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Overall rating
88.00/100
votes
8
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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Level Username
Expert Senior HunterRomario

8 × member ratings

Level Username Rating
Member Senior Henk1963
92
Connoisseur st7
90
Expert Senior Sensefreak
89
Member Senior Dominik
89
Expert Junior Singlecask
87
Expert Senior Nergal
87
Member Senior Buzz
86
Expert Senior Lynchpin
85

10 × in collection

Level Username Collection
Member Senior Alba Gu Brath
1
  • closed
Member Senior Dominik
1
  • open
Member Junior Dudley1512
1
  • empty
Member Senior Henk1963
1
  • closed
Member Junior LuKi
1
  • closed
Expert Junior Nebulous
1
  • closed
Expert Senior rapidi
1
  • closed
Expert Senior Sensefreak
1
  • sample
Hidden user
1
  • sample
Hidden user
1
  • open

Average 4 x 25 rates

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

Tastingtags

2 Notes

Dominik
Member Senior 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.

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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