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Overall rating
91.27/100
votes
13
Whiskybase ID
78197
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Michel Couvreur (MCo)
Bottling serie
Single Malt Whisky
Vintage
1990
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
23 yo Sherry / 3 yo Jura Vine Casks
Number of bottles
500
Strength
47.0 % Vol.
Size
500 ml
Added on
12 Feb 2016 6:44 pm by Vermiethai
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 433.76

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16 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Spirale 1990 MCo

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 91.27 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    worn leather, used wood oozing, softness, concentrated, an intense honeyed side, open it gives more than at the beginning of the bottle.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Lorion scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Terrific! I have nothing to complain about. Extremely tasty in the nose and outstanding in the mouth! Incredibly complex, he will never stay the way he is. , 93 points!
    • Nose
      An intense sweetness and sherry aromas rise directly into the nose. But it smells so sweet and supple that you are irritated at first - this is not typical whisky. Also, the alcohol is barely noticeable. After a few minutes, it gets spicier. The sweetness remains, but herbs are added. Together you think of herbal sweets. The herbs are stronger and too dominant for sweet sweets. Sage, nutmeg, thyme. Gerarde so strong that the sweetness remains. After some time, it's going back in the other direction. Sweetness is getting stronger. Sweet cherries, juicy grapes, plum and still herbs. Ricola herbal sweets, but significantly sweeter now. Leather comes along, some library smell. The dark fruits become a bit more dominant and push the herbs into the background. After a while, sweetness and herbs form a unity and displace the fruits a bit. It is now herbal tea with neat brown sugar. After use of the palate, tobacco also gets into the nose.
    • Taste
      Incredibly sweet at the start. Although a trace of dry dust is felt, but the juicy sweetness meets everything. A little tobacco-spice joins. It remains very sweet. After swallowing, the saliva runs. The sweetness, cherries and plums do not want to go anymore. The second sip is less sweet, spicier. The third is sweeter again and infinitely soft. Soft, but extremely intense. It gets more complex as more and more is added, but nothing wants to go completely.
    • Finish
      Long, warn, sweet and a little spicy - what more could you ask for?

  3. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
      old, slightly dilapidated and humid wood, macerated fruit on candied raisins, vinous sweetness, leather back with an old horse saddle and a bit of raw bitter cocoa.
    • Taste
      91 91
      always this sensation of sweet fruit, candied on dried apricot, old leather and wood blend "elegantly", liquid dust, a singular sensation, hilarious but rich, alcohol is almost not felt!
      Legs that stay on the glass walls for a long time, the oily side, the scents that explode at the end of the sips, where you feel a bit of bitterness, the fruits leave on the black grapes, on the apricot , the pulp crushed rather, on the quetsches crushed with the juice which leaves, honeyed and sweet driving out there the bitterness, replaced by the lean cocoa; spices finally arrive and potentiate the scents. There is something salty in it that turns the scents.
    • Finish
      92 92
      always that fruit feeling dominating, the end of the product seems to slip into the palate and stay there, the wood and the leather saddle hanging on the stable; then, because there is an after, this moment when the scents explode suddenly in the mouth with the simultaneous return of "sherry" fruits, soaked and dried wood, leather and above all this yellow, maderised wine, just sweet that it takes to give relief, scale, all of a great there!
      Long and evolving finish therefore.

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    a sweetness that is gently savored, with the sensation sherry and old wine cooked on the one hand, the woody side on the other.
    very good dram in a special atmosphere!
    • Nose
      old wood, macerated fruit, sweetness
    • Taste
      always this sensation of sweet fruit, candied, old leather and wood marry "elegantly", alcohol is almost not felt!
    • Finish
      always this fruit sensation that dominates, the end of the product seems to slip into the palate, and stay there.
      length rather long!

  5. Jeadrick scored this whisky 95 points Member Senior

    For me personally one of the best whiskys on the market. You have to give this whisky a lot of time.
    If you are looking for a complex sweet, you are in good hands here. There are always new nuances that take someone over and over again on a new journey. One level of quality chases the other.
    A great experience
    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      96 96
    • Finish
      95 95

  6. MadScientist scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Visually, it looks like one of the many great Sherryreifungen for which Michel Couvreur is famous as a bottler for decades. But it is only partially true for the spiral 26yo. He matured for 23 years in a sherry keg of unknown kind and then enjoyed a finish, or one would have to say in view of the duration probably correct a 3-year-old two-ripening, in a French 'Vin Jaune' barrel, so a special wine from the classic region Jura, which is obtained from the regional white Traminatraube (Savignon Blanc) and in the production many parallels to the Spanish sherry has. All in all, I have to say that the spiral is very good. But these are many well-known malts for half price just as well. The hefty Couvreurzuschlag he is just not worth it for my personal taste.
    • Nose
      The malt is characterized in the nose by sweet, very vinous notes. In addition, a bit of acidity, as you know it from the wine. Finally, some dough as from a fresh cut raisin mares. I let him breathe for a good hour and let himself be acclimated, which is well suited to the price and certainly did him good. Interestingly, the spiral differs more than clearly from some heavy sherry malts that I refer to for comparison. Bunna Cherry Gateau, Tullibardine 9yo TWCh and Glentaucher's 17yo TWC smell quite similar, but significantly different from the spiral. The wine barrel obviously unfolds its effect.
    • Taste
      Soft mouthfeel, low alcohol, very slightly astringent. Fruitbreads according to taste, large, fleshy sultanas, some apricot and a layer of sweet wine among all. A very complex whisky, in which a little patience and leisure pays off.
    • Finish
      Very creamy in the finish. The raisin notes continue to dominate. A little seasoning on tap is added. Towards the end it is not really dry, not unlike a good wine.

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