Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Stated Age
12 years old
1st Fill Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
56.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Nov 2011 11:09 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 96.88

2 × in wishlist

13 × member ratings

20 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Breath of Islay 1999 AD

4 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.86 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 329 bottles from cask no. 5877

    Another cracker in our series from undisclosed distilleries. This has seen 12 years in a 1st fill American oak, ex-bourbon hogshead and has taken on significant colour and sweetness. The initial nose is surprisingly sweet – maraschino cherries and cake mix, then the Islay influence begins to take over: tarry, faded creosote, smoked cheese, smoked sausage, and musty mushroom cellars. Again, sweet to taste but with a blast of smoke when you swallow, almost like drinking a sweet cigarette! With a wee drop of water the smoke becomes cleaner and fresher. This is a complex, rich whisky, but never ‘in-yer-face’ with a finish of “smoked coconut”.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Breath of Islay 12yo 1999/2011 (56.1%, Adelphi, cask #5877, 329 bottles) A single cask so a single distillery I guess. Colour: gold. Nose: a much rounder and more mature whisky, with more fudge, vanilla and caramel plus a coastal profile. Oysters, seaweed, grass and then mint and clay… Mouth: rich, nervous, flinty, developing on huge notes of kippers. What an extreme kipperiness! ;-) Unusual and very good. Finish: long, with anchovies on top of the kippers. Also some fructose, icing sugar… Comments: superb whisky. See, you don’t need a name – but it’s true that Adelphi’s already quite a name! SGP:457 - 89 points

  3. st7 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Undisclosed Lagavulin.

  4. alectron scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      peat, chalk/talcum powder, linseeed oil, a bit of leather, plastic, slight prosciutto & coal, chocolate, malt, cow dung. (83)
      Later: mellows out nicely & needs time, pleasant young-ish oak & spices comes through, somewhat grassy, some quince, caramel-cookies. (86)
    • Taste
      lots of peat & quite sweet, maple, spices, honey, cardamom, alcohol a tad aggressive. (84)
      Later: better ballance w quite a lot of time, feels oilier, sweetness gets more rounded with cinnamon, nice warmth. (87)
    • Finish
      turns salty towards the finish while keeping the sweet malty notes. Peat has a 2nd comeback with wood fire smoke & ash,  some menthol, caramel, a sprinkle of tar & some leather flakes. (87)
      Later: alcohol becomes less aggressive, but there seems to also come a slight metallic/copper note into play occasionally. (83)


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