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Overall rating
87.61/100
votes
30
Category
Blend
Bottler
Creative Whisky Company (CWC)
Bottling serie
Blended Scotch Whisky
Vintage
1980
Stated Age
35 years old
Casktype
Ex-Sherry Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Aged over 35 years
Added on
12 Dec 2015 8:52 am by Dominique69
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 162.89

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30 × member ratings

62 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Exclusive Blend 1980 CWC

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.61 points

  1. CST1986 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    For ~150€ this is a real bargain. A very good selection and an excellent blend (bearing the title "exclusive" for a reason) from CWC. There is some very good malt involved, some decent aged grain whisky and very good active sherry casks. It's sweet, but not cloying. It's easily quaffable (for a 35yo), but not simple. It has a certain dryness, but it isn't too oaky. Just very good, like a good old-fashioned well-aged malt whisky from the old days. Recommended.
    • Nose
      Soft spices, oranges, chocolate, cherries, wild honey and chestnut puree. Some furniture polish and leather in the background with vanilla and warm oak holding the whisky together. Skillfully blended and matured, very nice, warm and luxurious nose with a beautiful sherry influence that isn't overpowering the gentle complexity of the whisky.
    • Taste
      Good supple attack and a beautiful mouthfeel. Not drying or overly oaky at all. Chocolate, prunes and raisins, dates covered with honey, blackberry preserves with vanilla, cinnamon and star anise. A tart oaky bitterness in the background is getting stronger (but not too strong). Some mentholy notes on the back of the palate.
    • Finish
      Medium and satisfying (calling for another sip), with chocolate, cherry liqueur, mint and oak.

  2. Calmar scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A magnificent sherry blend, deep and complex, complex, aging years were not in vain, thick, liqueur, with strong notes of cola and dried fruits.
    • Nose
      Open, dry, polished wood, varnish, dried fruits - dried apricots, prunes; burnt biscuits, burnt caramel, dried mushrooms, earth notes, mold.
    • Taste
      Soft, dense, the sweetness of dried fruits - dried apricots, raisins; a little pepper, burnt crackers, caramel, varnish, spicy oak, cola,
    • Finish
      Sweet, warming, kvasnoe wort, cola, lollipops, soft spicy oak, dried mushrooms, grassy bitterness.

  3. asmazda scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Feels thinner than a single malt and the finish didn't do it for me even though it was fairly long.  On the plus side, I found quite a bit of similarities with the first batch of Tun 1509: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/58415/balvenie-tun-1509
    • Nose
      90 90
      Antique furniture, overripe plums, a little wax, burnt caramel, oranges, a whiff of smoke, cayenne.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Fairly intense with bitter orange, caramel, mulling spices, oak, and chocolate mint.  Not really sweet but also not too dry.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and prickly, the oak and chocolate mint continue.

  4. kimmosuo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  5. Cubey666 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. sopie scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  8. Maurice_casqueteer scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

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