Hammer Head 1989

Overall rating
76.46/100
votes
183
Whiskybase ID
WB42540
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Czech Vintage Single Malt Whisky
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2013
Stated Age
23 years old
Casktype
100% Czech Oak Casks
Strength
40.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L13340 , L18191
Barcode
8594005014701
Added on
08 jun 2013 4:29 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 220.71

11 × in wishlist

183 × member ratings

553 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Hammer Head 1989

29 users have left 30 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 76.46 points.

  1. jveit scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

  2. WhiskeryTurnip did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Project Hammerhead was a classified Soviet superweapon designed to…. wait no that cannot be right.

    This was a fun whisky— I could almost taste the fireworks, concrete, and light-up leather jacket worn by David Hasselhoff as the Berlin Wall came down. Now of course this whisky had nothing to do with any of that— or it was at best tangentially connected— yet the Cold War and its imagery all blur together in memory.

    Add in the cool factor and this might very well even be an A— the story behind the creation of the distillery and the attempt to produce a good Communist single malt whisky is fascinating—and odd. It does not exactly rank up there with other arenas of ideological (and nationalistic) competition such as the Space Race, Nuclear Testing, Ice Hockey, or Chess. The fact that this was made using Czech Oak, Czech Barley, and forgotten in a Cold War era dunnage house that changed nationalities three-ish times without ever moving— should be rigidly exciting for those in search of authenticity, integrity, or provenance. No matter that the barley was lightly peated with Scottish peat, this whisky was very much a product of its place and time.

    The whisky was cooler than it was tasty, but the fun factor here was immense and made up for any deficiencies, but rendered this impossible to score.
    • Nose
      Fruit, paper, and something chemical combine in an odd, but not unpleasant aroma. Stale generic fruit juice, old fruit roll-up, and pickled peppers. Craft store clay, construction paper, leather, and fruity air freshener.
    • Taste
      Light body with similar fruit and earth notes to the nose. Clay and construction paper in the middle of an art supply store. Apple jam, parsnips, and the faint smoke of a really old stained carpet from a 1980s office park. This dram might be surfacing some very specific memories.
    • Finish
      Medium to quick finish, sweet mashed carrots and a hint of ginger.

  3. DanishDistilled scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Grapes, apples
    • Taste
      82 82
      Quite creamy, yet slightly sharp.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Very short, but pleasant.

  4. Hammer77 scored this whisky 90 points Newbie

    gOOD WHISKY

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      78 78
      Bread dough, cardboard, orange, litchi and spice.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Crackers, orange, cardboard, grappa, vanilla, pepper and nutmeg.
    • Finish
      79 79
      Almond, apple, cardboard and vanilla.

  6. Halmackenreuther did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Auwei - a barber. Tastes like many German whiskys made from fruit stills when every distiller wanted to make their own whisky a few years ago. Nice try, but could also be only 2-4 years old. Original story (10 points for that alone) and worth a try, but I'm glad I only tried one sample.
    Not really bad, but far from what I mean by good single malt. There are now delicious non-Scots from Central Europe.
    However, the whisky is a unicorn due to its history.
    The Skoda (still with rear engine) among the whiskys from the 80s????.

  7. 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+

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuGMNkouTR0

  8. WhiskyBjorn83 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
      honey
    • Finish
      36 36
      oak

  9. 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. 

  10. Delinquent scored this whisky 67 points Expert Senior

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

  11. 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.

  12. SemperAugustus scored this whisky 68 points Expert Senior

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

  13. Helgo scored this whisky 67 points Connoisseur

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

  14. 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

  15. Cubey666 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  16. 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

  17. MadScientist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      81 81

  18. JacobaEd scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      83 83

  19. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    23rd June 2016 is the date of.,,, Malt ’n’ Copper’s European referendram! We begin in France WB and finish in Scotland WB
    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. Let’s pop to Sweden WB.

    Scores a C+

  20. Pyromann scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Definitely unusual, extraordinary whisky. I was attracted by the cream flavor and the odor. Overall, however, it is rather average.
    • Nose
      Unique odor. Fresh fruits - apple, whiteberries, grapes. Wine. Here it is not sherry, but the classic wine, the fermenting wine grapes. In the background of arrows and sliced ​​fruits.
    • Taste
      At first impression delicate, creamy flavor. I'm equipped with freshly cut pink flowers. Significant creamyness.
    • Finish
      Dozvuk weaker, woody (but they are young trees, I'm equipped with chopped bushes and sticks).

  21. ScottFrench scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    This Hammer Head is an interesting whisky, well built, but, it must be said, a bit boring. The aromas provide a fairly instantaneous pleasure, but not long lasting. To discover all the same, a Czech whisky, it does not run the streets!
    • Nose
      despite the reduction we find some smell of alcohol. The general profile is rather pastry, with nice creamy notes, vanilla and lemony. There is also a nice freshness mentholée. This then evolves to spices, cinnamon in the head, and cereals.
    • Taste
      it is very light with slightly moist notes of malt, green wood, hazelnut and nuts. Here we find all the smell of the nose: spices, mint, citrus and a hint of summer fruits (apricot, plums) ripe. It's nice but a bit too monolithic.
    • Finish
      moderately long and not very intense, with notes of cereals, white fruits and spices.

  22. DrinkingWhisky scored this whisky 73 points Expert Senior

    This whisky has a nice story behind it, but it's by far not as complex as you might expect from a 23yo; it's surprisingly crisp and fresh. Yet it's not my cup of tea. Tasted 17/02/2016.
    • Nose
      Huh? Cow milk? Yup, never smelled that in a whisky, but weirdly enough my that's my initial thought. Then floral and fresh fruit; cucumber (!). 
    • Taste
      Oh, there's the cow milk again initially (sorry!), or is that a kind of light maltiness? Anyway, it is a light and crispy dram, with lots of spices (cloves, anise, bit of cinnamon). With water the spices come out more.  
    • Finish
      The finish doesn't do much, but adding water has an amazing effect: suddenly it lasts a lot longer and becomes spicier. 

  23. Bosi scored this whisky 65 points Specialist

    A solid whisky with a low complexity but an exceptionally floral-sweet aroma. However, the 23-year aging is not noticeable to him, but the distillate is still too aggressive.
    • Nose
      Very flowery aromas stand out first, followed by hints of maple syrup, plum and malt.
    • Taste
      The Hammerhead is - as the name already suggests - a real hammer with its strong pepper note. In addition, the sweetness of malt and oak plays a significant role. The whisky is hardly oily and wins with water still a little bit of freshness and the sharpness is slightly attenuated.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and very dry, coupled with a slight sweetness.

  24. VWWW scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    I think the story is great and it is a pleasant dram, but i've had a lot better whisky's than this one. It's smooth and ellegant but there isn't much dept, not sure what realy happened in that cask in those 23 years but it wasn't much. On the other hand; the price is good, not overpriced or so. 

  25. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    I'm from Czech Republic also this Whisky so maybe i will not be very objective, but i like this one. Good price, good age, good taste.
    • Nose
      Plums fresh and also dried. Similar like Glenrothes Selected Reserve but stronger and there are added pears and a little bit of wood. 
    • Taste
      Dried plums and spice which is added to gingerbread but without ginger so (star aniseed, anise, cloves and maybe hint of cinnamon)
    • Finish
      Plums are slowly disappearing but spice continue and a few of wood arise with hint of bitterness.

  26. Ivynor scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Not catastrophic, rather easy to drink, but a little tampered with.
    • Nose
      a lot of cereals, sweet orange, wood (strange barrel, a kind of mixture between new barrel and barrel too old ...)
    • Taste
      Sweet and woody, a sort of blend between grain whisky and Don Papa rum. A lot of sweet orange
    • Finish
      On the same notes, a little vanilla

  27. nathanyael scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  28. whiskeyjedi scored this whisky 56 points Member Senior

    Hammer Head 1989 Tasted 2014-07-20 @ WhiskyInteam Spaden Aroma of raisins, no prominent note in the taste, yet strong and medium-long finish, lower average
    59

  29. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Wow, who would have
    thought? This is actually quite good. Would this be the same spirit that simply
    matured for two more years. A bit hard to believe. But why not? Nice!
    • Nose
      The nose is quite
      vegetal with a hefty touch of wood. Underneath some fruit emerges. Oranges,
      pears and even some plums. Nice hint of almonds, almost marzipan. A touch of
      beeswax, gingerbread and Turkish Delight. I am actually quite pleasantly
      surprised.
    • Taste
      It is quite creamy on
      the palate and mouth coating. Almost syrupy in fact. Sweet liqueur of plums
      with some aniseed and cinnamon, but also cloves. The oranges turn into
      bergamot. A teaspoon of honey and a twig of mint. Plums again. There is also a
      slight bitterness of the wood.
    • Finish
      Long finish with
      loads of spices, but with a fresh ending.

  30. Hvdree scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

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