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Overall rating 8 votes 88.00
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Opera in sequins
Vintage
24.09.1990
Stated Age
26 years old
Casktype
2nd Fill Toasted Oak Hogshead
Casknumber
30.95
Number of bottles
176
Strength
54.3 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 May 2017 7:54 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Member rates

My 4 x 25 ratings

Nose
1
Taste
1
Finish
1
Balance
1

Average 4 x 25 rates

Nose 22
Taste 23
Finish 23
Balance 22

Tastingtags

2 Notes

Dominik
Member Junior Dominik Tasting note
07 Nov 2017 10:32 pm
Dominik gave this whisky 89 points
Color
Old gold
Nose

Biting and spicy at first, becomes more gentle after ten minutes in the glass. Cinnamon with timid hints of vanilla. Earthy nuts. (Water brings out more of the sweet vanilla. There's a fruitiness now, too. Dark cherry jam.)

Taste

Warms the mouth in a pleasant way. Slightly sweet with vanilla again, paired with walnuts beneath a prominent spicy note. (With water it is sweeter. Definitely dark cherries now. Together with the nuts it reminds me of Black Forest gateau. Hints of coffee, too.)

Finish

Long. Relatively sweet at first, dry later with smoky tobacco.

Comments

This is one of those whiskies that gain from resting in the glass. Water improved it for me as well. It became softer yet more complex, with the aromas easier to distinguish from one another. I'd say it's a challenging whisky... it certainly was for me. Luckily it is also really good.

My Collection
mandragoru
Expert Senior mandragoru Note
11 May 2017 7:44 pm
SMWS tasting notes:
The aromas dominated the room with the glamour and authoritative presence of Pavarotti in a sequin jumpsuit. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves made a sparkling appearance alongside the baritone pitch of devilishly dark chocolate. Then a magnificent spectacle as dark cherries, black grapes and prunes cartwheeled across the stage high-fiving walnuts, black forest gateau and a small cup of espresso as they went. The encore of Demerara sugar, vanilla ice cream and cigars provided the perfect finish to an exceptional performance. After spending 25 years in an ex-bourbon hogshead it was transferred to a 2nd fill toasted oak hogshead for the remainder of its maturation.
DRINKING TIP: Take it to the opera.

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