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Overall rating
85.86/100
votes
13
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Adelphi (AD)
Vintage
1999
Bottled
09.2011
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon Cask
Casknumber
5877
Number of bottles
329
Strength
56.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
05 Nov 2011 11:09 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 96.88

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13 × member ratings

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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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