Hammer Head 1989

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Czech Vintage Single Malt Whisky
Stated Age
23 years old
100% Czech Oak Casks
40.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
08 Jun 2013 4:29 pm

Average value

€ 81.25

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130 × member ratings

262 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Hammer Head 1989

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 75.45 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: Pot-still whisky don’t you know! Smells unusual, curious. weird! I’ll start with the more obvious stuff: light, honeyed vanilla yet its vegetal too, soft vegetal with a sour note. It’s grand age doesn’t greatly show, its a positively mild oak experience. Then theres white, fleshy apples, plasticy candy [the stuff Cinemas likes to sell], rose-hip, ginger with l'eau de rose soap, goats cheese and egg whites! - that’s it! Super soft - all of it.

    T: Tastes just like it smells with the goats cheese and egg whites intact - that’s the age talking I’m sure. Unusual oak character with a very soft, savoury, salty, herbal, sugar-water development - i mean sugar cane, so it’s actually rum like. Rum casks, anyone?

    F: Astonishingly it grows a tad with a little pepperiness. Maybe thats why they dropped the abv so low,.. or is this cask strength? Who actually knows?. Murky underworld notes - i feel like I’m licking the insides of a copper still. Also i’m getting dry, toasted heathers, a hint of jam, more herbal ‘magic’ [more schooling needed for me as ever], dry-toasted vanilla pods and that pot-still [Irish] character. Concludes with a waxy, malty mouthfeel and a surprisingly long and emanating finish despite the dryness.

    C: Never tried anything quite like it. Super soft with the low abv letting it down some considering the softness of the casks, but the character and form is never lacking, Like Ralfy, I’m a fan.

    Scores a C+


  2. Bj0rnp1 scored this whisky 44 points Expert Senior

    15-09-2017: poor body and finish. Not worth a second sip.
    • Nose
      46 46
      vanilla, honey, wood
    • Taste
      48 48
    • Finish
      36 36

  3. AdelphosHume scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Not bad. The mouth-feel was a little watery, but everything else about it was enjoyable. I would definitely buy another bottle in the future. 
    • Nose
      Tangerines, malt and mixed cereal grains, dried fruits (especially pineapple), and vanilla. 
    • Taste
      Mixed cereal grains, black licorice candies, oak tannins and dried fruits, and a bit of citrus oil.
    • Finish
      Savory herbs (sage), mellow oak tannins, and licorice pastels. 

  4. Delinquent scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      72 72
    • Finish
      50 50

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 50 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2014]  I had this dram during a "world whiskies" tasting at Bonn.In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50
    - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 50.  My
    notes state an extreme bitterness due to heavy tannins with almost no other aromas or flavours to detect.  I was not abe to swallow
    it and used the spittoon.

  6. SemperAugustus scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      70 70
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  7. Helgo scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      69 69
    • Taste
      62 62
    • Finish
      68 68

  8. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Amazing trio of apples, solvent and moldy queens in the nose! Later, it "normalizes" a little to evoke the loukoum. On the palate, pleasant touch with crushed bananas and overripe fruits. Fairly melted and pastry also. Atypical. Final rather short and not very intense but pleasant. Strange aftertaste. It's really a whisky that does not look like anything known. I recommend it just for the experience. I have always oscillated between smile and grimace!

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  9. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      81 81

  10. MasterOfPuppets scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Blind, I thought he was an 8 year old whisky. Ok, the subtractive ripening worked wonderfully, but there was little to nothing on the barrel. So little oak flavor I had rarely in a malt.
    • Nose
      Cherry, malty sweet, citrus, walnut, mirabelle, mashed potatoes, almond, slightly salty
    • Taste
      Malty sweet, vanilla, mashed potatoes, a hint of barley, apple, peppery, clove, a hint of smoke,
    • Finish
      Quite short, slightly bitter and with a scowl note


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