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Scotch Universe Solar Flare Alpha - 253° L.1.2' 1815.4: 1798.5"

Overall rating
86.80/100
votes
43
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
Scotch Universe (SU)
Vintage
1995
Bottled
2016
Casktype
Refill American Bourbon Barrel
Strength
53.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
09 Sep 2016 12:02 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 109.90

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Whisky Reviews for Scotch Universe Solar Flare Alpha - 253° L.1.2' 1815.4: 1798.5"

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.80 points

  1. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    had expected much more with the data of the whiskey - definitely needs a lot of air and water
    • Nose
      light smoke, pungent white pepper, very closed
      - leave half an hour in the glass and add some water:
      Now it is bready, hay bales, floury apricots, subtle vanilla sugar
    • Taste
      Just like his nose: light smoke, peppery alcoholic -
      it becomes more pleasing with water: a dry sweetness is in the foreground
    • Finish
      medium long, dry, slightly bitter

  2. Mannix65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  3. larswehmeier scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The label: The first number "253" tells me the number of months the whiskey spent in the barrel. So in this case 21 years and 1 months. The "L" stands for Lightly Peated, so slightly smoky. 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 digits "1815.4" and "1798.5" tell me the year of foundation and the first month of production of the two distilleries involved in this blend, April 1815 and May 1798. One of them is probably on Islay and the other on one of the others Islands.
    In 1815 Laphroaig and Ardbeg started operations. In 1798 Highland Park and Tobermory were founded. In any case, we are dealing with a blend of two outstanding distilleries.
    An unusual blended malt that demands a lot of time and attention. For me, however, no additional purchase candidate.
    • Nose
      Pleasant, fine smoke. Malty and slightly sweet. A lot of bourbon barrel influence with some caramel and clear oak. Complex nose, which opens slowly. For the old age still quite fresh with a floral touch.
    • Taste
      Powerful on the tongue. There is hardly any smoke in the mouth. But hardly sweet. Fairly spicy with herb and plant notes. Here the age shows clearly. Cereals and cereals. Maybe a hint of licorice.
    • Finish
      Shorter than expected. Pretty dry.

  4. Kantenmechaniker scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    An interesting mix. I really like the nose, the taste and the finish.
    • Nose
      A great fruity nose, sweet, a potpourri of tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, creamy like a macao mango, milk ice cream, vanilla, smoke, I interpret maximum pure, but actually not appreciably noticeable, with the time spicy, it comes through the oak, the age is noticeable, some lovage, yes and now really a hint of smoke, nice varied
    • Taste
      starts powerful and fruity, intense, again the many tropical fruits, slightly sour and with oppressive sweetness, herbs swing with and then comes the oak and brings some smoke with
    • Finish
      tart and dry, slightly flowery and floral, the smoke is now better, the fruitiness is retained on the palate

  5. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    A very nice blended malt, unfortunately a bit dry, especially at the back, but in the beginning he has great different notes, which one finds so only in blends.
    • Nose
      It has fine, sweetish smoke, then a mixture of on the one hand more bourbon-cask-like notes like white pepper, heather, vanilla, but also subtle and not exactly definable sherry fruits in between, some apricot and a dash of grapefruit and vanilla, all a bit one-dimensional despite all the notes, it seems very focused on one level
    • Taste
      Here again directly sweet, fine smoke, here a bit stronger, then comes to sulfur, reminiscent of a few young Sherrybomber I had, even a similar named "Solar Eclipse" of SMWS, beautiful berry fruits come, full orange with shell, grapefruit, Black pepper, nutmeg, heather meadow, raisins, some licorice also, thyme, some dry oak and leather behind
    • Finish
      Back dry smoke and the sulfur, which is now a little uncomfortable drying, the herbs are still there, otherwise only a little grapefruit, everything so bitter-dry with a hint of raisins, medium long

  6. Achany scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    There is a lot of peat but very sweet peat. Fruits, some dark berries, malty, fresh, hint of citron, honey and vanilla, some pepper notes, some heather. Really interesting balance, allthough 70% comes from Islay the influence of macallan and highland park is clearley visible. Price is quite interesting - very fine dram
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      85 85

  7. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A top whiskey. If he is not old I eat a broom. Very complex and wonderfully matured. Balanced, varied, exciting, harmonious!
    My tip: Ex-Bourbon barrel, cask strength approx. 48%, over 25 years, Highlands
    • Nose
      --- blind tasting ----

      Vanilla, caramel and a hint of sherry-like fruit in the first nose, yellow apples, apricots, really sweet bright fruits, peach and mandarin mingle with oak, sultanas, really elegant old whiskey, wonderfully aged, caramel candy, chocolate almonds, malt, floral notes , Puddingsuppe with pastries, a very fine playful spicy note accompanies the nose like a forgotten bay leaf, the alcohol is well integrated, but I still touch cask strength. The second nose looks very vanilla-sweet and creamy, marshmallows and pudding
    • Taste
      Vanilla at the beginning, immediately afterwards the mouth tingles with the strong aroma of pepper before spreading an oily-creamy texture next to other spices, again peach, bitter orange, hazelnut, grapefruit, some frankincense, old oak, dry tobacco, leather
    • Finish
      strong oak flavors, grape seeds, tobacco, leather, less fruit, juniper, walnuts, pepper, lingering finish, clove, becoming drier with hints of vanilla and orange peel

  8. Fight65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  9. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    1815/1798 Islay/Islands: Laphroaig/Highland Park

  10. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This
    blend of two old single malt whiskies from two different distilleries,
    one from Islay and one from
    the Island, is a bold, intense and nicely complex
    composition. The smoky and peaty flavour of the Islay malt is a bit
    tamed and together with its touch of fruitiness matches perfectly
    with the sweet, herbal and oily character of the Island
    whisky. Not straight forward but a delicate blend with rough edges where
    the connoisseur has to pay full attention.


    I thank Michel Reick from Scotch Universe for the sample!

    http://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/unknown-distillery/
    • Nose
      A bit reluctant
      on the nose with respect to smoky and peaty flavours. There's only a
      slight peatiness,
      lovely mixed with subtle smoke, sweet notes of vanilla,
      malted barley and a touch of yellow dried fruits. Pleasantly spicy with
      oak, pepper and a delicate herbal note, heather
      maybe.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly
      sweet on the palate with creamy vanilla, barley sugar, cereals and
      stewed peaches. This is
      accompanied by liquorice and a bold spiciness of oak, cloves
      and pepper. Nicely warming, oily and mouth coating. Some flowery notes
      with a touch of herbs towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is long, warm and slightly dry with pepper, spiced oak, cloves. Again flowery notes, heather
      and herbs flash up on the tail.
      With water:
      Fresher on the nose with a splash of water. Sweet malted barley with
      more peat and smoke in the back.
      Less warming but still sweet on the palate with vanilla,
      barley sugar and prickling oak towards the finish. The spiciness is a
      bit tamed. The finish is long, sweet and creamy with heather
      honey, barley and a touch of peat on the tail.

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