Fahrenheit 173 - Whisky Ratings


Whisky  Age/  
 Origin Richness   Peat/   
  Rating   Comments
Kavalan ConcertmasterPic Taiwan50(7)88Malty, fruity and oaky nose with a prominent port influence. Also notes of vanilla and gingerbread. Lovely! The palate is medium-bodied, oaky and winey with a note of orange. Neither sweet nor dry. Oaky, fairly dry finish with a note of gingerbread. All in all unusual but very nice and very nicely balanced. Mature beyond its years. Impressive! 
Amrut Intermediate Sherry 57.1%Pic India40587Fragrant, fruity nose with raisins, plum compôte and notes of mint and gingerbread. Very nice! The palate is fresh, fruity and clean, neither sweet nor dry. Lighter and fresher than the nose suggested. Very nice and quite more-ish. The finish is oaky, spicy and a bit simple - disappointing after the nice nose and palate. All in all very nice and more-ish but a little uneven. 
Penderyn Madeira Finish 46%Pic Wales60087The classic expression, aged in ex-bourbon and finished in ex-Madeira casks. Fruity nose with apricot, lemon and sponge cake. Also oak and mint. Quiet but nice. Sweet, chewy, fairly rich palate. Drying, develops oak and lovely fruity notes of apricot, peach and lime. Very nice! Fruity, oaky, nice finish. 
Penderyn Peated 46%Pic Wales55087Aged in ex-bourbon and ex-peated Scotch casks. Oaky, peaty nose with notes of citrus, vanilla and malt. Sweet, chewy palate with oak, peat and fresh notes of lemon, lime and peppermint, also malt. Smooth, nicely balanced and very nice. Very nice finish with mint and citrus. Oak and peat at the end. All in all balanced and more-ish. Rather mild for its 46% ABV (might be even nicer at 50%). 
Box Pioneer 48.1%Pic3Sweden73086The nose is dominated by oak but there are also notes of mint, lemon, orange, white pepper and peat. A little on the young side but the nice fruity notes make up for that. Hopefully the prominent oak won't overpower the palate and finish! Let's see... The palate is rich, sweet and fruity, also malty and oaky with notes of citrus and mint. Youthful but rather nice. The finish is oaky, peppery and a little hot but it also has a refreshing note of citrus. All in all it's very mature for its age. More-ish. An impressive first effort! The use of small casks (and partly new oak) has made it quite oaky but luckily not too oaky. A little hot without water but adding water reveals more of the youthful character. Best neat. 
Hammer Head 40.7%Pic1989
Czech Rep.50086Fragrant, fruity and slightly floral nose with lemon, vanilla, cinnamon and white bread (cinnamon bun). Unusual but rather nice. The palate is mild and sweet. Quite oaky from the new oak but not too much. Rather nice, actually. Oaky finish with cinnamon and a little citrus. Nice but short. All in all it's unusual with interesting character from the fresh oak - yet perhaps a little too oaky.
Hven Seven Stars #2 "Merak" 45%Pic Sweden62286The nose is quite oaky (oak shavings) with an unusual but interesting note of juniper berries. Also notes of candy, spices, vanilla and caramelized sugar. Also a little peat. Complex and mature. The palate is rich, sweet and smooth with orange and quite a bit of oak (oak shavings again). A bit unusual but rather nice. Develops vanilla and even more oak. The finish is oaky and spicy yet nice with notes of cinnamon and citrus. Lingering notes of oak and peat. All in all it's impressively complex and mature but doesn't have much malt character (tastes more like a blend than a single). It also has a slightly perfumy oak character (from new oak, I suspect). That said, it's smooth and more-ish and I quite like it! (But I suspect malt purists won't) 
Mackmyra Special:08 46.0% * Sweden60086Herbal, aromatic nose with new oak, malt, allspice and orange candy. Unusual yet rather nice. Mild, sweet palate with vanilla and citrus. Fresh. Develops menthol, then oak. The finish has oak and citrus at first, then grows spicy (allspice, again). All in all unusual, interesting and rather nice. More-ish. 
Penderyn Sherrywood 46% *Pic Wales70486Aged in ex-bourbon and ex-Oloroso sherry casks. Malty, cereally, youngish nose but with nice notes of dried fruits (prunes, raisins) and oak. Rich, sweet, chewy palate with custard and very nice fresh notes of clementine and apricot. Develops oak and spices (black pepper). Grows quite spicy (but can be tamed with a drop of water). Oaky, spicy, peppery finish. Hot and warming. 
Germany50086Fragrant, bourbon-like nose with vanilla, oak, apricot, peach and almonds. Nice! Sweet but slightly bitter palate with oak and vanilla. Oak, white pepper and marzipan on the finish. Fairly dry from the oak yet rather nice. All in all oak and vanilla dominates, like in a bourbon (but like a rather good bourbon). Unusual but very nice!
Amrut 46% *Pic India50085Nice nose with malt, honey, citrus and an oaky spiciness; sweet, rather nice palate with fresh notes of orange and lime; nice oaky, peppery finish with citrus fruits; all in all rather nice and moreish although it's a bit on the oaky side 
Amrut Peated 46%Pic India66085Youngish, malty nose with notes of citrus and smoked ham; sweet, fruity, quite peaty palate with honey, develops notes of mint, citrus and pepper; peppery finish with a grassy note (similar to a young Talisker) 
Amrut Peated 62.8%Pic India67085Rather nice nose - quite peaty with a note of iodine, also a little earthy with a cereal note; quite sweet, quite peaty palate, youngish yet rather nice, develops nice notes of mint and citrus; very nice finish with peat, iodine and a little oak 
ArmorikPic France42085Fragrant, youthful yet rather nice nose - malty and oaky with vanilla and custard. Also slightly floral with a note of peat. Light, smooth, fresh palate with malt, citrus and peppermint. The finish is oaky and a little peppery, also fruity (apricot). All in all youthful, colourful, rowdy even, yet charming, entertaining and quite drinkable. 
Hven Seven Stars #1 "Dubhe" 45%Pic Sweden423?85The nose has caramelized sugar and vanilla, also oak, malt, a little peat and a hint of cinnamon. Quite nice but unfortunately there's also a musty off-note. The palate is light and sweet with orange, malt and oak. Young-ish yet balanced. Light and sweet at first, then develops spices and a little heat. The finish has at first citrus and mint, then lingering notes of oak, gingerbread and black pepper. Also a little peat. All in all youthful yet complex and balanced. 
Hven Urania 45%Pic2008
Sweden60185Interesting, herbal nose with oak, vanilla and orange peel. Also hints of dried fruits and gingerbread. Nice and promising. The palate is rich, oaky and powerful. Herbal and aromatic with a note of orange. Oaky, spicy finish with citrus and peppermint, also a little bitter and a bit too oaky. All in all it's amazingly mature for its age but on the other hand quite oaky and a little lacking in balance.
Mackmyra Brukswhisky 41.4% *Pic Sweden50085Fragrant, fruity, very nice nose with fresh notes of citrus, vanilla and eucalyptus, also oak, white pepper and black tea; light, fresh, sweet and fruity palate with a very nice balance between sweetness and oakiness; spicy, oaky finish, hot yet nice; all in all very drinkable, also good value (Mackmyra's best bang for the buck so far) 
Mackmyra Special:04 53.0%Pic Sweden70085Fragrant, very nice nose with oak shavings, vanilla, apricot marmalade and pears in syrup - maybe a bit too oaky, however; the palate is at first mild and light, minty, fruity and sweet (almost cloying) then develops oak and heat; the finish is peppery and fiery yet quite nice 
Slyrs *2007
Germany60085The nose is fragrant, fruity and quite oaky with notes of new oak, vanilla and marzipan. Nice but too oaky. The palate is hot and quite oaky but with a drop of water it's light and sweet with fresh notes of lemon and orange. Still oaky, though (oak shavings). The finish is oaky too, with notes of vanilla and black pepper. All in all it's rather nice for a 3 y.o. (but I would have preferred more time in less active wood). Compared to the 2006 vintage it's less complex and not as nice.
Mackmyra 'Den första utgåvan'
46.1% *
Pic Sweden61084Spicy nose with oak and very nice notes of citrus fruits and peppermint; nice palate with oak, vanilla and citrus; spicy, oaky, disappointing finish; all in all nice but a little heavy on the oak; more mature and together than the "preludes"
Mackmyra Preludium:05 48.4%Pic Sweden41084Very nice nose with vanilla and fresh fruity notes; nice, sweet, fruity and oaky palate; dry, spicy finish; the nicest and cleanest Mackmyra in the Preludium range 
Amrut Fusion 50%Pic India54083Peaty, malty nose, also earthy and musty (but that works well with the peat) with notes of citrus and mint; sweet, peaty palate, develops very nice notes of mint and citrus; disappointing finish with mostly oak; nice yet unbalanced, splintered 
Mackmyra Preludium:04 53.3%Pic Sweden50082Unusual nose with oak and fruity notes (apples and pears), also dry and "dusty"; fairly rich palate with unusual yet nice fruity notes; disappointing, flat finish; all in all complex, uneven and slightly immature 
Mackmyra Svensk Rök 46.1% * Sweden64082Nice, sweet-ish smoke on the nose but unfortunately it's also floral and perfumy (from a little too much new oak, I suspect). Fruity (citrus), malty and nutty. Youthful yet complex. The palate is sweet with a prominent oak character and a note of gingerbread. The finish is peaty, quite oaky and spicy with nice refreshing notes of mint and citrus. Verdict: it has a nice, unusual peatiness but the oak character is a bit vulgar. 
Smögen Primör 63.7%2010
Sweden87082The nose is young and powerful, very malty with wood smoke and a note of engine oil. Also new oak and unusual, wine-like fruity notes. Splintered and rough with a still noticeable new make character. The palate is young, too, but more balanced and much nicer. It has lots of malt and peat smoke, nicely offset by light, fresh notes of mint and citrus. Also a herbal note of new oak. Sweet, fruity and enjoyable. The finish has peat and malt, of course, but also fresh notes of mint and vanilla. Nice! All in all it's big, peaty and powerful. Well crafted but a little immature. (Improved a lot after being open for a few months)
Säntis Malt Switzerland30082The nose is fruity (citrus flavoured candy, orange peel) and oaky with notes of aged rum, allspice and gunpowder. A little quiet yet complex and nice. Nice, fruity palate with notes of vanilla, caramelized sugar, black tea and white pepper. At first mild and sweet then drying and grows more intense. The finish is fruity and peppery (but in a nice balance) with a note of rum. All in all unusual, quite rum-like, nice but a bit too mild. 
St. George Peated England67081The nose is quite peaty and malty. Young, rough and a little musty. Also fruity and spirity (like a fruit schnapps). The palate also shows youth but is nicer than the nose: it's sweet and fruity (again, fruit schnapps), also peaty. Peaty finish with fresh notes of mint and citrus. All in all young and rough. Nice finish, though. 
Finland60081Fragrant, quite oaky nose (fresh oak, I believe) with white pepper, malt, citrus, honey and vanilla. Youngish but quite nice. Smooth, fresh and fairly sweet palate with a note of citrus. Develops mint. The minty note carries over into the finish and is joined by vanilla and a flowery note. Above all, however, the finish is quite oaky and spicy. Disappointing. All in all it's a little unbalanced and has too much oak which makes it a bit vulgar.
Mackmyra Preludium:06 50.5%Pic Sweden53080Very nice nose with light notes of fruit and cream offset by oak and wood smoke; mild and fruity palate with oak and wood smoke but it's also a little musty with a chemical note 
Mackmyra Preludium:01 55.6%Pic Sweden61079Young yet complex nose with nice fruity notes (orange marmalade) but also a musty cereal note; nice fruitiness at first but it fades and leaves a slightly peaty yet disappointing finish 
Mackmyra Preludium:03 52.2%Pic Sweden64279Quite nice nose with smoke and barbecue sauce; dry, smoky, peppery palate, also minty; develops sweetness and flowery rather than fruity notes from the sherry; also a cereal note that shows the lack of maturity 
Mackmyra Preludium:02 54.2%Pic Sweden40078Fresh, fruity, oaky nose, young yet nice; surprisingly mild and light palate with nice spicy notes but a slightly disappointing aftertaste 
Mackmyra Special:03 48.2% Sweden62277Nice nose with sherry, oak and wood smoke, also vanilla and citrus; the palate is another matter: at first there's a musty oakiness, then citrus, then a pang of fresh peppermint which fades into the spicy finish; all in all interesting yet splintered 

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