Speyside – Cu Dhub

Bought – Single Malts Direct, 3rd October 2013

88/100 – Whisky Bible 2013
53.54/100 – Whiskybase (average from 88 member votes)

Of all the whiskies I’ve acquires so far, this is probably the most controversial among the critics. My confusion lies over what year of release reviews relate to. The bottling first appeared in 2003. Malt Madness give Cu Dhub 50/100 but don’t say when the review was performed. The average mark from 7 reviewers on Malt Maniacs is 46/100 but again there is no way of telling when the drinking of the whisky was done. With such damning scores the one grain of hope I have for the Cu Dhub is Jim Murray’s comment in the 2013 bible of “a malt which has improved beyond recognition in recent years”. Whatever the outcome, at £4 for a miniature I think it was worth the gamble!

53.5/100 on Whiskybase is one of, if not the worst score I’ve seen on there. Comments include “probably the worst whisky that I have tasted” , “very close to undrinkable” and “this is not whisky”.

Expert whisky reviewer Mark Dermul scores the Cu Dhub 52/100 and here are his thoughts on You Tube (December 2013):

Speyside Cu Dhub 5cl

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