Overall rating
89.39/100
votes
48
Whiskybase ID
WB225277
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Elixir Distillers (ElD)
Bottling serie
The Single Malts of Scotland
Vintage
21.11.1995
Bottled
15.08.2022
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
Sherry Butt
Casknumber
27
Number of bottles
390
Strength
56.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060880925195
Bottled for
Kirsch Import
Market
Germany Germany
Added on
17 jan 2023 3:41 pm by Tauti
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 225.70

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48 × member ratings

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Whisky reviews for Speyside Distillery 1995 ElD

20 users have left 21 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.39 points.

  1. LeChiffre scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    01/2023: after several attempts:
    The malt meets my taste profile. Anyone who likes intensively matured sherry bottlings with a noticeable influence of European oak will be happy here. The whisky is pleasant in the mouth, but still has a lot of power (in my opinion it needs water). In addition to sweetness, the dark aroma profile offers delicious dark chocolate, roasted aromas and pleasantly spicy oak, with fruity aromas in the background.
    • Nose
      89 89
      sweet and spicy; dark fruity; raisins; cherries; plums; Caramel; some creme brulee and sweet cake dough notes; roasted flavors; dark chocolate; some peppermint; a touch of tobacco; spicy oak wood
      - needs a lot of time in the glass
    • Taste
      88 88
      nice pleasant creamy-oily mouthfeel with some water; dark flavor profile; raisins; plums; Caramel; noticeably roasted aromas; coffee notes; dark chocolate; Pepper; spicy oak
    • Finish
      88 88
      becoming long and dry; roasted flavors; Espresso; nutty notes; Bitter chocolate; Tannins and tart oak spice linger for a long time

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  3. Andi82 scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    One of the best I've ever had!

  4. Tobias B scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Same impression as Amiliana, the sherry cask is covering all the potentially pleasant whisky.
    Tried it in comparison to a Bruichladdich Cuvee 407 which is as well way too much on the cask side. Didn't find much of difference...

  5. daverdaz scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Overall, I'm more impressed than disappointed. A beautiful sherry malt that is quite fair at the issue price of €149 and offers great value for money. The alcohol is wonderfully integrated in the nosing and the whisky is extremely creamy. Unfortunately, the taste is a bit out of round, a tick too watery or too thin and alcoholic. Otherwise, the LeChiffre Tasting Notes are great.

  6. Amaliana scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    I only taste liquorice and sherry.
    I would never have guessed blindly that I had whisky in my glass.
    Unfortunately

  7. glenrob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Well, this is a multi-faceted journey to the inner values of an almost 27 year old, sherry cask matured whisky. Impressive, fascinating. A roller coaster ride of emotions. The high alcohol strength of this Speysider affects the nose for a short time as well as the tongue for a little longer, but diluted with water, everything becomes softer again.

    A sherry monster without sulphur-heavy off-notes which I love! ❤
    • Nose
      90 90
      Shortly after pouring, I realize that due to the intensity of the whisky, unfortunately no tasting is possible yet. And after waiting for 15 minutes, I decide to wait another half an hour.

      Then, pleasant smells float out of the glass, which remind me of a cake, which is topped with overripe cherries, prunes and honey-sweet rum raisins. A little later the picture has changed and I recognize aromas of spicy tobacco leaves, sprinkled with dark chocolate and scorched wood shavings. Then again the fruit cake. A potpourri of flavors.
    • Taste
      90 90
      n hour has now passed and I dare to take the first sip.

      The expected breeze is a little storm, whipping peppery gusts at my palate. Although a malty sweetness is immediately noticeable, there is oak too. Despite an initially creamy texture, I also notice something overly spicy.

      I have the feeling of sitting in a heavy oak cupboard that has been carefully treated with furniture polish, and a fruit basket is cautiously passed through the crack of the door. Everything is dark around me. And so is the feeling on the tongue. Beautiful, but a bit spooky.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Notes of strong coffee flash up. In addition, oily-tart nuts and juicy raisins. Then an oak branch breaks off and almost kills me.

  8. ThorstenH scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Tasty dark fruits. plum jam. Slight sweetness.
    • Taste
      88 88
      It gets a little sharper. Unexpected for the 26 years. After a while, however, it becomes creamy. I'm torn about that.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Soft and sweet finish. Also some bitterness. With good will one could describe it as dark chocolate.
      2nd dram today and the finish is better. Dark, some cigar, leather and 90% chocolate. Yummy.

  9. MaltMatters scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The alcohol is very poorly integrated for me. He looks sprightly. The nose is great and appealing, but when you taste it... not very complex and definitely not recommended.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Wonderful round nose. Alcohol imperceptible, round, soft. Dark fruits and sweetness. Over time, very ripe tropical fruits are added. I like it very much!
    • Taste
      80 80
      Terrible! The alcohol comes out immediately on the palate. The texture is watery. Dates and wood come forth with much benevolence. You shouldn't expect complexity since the overall impression is one-dimensional.
    • Finish
      80 80
      The finish is still boring, it doesn't seem really complex and is quickly gone. Short finish.

  10. I_am_not_HS305 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    direct comparison to WB130202 (Macallan?):

    the Mac is way better. Was a bit more expensive, nowadays much more.

    149 Euros which was some of the initial prices in Germany, the Elixir is a good whisky. But I wouldn't spend more than this on a full one. 200 is too much for the experience.
    • Nose
      88 88
      very nice nose, as always a little bit interchangeable like a lot of Secret Speysiders. But not far off that Macallan(?). Red fruits, well integrated alcohol, no off notes. Needs a little bit time to breathe, but then opens up very nicely.

      With time, the Macallan(?) gets better and better and gains more and more distance to the Elixir.
    • Taste
      87 87
      n the mouth, it starts strong and kicks around, without dilution not the best one to start with. Again, interchangeable, but again, no off notes, more on the fruity than the oaky side.
    • Finish
      87 87
      turns more and more dry, fruits leave first. Goes down with no ease, but doesn't leave anything special behind.

  11. LittlePeat scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  12. GoldenDram scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  13. DerDennis! scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    I like it very much overall. However, he needs a lot of time and air in the glass, then it becomes more and more complex in the nose.
    The taste is very strong and does not open as nicely as the smell. Maybe some water will help. Still, great flavors and big sips are worth it.

    The very long finish gets better and better and I like it best.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very pleasant and subtle sherry notes, dry old wood (kitchen cupboard), malt, white pepper, sugared plums, some cinnamon, peppermint, nutmeg, a hint of cucumber herb
    • Taste
      90 90
      strong tannins and fresh mint, pepper, nutty, coffee powder, sweet plums
    • Finish
      91 91
      Very long, dry tannins, light fruit note, peppermint tea

  14. spezi1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    @svenske2015

    Asked about it by Kirsch, they said:
    Label picture is a mistake, it says Speyside Distillery inside. Not the first label blunder on the part of SMOS.

    In addition, it says "Distilled at" and not "Secret Speyside"

  15. Bestatter-Olly scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Nose: deliciously light sweet sherry aromas, figs and cherries, very clean
    Mouth: ripe creme brulee, fine red berries, subtle, alcohol is well integrated, oak can be felt in the back, mouth dries out nicely.

  16. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The picture on the label shows the beautiful Glenlossie distillery.

    @spezi1988:

    Elixir Distillers / SMOS said: "It is a secret Speyside Distillery, and not THE Speyside Distillery."

    They also said, that the use of the Glenlossie sketch may have been a design decision and not about what the liquid in the bottle is.

    So in the end, the liquid itself can be anything - maybe a Maccccc.... :-)

  17. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Also after the second tasting:

    Average whisky, which can only convince me in terms of aroma, in my opinion it is not worth €150 and that shows me once again that age does not make good whisky.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  18. Ghostdog73 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nice old sherry cask whisky.
    Soft with dark fruits, English orange marmalade and a long finish, without disturbing oak
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  19. spezi1988 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    RRP/UVP 149€ - 01/2022

  20. WHISKYEUROPA2009 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    ... have "THIS" balanced Speysider in the glass. Very, very yes, very tasty and soft egg-bound (56%) with oat flakes, drinking chocolate, figs, orange to coffee, dry red wine, oak and cream cake with caramelized nuts, everything is included... THANK YOU to KIRSCH IMPORT
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  21. Captain Teague scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    BfyB?...We'll see. The pure parameters look quite promising.. 27 yrs SC, Speyside...ff sherry for 148bucks.. all about the cask - and although it's most likely not a first row distillery - who cares..

    And yes I like it a lot it's definitely not for in between... it is a very very good old sherry cask that earned its 90++. Could easily be a GF Family casks ;) ..details to follow

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