Overall rating
89.50/100
votes
56
Whiskybase ID
WB207446
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Islay Cask Company (ICC)
Bottling serie
Jackson's Treasure - a Gentleman's Cask
Vintage
1996
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Red Wine Cask Finish
Number of bottles
348
Strength
44.6 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
03 apr 2022 11:15 pm by voodoochile
Single Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 329.00

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56 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Islay Single Malt Whisky 1996 ICC

7 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.50 points.

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [July, 2022] A quick review of a small sample...

    ...which is a fine old Caol Ila, most probably. Why? Simply because it misses the medicinal notes of a Laphroaig, the fat texture of a Lagavulin and the big sugars of an Ardbeg. Why are you disappointed now? This is a fine dram!
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a cold metallic and peaty profile without medicinal aromas but a lot of nice honeys and fruits, the latter are induced by the red wine finish (most probably). All is balanced without any off-note and to be honest, this nose reminds me most of my beloved 25-years old Caol Ila. I like it.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is a balanced combo of malt, wine, peat and wood flavours which is not layered, unfortunately. So the single impressions are hard to catch but again I do not find any medicinal notes of Laphroaig and I miss the impressive barley sugars of Ardbeg too. So again my best guess is Caol Ila, sorry all you Ardbeg lovers out there.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments but far from the fat texture of a Lagavulin. The finish is of medium length and adds some cardboardy moments from old woods towards the end, unfortunately. Maybe this was the reason why they added the red wine finish and this finish worked pretty well to cover this flaw. Water is not needed but it takes away most of the cardboardy finish so add a splash if you find this distracting.

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  3. SwiftyMcVeigh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I tasted it at the booth in Nuremberg. Now that I've bought a bottle, once again at home in peace. At the booth, the overwhelming opinion of other tasters was: Ardbeg. I agree with him. Great whisky at a reasonable price for its age (issue price: €139.90).

    Should breathe in the jar for at least 25 minutes.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Elegant but distinct peat smoke, slightly phenolic, with sea breeze. Subtly salty-maritime. algae. Preserved red berries, red wine and tannins. A light sweetness joins in. After a while, blood orange too. Very fine and delights the palate.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Maritime and salty start. Clear, fine peat smoke. tannins and oak. Dry. Red berries. Vinous. A subtle sweetness as a contrast. Orange. Liquorice and dark chocolate. salivating. Balanced.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Cold ash, peat smoke, fruit sweetness, tannins. dark chocolate. getting dry. Medium to long.

  4. bkkade scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    We also tried the whisky at the trade fair in Nuremberg and the group quickly agreed that it can only be an Ardbeg!

  5. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great bottling, the maritime smoke (which is still impressively strong for its age) combines wonderfully with the slightly reddish fruit notes from the wine barrel. The finish doesn't look like it was meant to cover anything, quite the opposite. Harmonious and delicious!

  6. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  7. daverdaz did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    100% Ardbeg!!! Very surprising.

  8. dominikbraun scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A really great old Islay whisky where the finish enriches the malt and doesn't overwhelm it.

    Unfortunately, the bottler himself does not know exactly which distillery is behind it, but according to the key data and general conditions, it should be a distillery from the south coast. This cask was given to a private individual, so Lagavulin will probably drop out, leaving only Laphroaig and Ardbeg.

    (Disclaimer: Tried at the fair)
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

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