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Overall rating
91.05/100
votes
119
Category
Blended Malt
Distilleries
Bottler
Royal Mile Whiskies (RM)
Bottling serie
Three Cask Blended
Bottled
2015
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
337
Strength
47.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 Oct 2015 11:02 am by pilgrim77
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Average value

€ 278,32

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Whisky Reviews for Blended Malt Scotch Whisky 40-year-old RM

15 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.05 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [February, 2019] Just a quick review of a sample...

    ...and this is a delicious and very quaffable old style Traditional Scotch dram. The profile is dominated by the Glenrothes with not much of the Macallan recognisable at all. Not sure about the Tamdhu, to be honest. But I do not care as long as the result is that good...

    [September, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and confirm my old review and score. This is a fine old vat that is easy to quaff but to be honest: it is not an outstanding one. The bitter-drying finish seems to be stronger tonight (despite I am very well rested) and is somewhat distracting now, but the taste itself is perfect. As a drinker I am willing to spend up to 125 Euro on a bottle of such quality, but certainly not more given the other options available out there...
    • Nose
      90 90
      The colour is chestnutoloroso sherry and the nose offers an old style sherry profile with both sweet winey and bitter herbal aromas in a good balance. It is rather shy but quite complex which could be expected from such an old vat of three of the best malts for sherry maturations. I am not in the mood to do a detailed analysis tonight - I simply enjoy this fine nose...
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is layered on sweet winey and honey flavours that are countered by bitter notes of tea , tobacco and some herbs. The wooden notes are perfect to provide a backbone but never dominate which is great in such an old vat. Later some fruity and juicy notes join in before a tasty dark chocolate flavour attracts my attention. As expected water is not needed on this dram because it just turns the nose punchier and flattens the taste.
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating without distracting moments. The finish is of medium length and adds more classical sherry flavours like oranges, plums and figs. A minor bitter-astringent moment pops up towards the end but this is rather welcomed to balance the sweet sherry notes.

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    My initial impression of this was pretty awesome for the fruity sherry at 93-94 points but as you take your time with it there is an oaky structure to it which dominates the finish and knocks it a few points but overall a nice malt.
    This one has a lovely nose which is the best part for me.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Kudos to RMW! Everything is just right in place, and there is no off flavors, and it is very balanced. Easy old sherry, typical raisins, cherries, a bit oily, leafy, nothing really jumps out at you, which can be a strength or a weakness. I tried this with a few other recent, highly regarded 35-40 year old blends and also Hibiki 21, and this easily won the night, even though the Hibiki 21 is damn good also.

  4. Segens scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Wow! So well balanced not as woody as expected for a 40 year old Blend and this elegance in nose and taste... Yummie! 

    This dram can absolutely compete with the best drams I have tried so far! 
    • Nose
      very complex: plums, raisins, milk chocolate, tobacco

      Influences change all the time and it makes a lot of fun in the nose!
    • Taste
      Very elegant and you realise that the alcohol and mix of casks in this blend is just perfect! A mix of Milk Chocolate, oranges, raisins and you cannot get enough of it. Much juicier than old Sherry malts I had so far.  
    • Finish
      Lovely finish which is quite long. After several seconds you realize the woody part which I expected much earlier. 

  5. Calmar scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Good sweet sherry whiskey, perfectly balanced, quite complex composition, depth, sense of age, strong raisin dominant.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, old furniture, greasy deep-frying notes, old leather goods, tobacco, raisins, coffee, boiled condensed milk, burnt caramel.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, raisin-woody, coffee, tobacco, burnt crackers, a lot of different raisins, earthy notes, puer, cola, burnt caramel, tropical fruits, sweet creamy tones, dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, raisins, oak, burnt caramel, notes of dark beer, cola, prunes, old leather goods, chocolate.

  6. kimmosuo scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. elskling scored this whisky 91 points Member Senior

    (Blind) Nose: tends towards sherry, with notes a little young, sometimes alcoholic.

    Palate: oily texture, oily, and it is a basket of yellow fruit, very attractive, nice integration of alcohol, much more balanced than the nose did not predict. Beautiful finale.

    I like that very much!

  8. Jeep51 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    The sherry is present but it remains elegant and quite fine. Easy. Missing a little something to get a 90
    • Nose
      Slightly suffers (rubber), burnt caramel. These notes gradually fade and give way to a set of cooked fruits, vinous notes, sherry and walnut wine as well as nuts. The type of sherry I like (hope it's a sherry).
    • Taste
      Sweet, very dry fruits (currants in the head), some tea, coffee with milk. Again, it's very vinous (sweet wine). Clove and metal tip on the end of mouth.
    • Finish
      Very very long. Always dry fruits and coffee with milk.

  9. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  10. VicLin scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Serge gave it 89:

    Royal Mile Whiskies 40 yo (47.1%, Royal Mile Whiskies, blended malt, 337 bottles, 2015) A vatting of Glenrothes, Macallan, and Tamdhu. What could have gone wrong? On the one hand, many flavours may overlap between these three malts, but on the other hand, some coherence may have been obtained, let’s see… Colour: dark gold. Nose: very complex, and not tired. Roasted chestnuts and maple syrup for a start, then chocolate and praline, then toasted brioche and warm croissant, then some pipe tobacco, without any obvious pencil shavings or other undesirable oaky tones. A little wood smoke though. And far away in the distance, the usual marmalade and raisins. Mouth: excellent and lovable. It’s more or less a blend of various honeys with a little Sauternes, or better yet, straw wine from Jura. Then some leafy tea, some tobacco, and once again a little marmalade that keeps it appropriately fruity. The oak’s a little more obvious this time, but we’re rather around cinnamon cake than straight planks or chips. Really excellent. Finish: medium, clean, never oaky as such, rather on dried figs and dates. When is Christmas this year? Oranges in the aftertaste. Comments: we’re bordering the 90 points. Great blended malt. SGP:651 - 89 points.

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