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Overall rating
90.16/100
votes
78
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
The Whisky Mercenary (TWM)
Vintage
1991
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
23 years old
Number of bottles
164
Strength
52.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Whiskysite.nl & The Single Malt Whisky Shop
Added on
06 Jul 2015 4:42 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199.00

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78 × member ratings

120 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Irish Single Malt 1991 TWM

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.16 points

  1. Lommen scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Irish single malt 1991 – peated (52,2%, The Whisky Mercenary for Whiskysite.nl & Fisser 2015)

    Nose: a very short peaty impression, but then wham! A whole truck of grapefruit is dropped in, both the yellow ones and the pink ones. Also passion fruit sherbet and kiwi, hints of green banana skin, peaches and white grapes. Some waxy / resinous notes. A little mint, vanilla and subtle camphor. Mouth: spearmint at first, which stays strong throughout the whole dram. Sweet banana underneath, as well as mango and apricots in syrup, but the peaty notes are slowly taking over. A little green tea with grapefruit and camphor again. Though not a peat bomb, it may be the peatiest of the 1991’s I’ve tried. Finish: long, showing mild chili, nutmeg and a bit of minty dryness.

    It’s funny how this one changes from robust to elegant and back. I’ve tried it three times in different glasses. Sometimes I thought there was too much peat on the palate, but on other occasions it seemed just right. Some people think these Irish are too fruity – they should try this one. Excellent stuff. Around € 200, on sale this Saturday.

    Score: 91/100

  2. cavalier66 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    From Ruben

    http://www.whiskynotes.be/2015/irish-whisky/irish-single-malt-1991-whisky-mercenary/Nose: a very short peaty impression, but then wham! A whole truck of grapefruit is dropped in, both the yellow ones and the pink ones. Also passion fruit sherbet and kiwi, hints of green banana skin and white grapes. Some waxy / resinous notes. A little mint, vanilla and subtle camphor. Mouth: spearmint at first, which stays strong throughout the whole dram. Sweet banana underneath, as well as mango and apricots in syrup, but the peaty notes are slowly taking over. A little green tea with grapefruit and camphor again. Though not a peat bomb, it may be the peatiest of the 1991’s I’ve tried. Finish: long, showing mild chili, nutmeg and a bit of minty dryness.

    It’s funny how this one changes. I’ve tried it three times in different glasses. Sometimes I thought there was too much peat on the palate, but on other occasions it seemed just right. Some people think these Irish are too fruity – they should try this one. Excellent stuff.

    Score: 91/100

  3. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. aphex scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Beautiful nose. Loved how it evolves during the tasting, adding new layers. Palate is more simple but very good.
    • Nose
      92 92
      There's definitely some peat here and very discreet tropical notes in the background (or maybe I'm just influenced). Let's wait a few minutes. Peat smoke, medicinal and resinous notes. Let's wait more. The fruits are finally here. Grapefruits, kiwis, peaches, hints of passion fruits. Whiffs of saw dust. Mentholated notes. Tobacco.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Earthy peat, mint and juicy fruits (peaches, passion fruits, green bananas, grapefruits).
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, spicy, minty, drying.

  5. Falnor scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Just great stuff.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. laurensl scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. speysider did not rate this whisky Newbie

    Quote from Serge Valentin :

    Irish Malt Peated 1991/2015 (52.2%, The Whisky Mercenary)

    Irish Malt Peated 1991/2015 (52.2%, The Whisky Mercenary) Five stars Rumour had it that this ain’t Cooley and that it’s rather peated Bushmills. Peated Bushmills? Why not Mother Theresa singing Nicki Minaj? Colour: gold. Nose: tja. Sehr schön, ausserordentlich, ausgezeichnet, tip-top, echt Klasse… Oh entschuldingung, I mean, apologies, this nose is so nice that it makes you speak German. It’s got Bushmillian bananas indeed, then a little fresh butter and orange pekoe tea (oh S., whatever), then rather blond cigarettes, Camel-style, and mint liqueur. Some eucalyptus, perhaps. With water: exceptional herbal complexity. Oils, leaves, waxes, putties… Fabulous nose. Mouth (neat): oh yeah yeah yeah… Ardbeg, Longmorn, Rosebank, and Springbank. Plus some salt. With water: we’ll keep this short, this is semantically splendid (time to go to bed, S., perhaps…) Finish: why the officials hardly ever come up with such bottlings, I don’t know. Perhaps because they’re afraid everybody would start asking for this very quality, while it was just one exceptional cask or batch? Comments: seriously, what was that? Peated Bushmills, really? I find this whisky plainly and utterly stunning (perhaps just a tad tiring – oh please, let it go, S….) SGP:476 - 91 points.

  8. markjedi1 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Absolutely stunning
    whisky, but we knew this going in. My only point of criticism is the pice. 199
    EUR for a 23 Year Old Irish is quite expensive, no matter how good.
    • Nose
      While the peat is
      clearly present with earthy notes, among others, it is mostly the fruit that
      captured your nostrils’ attention. It is almost exotic! Banana,
      pineapple, lime, grapefruit and passion fruit. These last two become quite big.
      Nicely creamy, almost syrupy on the nose. Leaf of mint. Very attractive indeed! Reminds me somewhat of the Ireland 1991 that was
      bottled last year by The Nectar. This one is just a tad more fruity.
    • Taste
      On the palate it is
      equally syrupy. I again get banana, passion fruit and grapefruit, but
      also peach in its own juices. Pineapple from a tin can. Slowly but surely it
      turns a tad bitter and dry as the peat starts to put its foot down. The mint
      lingers. Add some nutmeg and pepper. Very interesting and
      quite complex.
    • Finish
      The finish is long
      and a touch piquant.

  9. Maurice_casqueteer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. Bishlouk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I was expecting a bit, this Irish is also of a very good quality, in the tradition of previous Super Fruited. Fine, subtle, balanced, not aggressive, and ... just good. Peat side, it is very thin and light, we could easily miss. That the bottlers continue to offer us good whiskys like that, yum!
    • Nose
      Ultra fruity, typical of the Irish who go out lately. Banana, mango, full basket of juicy exotic fruits, yellow peach. A very slight volute of herbaceous smoke is revealed later, followed by a scent, also light, small orchard flowers. After a longer aeration, the smoke tends to disappear.
    • Taste
      The juicy fruit festival continues, in the mouth this time. A sweet salad of squares of freshly cut white and yellow fruits, unctuous and juicy.
    • Finish
      A slight bitterness of fruit peel appears, as well as some sweet spices. A little dry wood, and the very slight smoke, always grassy, ​​which resurfaces to go up in the nose.

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