Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Anam na h-Alba (ANHA)
Bottling serie
The Soul of Scotland
Stated Age
17 years old
Number of bottles
48.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
20 Mar 2013 5:40 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 70.99

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Whisky Reviews for A Splendid Speyside Surprise 1995 ANHA

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.70 points

  1. ARDBERG scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    After a relatively promising nose there was not much promise anymore.
    Nose is nice on ripe yellow fruits (mango, pineapple), honey baked bananas, than it gets a prominent spicy? note that I attribute to wood, with I find not really pleasing.
    Once it hits the tongue, there isn't much to write home about - well, alcohol... Not really a surprise, unless the surprise is meant to be... disappointing.
    2 cl sample at the whisky club is all I need.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    Anam na h-Alba means as much as ‘the soul of Scotland’ and is a German independent bottler, run by Tom Skowronek. Tom only bottles at cask stength and without chill filtration. This 17 years old ‘secret’ Speyside malt was launched in 2012 with only 60 bottles. It was one of Tom’s first releases.

    The sweet nose offers butter, honey, beeswax and vanilla from the the first whiff. That is later joined by baked apples and pears, apricots and peach. Some gooseberries kick in. There is also a big floral note. And after five minutes it is impossible not to smell the candied sugar. Very enticing.

    The first sip is silky soft and sweet on litchi, pear, peach and oranges. Some pepper and ginger and a surprising note of mint. The second sip is very sweet – almost too sweet but just within limits. Somewhat candy-like, but with a prickle from the spices. The third sip introduces the wood with a bitterness from the tannins. But it does make for a very good balance.

    The finish is quite long and again allows the litchi and pepper to show themselves.

    It was simply impossible to identify the distillate, but I do believe this was a bourbon cask. Who cares? This is just very good.

  3. Dionysus scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  4. St. Pauli scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    SGP: 761
    • Nose
      A bit acrid at the first encounter, but later it is OK. Beeswax, honey, vanilla, butter, stewed apple and pear, tinned peach, flowers and herbs like in an alpine meadow.
    • Taste
      Velvety and sweet, with honey, waxy malt, tinned peach, orange and mint. Later there is a bit of spiciness from the bourbon barrel, such as pepper and ginger powder. 
    • Finish
      Fruity (lychee, peach), pepper, herbs, waxy cereals, and a nice sour touch of lemon.

  5. Anam Cara scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Color gold Nose: very good, intense preserved fruit, peach, apricot, orderly
    viscous honey, light spices, wild honey, very subtle smoky note.
    A fresh touch, like a blossoming mountain meadow

    Taste: gentle onset, instant honey with peach and orange. Nearly
    already too sweet, but only almost.
    Creamy notes are added, as with Greek yoghurt with honey.
    soft, round, oily in the mouth.
    A touch of strong white wine over it, slightly tingling at the end. Oak wood

    Finish: Very long, slight oak notes, again sweet and very fruity. Conclusion: a g efährlich sueffiger fabric, very delicious Bourbon keg, a dessert whisky in any case. The rocks !!


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