Overall rating
Single Malt
Ian Macleod (IM)
Bottling serie
Stated Age
20 years old
1st Fill European Oak Oloroso Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
56.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
09 Jul 2017 1:33 pm by Pxrider
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 346.40

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92 × member ratings

150 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for The Cigar Malt 1997 IM

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.64 points

  1. Keeser.pk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    The first thing that grabs you about this dram is its color -- pure deep mahogany. On the nose you get the sherry cask in its pure, incredibly intense form, along with some litchi and toffee. The dram quickly develops some very spicy notes, slightly floral, like Rosenduft with a touch of vanilla. On the palate, this whisky is really explosive. It brings the perfect balance between the kick of the high alcohol content and an enormous bouquet of aromas. The sherry barrel spreads out with such an intensity that you are left fighting for a breath of air. The most amazing experience comes right after the sherry fades away -- the dram becomes full on fruit cocktail. Turkish dates, figs, dried plums, raisins, followed by a dry spicy note. The finish brings on another sherry note which nicely absorbs the spice notes. I also got a slight tobacco note, without a cigar.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90

  2. didi1893 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    An absolute dream! The name says it all! incredibly intense and dominant leather and tobacco aroma in combination with dark dates, plums, sour cherries and nuts. In addition, an almost unprecedented aroma of gravy and wood barbecue! Unbelievable, I'm really excited!

    24/24/23/23 (94P)
    • Nose
      Deep dark and creamy caramel rests auspiciously in the premium snifter, oily and syrupy "legs" adorn the glass wall, as well as an incredibly tough streak, alone makes the "Cigar Malt" my heart beat faster and faster. Whoa! Old leather and dried tobacco leaves with a big "Tamtam" on the first nosing through the nose, sour cherries and sweet plums follow with caramelized sugar and dried date, suddenly massively sets in my salivation! Wet leather dominates the marvelous nose, dark chocolate and espresso with voluminous zest of old and dried orange peel, hazelnuts and old Canadian walnuts, in the background there is a minimal smokiness and hints of eucalyptus. Associations after grandma's cough syrup shoot me in the head, velvety vineyard peach shows up. My salivation is almost unbraked, the incredible leather and tobacco flavor infatuates the senses, the dark plums, dates and sour cherries make me hungry after the first sip!
    • Taste
      Leather, sour cherries, deep dark espresso and dark chocolate bounce mercilessly on the tongue and the taste buds at the first sip. Suddenly my salivation begins again while a pleasant wooden sharpness is supported by a pinch of black pungent pepper. Balsamic, thyme and gravy unite to an incredible bouquet, leather and tobacco end in dark chocolate and cold espresso. The meaty flavor of some is undeniable, I would rather call it a combination of juicy sirloin fried on the charcoal grill and thickened gravy in the pan. With an incredibly intense and voluminous tobacco-leather note blurring taste and aftertaste, have I mentioned that my salivation is mercilessly stimulated?
    • Finish
      Wet leather and old dried tobacco leaves rest powerfully on the palate, a cozy warmth floods your mouth while sour cherries, dates, prunes and chocolate rest on your tongue. The aftertaste also reminds me a little of cough syrup, old walnuts are leaving my thoughts, again there are hints of menthol and eucalyptus. Spicy oak and slightly smoky elements emerge, gravy drips from the tongue again, and the finish fades away with leather and tobacco.

  3. Amaliana scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Very meaty, bloody, mineral. As if one eats a delicious English fried steak and licks alternately on the grill. Also very sweet, dark ripe plums in rum

  4. WhiskyMaddin scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    A beautiful companion on a cold winter evening!
    Hearty sherry with a pleasant sweetness caress the palate ... powerful!

  5. Tobias B scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    This malt was sold for 320€ at WhiskyAuction in Aug. 2018. Unfortunately, I lost the race...

  6. Tobias B scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    This one is quite similar to the latest G&M release. However, better balanced w/o any distracting moments.

    A round package, therefore 94/100 and the G&M release receives a downgrade by 2 points.

    Most likely the best sherry cask whisky i've tried so far...

    2018-05-09 ... had the chance to try it again, was even better than i already had it in mind. Be it in the nose, the palate or the finish, there's not a single off-note, awesome!
    If i would have had just bought a second bottle... i'll regret this for the rest of my life, or at least till the next epic chieftains bottling i'm going to miss :) 

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Eigtl. I did not want to give such "designed" malts such high points anymore, but there are worlds between such a balanced, full-bodied dream here and some young casks that some UA bring out today, dream.
    • Nose
      Great dark sherry, nothing more to say, absolute hint of match, lots of chestnuts, black walnut, pecans, dark chocolate, freshly ground coffee, great leather, dark nougat, meaty, overripe plums
    • Taste
      Black cherry, black walnut, over-sherry, dark chocolate, coffee, dark nougat, noble leather, dates, plums, chestnut liqueur, fills the whole mouth, noble beef fillet, cinnamon, nutmeg, camphor
    • Finish
      Tannins, leather, liquorice, beautiful oak, nuts, long to very long, nutmeg and cinnamon

  9. LuLeKock scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  10. LuLeKock scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Wow, really a spectacular whisky. Both with and without water an absolute experience.
    • Nose
      In the beginning, the sherry dominates clearly and leaves all other taste impressions in the background. With increasing duration, and without the addition of water, the whisky opens but increasingly. In addition to the rich dark fruits are now spices, maybe a bit of nutmeg and anise, a first impression of the designated tobacco and dark chocolate and quite subtle leather with hints of caramel-like sweetness, traces of vanilla
      After the addition of water, the notes of caramel and vanilla are much stronger. However, the sherry still stands out
    • Taste
      For its 56.7% alcohol, this whisky tastes decidedly mild. A very pleasant, oily and velvety sensation. Here, too, dominate the dark fruit notes of Sherry with increasing duration in the mouth initially, but this filling with light fruit notes, somewhat apple-like, not an acidic, but a deep red long matured sweet apple. In the first sip, little of the chocolate and tobacco notes described in the nose can be tasted, even a pronounced woody note that I would have expected after 20 years is not noticeable.
      The taste barely changes by the addition of water. The velvety mouthfeel also remains (thankfully).
    • Finish
      The finish is spectacular for my words, long and warm. The still missing in the mouth flavors come here to bear full. Shortly after swallowing, the fresh-fruity aromas are slowly and very excitingly transformed into notes of chocolate, which become progressively darker, reminiscent of tobacco and leather. Also echoes of wood are now felt, but little dominant. At the end a bit spicy, almost fleshy


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