Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Jack Wiebers Whisky World (JW)
Bottling serie
Special Selcection
55.3 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
14 jan 2022 3:36 pm by Carsten
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 52.95

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11 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Classic of Islay Vintage 2021 JW

3 users have left 3 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.00 points.

  1. glen efze scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Classic of Islay is a series from the German bottler Jack Wiebers from Berlin. The whiskys are released regularly, are without age statement and there is no information about the distillery. It is rumored that at least sometimes it is Lagavulin. In general, the information is very reasonable, it should be uncolored and it should be unfiltered. It probably doesn't say so on the label. Responsible is The Vintage Malt Whisky Co., which also publishes Finlaggan or Cooper's Choice.
    • Nose
      Classic of Islay is actually the program here. This is a classic Islay whisky that smells of smoke. It's not a smoky stinker, there's no rubber involved, there's no sulfur involved. If you don't like smoky whiskys, you won't be able to do anything with the Classic of Islay - for everyone else it's actually a wonderful Islay fragrance. This is nothing fancy, outstanding, extraordinary - this is Islay for sipping and enjoying. The smoke is warm and sweet, it doesn't smoke or soot, but a few stalks of kelp got into the fire and the wood sat in the salt water for a while. Maritime peat that burns well, partially fermented fruits in the delicious fermentation stage with enough residual sweetness, trail mix with dark raisins.
    • Taste
      The whisky is 55.3% vol. bottled and can be drunk exactly in this cask strength. The alcohol is actually well integrated, it doesn't burn and it doesn't suppress the aromas. Of course you can add water, but you don't have to. And here, too, it's a classic taste that doesn't have to be dissected, that's not outstanding. But it's not too young and burning, not bitter, not mushy. There is a delicious cocoa note with enough fruit jam and nut butter. In addition, there is the maritime smoke with tobacco and kelp.
    • Finish
      Smoke and ash are conched with bourbon vanilla sugar, nougat cream and good cocoa to create a finely tart chocolate.

      Now, not everyone likes smoky whisky. That's ok, but somehow also incomprehensible. Because this Classic of Islay is such a wonderful sipper, a whisky that you can simply sip away, that is powerful and sustainable, but also completely uncomplicated, round and simply delicious. If this really is Lagavulin, what are they doing wrong with their own bottlings? Ok, it doesn't arise - Diageo isn't about whisky, it's about profitability. It's good that whiskys like the Classic of Islay still exist.

  2. Saftkenner scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
      What is the opposite of "acceptable"? The nose doesn't exactly make it easy for you. A few more years in the barrel would probably not have been completely wrong...
      It begins with fermented light fruits alongside bitter walnut kernels. In addition, there is also a sour, sparkling note (apple cider). The smoke is amazingly smooth.
      15 minutes in the glass does him a lot of good and the nose levels off a bit in the direction of harmony. Some vanilla even follows, and malty, almost perfumed notes.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oh, there's a little more here! A decently powerful, peppery attack with a fairly oily body. In addition to a nice campfire smoke, we have brownish apples and pears here (again), along with fresh citrus notes. In addition, malty-sweet notes with some aniseed and (bitter) fennel.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Mid-length finish. Ash, apples, malt, crushed grape seeds.

  3. DarkSideOfTheMalt scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    This clear Lagavulin bottling is quite successful.
    The 55% are well integrated, no pungency to be felt, very fruity onset, then typical Lagavulin notes, only the finish is quite short - probably due to the young age.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86


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