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"Whisky-Distilleries (blind) Tasting Sessions"


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Thirty Eight

W&M Collector's Edition
38 years
Alcohol percentage
41,2 %
Wilson & Morgan
Cask number
single cask 1
Distil: 1973 Bottling: 2012
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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WDTS2012-02 87/100

Tasting detail data

Highest rate 93/100
Lowest rate 77/100
Difference 16
Average 87,19


Total number of tasters 21
Excellent 3
Very good 8
Good 6
Medium 4
Bad 0
Bunnahabhain WM 38

Color: Mahogany
The nose is pleasantly marked by toast, gingerbread, cashew nuts, beer, great finesse. A nose of a rare delicacy. No aggression of any kind. This nose is only fun and does not need to be complex to be extraordinary.
The fineness guessed at the first nosing characterizes the first impressions in mouth. A lovely complex bitterness gives an extraordinary relief to the palate. The bitter notes range from slight bitterness of the cashews to something far more bitter, unripe walnuts, which fade and then come charging back. As much finesse and nuances around a single theme (the bitterness) is truly remarkable. Simplicity and complexity are here excel household. I drank very few whiskies with this classic and atypical profile at a time.
The finish is endless. Pleasant notes of cashew nuts with a hint of mocha persist for many minutes. Here, too, balance and finesse.

color: amber
nose: dark wood, pale sherry, grandma's furniture, heavy sherry, blackberries and chocolat brownies
taste: smooth sweet entrance, also flavours of coffee and waxy notes, full dryish, flavour of raisins and antique furniture, sweet bitter finish with nuts like almond and dark forest fruits

Nose: Lovely nose we'd like to meet more often. Very complex and enjoyable. A nice balance between ripe fruit and hints of dried fruit (sherry was probably ex). Reminds me of Bowmore Bicentenary without smoke. Subtle notes of varnish as a backdrop. Gourmand. A touch of burnt wood and iodine also aeration.
Palate: delicate and evolving. First of ripe fruits and dry fruits later on (especially dates). Mid-palate of the beer before sliding into notes of almost burned tartin tart.
Moderately long finish that is a bit frustrating!

Conclusion A very nice old malt (probably). To be enjoyed quietly by the fireside. Lack a little "je ne sais quoi" to be outstanding.

appearance: reddish gold
nose: medium intensity, very well integrated alcohol, furniture wax, stewed fruit, nuts (walnuts, almonds), red berries, mangoes, very gently, reminds me of a beautiful profile from refill sherry cask
taste: medium intensity, well integrated alcohol, dominated by a well controlled dryness and soft spices, fruits are present but remain in the background and balance the whole, a whisky that takes enormous benefit from breathing in the half full sample (10 days of difference between my first and second tasting, at the first tasting the spices were much more present and the whisky was less balanced)
finish: medium to long
A very nice whisky with a very different nose and taste but both are on a very high level

Nose: Spices (pepper, paprika), dried tomatoes, exotic fruits. Gaining fruity with aeration.
Taste: Very fruity but falls a little too fast, sweet spices. With aeration, the spices are becoming more aggressive.
Final: Fruity and spicy exotic (sweet spice). Long finish except after aeration.

Comments: Very special in its kind but very good and the spices are a great addition. Doesn't like air!

Color: Amber
Nose: Precious wood, leather, exotic fruits, flowers
Mouth: Apricot, passon fruits, milked chocolate, hint of blackcurrants, cedar

Color: copper.
First aroma reminiscent of Japanese whiskies. Rich and complex. Not very powerful, animal notes, precious wood. Yellow fruits in the background. An unusual sherry. Becomes classical after aerating, dry fruits.
Soft palate, dominated by wood but without astringency. Some fresh fruit. Sherry dominates but without crushing.
Long, moderately intense on the wood and dried fruits. No astringency.
A great success but lacks a little power.

Colour: Gold-old gold.
Nose: Fruity, grassy, rich, slightly smoky, bold, with some cooked fruits from the orchards and some tangerine. Most pleasant.
Taste: Rich, very fruity, juicy, with a hint of salt, on mango, tangerine, orange, some light peat smoke and some cooked apples. The finish is medium, rich, juicy and fruity, with some peat smoke
Impression: A very good, satisfying and rich fruity whisky

Color: amber
Nose: Pleasant, rich and rather dry. I perceive prunes, raisins, blood orange .
Palate: balanced, sweet, creamy and complex. Alcohol is well controlled. Winey, the mouth has aromas of leather, a mix of stewed fruit and nuts (hazelnut, pistachio). Faithful to the nose, mouth extends over the blood orange.
Final: good persistence. The mouth becomes dry with lovely notes of cocoa, coriander and nutmeg.
Overall impression: A very nice digestive.

Color: Amber
Nose: nice sherry notes, on dried fruit, vinous notes and spices.
A little orange, chocolate, tobacco and earthy notes.
Mouth: The sherry is also present, on the fig, cinnamon, coconut, some fresh fruit, bitter chocolate.
Finish: Long on a sherry fruitiness, slight astringency in the finish but not dominant.

Nose: apricot jam and flowers, I was strongly reminiscent of a Sauternes or a soft Jurançon initially. Then a Cognac or Armagnac. Prunes and baked apples. The nose is original. I really like.
A few nuts and cocoa after a long aeration. With red fruit too.
Influence of sherry or a special finish? Proves after a long aeration.
Palate: The palate is soft, it follows the nose with a good sensation of wet wood
Finish: long on a fruity acidity and a slight return on the nose tipped

Colour: Old gold.
Nose: nose first on a fruit and spice mixes, beautiful notes of tart fruit vinegar, a little sherry vinegar also. Brandy, fruit in alcohol (raspberries, blackberries). On a background of Genoese pastry, or even "financier", it actually smells a little almond. Great length and constant power, never weakening.
Water aligns the nose but even more it loses in accuracy and'' bite''.
Taste: There is very clearly the fruit and spice mixture. Changes in the mouth following the same program as the nose, almost a copy / paste. Beautiful texture, neither too fat nor too watery. We would have preferred a little more expressiveness. Slightly peppery.
The water completely destroys the mouth.
Final: In the wake of the mouth, then starts slightly gaining some momentum. Actually quite long and warm.
Here too, the water is very detrimental to the final.

Comment: Very nice and tasty, complexity and a beautiful expression. Does not like water

Colour: Red copper.

Nose: Most appealing. One of these old Bourbon casks where the wood gave a lot and where fruits, spices and warm wood shavings provide us with a very sexy performance, though not very complex. High end fruit jellies (let’s make it quince and greengage). Dried apricot (or nectar from the same fruit). Colour pencil shavings. Carpentry workshop with its smells of furniture polish, varnishes, and cellulosic glues. It’s laying it on with a trowel, but I like it.
Mouth: Less rich than the nose, but very well balanced. You can drink it in gulps : it won’t burn your palate thanks of the nice alcohol integration (47%?) . The mouth feeling is great. Sure, you shouldn’t be allergic to spices from the wood (cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom…) and one can regret a lack of diversity in the aromas, but it really goes down your throat like a charm.
Finish: Bold and sweet, it drives you to happiness like a honey sweet.

Comment: I know lots of people who can’t bear this kind of sexy malts were the cask does most of the job. As far as I’m concerned, it’s gladly that I let myself be tricked by these profiles, even if a bit more complexity would have been welcomed here on the mouth.

The nose of a contradictory sensation liqueur-scented, sweet, dense and stakeholders (strawberry, plum, cherry) but also fresh and tender vegetable at a time. Rather difficult to define, the nose also shows a little salt, honey and spices. With aeration, appear heady flowers and leaves of cigar.

The palate is about coffee and ripe fruit (prunes). Maquant power and expressiveness, that mouth and then turns sweet spices, with a little flavor farmers. Aeration makes little progress, if not the appearance of a little nutty.

The final medium length, very fruity. It has yellow fruits (banana), and also red fruit liqueur (wild sloes).

In conclusion, a good whisky, with a mouth a little behind. Damage.


Color: Amber

Nose: Yum, a beautiful and delicate sherry, with polish, orange juice and apricot, almond paste, all very well blended. Animal as something like the Viandox and a je ne sais quoi of floral (rose water?) And fresh (eucalyptus).

Palate: Fresh, lively and powerful. The wood is more present but this does not stifle the rest. The tangy scent of orange blends with nutmeg and a well dosed tannic bitterness that turns cocoa. Alcohol remains however too far. Adding water did not improve it.

Finish: Medium length, it has a slight astringency due to tannins, without departing from a hint of citrus. The bitterness of the wood becomes dominant, however.

Conclusion: The nose is very friendly, the mouth, although pleasant, remains below in terms of complexity and balance.

Colour: light amber with gold highlights
The nose is firmly on the leather and salted butter caramel. It is full of roundness with a side tarte Tatin, pepper and toasted sensations.
The mouth is round and soft with aromas of toasted almonds and dried fruit to date. The structure is modest.
The finish remains with notes of caramel and dried fruit. It is rather short, without bitterness and with a retro-olfaction on the freshly roasted coffee.

Too bad the lack of relief in the mouth comes a little temper tasting

Color: Amber
Nose: measured sherry. Dark chocolate, fig chutney, wild strawberry and a hint of curry. There is also, after aeration, a real minty freshness balanced by a fruity little spice and a some nuts. Well built.
Taste: The texture is quite watery with slight chocolate barley and a jumble of red fruits with a dominant-strawberry -.
Final: Lacks a little peach. Cereal with a hint of berries. The spicy bitterness appears.

Conclusion: A nose that really puts quite varied appetite. The result is less flattering with a mouth that falls on barley and a final average that moves away gradually from the fruity character. quite a honest whisky .

The nose opens with prune, wood and fresh anise. I also found a burned tire distance. Over time the tar replaces the tire, along with mineral and smoky. The prune and persists nicely emphasizes the resin, black currant. The mouth is initially marked on the forest, green fruits (unripe), apple cider, licorice and a hint of banana. The beginning of the final mineral is strongly and quickly replaced by woody, licorice and plum. Average length.
A pleasant whisky, not very original or deep.


Color: Light Mahogany
Nose : Moka, dried fruits, feeling the influence of the sherry. Become sweeter with aeration, with lovely notes of marzipan, nougat. The alcohol is well integrated.
Palate: Dry Fruits, moka, marzipan. A mouth very sweet at first but a slight bitterness comes now. Alcohol is still quite light.
Medium to long finish with always this light bitterness.

Colour: amber
Nosing: Vanilla bourbon style, toffee
Tasting: sweet and juicy, fresh oak, nutty
Finish: sweet but short


Nose : straight on the sawdust and wood chips. So very acidic, with a clear impression of wine vinegar. Note of young fruit, and may be a bit of licorice (associated with the young wood). Aeration more than an hour does not help very well. The addition of water gives a more balanced nose, dividing it into citrus, but with hints of synthetic cleaning products for leather.
Palate: acid at first, with diluted flavors, goes on a very bitter malt, a bitter young wood. A little fruit (citrus). Hot & spicy pepper. A hint of sweet smoke in the extension of pepper. Powerful enough, but not very pleasant. The water helps to balance the whole - though there still is pungent wood - all that remains mundane.
Finale: Smoke & soft leather. Long anyway.
Conclusion: Not my cup of tea. The barrel killed the malt . Unfortunately.
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