Overall rating
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Stated Age
12 years old
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 May 2009 8:04 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 93.75

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16 × member ratings

13 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Breath of Islay 1992 AD

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.07 points

  1. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 262 bottles from cask 5345

    We have been asked not to name this single malt, but as soon as you smell and taste it you will think ‘Kildalton’: it is big and smoky, but manages to remain well-balanced and ‘polite’. It comes from a hogshead, and has a good amber colour, with a weathered copper tint and green lights. The immedieate scents are footbaths, Germoline, Elastoplast and Wright’s Coal Tar Soap – clean, fresh and breezy. Later a trace of moss and mushrooms was detected. The flavour at this stage was acidic, with cigar ash. Water shifts the aroma slightly towards new plastic buckets, with dentists’ mouthwash and eucalyptus leaves. Surprisingly little smoke – until you taste it, when wham! After an unexpectedly sweet and full-bodied start, with a soapy mouth-feel and a shake of salt, come charcoal sticks in the long finish. Bags of character, but with a measure of sophistication.

  2. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Breath of Islay (Lagavulin) 12 yo 1992/2005 (57.2%, Adelphi, cask #5345)
     Colour: straw – yellow. Nose: powerful but a little sweeter than the ‘Vanilla Sky’ at first nosing (notes of orange juice, rubbed orange zest), yet rougher and sharper. It’s more on stones, aspirin, ginger tonic… Develops on wet hay, moss, pine needles (again these superb resinous notes), almond milk… But no cider apples or beer this time. It’ll be hard to decide between these two Lagavulins by other names… Mouth: wow, this one is punchy to say the least! Lots of peat, something very earthy and rooty (gentian spirit), smoked tea, moderately sugared marzipan (the good one), pepper… Really invading! Goes on with a little curry, green tea, lots of crystallized orange zests and marmalade (truckloads, in fact)… It’s not overly complex but so satisfying… And the finish is very long again, perhaps more coating and smokier than the Vanilla Sky’s… Anyway, this one is just as classy – and very, very peaty.  90 points.

  3. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://www.weinkenner.de/2015/islay-blindtasting-iii-sechs-proben-und-ein-tagessieger-35976/ Color: straw yellow
    Nose: Typical Lagavulin from the Bourbon barrel, quite green-yellow with lemons and limes, lots of peat, but otherwise rather little spiciness. Maritime flavors with light vanilla and smoky accents.
    Taste: Creamy, soft and very harmonious. Peaty vanilla cream mixed with maritime coastal notes, iodine, seaweed, old ship dew and a lot of tingling salt.
    Finish: long - torflastig and smoky-maritime. Tar, coal, lemon extract and slightly bitter herbs in scorched wood.
    90 points (nose: 89 / taste: 91 / finish: 89)

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    our winner in blind tasting Part 3!!!

    very good Lagavulin for a fantastic Price ;)

  5. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    again a Adelphi with weird soapy taste like FWP
    • Nose
      smoke, meaty, spices - pepper and sea weed
    • Taste
      grains, liquorice, earthy - mushrooms and soapy
    • Finish
      grains, dusty, camp fire and curry spices

  6. st7 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Undisclosed Lagavulin.


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