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Scotch Universe Alpha Centauri - 101° U.2.1' 1897.2"

Overall rating
86.60/100
votes
60
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Scotch Universe (SU)
Vintage
2008
Bottled
2016
Casktype
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
Strength
52.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Sep 2016 11:37 am by msofb
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 69,90

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Whisky Reviews for Scotch Universe Alpha Centauri - 101° U.2.1' 1897.2"

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.60 points

  1. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    The label: The first number "101" tells me the number of months the whisky spent in the barrel. So in this case 8 years and 5 months. The "U" stands for Unpeated, ie without smoke. The combination "2.1" describes the keg and stands for an ex-sherry keg and the occupancy, so a first-fill. The last number "1897.2" tells me the year of foundation and the first month of production of the distillery, ie February 1897.
    1897 seems to have been a busy year in the Speyside, with Glen Moray, Glendullan, Glentauchers, Speyburn and Tamdhu a total of 5 distilleries were founded, which still produce today. In this case, I would tap on a Glen Diver, since many young independent Dark Sherry bottlings of the distillery have recently appeared. The conclusion:
    A strong sherry keg matured whisky that meets my taste. Not too sweet, as is often the case with PX Sherry, but instead a dry Oloroso sherry with depth and seasoning.
    • Nose
      Very pleasant. Alcohol not noticeable. A bit of raisin and plum, but not overly sweet. Rather dry. Spicy-aromatic tones of leather, wood and tobacco. Great nose, just to my taste.
    • Taste
      Spicy-dry. Deep heavy fruitiness and sweetness. Wood and dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. Great dark sherry. Surprisingly complex for such a young whisky.
    • Finish
      Dry and intense with leather and black chocolate.

  2. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      Sherry (slightly acidic at first), but then sweet too. Sour and sweet seem to alternate constantly; dark fruits; a slight woody note, but by no means musty; now comes a clear citrus note; the sweet note with the simultaneous, slightly acidic citrus note remain throughout. I really like it
    • Taste
      first a bit sour (like dry red wine); then herbs; then he gets sweeter and the sherry comes; Herbs still; Cherry and very dark chocolate; later then again sherry and a light, cinnamon barrel seasoning (rather subliminal, but always present) madness, I think really great. After the second sip, saliva production starts correctly
    • Finish
      Sherry; more barrel; Cinnamon and dark chocolate; slightly dry, but not too strong. Nevertheless still slightly sweet and now and again herbs. Very interesting. Interestingly, after the second sip, it becomes sweeter than tart / dry. Saliva production is neatly stimulated and it still remain the fresh herbs.

  3. Lorion scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasting : Could be really cool, if the acidic did not bother me so much ... Too bad. But all in all, good! After I saw the resolution my question to you: The Alpha Centauri is 7/8 years old ... Did he look much older and more sedate? Well with deduction because of the sour note he still lands on good 87 points!
    • Nose
      Ahhhh ... Sure sherry in the nose! But no wild, fresh, stormy sherry, but a rich, ripe, "deep" aroma. The full aroma captivates me. Plums, cherries, cinnamon, roasted hazelnuts ..... Fantastic. Unfortunately, I am torn from my dreams. A slight acidity is noticeable, I do not like it that way. But if you ignore it (which is quite possible, because it is not penetrating), then the great aroma remains, which is now joined by the wood influence and a rising sweetness. At first I thought that the whisky would be rather dusty (I think it's great!), Now it gets sweeter (not wrong).
    • Taste
      At first sour, too bad. But after a few seconds, I will be redeemed. There's the sherry influence - the cherries, the plums, the nuts and some oak. Dryness and sweetness can not decide completely and offer variety in the mouth. With the second sip disappears the sour onset, but something acidic comes through again and again, unfortunately. Seasoning is increasing.
    • Finish
      medium and spicy, a bit sweet. After a few sips, the finish goes over to Lange.

  4. Truco63 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    great complexity, a wonderful winter color with fruit compote and spices, a little bit of spice, you discover something new with each sip
    Blind Tasting from the Whisky Advent Calendar 2016 by Marco Bonn
    • Nose
      Prunes, other dark fruits, some alcoholic pungency, maybe also slightly white pepper ?, a light caramel note behind the fruit, chocolate,
      With water still Mirabelle, slightly lighter fruits, wet wood, furniture polish - very complex
    • Taste
      Intense rush of impressions! Full-bodied, powerful, alcoholic, slightly hot, many different light and dark fruits, sherry, wood, spices, dark chocolate?
      In the second sip you get used to the sharpness and the alcohol, fruits come out like lemon, plum, Zitronenzeste, grape, some bitter chocolate in the background, vanilla,
    • Finish
      Long, dark fruit compote, wood, herbs, delicate bitterness, wood and herbs stay long
      softer with water, stronger caramel, warming, more chocolate

  5. MadScientist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. Kalle208 scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    great part for the age and the price
    • Nose
      Kirscharmelde, slightly sour note, tannins ?, reminiscent of sweet red wine, vanilla, is heavy in the glass, red groats, after the first sip of chocolate
    • Taste
      permanent sweetness from the first sip, paired with a light tingle of alcohol, vanilla, spice and light dryness-> somehow reminds of MonCherie after the second dram
    • Finish
      sweet-sparkling, fast to medium-long finish

  7. XorLophaX scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion: 91/100 points. The new Independent Bottler "Scotch-Universe" has released its first series. In this series is also the so-called "Alpha Centauri I" represented. Named after the 4.34 light-years away nearest solar system. If you have analyzed the founding date on the label (February 1897) and tasted the whisky, you quickly come to the fact that this should be a smoker. This could also be a good fit as there are currently a lot of new, young, dark-colored smokers on the market of independent bottlers. The Oloroso sherry finish is sweeter than expected and gives the whisky a beautiful color, as well as great fruity notes. Definitely one of the most uncomplicated and pleasing gluten-free bottlings available. Link to the tasting on my blog with photo: http://www.tasting-notes.de/Archive/592
    • Nose
      It welcomes a delightful cherry compote with dextrose, pears and some banana. Spices like clove are also included. Subtle in the background, there is some wood and moss.
    • Taste
      The 52.4% barely perceptible, he starts immediately with rich sherry. Despite being an Oloroso sherry keg and not Pedro Ximenez, he is close and sweet in the mouth. You can taste fresh plums and dates. Later still caramel and Mommy cake dough.
    • Finish
      The finish is shorter than expected, dry, rather sweet and a little woody with hints of butter-scotch and towards the end some licorice.

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