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Whisky Reviews for Orkney Malt 2004 cQs
20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.76 points
- I sold my cask at a very competitive price to the CasQueteers so the members could benefit; good whisky at a fair price, € 70 was the original price. I offered some of the remaining 48 bottles I have at € 85 on WB for approximately 2 months, so anyone that fancied this dram was able do buy at a normal price. Now, end January I see people offering 130 and up. As I find alle here had sufficient opportunity to purchase at a decent price, my offer is € 109 here. Some might find me a flipper, if you do just pop me a private message and I will take the offer down and the cheapest available offer is € 140.
- After the official series of disappointments that the Orkney distillery has thrown into the world - under the motto "marketing before quality" - this great HP from Casqueteers manages to reduce my suspicion somewhat. So they can make really good whisky there for a reasonable price. The fact that they do not have their name on it is a remarkable lack of vision - if they have something good for a good price, there should be no Highland Park on it. Well, here is.
The spicy scent of the dunes and the sea is extremely pleasant and the ABV of 57.7% is never in the way. A pinch of salty softness, with rosemary, sage and pine.
The taste is earthy, smoky, slightly sharp - yes, almost 58% - but otherwise mild on the tongue. There is something savory about it, the pine wood is now freshly cut and there is resin in between, the herbs are concentrated.
Then just a drop of water - I am not often of the 50+ pure.
It will lighten the scent a bit - that will not be surprising. In the taste now more details and fortunately also a slightly sweeter edge. The slight smokiness is also more pronounced. I drank this one before, after another bully, and then it came in less loud, milder than now.
The taste is great now. Well balanced the herbs hang in the mouth and nose, the soft peat in the background gives the effect of licorice and the butter-babbler sweetie remains when the rest ebbs away (see what I did there?)
I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get a share. I understand the frustration of Oogadal, but I would still have thought this whisky was worth the money if it had cost 130 euros. The market is crazy and people want to get their investment out of it, I think. I also buy my shares of Casqueteers with mixed intentions, if I'm honest - but for this short term, it's unkind to start rampaging your luck right away, considering how many people were disappointed when it came out. Rightly so, by the way.
- The backlabel for sure invites you to drink your bottle to be able to read it more easily ;)
With some light from the bottom up it becomes readable as well.
The text is:
The casQueteers present
Orkney Malt 16Y
Cask: refill Oloroso Sherry butt #18
Distilled: June 21st 2004
Bottled: August 20th 2020
Age: 16 years
Type of spirit: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Bottling: non-chill filtered, no colouring, bottled at natural
strength, distilled and matured in Scotland, bottled by
Whiskybroker Ltd in Creetown, Scotland
Note: the other halve of this butt has been bottled in April
2019 by Artful Dodger, commissioned by Woolf Sung
Dance Company: Scapino Ballet Rotterdam (since 1945)
Performance: the Great Bean (2013)
Dancer: Mischa van Leeuwen
Photographer: Hans Gerritsen
- Interesting dram, best enjoyed with some water. It is not overly complex, with a focus on salty and earthy/leafy notes and with quite some spice. For me it's too nervouc to reach the score of an exceptionally good whisky, but it's still a nice dram to drink for sure.
The initial price for participants was € 70 per bottle.
The nose is saline (sea spray), slightly flinty (wet rock), with a moderate level of mossy peat. The cask has added almond, tobacco, old leather and orange marmalade.
Medium bodied, but rather monolithic and a notch too tannic. It's a fight between salted liquorice, old leather and drying ginger (and ginger cake), and chili pepper. There is only a bit of fruit to be detected.
Moderately long, with dry and bitter notes dominating. Grape seed, ginger, nutmeg, chili pepper. Only later, some warming peat, liquorice and old leather come into play again. The fruit is almost absent.
- Taste note on cQs.com:
The scent is salty, with flowers, honey, burnt sugar, liquorice and green apples. After some time, beautiful citrus notes, vanilla and nuts develop in the glass. In the taste we find honey, brown sugar, liquorice, heather, soft warm smoke and citrus with some light, matching wood tones in the background. Don't expect a sherry bomb, the refill barrel subtly adds sherry notes to the whisky.
- Took part in a bottle share with my friends. But this is really good stuff. Well done Dudes & Casqueteers!
Lovely, complex, sweet but dirty sherry nose; mild sherry though. This has lots to offer. For me a very unusual nose. This is great.
Wow; this one doesn't take prisoners. This arrives strong and powerful. Sherry influences are pushed to the back. Dominant spicy flavors. Not a dram you quickly wash away. Oily structure. This takes time (and water).
Very long. Initially spicy. In the end sherry influences stay longest.
- An excellent job done by The Dudes/cQS.
Quite surprised by this high quality for this price! Well done!
Sweet, malty and a very faint whiff of smoke. Little mossy and earthy notes. Initially not much influence of the sherry cask.
With water: More notes of the sherry butts. Quite some leather and shoe polish.
Creamy, sweet, red fruit. A little dusty and some ripe orchard fruit.
With water: Burst of the sherry influence. A kind of salty note. Overall more classic hardy sherry influences.
Long length. There is the sherry influence. This is a hardy sherry influence. Quite some good dried figs, plumbs and other orchard fruit here. Also a little wood and caramel at the end.
- For me this was my first cqs cask that I participated in and was ready to bottle. A nice milestone I’d say. Sláinte on many more to come! Meanwhile the bottle is half empty and I still haven’t found time to review this dram. But now I do so here we go!
Initially the nose is rather full on the sherry influences for a refill. Not long after that the more spiced side reveals as well. What immediately hits is that earthy flavor full of minerals that I often get with Highland Park. There is sweetness with a slight bitterness to it. Quite some nuttiness, dried Arabic spices and with some hand warmth a very nice layer of cigar tobacco joins the nose. I get oranges, white grapes, golden berry, hazelnuts, cinnamon, clove and antique wood.
On the palate the alcohol seems to be rather present. It starts quite creamy but soon there’s a big peppery layer. Not so well integrated as the nose made me suspect. It’s right on the edge of being annoying. But luckily this one can take some water without drowning the nose. After adding a few drops it lost that overactive peppery layer and became much more balanced, gentle and still full bodied. With red fruits, peanuts, cinnamon and a whiff of clove this palate does serve me as a refill lover quite well!
The finish is long soft and gentle. Also a wee dry, in a pleasant way. There is a pleasant smokey cloud filling the mouth, offering polished wood, again golden berry and an Arabic spice mix.
This is all but bad. I’m happy to have some more of this left in the cabinet!