Overall rating
85.74/100
votes
136
Whiskybase ID
WB56355
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Malts of Scotland (MoS)
Bottled
2014
Casktype
Sherry Hogshead
Number of bottles
328
Strength
68.3 % Vol.
Size
50 ml 700 ml
Added on
13 jul 2014 10:08 pm by ted.striker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 159.90

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136 × member ratings

151 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Images of Ayrshire Dalrymple Bridge MoS

23 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.74 points.

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    I like the smell with its intense fruit and the interplay of sweet and sour. Only the alcoholic pungency bothers a little. In the mouth, the good impression continues seamlessly, but lacks a little more complexity. Also the finish fits. The lack of complexity is compensated by a consistent overall picture.

    blind tasting
    • Nose
      It starts with a light burn, but it quickly vanishes. The first dominant note is that of sweet cherries, followed by chocolate, like a Black Forest cake, slightly sour orange in the background, dark forest soil in the shade, the cherries keep coming back, darker now
    • Taste
      Strong onset, glow on the tongue, intense sherry notes, again with the sweet-sour cherry, some oak, but not much, slight hints of dark chocolate, later a little dark caramel
    • Finish
      Some oak, but not too bitter, sharpness remains on the tongue, the chocolate now prevails against the cherries. medium

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  3. Foamy scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    this is, for me, way too much alcohol. Very aggressive on the palate.
    First nosing (from rather high above the glass) is OK. But once I took a sip the experience went downhill very fast, ending in a unpleasant finish
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      60 60

  4. TechnOBY scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. zapfdaniel scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  6. dramspotter scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    If this is a teaspooned Ailsa Bay of just over 3 years from an active sherry hogshead, it is pretty impressive. The closest point of references for me would be those young Adelphi Glenrothes. It does not have the majesty that some of those Adlphis can have but it is pretty good as a sherry belter with some rough edges. Yes, a few drops of water might tame it a bit, but I think if you are buying it you are not looking for it to be tamed.
    • Nose
      85 85
      powerful Oloroso, difficult to get past the alcohol without adding water; sesame oil and leather polish
    • Taste
      84 84
      starts sweet for Oloroso and syrupy before drying a little - the tannic elements kick in but more tea than wood
    • Finish
      82 82
      medium; you would think the alcohol would dominate at this strength but it seems no stronger in the finish than an a'bunadh would; an undercurrent of bitterness from the wood comes through and it does show some harshness here - until now the youth has been reasonably hidden but it cannot hide in the finish. The appeal drops off quite rapidly once done, more a sustained punch then poof, just some burn left.

  7. GJR scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  8. thomasflsts scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    just a hefty, delicious sherry bomb. Older? No idea, could be quite close to 3 years. What a distillery that is, ultimately, it does not matter at all, here dominates the barrel. Nevertheless, the house character of course would interest me burning. However, the only OA available to date is scored, even difficult. Let's wait and see what happens there.
    • Nose
      Pure: at the beginning of an unspeakable cheese note, which fortunately vanishes immediately. Then a sherry board without peers. Stundentenfutter, nut and raisin, also a little fruity cherry compote, but the dry notes predominate. The high alcohol content cools a lot, reminiscent of peppermint. With water: tamed, now a round picture most comparable to a Glenrothes from the veryry barrel. More malt, more fruit, rounder.
    • Taste
      Pure: an incredibly powerful, full of sherry dominated start. Mole cake (cream filling with chocolate sprinkles around it), cherry cake, kirsch, espresso. Horny, but really damn violently. Dilute ... with water: now really tasty and still nice sherrylastig but now rounder. Can really convince, although now a slight sharpness in the background.
    • Finish
      not so long ... nice dry woody, plum jam, tannins, buttered black bread.

  10. p4blo scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Uncomplicated, quite one-dimensional, but a good sherry bomb it is.
    • Nose
      A very reactive cask was used to mature this spirit - milk chocolate, espresso, cherries, prunes, raisins. Water brings out more oranges and apricots. Very aromatic, but also the young age of the spirit is apparent.
    • Taste
      Very consistent with the nose, more of chocolate, espresso and dark stewed fruits. Some wood spices with cloves, cinnamon and chilli further reveal the age of the spirit.
    • Finish
      Sweet at first, on the fruity side, after a while becomes quite spicy on pepper. Alcohol does not go unnoticed too.

  11. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  12. Georges scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Sweet, sherry, raisins, nutty, tobacco, orange marmalade, plums, berries 
    • Taste
      Spicy (cloves, pepper), raisins, chocolate, toffee 
    • Finish
      Long, chocolate, raisins, spicy 

  13. ValeronDeportivo scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind in day 7 of the Usquebaugh Society Blind Tasting Comprtition 2015.

    My guess was a young Aultmore, 6yo at 62%.
    • Nose
      Very sweet and fruity, lively despite the strength. An alcoholic sharpness. Brown sugar, plums, wood varnish, cherries. Explodes with water, very strong. Malt and herbs come through.
    • Taste
      High strength, but the alcohol is well integrated and only burns a little (for the abv). sweet dried fruits, mainly papaya and dates.
    • Finish
      Metallic, sharp, a little sweet. Reveals youth. Some hot spices and prunes, chocolate and a little coffee.

  14. KayMeertens scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample. Clearly very young, but I like its profile. I was convinced that this was a new addition in the Adelphi line of 7-year-old Glenrothes but was fooled completely.
    • Nose
      Toffee, apple compote, cranberry, pepper, banana. With water cherry, nutmeg and a little mint.
    • Taste
      Caramel, raspberry, pepper, cranberry and mocha. With water also cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Caramel, hazelnut, cherry and apricot.

  15. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  16. PunxsutawneyPhil scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Tasted at day 7 of the Usquebaugh Society blind tasting competition 2015. Tasted with a little water.

    My guess was a Longmorn, 17yo at 59% vW. I knew this wasn't quite the Longmorn that I had experience with, but there were a lot of vW bottlings and I don't know how much they are apart. So that's why I guessed Longmorn.
    • Nose
      Strong sherry, overripe red fruit, dark chocolate, tobacco, some earth tones
    • Taste
      Strong, full flavored, overripe red fruits, old cigars
    • Finish
      Quite long, red fruits, dark chocolate, tobacco, slightly bitter, slightly drying

  17. Ciro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  18. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      It smells very dark, chocolate, dark fruits, Nesquick and raspberries. The alcohol is a bit superficial, otherwise it would be perfect.
    • Taste
      Very oily, dark, chocolaty and then nearly 70% hit it completely and numb the tongue. I will probably have to add some water. In the mouth, the Nesquick becomes clearer. Woah in the mouth I have liquid slightly oily chocolate, with a higher cocoa content. The alcohol is a bit weaker in the background, but still there. But all in all, he remains wonderfully sweet, without any woody or nasty bitter flavors.
    • Finish
      He's really steaming and does not want to say goodbye so fast.

  19. st7 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    From MALTS OF SCOTLAND UK

    Images is a relatively new series. Images releases are usually bottled at 53,2% but this time it’s kept at cask strength, a whopping 68,3%.

    Tasting Notes:
    Nose: Aromatic, young, raisiny with some sherry. Pretty fierce at first, even with some water, but nice. Raisins, candied apple, oranges, raspberry and a few winey / rummy undertones. Fresh red plums. Pecan nuts and hints of tobacco in the background.
    Palate: Sweet and highly oak-driven. Juicy fruits but also loads of spices - pepper, vanilla, clove. Kirsch and marinated raisins. Underneath seems to be a heavy, slightly meaty spirit. Mexican chocolate and toffee. Dry tannins as well.
    Finish: Long, with chocolate, raisins and a spicy heat.

    The distilleries aren’t mentioned on the label because most casks were intended for the blending industry. However each bottle bears a characteristic image of the production region and this is sometimes enough to narrow down the possibilities.

    Ayrshire doesn’t have a lot of active distilleries and the link with Ailsa Bay was easily made. It’s a recent distillery, owned by William Grant, operational since September 2007 and housed within the Girvan site. The distillery produces unpeated, mildly peated and heavily peated whisky, all used for blending. This Images of Ayrshire may well be the first single malt release from Ailsa Bay!http://www.maltsofscotlanduk.com/#!images-whisky-range/c1nn4

  20. st7 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The best 3 yo single malt I have ever tasted. 

    Enjoyed it to a blind tasting, where most guessed it was much older.
    From a very active sherry cask.Hope to see more bottlings from Ailsa Bay, if this is typical of their quality and style.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. walli_90 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blindtastingnotes
    • Nose
      Slightly metallic and young at the beginning. The alcohol is felt less than the number suggests. Sherry flavors are present. Very sweet plum jam, red berries, cane sugar. Then dilute to ~ 53% with a little water. Subtle New Make flavors come through. Raw shortcrust pastry, soft butter and toffee. Really a very sweet nose.
    • Taste
      Madness departure. Very sweet, sugary, jam. Then it gets a bit drier and the youth gets through again, but without disturbing. A slight bitterness arises, which exists alongside the extreme sweetness. It develops a nice game between sweet and bitter. The fresh shortcrust pastry from the nose is also found again. Despite the alcohol, the whisky is really mild in the mouth.
    • Finish
      Rather short. Here the youth bothers for the first time with a slight burning. Light sherry notes, sweet marmalade, cane sugar. Again slightly dry bitterness. The finish falls slightly off nose and mouth. Some metal remains on the tongue.

  22. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Nose: sweetish, fruity, partly good from youth, but mostly from the sherry barrel. They are red fruits, vinous notes, toffee. Very strong nose, sometimes stings the alcohol, but no wonder, at a good 68%. The nose is great.
    Mouth: without water: warm, alcohol, very sweet, some toffee.
    Finish: "very warm", definitely too much alcohol, beautiful sherry notes on the back.

    with water: The nose opens a little more, is a little sweeter, but remains in the main as before. In the mouth now bitter-sweet, toffee, liquorice, very spicy. The finish: also bitter-sweet, very spicy from the sherry barrel.

    Conclusion: very very strong young whisky from an excellent barrel. I like it.

  23. Pawloff scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    I'm not a fan of modern whisky at all, but this really bodes well for the future. smells much better than taste, but as 3 years old whisky pretty good.
    • Nose
      Raspberries, currants, dates, tea, plenty of sweetness in the smell, toffee, apple pie, butter, rye bread
    • Taste
      decidedly modern, straight in the face as everything on the tray. I like to discover another layer here, unfortunately they do not. We have a toffee, spices oriental, raisins, pepper, tea, earl gray, cherries, raw meat ..., molasses, sourdough, pleasantly thick, strong spirit, but to subdue without water, which adds a whole on the plus
    • Finish
      bitter chocolate, with an initial sweetness nothing left, her place taken over the essence of tea, bitter and tannic astringency of red wine.

  24. tomy63 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    light amber color, nose very marked raisins, orange, one side cream rum / raisin, caramel, hazelnut, alcohol rather well integrated. Powerful mouth, a little alcoholic, lots of dried fruit, honey, buttery side and fruit cake that is quite young, slightly sweet. Good length, a little spice on the finish. The first bottling available from Ailsa Bay is rather promising for a 3y, but it is too young and alcoholic to be interesting at 80 €, except for its collector side perhaps.

  25. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Amazingly powerful
    Lowlander that clearly owes its character to a very active sherry cask. And if
    this is indeed Ailsa Bay, then this is a whisky to look forward to (although it
    stands to reason that it will not be bottled officially very soon). Around 80
    EUR.
    • Nose
      The nose is a nice
      mix of sweet, dark fruit on the one hand and a broth of vegetables on the
      other. Raisins, chocolate, oranges liqueur and tobacco leaves. Nuts as well. And
      a drop of balsamico. Reminds me a bit of a rum, actually. Very interesting nose
      for such a young animal. With water I get more raisins, but also more broth.
      Simply more of everything, but more accessible.
    • Taste
      Very powerful and
      piquant on the palate. Black pepper, cloves and some vanilla. Then first the
      sweetness of rum or even bourbon, before the dark honey and a truckload of
      raisins kick in. Phew, I do get quite warm! This needs water and not just a
      drop. That makes it lovely sweet on oranges with a little bit of mint. It does
      remain very spicy.
    • Finish
      I get mostly oranges
      in the extremely long finish.

  26. MaltMartin scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Reliable sources have confirmed to me that this is Ailsa Bay indeed. And no, that's not Serge. Might be more to come in the future....
    • Nose
      Starts alcoholic and yeasty (remind you it's 68,3% and just 3 years old). Followed by a strange potpouri of raisins, nuts and polished oak.  Also lots of meaty notes in my (humble) opinion. Bouillion cubes and Maggi. Balsamico vinegar. It's not completely my cup of tea, but it's fun!
    • Taste
      Very sweet (Sauterness cask?), round and juicy. Chicken-masala. Cedar wood. Lots of sappy tannins, but also this bouillion taste again. Orange marmelade. Vanilla at the background.
    • Finish
      Long and warming. Peppery. Cinnamon. Toasted almonds. Liquorice. Spearmint at the end.

  27. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Most likely the first whisky on the market from the new Ailsa Bay distillery. Whisky is 3 years old and has been matured in a first fill sherry hogshead.

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