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Overall rating
89.91/100
votes
57
Whiskybase ID
67341
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Jack Wiebers Whisky World (JW)
Bottling serie
Prenzlow Portfolio Collection
Vintage
1991
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
119
Strength
51.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
27 Apr 2015 9:46 am by RoyalScotsman
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 141.60

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Whisky Reviews for Irish Malt 1991 JW

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.91 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Good, alcohol not perfectly integrated.
    It's just a little too flat to make you want to go back.
    • Nose
      Rather powerful nose for the degree of alcohol.
      The aromas are melted, we predict a beautiful complexity, but nothing seems to take over: it is a bit flat.
      Citrus fruits and exoticism are there: bergamot, passion fruit, green banana, papaya.
      Sawdust, pineapple peel
      We also have a marine and fresh dimension. A good dose of spray, eucalyptus, fresh mint. White pepper. Camphor, light encaustic.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it is oily.
      We have a woody astringency, on green wood and pineapple bark.
      Pepper, eucalyptus, very light smoke and cold ash, tobacco.
      The fruit is always present: apricot, lemon, grapefruit, passion fruit, papaya.
    • Finish
      Long finish on wood, woody spices, cloves, eucalyptus, freshly cut grass, and exotic fruits.

  2. malthead-sven scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    The nose is very convincing, surprisingly he does not like it after that, despite "only" 51,9% too sharp. Rarely experienced such a discrepancy, but suspect due to the fruity impressions that it is Bushmills.
    • Nose
      lush, sweet fruitiness, ripe peaches, jelly bananas, yellow summer fruits, mirabelles, tangerines, but no lemon, but he has too much sweetness, peach rings made of wine gum, with water it is drier and more grain-like, butter speculoos, straw , Coconut oil, pistachios
    • Taste
      directly strong in the beginning, sharp and burning, the fruits are pushed far into the background, come back with water subliminal, woody but staying sharp
    • Finish
      intense and abrupt, again very fruity but rather short

  3. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    Quite maritime and unexpected for an Irish - though not bad
    • Nose
      88 88
      Seabreeze, salty, little citric, whiffs of leather, little meaty, little smoked ham, little fruity, whiffs of hay and honey - really not bad
    • Taste
      89 89
      Oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, little fruity, more salty, little seaweed, more hay, little vanilla - pretty good
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, little spicy, little herbal

  4. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Exotic notes are there but stay in the background, easy to drink but a bit disappointing compared to other bottlings from those years

  5. CST1986 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    This is unfortunately not the ultimate high flyer as we know some of the old indie Irish malts to be. The nose is perfectly fine, fruity, bubblegummy, nutty and rich and it's still a very good whisky, but the slightly sharp alcoholic note on the palate prevents me from rating this >90/100. You really have to tame it with water, but too much and it becomes flat and woody, so this is a bit of a diva for the experienced drinker. Pleasurable and clean yes, but not an absolute winner.
    • Nose
      92 92
      Neat:
      Immaculate, clean, crisp and immensely fruity, with passion fruit, unripe mango, lemon meringue and vanilla. The typical Irish grassiness prevents this from being too cloyingly sweet and everything is perfectly balanced.

      With water:
      Even fruitier, but also creamier and more elegant. The fruits are now riper than before, vanilla custard, cinnamon dusted mango slices, papaya, a bit of gingery wood spice as well as the aforementioned grassiness.

      Phenomenal nose (as usual with these bottlings), but how does it deliver on the palate?
    • Taste
      87 87
      Neat:
      Not quite as good. Yes, the fruits are there and the Irish roots are unmistakeable; but there also is an alcoholic sharpness that I didn't find in other bottlings of well-aged Irish malts (like from Adelphi, TWA or Rolf Kaspar), probably from a slightly underperforming cask. There are mangos, apples, passion fruits, chewy cigarette tobacco, but there also is quite a strong wood spice note which develops into a rather flattish finish.

      with water:
      The oak is now better balanced with the fruity flavour profile, but still the alcoholic note persists. It's still good whisky and you may enjoy this rich exotic mango flavour nowhere to be found with Scotch whisky, but somehow you are left a bit disappointed, especially after the fantastic nose.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Medium, fruity at first, but coming back slightly sappy and bitter. Better than on the palate but still not on par with the nose.

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