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Overall rating
89.88/100
votes
70
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Speyside
Vintage
04.1997
Bottled
11.2015
Stated Age
18 years old
Casktype
Oloroso Sherry Butt
Casknumber
5240
Number of bottles
612
Strength
57.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010852033830
Added on
13 May 2016 12:34 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 176.05

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Whisky Reviews for The Cigar Malt 1997 IM

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.88 points

  1. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. rpvdwel scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. recursiewhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    What a powerhouse of a whisky!!
    It really needs some tome in the glass to fully open up. But after that you’ll get an intense, rich deeply layered and complex whisky. This can keep me occupied for hours just smelling it. The aromas are ever shifting and keep on surprising you with new and rich flavours. What a great whisky this is!
    • Nose
      A rich, full, well balanced and complex whisky with aromas of lush sherry, subtle sulphur, dried fruits (figs, dates, sultanas, plums, apricots), red apple, pear, orange zest, lemon oil, coffee, leather, sweet tobacco, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, butterscotch, berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries), antique polish, varnish, old books, damp cellar, earthy tones, licorice root, rose wood, marmalade, chocolate, macerated cherries, subtle malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet cloves, allspice, candied ginger and rich creamy oak.
    • Taste
      A powerful, fun, rich, mouth filling, balanced and complex whisky with aromas of pepper, ginger, allspice, rich sherry, cinnamon, garnish, antique polish, berries (blackberries, elderberries and subtle cranberries), floral tones, honey, dried fruits (figs, dates, sultanas, plums, peach), sweet pipe tobacco, coffee, antique polish, varnish, beeswax, butter, bitter chocolate, tannins, bitter orange marmalade, lemon zest, tangerine peel, cedar wood, rosewood, Turkish delight, sticky toffee pudding, fudge, tasted bread, a subtle hint of smoke, brown sugar and spicy oak.
    • Finish
      A long, rich and slightly drying finish with aromas of sherry, backing spices, pepper, bitter chocolate, tannins, dried fruits, dried flowers, berries, subtle espresso, dark forest honey, vanilla and creamy oak.

  5. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. Bram84 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. Daan Tje scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Sample from Henri. Tasted with Roelof.
    • Nose
      Spices, syrup, moccha and cherries
    • Taste
      Spices - cloves, vegetable soup and dark sherry notes. Herbs, mint and chocolate.
    • Finish
      Drying with spices, fudge and leather.

  9. squaadgras scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. Drk Neknul scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    From my perspective, congratulations to anyone who may call this great Mortlach his own. Why Mortlach? Well, on the one hand it tastes like a classic Sherry Mortlach should snail, on the other hand, the friendly people at Ian MacLeod have also stuck us a small sticker on the outer packaging of the Cigar Malts. What do I expect? Heavy Sherry in the age group between 16 and 25 years is not easy, there are almost only lighter refills, which then develop a wonderful complexity. The risk of tipping the barrels into unpleasantly bitter, tannic coffee grounds and wood without end is just too big. But the Mortlach team can sherry, no question. Let's wait. Eye / Nose: A wonderful 1st Fill Sherry tone. I admit that I would probably have bought, contrary to my usual habit, just without tasting. In the nose, he immediately collects more points. It smells full and deep of old Oloroso, without being put on, not on Wine Treatment, temperature experiments or other jokes. A touch of liquorice, sandalwood and dark orange chocolate. Beetroot still comes to my mind and dates, the longer I enjoy it Palate: Strong on the tongue and yet soft. That's how I like it! No bitterness, instead it covers the mouth with sweet caramel and dark chocolate notes, spices like nutmeg and maybe even some marjoram. Then again the heavy sherry from the nose, and a mouthfeel, as you suck in parallel a cream and a herbal candy - not that I had ever tried. The alcohol is present without displeasing, that fits well. Finish / Conclusion: Very powerful Sherrymalt. With amazing depth. Nothing seems artificial or fake here. Long, typical 'Dark Sherry' finish. Dates, raisins, almonds, some oak, a little dryness. Everything pleasant, nothing exaggerated.

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