Abhainn Dearg 2008

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
03 years old
American Bourbon Casks
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
07 sep 2011 9:38 am

Average value

€ 569.34

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77 × member ratings

93 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Abhainn Dearg 2008

18 users have left 19 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 67.13 points.

  1. ASWhisky scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    I still do not feel it as whisky ...
    rather a schnapps whisky
    but certainly expandable
    • Nose
      Magarine stirs with sugar
      a glass of mirabelle brandy
      then a lot of rye flour and sourdough
      a pinch of nutmeg
      Cardigans and a bit of bitter almond are still doing a great deal
      and suddenly
      Rauchkopp> I have nothing at all except this plastic plastinate with watermelon in my arms
      ASWhisky> boaah now comes plastic and watermelon full who had written this ... contact me here now only plastic
      Some plastic dissolves in schnapps and turns into small yellow sweet mirabelle plums
    • Taste
      watery mirabelle brandy ... with an emphasis on mirabelle .. fruity but also schnapps
    • Finish
      Wood and chocolate = nut
      but everything is very weak ...
      more schnapps than whisky ...
      found a dried apple ring
      on the finish is a slight malic acid and some sulfur ..

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  3. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A 3-year-old ... needs another few years. Something has somehow.
    • Nose
      Very young, wild, uncouth & rough. Old rotting wood, solvent. In the background sweet sugar with nuts. Water leaves a little camphor shine through, otherwise the already mentioned notes in the nose. Overall, a little milder.
    • Taste
      Oily prelude. Removes vinous. Amazingly more pleasant than the nose might expect. Memories of mountain pine, a sharpness that latches the tongue. Somehow a touch of fresh young unused wood prevails. With water much sweeter, yet bitter herbal notes shimmer through.
    • Finish
      Actually relatively long finish, somehow chemical, but not unpleasant. Minimal oiliness, slightly waxy towards the end. Everything becomes clearer & more concise with water.

  4. Dramned! scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    Potential certainly exists, but apparently not the right age. To be continued ... in a few years.
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      77 77

  5. Dramned! scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    I find it quite complex and very fruity in the nose for such a young whisky, its young age reveals only the slight metallic note. Since I had the same age, who were much more minimalist.
    After the first small sip I thought for a minute - spit or swallow ... Brekkies with fish I do not even expect from Islays south coast. He can not fulfill the expectations of the nose. I'll like to try some older bottlings again, in the hope that the obvious missing notes will then be eradicated.

    Potential certainly exists, but apparently not the right age. To be continued ... in a few years.
    • Nose
      Immediately very fruity, pears, mirabelles, a beautiful Blütenhonigsüße, the whole underlaid with a subtle spiciness and fresh butter dough and a little oak. I also perceive something young metal buckets. Alcohol is barely noticeable.
    • Taste
      A fishy dry cat food, malty sweetness, again metallic notes, a warming sharpness, oak very discreetly noticeable.
    • Finish
      In the finish the malty sweetness and fresh grassy hay prevail, everything short to medium.

  6. Ivynor scored this whisky 65 points Expert Senior

    Unconvincing, too young and not reminiscent of a whisky.
    To see in a few years.
    • Nose
      Alcohol burn, oil, but also some fresh fruit, bitter almond essence. Recalls a hooch of low quality fruit. Do not think of whisky
    • Taste
      Slightly creamy texture, little aroma, cereals, fruit alcohol. Alcohol moderately integrated.
    • Finish
      Medium, low aromas; cereals, gnole ...

  7. Helgo scored this whisky 53 points Connoisseur

    Sample from the TWS Stammtisch. In my view a bit too young and too fruity (Obstler). Needs more time.
    • Nose
      relatively little, some cereals, slightly plummy, fruit notes, slightly sour, alcohol!
    • Taste
      Very alcoholic, slightly sweet, bitter and sour. Hardly oak!
    • Finish
      Short and bitter.

  8. Albaron scored this whisky 66 points Specialist

    The whisky has won by oxidation. Tastes better now and the spicy alcohol is almost gone. Still immature. A Gerstler
    • Nose
      Cereals, straw, alcohol, a little vanilla and coconut, ginger
    • Taste
      Grain, oak, some alcohol, vanilla, toffee cream and the ginger here too
    • Finish
      The toffee cream stays and goes into sweetness, the ginger is still present and the bitterness of the oak is still there

  9. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 60 points Connoisseur

    Nose: light, cereals, bright fruits, a touch of oak, some alcohol. Very easy.
    Mouth: surprisingly alcoholic, bitter, fruity, sour.
    Departure: some caramel, a little oak, a bit bitter-sweet.
    Conclusion: Neither really good nor with a lot of character.

  10. Feusi scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    Fresh alcohol, freshly cut barley in the nose. For me it is simply a shot and if I do not know what`s in the glass, it would be difficult to guess. The sweetness of a grain brandy, sprity notes, hot spices and a hint of vanilla. I miss the peat and even the smoke is nowhere. I rate the filling a little bit of higher, because the presentation is really successful. Of course, a first bottling of a distillery has a special value, for me as a collector`s item OK, but it`s not important to have that release in a glass.

  11. Gronqvist scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    This is the first term release. It is distilled in 2008 and matured for 3 years in American Oak Bourbon casks, Cask No. 5 until 2011. It is a Single Cask bottling, no added color, not chill filtered and bottled (by hand) by 46%. It is a non smoked version.
    • Nose
      Malty cereal, burnt biscuits, dried grass / hay, freshly baked doughy whole wheat bread followed by notes of green fruits like apples and pears with a slight scent of vanilla, caramel, lemon zest and cinnamon.
    • Taste
      Thick. Again, with malted grain, wax, burnt biscuits, lemon zest but also linseed oil, creamy barley, leather, light cinnamon, nutmeg and pepper.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Again with the creamy and bittersweet barley, freshly baked bread, nutmeg, wood spices, new leather and dry hay. Reminiscent perhaps more about a new U.S. rather than Scotch.

  12. Erwin did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I have bottle 446 of 2011, cask number 05 of 2008.

  13. St. Pauli scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    This whisky is young and therefore lacks complexity. But hey, it's a young distillery and a young whisky, so I am not disappointed.

    The taste of young whisky is quite explicit, so is this one. If you don't like the taste, then maybe you would have to skip this one. I am not disappointed though. I wonder how Abhainn Dearg's whiskies will taste like in a few years. I also wonder if they will be able to lower their prices when they have more whisky on the market...

    • Nose
      Obviously very young, with much influence of the spirit. It's quite malty (rolls that are being baked) and has some fusel. I also detect some feints (wax).

      Letting it breath for a while helps, some of the fusel notes vanish, to make room for more pleasant malt, herbal tones (like the paprika in Sauvignon Blanc) and a little salt.
    • Taste
      Medium bodied, some malty sweetness in the beginning, becoming only a little bitter in the end. On the palate, the young malt and the wax dominate, with the paprika and the salt coming 3rd and 4th.
    • Finish
      Quite short, a little drying. The wax is less present, the youthful malt still dominates.

  14. watertaxi scored this whisky 73 points Member Junior

    Here too, exclusivity must be paid. I think that this whisky may be a bit longer on the barrel. He is very young. And with that you can taste the alcohol content very strongly. This whisky still has the taste of a spirit. I suspect that a five-year-old Abhainn Dearg will become much more accessible. Now it is a whisky for the experienced drinker.
    • Nose
      wet hay, honey, stimulating
    • Taste
      oily, taste of barley, vanilla, notes.
    • Finish
      short. sweet. Moments later, the oily still comes back. Furthermore, it is pretty quickly gone.

  15. zinaf scored this whisky 60 points Expert Senior

    This reminds me of a fruit distillate -home made rakia (and i don't like fruit distillates). honestly I thought it was horrible. they should have never bottled this, let alone selling it for that price.

    Tasted from a mini.
    • Nose
      rotten pears; nasty; tin; plasticine (modelling clay)
    • Taste
      very much new make; little sweetness; grassy; fruity
    • Finish
      long; apricots;

  16. Cast Olila scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      73 73

  17. hsmithjr scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Interesting to have the chance to taste a spirit from a newcomer. Light and quite simple, but rather enjoyable.
    • Nose
      Young spirit right away.  Sweet malted barley.  Vanilla and caramel. Hints of fish oil.
    • Taste
      Grain and oak.  More sweetness, then some bitter notes (balanced together).  Malted barley and cereal with more vanilla.  
    • Finish
      Medium and sweet.  Cereal grains.  English Breakfast tea.  Slightly salty.

  18. aprager scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    Really good for a 3 year old that does not rely on peat to mask its youthfulness. Buy the miniatures because they are a lot cheaper than the overpriced 500ml bottle.
    • Nose
      Fruit schnapps (or Eau de Vie), pears, citrus. With water plums and some honey
    • Taste
      Quite oily with a nice coating mouth feel. 

      Apples and a hint of smoke. With water also cereal notes
    • Finish
      Short and spicy

  19. QuarterCentury did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A little piece of whisky history - the first legal single malt

    whisky made at the Abhainn Dearg (Red River) distillery in Uig on the

    Outer Hebridean Isle of Lewis. Established in 2008, Abhainn Dearg is the

    most westerly distillery in Scotland.

  20. ardpeat did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    a whisky of 3 years at 170 euros for 50 cls too expensive !!!! what can justify such a price ????


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