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Overall rating 67 votes 90.32
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 4:49 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 199,00

1 bottle available

Lowest price on Market: € 400,00

Buy in Market

107 × in collection

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 23
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 23

Tastingtags

9 Notes

speysider
Newbie speysider Note
02 Sep 2015 9:09 am

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.

Remko
Expert Junior Remko Note
02 Sep 2015 9:00 am

Quote Whiskyfun.com - September 2, 2015:


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. 
markjedi1
Connoisseur markjedi1 Tasting note
11 Jun 2015 7:31 am
markjedi1 gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Old gold
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.

Comments

Absolutely stunning whiskey, 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.

Mark Dermul - Toshan Man
Lommen
Expert Junior Lommen Note
04 Jun 2015 4:03 pm
Lommen gave this whisky 95 points

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



Maurice_casqueteer
Expert Senior Maurice_casqueteer Review note
01 Jun 2015 3:03 pm
Maurice_casqueteer gave this whisky 86 points
Weighted Rate
86.2
Nose
87
Initial taste
87
Body
88
Finish
89
Price
75
Presentation
85
cavalier66
Expert Senior cavalier66 Note
29 May 2015 1:42 am

From Ruben

http://www.whiskynotes.be/2015/irish-whiskey/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

Bishlouk
Connoisseur Bishlouk Tasting note
28 May 2015 10:30 am
Bishlouk gave this whisky 90 points
Color
Yellow gold
Nose

Ultra fruité, typique des Irlandais qui sortent ces derniers temps. Banane, mangue, corbeille complète de fruits exotiques juteux, de la pêche jaune. Une très légère volute de fumée herbacée se révèle par la suite, suivie d’une senteur, elle aussi légère, de petites fleurs de verger. Après une aération plus longue, la fumée tend à disparaître.

Taste

Le festival de fruits juteux continue, en bouche cette fois. Une salade sucrée de carrés de fruits blancs et jaunes fraîchement coupés, onctueux et juteux.

Finish

Une légère amertume de pelure de fruit apparaît, ainsi que quelques épices douces. Un peu de bois sec, et la très légère fumée, toujours herbacée, qui refait surface pour remonter dans le nez.

Comments

Je m’y attendais un peu, cet Irlandais-ci est aussi d’une très bonne qualité, dans la lignée des Super Fruités précédents. Fin, subtil, équilibré, pas agressif, et… tout simplement bon. Côté tourbe, elle est très fine et légère, on pourrait aisément passer à côté. Que les embouteilleurs continuent de nous proposer de bons whiskeys comme ça, miam !

cavalier66
Expert Senior cavalier66 Note
27 May 2015 7:09 pm

Same whisky, slightly different label for the two shops https://www.whiskybase.com/whisky/68579/1991-twm

cavalier66
Expert Senior cavalier66 Note
27 May 2015 7:05 pm

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