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Overall rating
90.83/100
votes
25
Category
Single Malt
Bottler
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Vintage
1989
Stated Age
26 years old
Casknumber
16244
Strength
59.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
21 Oct 2016 2:47 pm by foxboro
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 223,76

25 × member ratings

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Newbie JL1207
93
Member Senior meany
93
Expert Senior johnmarrinan
93
Expert Junior glennoname
92
Member Senior bowi
92
Expert Junior wheatfield
92
Expert Senior XVII
92
Expert Junior openinterface
91
Expert Junior hiroshi
91
Expert Senior JackBrian8898
91
Expert Senior Dram Dracula
91
Expert Senior foxboro
91
Expert Senior Donald MacDuck
91
Connoisseur mad69
91
Expert Senior whiskas
91
Expert Senior tomy63
91
Expert Senior Sands81
91
Member Senior rousp
91
Expert Senior Watanabe
90
Expert Senior WFarchive
90
Expert Senior Entscheidung
89
Expert Senior Zinni
89
Expert Senior sigma6
88
Expert Junior Tamatsu
88
Expert Senior Kraainvenbergh
87

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Average 4 x 25 rates

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1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1
Category Rating
Nose
22
Taste
23
Finish
25
Balance
23

Tastingtags

4 Notes

wheatfield
Expert Junior wheatfield Review note
03 Aug 2017 4:31 am
wheatfield gave this whisky 92 points

Light gold. Nose is of the bright and sharp varietal, not atypical among this era of indie Irish bottling. Some horseradish and nectarine skin. Mouth is tart, syrupy, and very bright. Some ginger and horseradish. Nectarine syrup. Lots of alcohol heat on the finish. A very good one, and aggressive. Water "evens it out" a bit, but it still has these interesting ginger notes.

Weighted Rate
92.4
Nose
91
Initial taste
92
Body
94
Finish
93
Price
92
Presentation
92
tomy63
Expert Senior tomy63 Note
15 Apr 2017 10:24 pm
tomy63 gave this whisky 91 points

couleur or, nez moyennement expressif, légèrement marqué vanille, coco, épices ce qui fait penser à un vieillissement en fûts de bourbon, avec surtout beaucoup de fruits, légèrement végétal. Un bon cran au-dessus en bouche, bombe de fruits exotiques (mangue, passion…), un peu de miel, des épices. Bonne longueur, finale fruitée, épices, très léger boisé.

lachaineduwhisky
Expert Senior lachaineduwhisky Tasting note
28 Mar 2017 2:54 pm
Color
Old gold
Nose

Noisettes torréfiée, épices, miel, mais sans excès. Pas si gourmand, ni si Irish dans le style. Plutôt sur la retenue.

Taste

Grosse attaque sur les épices. Pétilantes et pictotantes ! Corpulent. Fruits exotiques à profusion.
L'ajout d'eau lui fait perdre de son exubérance. 

Finish

Alors que les fruits exotiques semblent avoir tout donné en bouche, c'est une EXPLOSION de mangue, papaye et autres merveilles. A chaque fois qu'on croit que cela va décroître, cela se transforme encore. Cette finale nucléaire a survécu à mon brossage de dents (dentifrice à la menthe), deux heures plus tard.

Comments

J'en ai goûté des whiskies donnant des fruits exotiques. 
Mais celui-ci les surpasse TOUS, et de loin !
Une bombe à savourer pure.
Enthousiasme 5/5
Whisky n° 1210

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XVII
Expert Senior XVII Note
19 Dec 2016 7:47 am
XVII gave this whisky 92 points

Whiskynotes.be (Ruben) - December 15, 2016

https://www.whiskynotes.be/2016/irish-whiskey/irish-single-malt-1989-whisky-agency-eiling-lim-vs-emerald-isle/ 

Emerald Isle 26 yo 1989 (59,2%, Speciality Drinks 2016, cask #16244)

Nose: the higher strength makes this one come across much woodier. It also sets off on coconut and vanilla, with some clear references to aged grain whisky or a good bourbon actually. That means it is less emphatically tropical, but warmer and very jammy. Strawberries and cream. Cooked apricots. Cantaloupe. Hints of marshmallow and blackcurrant. Very light herbal notes after a while. Excellent. Mouth: much warmer and more wood-driven at first. Mint and grassy notes, even chervil and herbs. Oak polish. Hints of honey, perhaps maple. Then a big burst of tropical notes: guave, pink grapefruit, mango. The fruity notes are less juicy, more liqueur-like in this case. Different, slightly unexpected. With some water, the passion fruits and limes come out, but the polished oaky side stays strong. Finish: very long, creamy, with warming oak, perhaps a little tobacco and almonds.

This one is more complex, more woody (in a positive way), more of a cross-over too. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a rum cask like the one from The Nectar. In any case I’ve had more than 20 of these independent undisclosed Irish whiskeys now and I can say this is quite unique and interestingly different. Around € 230 (taking advantage of the weak pound). Sold out.

Score: 92/100

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