Speyside Very Old Vatted Malt (Sansibar)

Review 2017-014 «Specifics» Single malt • Samurai Label • Bottled in 2015 • 46.1% Alcohol • Matured for undisclosed number of years a sherry cask • Non-chill filtered • Natural coloured • Sourced from an undisclosed Speyside distillery • Bottled by Sansibar • Bad Nenndorf • Germany • Limited availability (579 bottles) • Sold out (price was ±€150) • Whiskybase #732242

STORY. Something old from the Speyside region bottled by the Germans from Sansibar. From an undisclosed distillery and of an undisclosed age. In fact, we have to trust them that it contains whisky at all! Anyway, this cask was selected by Jens Drewitz, the company director of Sansibar Whisky (which by the way also bottles really good rums). Sansibar Whisky is linked to the famous Sansibar restaurant on the Isle of Sylt that lies in the North Sea at the west coast of the German province of Schleswig-Hollstein. Apparently, the bottling company was primarily started to supply the restaurant with specially selected single cask whiskies. Luckily, a part is also sold online or to local liquor stores so that the rest of us can also have a sip of these exclusive liquids.



APPEARANCE. Chinese (?) and classic design, colour of the contents is red brown and is sherry coloured.

NOSE. Indeed, this smells old with old wood, old leather, old sherry, well you know the drill. It’s like entering a the library of a Victorian house where the owner just poured himself an exquisite sherry. Lovely bitter oranges. (water) I find old vanilla (what?), with a light sweet smokiness. The sherry influence is a bit stronger now. I get even old roses in a vase (ok, got that from Serge, but I really can smell that too!).

TASTE. It is full on dry sherry with stewed fruits, old leather, bitter oranges and antique wood. (water) It gets fruitier, more stewed fruits appear now along with some dried plums. It is also increasingly herbal.

VERDICT. This is magnifique, really. I totally like this kind of an old sherried Speysider. The sherry casks have not totally overtaken the spirit resulting in a subtle and complex, and very quaffable liquid.

Recommended for the one that like to sit on leather couches, possibly smoking a cigar, and pretend that they own an Victorian estate.

The sample was purchased from Whiskyhuis.be.

What others say

  • @Whiskybase: Mean score of 89.31 (41 votes)
  • Serge @Whiskyfun.com: “I-wanna-know-what-this-is! Speyside? Seriously?” Score: 90/100
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