Scotch Universe IO I - 98° P.1.2' 1815.4"

Overall rating
Single Malt
Scotch Universe (SU)
Refill American Bourbon Barrel
57.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Sep 2016 12:00 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 84.90

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Whisky Reviews for Scotch Universe IO I - 98° P.1.2' 1815.4"

7 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.09 points

  1. Tabrulavubeg did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    @larswehmeier: Quote: "The last number" 1815.4 "tells me the year of foundation and the first month of production of the distillery so April 1815." This is not entirely correct. The last (one-digit) digit of the nomenclature names the region of the distillery: (1) Highlands (2) Speyside (3) Lowlands (4) Islay (5) Islands

  2. Me2 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Is that somehow "official" that this is a Laphroaig? Personally, I find no medical notes in it, but - in addition to the smoke - but a lot of sweet peat. => Ardbeg! (Imho)

  3. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Peat, some more peat. Gentle on the nose but on the palate quite impressive. Some salt, some raw bacon, smoke, and underneath there is some nice sweetness. Vanilla, some light green fruit, really nice. Perfect young and feisty dram!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. larswehmeier scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A genuine Islay whisky with a clear edge without compromise.
    The label: The first number "98" tells me the number of months the whisky spent in the barrel. So in this case 8 years and 2 months. The "P" stands for Peated. The combination "1.2" describes the barrel and stands for an ex-Bourbon barrel and the occupancy, so a second-fill after the Bourbon. The last number "1815.4" tells me the year of foundation and the first month of production of the distillery, April 1815. In 1815 Laphroaig and Ardbeg started operations on Islay.
    With this one I'm typing on a Laphroaig, as it is very phenolic and very cautiously sweet.
    • Nose
      It smokes and smokes right out of the glass. It smells like a fireplace fighting with wet wood. Behind it comes the Atlantic coast after an autumn storm with salt, seaweed and meringled flotsam. A real Islay smoke bomb without compromise!
    • Taste
      Full throttle on the tongue! The storm continues with salt, iodine and seaweed. You can guess from time to time that he is actually pretty sweet, but hardly once flashes some caramel on the tongue, there comes back again the next wave of the Atlantic rolled up.
    • Finish
      Sweet and warm.

  5. Segens scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    I guess it is a young (7 years) Islay (maybe Bruichladdich) which is too medical and metallic in my head and the alcohol is not well implemented and too strong (my guess is 58%). Probably the worst Islay I ever had!Well the rates are quite positive and I even had Laphroaig from the nose in the head but the taste was so different from Laphroaig so I would have never expected one. Alcohol and age was not too far away :-)
    • Nose
      Hallo ihr beiden, mir hat der überhaupt nicht geschmeckt..

      Peat, peat, peat! Of course a bit of sea salt which is quite normal, decent bacon but also the alcohol is tickling the nose and could have been implemented better
    • Taste
      a bit of honey and of course sea salt and smoke but very quickly medical bitterness and then the alcohol is taking over everything in the mouth! 
    • Finish
      medical and bitter finish which is an absolutely no-go from my perspective.

  6. Tabrulavubeg did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes, you can be wrong ...;)
    My first impression was even more outlandish - Octomore ...
    But that can not and may not be (alone because of the price) and thus again ranged. Then it dawned sometime - Laphroaig. But what a part, even in cask strength, rarely had such a fierce peaty part of them. As an extreme peat bomb certainly has something, but certainly no wonder in complexity ...

  7. rottendon scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I eat a broom, if that's not Kilchoman. The profile here is more phenolic, but the overall picture is very typical. He behaves as if he had 46%, so Kilchoman should have at least 50% and is probably due to the metallic echoes no more than five years old.

    Notes from a blind tasting.

    So one thing I have to say, brooms do not taste ...!
    OK, he was phenolic enough, yet he was atypical for a Laphroaig. Like 58%, he really did not feel like that and for eight years he had a lot of brass. You never stop learning!
    • Nose
      The color is somewhere between White Wine and Pale Straw. Begin at first very restrained, before a strong smoky note unfolds. Slightly phenolic with clutch abrasion, disinfectant, house fire but also a few incursions of smoked meat. Behind it are acid notes that are less fruity than chemical. The whole thing looks very harmonious and I like it well. A little caramel tries to blow through from behind, but that does not really succeed. Too clear is the impression of freshly cleaned linoleum. When warming up, a floral, almost perfumed touch comes on seriously, that does not fit at all! OK, the haunt is over quickly and it comes back to the picture, where the overall picture is heated rounder and less acidic, but more coal dust.
    • Taste
      Quite restrained but then rich start, which now unfolds great with a lot of caramel, dark malt notes and ashes. It gets a bit metallic and slightly bitter in the back, but not disturbing.
    • Finish
      Strong warming and long-lasting, he goes clearly on ashy and tart notes swaying, with the back of the throat can keep a long time a certain acidity.


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