
votes
52
Whiskybase ID
WB199448
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Phil & Simon Thompson (PST)
Vintage
2009
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
Miguel Martin Oloroso Butt Since 10/11/2016
Number of bottles
661
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
14 dec 2021 11:30 pm by Pleb
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 100.82

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Whisky reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 2009 PST

20 users have left 20 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.83 points.

  1. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful and smoky, good balance, nice for a smoky and modern blended sherry whisky - even better with some water
    • Nose
      88 88
      Dried fruits, raisins, sherry, some smoke, rubber, smoked bacon, cloves, dates, toffee, chocolate - not bad
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, creamy, some liquorice, acacia honey, good sweetness, smoky, rubbery, sherry, coffee, toffee, chocolate, little peat, spices, some herbs - pretty good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Long, warm, spicy, sherry, smoky, rubber

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  3. SimonOHA scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Dirty but very greedy profile for those who will appreciate it.
    • Nose
      Nose on smoked leather, mousse with a little smoked bark, slightly burnt sugar, gum and dried fruits.
    • Taste
      Dried fruits, gum and burnt caramel on the palate. Sour peat on big sips.
    • Finish
      Sweet finish on an invading smoky leather, very pleasant. Bitter caramel rubber on big sips.

  4. JoshNRW scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    80 euros is already an announcement for a 12-year-old blend.
    This one is cask strength and Islay, which puts the price into perspective. However, because the intense aromas are not my preferred flavor profile, I would rather spend the 80 euros for another whiskey, but lovers of juicy Islay sherry malts will like this whiskey very much.

    Between 87 and 88 points.

    PS: I find him better in all areas with a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      88 88
      87.5
      Cold smoke and ash (Caol Ila?) and at the same time bacon notes (Lagavulin?).
      In between, a nutty, dark fruit sweetness from sugar beet syrup.
      With water it gets a lot less rough and I like it one or two points better. 88.5
    • Taste
      87 87
      Tasty blend of equal smoke and dark sherry sweetness. I don't find the whiskey over finished, but the aromas are very intense, but still structured.

      In between, the tannins briefly flash up in the middle and leave a bitter note - which goes well with the sugar beet syrup.
      Everything is quite simple, but tasty and neither the smoke nor the sweetness are totally over it.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Not particularly long and always a slight bitterness behind the sweet smoky notes.
      The mouthfeel is amazing even without water for the 12 years and over 55 percent.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [October 2022] A blended malt from Islay, hey: This is a nice challenge to explore, and it is even nicer as this bottling comes from the Thompson Bros. which are known for excellent releases at (still) reasonable prices...

    ...and this confirms that great legacy. A fine blended malt with a large share of Lagavulin and maybe some additions of Caol Ila (if my good ol' taste buds are still working). Excellent blending recipe, interesting to explore and very dangerously to quaff - what else does a whisky connoisseur looks for? Right, the price at 80 Eurobucks is okay given the (drinking) quality of this dram. Slàinte!
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is very dark for a twelve-years old at russetmuscat, and the nose offers a bold profile of Islay peat, barley sugars, firm woods and the trademark Lagavulin smoked bacon. Actually, this is very interesting as this nose is almost a fifty-fifty profile of the Lagavulin and Caol Ila aromas with the first being a little more dominant. The peat is clearly in the driver's seat, no doubt.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is bold and full of impressive flavours too, with both the peat and the sherry in the front seats. But the malt is not shy at all, as is the wood. All four join forces to create an interesting and enjoyable experience, and if you do not insist on single malt releases such an edition saves you a hell of money while providing almost the same pleasures. No flaw or imbalance according to my taste buds, they just cry "Give me more!"...
    • Finish
      88 88
      The dram arrives powerful with a warming and nicely coating effect on my palate and without distracting bitter or astringent moments. Accordingly, the finish is long and turns a little more to the sweeter side with molten barley sugars counter the bitter peaty flavours (which is good). Water releases more maritime peaty aromas in the nose and smooths the taste - I like to explore this dram first when neat and after that I saviour it reduced to about 46% abv.

  6. Dris scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A modern type of sherry, musky syrupy. The smoke is intense, harsh, chalky and salty. It appears very young.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. drammelzee scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    beautiful 50/50 blended malt

  8. Steven79 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  9. John87 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. hlz30 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Modern peated-sherried dram without annoying rubber and tires. But even with the use of a butt from a Bodega, the sherried notes are still too modern to me. Excellent cost-performance ratio though.
    • Nose
      New leather, stainless steel, then sweetness from milk chocolate, charred wood and Harbin smoked sausage. Cranberry jam added some vitality to the nose. The earthy peat smoke of Lagavulin came later. Nonetheless some cardboard/ pile of boxes, and even with a hint of garlic. Vegetal peat in the emptied glass
    • Taste
      Huge sweetness on a bold arrival, then milk chocolate with a high cocoa content. More-than-medium bodied. Burnt sugar, dried hay, sultana, dried prune. Cranberries and balsamico added acidity on the palate, while the white peppers did its job well. Good saltinness too (bacon). The last drop was sooty and impressively earthy with great tannic attack.
    • Finish
      Round and moderately long, with dark chocolate bitterness, burnt wood, bacon. Interestingly there was a sense of senka in Asian temple at the very end.

  11. geriud scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  12. pilgrim77 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Stonking sherried peat nose…a very high quality cask meets very high quality distillate. A drop of water released even more treasures, with plenty of dark, ripe berries and fruits (I get a lot of plum) and a meaty note mingling with citrus notes, sea spray and warming peat. Certainly seems like there are both the ashy notes of Caol Ila and the crystalline notes of Lagavulin in there somewhere. Superb! Slightly more simple on the palate, with the sweet/peat profile benefiting from the good ABV. The finish is a bit shorter than I would have liked, but stays true to the profile of the dram. A much better example of a heavily-sherried Islay dram than many of the other (often more expensive) examples I’ve tried recently.

  13. MaltMonkeyPetro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  14. Banzai scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  15. Jimbeau scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  16. Petitcham scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Laga's character is stronger than Caol ila, citrus with lemon as its main focus, irritating

  17. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  19. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    coastal peat, smoked bacon, dark fruits, iodine, burnt sugar, engine oil, tastes like CI indeed, sherry is well integrated, very drinkable.

  20. marcusjang scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The label itself doesn't seem to have many hints other than generic clues about the isle of Islay such as MV Finlaggan and Kildalton Cross. However, in the Facebook post by the Thompson Bros. themselves they tagged both Caol Ila and Lagavulin, so I guess that's essentially a confirmation.

    In terms of what's in the bottle, I can absolutely draw connections to other young Lagavulin IBs that I had from a particular zing of ozone - but I admit that I could have been prejudiced from the informations above. The wine itself seems fairly dry, but the peated malt provides a good balance to the dryness especially with notes of wet smoke. I wish the finish could have been longer, which is unfortunate.

    Unless it's a split of a bigger batch, I think it's fair to assume it's a 50:50 blend of Caol Ila and Lagavulin - and it does taste as such, with a quality Oloroso notes on top.
    • Nose
      Tobacco, smoked ham, soy sauce, slight balsamic, naphthalene
    • Taste
      Barbecue sauce, dry wine, zingy ozone, oily texture, grilled fish
    • Finish
      Coastal breeze, meaty, moderately long, salty aftertaste

  21. Treezzey did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Rumored to be a Caol Ila + Laga combo

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