Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Silver Seal (SS)
Bottling serie
Special Bottling
Stated Age
23 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
55.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Dunyvaig Castle
Added on
07 Feb 2014 12:06 pm by checkpointuk
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 244.50

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Whisky Reviews for Dunyvaig 1990 SS

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.79 points

  1. St. Pauli scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    An exceptional dram, it almost reminds me of the good Arbegs from the mid '70s.
    • Nose
      There is a light level of peat in the nose. Further, oxidising grapes (oloroso), dried fig, sultanas, balsamico, and demerara sugar. Then, there is a huge load of earthy influences: aniseed, liquorice, tobacco, cough syrup (thyme). 
    • Taste
      Sweet, salt and sour (umami!). Balsamico, cough syrup, liquorice, fennel seed, figs, and eucalyptus.
    • Finish
      Very long, lingering, perfectly sweet and sour (balsamico), salty, with dried fish, dried fruits, and still this earthy influence.

  2. ASWhisky scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    my bottle is running low today it was a nice time...
    behind the dark raisins with dark chocolate and mocha is the bite of Islay with smoke and salt, hidden maritime echoes In the mouth and on the finish, he tells his age sweetens it with many moist fruity and spicy notes fogs the view with dust and smoke bitter sweet tea leaves make the farewell difficult It's a long, intense farewell a really beautiful whisky the last sip comes now I `m smiling it will be the most beautiful ...

  3. ThS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Righi (founder of Silver Seal) told me IT IS NOT A BUNNAHABHAIN... so, what could it
    be? Dunyvaig castle is at the end of the Lagavulin bay and you can see
    the ruins of it from the distillery. So,
    logically, IT COULD BE A LAGAVULIN. But it could also, AND MORE PROBABLY BE AN ARDBEG:

    1. The Dunyvaig 1996 SS is told to be an Ardbeg in Lion's Whisky Webshop and the owner, Diego Sandrin, is a friend of Massimo Righi from Silver Seal...

    2. In the eighties and nineties, between two closures, some unpeated
    malt was distilled at Ardbeg for a third party, and this Dunyvaig is
    clearly unpeated... (For example of rather lightly peated Ardbeg: https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/1629/ardbeg-1990-cask-86 /  https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/63/ardbeg-1980-kildalton
    ). The fact that it is unpeated could also explain that it is
    undisclosed because Ardbeg is associated with peat and because it is not
    exactly an Ardbeg, but possibly some whisky distilled at Ardbeg, which
    is not exactly the same thing, isnt'it?)

  4. bennythemonster scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Dunyvaig 1990-2013, 23 years, 55.1% alc.
    Bottler: Silver Seal
    Expansion: Sherry Cask
    Region: Islay

    Nose: Spicy, smoky, slightly sweet and with an emphasis on the sherry barrel. Plums, orange marmalade on lightly toasted toast. Next to it a small campfire with driftwood, salt and stale black tea.

    Palate: Intense and full-bodied, here comes the sherry barrel full to wear. Sultanas, orange rings, pipe tobacco and milk chocolate, plus various grilled meats (meat and fish). Then very dry oak flavors, also a lot of cinnamon.

    Finish: Long, rears up like a wave and then hits full with sugared redcurrants, peat smoke and cinnamon. Behind it oak wood, which lasts for an eternity.

    Conclusion: really ingenious - Silver Seal in top form. The distillery is not called, I type either Lagavulin or Bunnahabhain.

    90/100 points (tasted 2015, approx. 190 €)
    I thank Marcus Oelgemöller for sample and photo!
    Original article with photo: http://notesofmalt.de/notes-Islay-und-In...Jahre,-55,1-SS/

  5. maurisso scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur


  6. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Typical case of fireworks, some consider it a mere miss note, I like it when it is well integrated into the rest, which in my opinion is the case here. ;)
    • Nose
      Hazelnut, a lot of it, roasted chestnuts, fresh coffee beans, dark chocolate, light fireworks with burned matches, pickled mushrooms, black bread, later also dates and very dry raisins
    • Taste
      Licorice, chestnuts, figs and dates show more (albeit very dark and old) fruit than on the nose, raisins, matches, trail mix, still glowing ashes, soy sauce, jet-black chocolate, porter beer, dark malt, pumpernickel
    • Finish
      More black bread, fine toasted notes with hints of sulfur and licorice with dates

  7. detachedblue scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A sherry bomb with peat, not my favorite but very decent
    • Nose
      Peat and sherry, both are strong, less diesel but more iodine here, rich leather.
    • Taste
      Leathery, dates, sweet red fruits, strong alcohol, probably needs some water.
    • Finish
      Sherry of "sherry bomb", drying bitterness, seaweeds

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A perfect example of dry sherry whisky, perfect balance, depth, work with a fortress, beauty in general; The Bunna, as I understand it, is either Brukladi (similar in style to 21YO).
    • Nose
      Dry, open, dry treated wood, dried fruits, mostly prunes; earthy and moldy sherry tones, leather goods, a variety of nuts, oily notes, light metallic tints, dried mushrooms, dried apples.
    • Taste
      Saturated, powerful, woody-sherry, dense pepper wave, pepper rather red, unsweetened dried fruits, leavened wort, burnt biscuits, everything is harmonious and cohesive.
    • Finish
      Prunes, oak, soft and rich, light bitterness from dark beer, leavened wort, dried apples, sourish pastille.

  9. p4blo scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Not too complex, but a very nice dram for coffee lovers.
    • Nose
      A classical sherry bomb on the darker side - dark chocolate, cocoa beans, espresso, tobacco leaves, mon cherie cherries, orange peel, strawberry marmelade. No off notes, no peat. Excellent nose.
    • Taste
      The fruity marmelade becomes more apparent, but other than that it's the continuation from the coffee notes with mocca and roasted coffee beans dominating over the notes of chocolate and toffee.
    • Finish
      Medium long, not overly dry, but rather bitter, espresso style.

  10. ThS scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Same as this one:
    590 bottles for the both bottlings.


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