Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Adelphi (AD)
Stated Age
18 years old
First Fill Sherry Butt
Number of bottles
54.2 % Vol.
100 ml 700 ml
Added on
30 jul 2009 5:08 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 150.70

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31 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Breath of Speyside 1991 AD

5 users have left 5 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.30 points.

  1. magic_slim scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very good whisky.
    • Nose
      Warming on notes of sweet oloroso sherry, toffee, dark chocolate, concentrated black tea and lots of raisins. Tasty.
    • Taste
      Warming and rich repeating the aromas from the nose. In addition there are moderate notes of wood / tannins and liquorice. Very nice.
    • Finish
      Long, remaining pleasant, sherry and old wood with lots of liquorice.

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  3. Maltbehr64 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    18 yo 1991/2009 'Breath of Speyside'
    (54.2%, Adelphi, cask #5145, 520 bottles)

    Colour: amber. Nose: even more unusual
    than the Laudale, starting curiously
    vegetal and dry, a little tarry and
    quite toffee-ish. A lot of strong
    black tea (unsweetened), cinnamon,
    dry raisins, roasted chestnuts and
    espresso coffee. With water: it’s
    the oak that plays louder now, with
    some tannins, grass and bitter chocolate.
    It was working better when undiluted
    in my opinion. Mouth (neat): thick,
    raisiny and as resinous as some much
    older whiskies. Concentrated, more
    and more on cough syrup, treacle toffee,
    strong mint flavoured tea (Marrakesh
    in winter, yeah, yeah) and angelica.
    If you like heavy, rich and concentrated
    whiskies, this is for you. With water:
    water works much better than on the
    nose, even it gets a tad more drying.
    Millionaire’s shortbread, nutmeg,
    cinnamon, cocoa powder and white pepper.
    Finish: long, drier, oakier but all
    that is under control. Comments: a
    rather spectacular heavily sherried
    Speysider. Quality is high and Ballindalloch
    may well not be too far. SGP:461
    - 88 points.

  4. recursiewhisky scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior

    A very busy and complex symphony of beautiful flavours!

    This dram needs a good amount of time in the glass to breath and open op. But your patience is rewarded with a complex yet very well balanced whisky. The lush fruity aroma’s are supported by a solid wood foundation. Nothing overpowers, everything is in perfect harmony. Some may claim that it is over matured and has to much wood in it. But I think it is matured just fine and the wood plays it important part in the well written and busy symphony of flavours. Be careful with water in this dram as it can kill the nose but at the same time adds more complex flavours on the palate. 

    • Nose
      A sweet, rich, well balanced and complex whisky with aromas of lush sherry, dried fruits (peach, figs, apricots, sultanas, plums) orange juice, bitter orange peels, coffee, new leather, rosewood, cereals, moist cellar, muesli, caramel, pure chocolate, toffee, treacle, herbal tones, black tea, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet clove, licorice root, angelica root, candied citrus peels, marmalade, rum, yellow prunes, red apple, melon, backed banana, roasted nuts, creamy and antique oak.
    • Taste
      A full, sweet, intense, well balanced and complex whisky with aromas of full sherry, dried fruits (figs, dates, plums, sultanas), fresh apricots, ripe peach, red cherries, tannins, new leather, hint of sulphur, sweet pipe tobacco, red apples, backed pears, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, allspice, black tea, coffee, dark forest honey, vanilla, toffee, fudge, caramel, molasses, old books, brown sugar, beeswax, antique polish, hint of varnish, more tannins, spicy oak, rosewood and creamy oak.
    • Finish
      A very long, warm and slightly drying finish with aromas of dried fruits, tannins, dark honey, brown sugar, a hint of mint, old tea, fudge, dark chocolate, rum, rich oak and orange marmalade.

  5. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by Adelphi;

    1 of only 520 bottles from cask 5145

    This expression of our ‘secret’ Speysides has come from a first-fill Spanish oak butt, and its colour – a glorious deep umber, with crimson lights, like an old tawny port. The nose is of rum toffees, with a heavy fruitiness – dried fruits (cherries, raisins, sultanas, mixed peel) all macerated in blond rum, with a distinct Jaffa Cake aroma behind (dark chocolate, bitter orange, sponge). All these scents hold together well when you add water, joined by a slight waxiness, like buttery cake-mix. A smooth texture, slightly mouth-cooling in its effect; a sweet then dry taste, but not overly tannic, with burnt sugar and bitter orange marmalade in the finish. A superb example of the rich style of Speyside.

  6. st7 did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Undisclosed Glenfarclas.


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