Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
Speyside Region - Young Blackbird
Stated Age
08 years old
Ex-Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
48.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 apr 2012 10:59 pm

Average value

€ 59.00

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Whisky reviews for Speyside Region 2003 Sb

5 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.33 points.

  1. cherokee0815 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    never ever a Glenfarclas. In my oppinion its not a Glenfarclas, there is a Castle next to Glenfiddich, also exist a Distillery with the same name like the Castle. The first letters are Ba............ ;-)

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  3. Gareth74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    In the words of the immortal Lord Flashheart “Ah Nursie, I like it firm and fruity. Am I pleased to see you or did I just put a canoe in my pocket?”

    Never heard of this bottler and from the label there’s no information about the origin of the whisky within except ‘Speyside’ as a designation, 8 years old as an age, and that it had spent its short life in an ex sherry cask. A little digging about around the internet and it can be confirmed as a Balvenie, which is rather wonderful in itself.

    On the nose I’m instantly reminded of the bombastic sherry monster that is Aberlour’s A'bunadh. At the quite possibly perfect strength of 48.2% I’m inhaling great waves of old sherry, wood, chocolate, dark marmalade, molasses, cocoa powder. There’s dark maritime varnish, figs, malted brown bread, balsamic reduction, bags of raisins and baking spices. There’s also a nice leathery warmth. Unlike the A’bunadh though, not a hint of sulphur, this is a clean as a whistle. Maybe I could accuse it of being a little one dimensional but that’s like accusing Picasso of being a bit Cubist.

    In the mouth is more of the same but the arrival is quite choppy and forceful. In the first second or so it’s all sherry sweetness then it explodes with oak and spice and ginger and peppery heat. It’s not unpleasant in any way, it’s like a youthful explosion. Instead of the sherry dominating and stealing the show it has to play second fiddle to a swirling mass of spice and heat and oak cocoa powder. Back on the nose after a few sips and it’s really one solid, unified dram. Back in the mouth and the finish is lovely and rich without being cloying, the lovely woody dryness which comes in halfway though makes if feel far more grown up than it’s measly 8 years would suggest it could be. No bitterness, no bum notes. Rich, earthy tobacco. Lovely stuff. It’s reminding me of Macallan edition no.4. It begs the question though, how good would this have been with another 8 years in this cask?

    Perhaps the person who put the liquid in this cask was a Blackadder fan, I think I can almost hear them saying “I have a cunning plan...” looks like it worked!

  4. AH Whiskyvitrine scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    N: nice (oloroso?) dark sherry - nuts (almonds), floral, creamy rum, a bit raisins, fudge and chocolate
    T: spicy, sweet fruits, fudge and later a bit bitter
    F: woody finish with some chocolate and orange
    tasted with Aby

  6. aby scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    nose: oloroso, almonds, dusty rum, cream sherry

    taste: a bit dry, toffee

    overall: good whisky with a very good price-quality ratio

    tasted with Erik Elixer

  7. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Glenfarlcas because of the faint name!?

    Ten days later... I agree with cherokee0815 100%
    Thanks for your wakeup call :)


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