Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Maltbarn (MBa)
Bottling serie
No. 63
Stated Age
27 years old
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
45.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Mar 2017 10:49 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 280.00

26 × in wishlist

90 × member ratings

79 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Ireland 1989 MBa

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.80 points

  1. whiskydramo scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Strong mango with tiny bit of spices like anise and dried pepper. More mango skin, not so sweet loquat, apricot, unripe papaya, banana. Fruit leaves. Mandarin orange, starts with a bit of saltiness then turns into peel.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Rich Pineapple, banana, apricot. Tiny bit of pepper. Mango skin then more mango fresh. So fruity and getting more oily as you chew. Sweetness stays quite well. Some nice tea aroma
    • Finish
      88 88
      Rambutan. Green tea. Papaya skin. Pepper. Light woody. Slightly tanninous.

  2. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    A hammerleckerer fruity Irishman - dream fabric!
    • Nose
      Pineapple, green apple, grapes, bright fruit punch, eucalyptus - a crazy nose!
    • Taste
      sweet pineapple, apples, green and red, sunny meadow, sweet, incredibly delicious fruity, that surpasses the wonderful nose again, then dark chocolate and warming pepper
    • Finish
      The dark chocolate ebbs away in the wonderfully balanced pepper, then this also ebbs off and it reappears on this sweet sweet pineapple note, which is now complemented by a limoncello note and very ripe apples - the finish is loooong and I smell and still taste 2 Hours after the dram the fabulous pineapple-limoncello mix ... and the eucalyptus ...

  3. aphex scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The usual tropical fruitiness with a nice mineral touch on the nose and a sharp palate. A profile I seldom tasted in these undisclosed Irish whiskys (except another Maltbarn).
    • Nose
      Fruity and mineral. Tropical fruits obviously (pineapple, passion fruits essentially) and pencil shavings. A touch of honey and tea.
    • Taste
      Sharp and fruity attack. Second sipping is more creamy. Tropical fruits from the nose and citrus. Hints of honey again. Mint.
    • Finish
      Medium, fruity and lingering vegetal notes.

  4. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Wouldn't buy it at today's price (335€), but still very glad I got to try it, and it's excellent whisky, no question.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      92 92

  5. Gaija scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    It didn't wow me the way most of "my" 91-points did, and even though the palate got better after the first sip, it still wasn't an amazing fruity extravaganza. That said, the nose's best episodes were just amazing, and the finish is surprisingly complex, fruity and long. So, there.
    • Nose
      I will agree with Serge and Ruben in saying that there is a definite floral, slightly Clynelishian side to this. Well, still, it begins with litres of fresh apple juice, tangerines, white wine, but indeed after that comes something a little more creamy and "pompous", around roses or peonies. It then evolves superbly, with pomgrenate, pineapple big time, but you can smell a very malty background as well. Redcurrants, soon to become beautifully sour and cider-like, with mega-obvious notes of Gueuze now that I think of it. Has Cantillon moved to Ireland now ? :P It keeps evolving, getting more liquorous and herbal for a moment, white vermouth ? Damn, very high class, very fresh, anti-vulgar. There are some "static" moments when it just reeks of man perfume and apple vodka, but let it breathe, and it's soon turning awesome again.
    • Taste
      At first sip I was a little disappointed ; though very good, it wasn't as refined. Around mangoes and bananas, with some green fruity wood developing afterwards but not much else. Second sip was better, light texture and light alcohol but gentle notes of fruity beers indeed, flowery and lactic, some fresh strawberries, panna cota, coconut and then wood and herbs the longer you chew it. It highly benefits from a bit of aeration.
    • Finish
      The duo between sour fruity beer and yogurth just gets more obvious, it's incredibly lactic and yeasty with fruit bullets coming at you one after the other, extremely good finish and very long for the proof. Better than the palate. Redcurrants, green apple skin, various citrus fruits, good "acidic" woodiness. Took a 45 minutes nap after the dram and woke up with mango on my tongue, that was a nice surprise.

  6. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. wheatfield scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Light straw gold pour. Nose has some distinctly Irish qualities (bright orchard fruits, grain alcohol, floral) but it's a tad more peat-forward than with some others from this era. Mouth is pleasantly sharp on the delivery, with more peat/oceanic notes. Not quite an Islay malt, of course, as it's more fruit-centered and keeps that light, fresh quality. Very nice.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Titi94 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasted and Scored 92/100 on WhiskyNotes.be (March 17, 2017).



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