- Single Malt
- Ian Macleod (IM)
- Bottling serie
- Stated Age
- 18 years old
- Oloroso Sherry Butt
- Number of bottles
- 57.7 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 13 May 2016 12:34 pm
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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
- 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!
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.
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.
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.
- Sample from Henri. Tasted with Roelof.
Spices, syrup, moccha and cherries
Spices - cloves, vegetable soup and dark sherry notes. Herbs, mint and chocolate.
Drying with spices, fudge and leather.
- 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.