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Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Wayward Irish Spirits (WIS)
Bottling serie
Storehouse Special
7 months Moscatel Sherry casks finish
Batch 1
Number of bottles
56.0 % Vol.
350 ml
Malt x Moscatel Finish
Added on
28 apr 2022 9:44 pm by Coldorak
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky
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Average value

€ 59.98

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Whisky reviews for The Liberator Irish Malt Whiskey

2 users have left 2 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.25 points.

  1. Archer scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    After tasting it in undiluted form, a small counter-check with a good dash of water (1/2 teaspoon to 2cl): Oh yes, less definitely means more here. The nose becomes much more concise with water, it is not as dry and creamier on the tongue, and the finish is a touch longer.

    Without water: 84 - 84 - 83
    With water: 86 - 86 - 84

    In view of the small bottle size (350ml) I find it very practical that he
    1. Water tolerates and
    2. becomes more substantial with water.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Compared to a Liberator Double Port finish that I had in my glass shortly before, this nose is very reserved. I can't identify alcohol as a note, but it will be what holds back the aromas. A little sip beforehand will help him along the way...
      ... in fact: what standing time is capable of is also achieved by briefly moistening the tongue: there are the aromas. Vanilla, honey and caramel, subtly fruity, initially hardly any spice. Still too reserved for my taste.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Powerful but not too powerful acceleration. Marshmallows, vanilla, candied apple, raisins. Dry wood, damp autumn leaves (well, how you imagine it to taste), fig jam. It's already pretty dry, the mouth is contracting.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Quite a short finish, very dry (no water), a little peppery, peppermint now appearing, grape seeds.

  2. Coldorak scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I’ve enjoyed this. Neat, the nose is really nice. I cannot say which notes are brought by the moscatel finish as I don’t have experience with the different types of sherries and fortified wines and all except for the odd port, but this is really nice, even though the ABV makes it a bit prickly. The palate, when neat, is very syrupy and hot, and mostly covered by chocolate cream dessert, really on the front of all other flavours. Water unfortunately seemed to almost extinguish the nose for me, but was quite successful on the palate, letting other flavours to come through, even tropical fruits. In the end, it’s a really nice whisky, really enjoyable, though maybe a bit expensive as it’s just a wee bit more than a half-sized bottle.
    • Nose
      84 84
      Neat: oh, I hadn’t paid attention to what the ABV was before nosing it, and it smelled alcohol! Once past the alcohol hit on the nostrils, there is some caramel as well as figs, prunes and dates, almonds, it’s like an oriental pastry. There’s something slightly herbal in the back that I cannot pinpoint, or maybe grassy. Some floral notes as well.

      With water: strangely just a few drops seem to have toned the nose down a bit, it’s less expressive. The alcohol hit disappeared completely.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Neat: the arrival is thick and syrupy, a bit hot from the alcohol, on chocolate cake, or maybe even chocolate cream dessert (it really makes me think of the La Laitière one we have in France, do you have it in the UK?) There’s some wood bitterness, grapefruit zest, sliced almonds, but I find that everything is mostly covered by chocolate.

      With water: oh this works way better on the palate than on the nose. Way more citrus notes, still those alcohol spices but delayed compared to neat. The mouthfeel is creamier now, with slightly more heat on the tongue, but that’s nice. With slightly more water, some mango appears.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Orange, citrus, touches of wood, a couple chunks of chocolate, and a few floral notes. The finish is quite long, flavours stay for quite a moment on the back of the tongue.


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