Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Speciality Drinks Ltd (SMS)
Stated Age
26 years old
59.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
21 oct 2016 2:25 pm by foxboro
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 223.26

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Whisky reviews for Emerald Isle 1989 SMS

9 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.25 points.

  1. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    I tasted whiskys with exotic fruits.
    But this one surpasses them ALL, and by far!
    A bomb to be savored pure.
    Enthusiasm 5/5
    Whisky n ° 1210
    • Nose
      Roasted hazelnuts, spices, honey, but without excess. Not so greedy, or so Irish in style. Rather on the restraint.
    • Taste
      Big attack on spices. Petilating and picturing! Corpulent. Exotic fruits in abundance.
      The addition of water makes him lose his exuberance.
    • Finish
      While the exotic fruits seem to have given everything in the mouth, it is an EXPLOSION of mango, papaya and other wonders. Whenever we believe that it will decrease, it is transformed again. This nuclear finale survived my toothbrushing (mint toothpaste) two hours later.

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  3. WhiskyJpg scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This parcel of Irish is legendary. For me this is the weakest one. Not in a literal sense, because it is actually the hottest one. Too hot. Even with water it just never came together on the nose but mid palate to finish just turns into a wonderful fruit explosion that ive been accustomed to.

  5. greg_0277 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose that denotes a little because I do not find the typical Irish fruity there. It's more on brewer's yeast, pancake batter.
    In the mouth the texture is top, it is fruity but not as explosive as what I expected.
    Very good but the Q / P does not seem to me to be the best ...

  6. detachedblue scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    One more point for the ABV, absolute beast.
    • Nose
      Very classic Irish, grassy, aloe extracts, simple and clean, grape skins, unripe mango, sweet mint cream.
    • Taste
      Very fruity, sour and citrusy, pineapple, orange, huge and intense, some mints.
    • Finish
      Long, minted brown sugar, dried mango, dried banana, unripe mango.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur


    C: A wonderful example of Irish single malt. Compliments of Darren.

    Scores an A[-]

  8. wheatfield scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    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.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      93 93

  9. tomy63 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    gold color, moderately expressive nose, slightly marked vanilla, coconut, spices which is reminiscent of aging in bourbon casks, especially with a lot of fruit, slightly vegetal. A good notch above the mouth, bomb of exotic fruits (mango, passion ...), a little honey, spices. Good length, fruity finish, spices, very light oaky.

  10. XVII scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Whiskynotes.be (Ruben) - December 15, 2016


    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 whiskys 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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