Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 2
Stated Age
40 years old
Spanish & American Oak
Number of bottles
43.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 Apr 2018 2:40 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 610.27

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174 × member ratings

293 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vega 1977 NSS

33 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.01 points

  1. Pollenflug scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring in, Malt, who had matured for four decades, suggests that calm, patience and even a little humility could pay off. The aromas are very closely interwoven, the strong alcohol (43.1%) cools slightly on the nose during the first few breaths. During the careful panning in my Classic Malts glass, a viscous wreath has formed. Slowly, small drops from the wreath dissolve and pull their oily tracks back into the glass. After many minutes, the 40-year-old blended whiskey gradually reveals its full potential. Opulent sherry aromas are always present, a harmonious interplay between light and heavy notes gives the Nosing a high level of excitement and discovery potential. Sweet apricots, juicy grapefruit with a tart sting, red fruits to raisins and figs, creme brulee, cane sugar, fresh pipe tobacco, beautiful hints of leather and Christmas spices, dark chocolate, roasted almonds and tart spicy oak notes exude a remarkable aroma. A touch of mint gives the malt a light refreshing kick (reminiscent of the after dark with the dark chocolate). I really like the intensity, balance and complexity of the different flavors so far. After almost an hour of intense nosing and an exciting journey of discovery, I am looking forward to the tasting.
    • Taste
      With a wonderful, syrupy texture, the malt spreads throughout the mouth. The alcohol is very well integrated and allows a wonderfully balanced aroma transport. A few peppercorns prance on the tip of the tongue for a short time before the dark, spicy-sweet sherry flavors unfold: Sweet apricots flash with juicy oranges and grapefruits, dark forest honey and plenty of creme brulee follow. The aromas reminiscent of After Eight (dark chocolate and mint) gain significantly in intensity and give the malt a nice fresh kick again. Red fruits (especially cherries), raisins, figs, pipe tobacco, leather, Christmas spices, coffee, a hint of marzipan and almonds mix with elegant, tart oak notes. The multi-faceted abundance of aromas and simultaneous elegance / freshness leaves a first-class impression.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy, warming and elegant. Sweet apricots and oranges, in addition to the beautiful sherry flavors, set the focus at the beginning of the finish. Black cherries, caramel, fresh pipe tobacco, cane sugar, leather and dark chocolate with mint (again After Eight) mix with a dash of espresso and the herb-spicy oak notes. Finally, a very slight dryness and subtle bitterness on the palate.

  2. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    The nose is clearly ahead for me - although it degrades noticeably in intensity after 20 minutes great part - at 160 € a dream to 200 € still fairly priced and not surprisingly sold out within days.
    • Nose
      It starts with ripe red fruit nose - it has both fresh parts, as well as deep deep red sherry aromas with leather, slightly waxy and initially also grapefruit skin - slightly biting - the tannins are palpable, he is after a few minutes in the glass milder and rounder - the Sherrynoten become ever softer and more harmonious - lilacs and rose petals mix under cocoa panna cotta with red groats - but also orange peel and oil, as well as distant lovage that almost goes towards vegetable stock. The wax note is stronger here, he clearly shows his age also by means of lively complexity.
    • Taste
      I have not eaten for 4 hours - the malt has only 43% and it burns easily - not so that it would bother me - but noticeably - even on the 2nd and. 3. Sip - that's a mix of pepper / chilli and orange oil with a touch of mint what that burns - neat power for the few percent - it looks pretty oily - great texture, slightly dry with some leather, nicely interwoven red berry potpourri - with Bitter chocolate flakes - he has everything you could ask for from a sherry man in his old age without the slightest hint of neutral bitterness - that which is slightly bitter - comes as an espresso or chocolate note on the palate and is a treat.
    • Finish
      Seasoning, orange peel, chocolate, some pepper and leather with a touch of tobacco and a fine long standing on the tongue wax film

  3. EinSpatzUnterVielen scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Hammergeiler Vatted Malt or "Blended Malt" (consisting of two single malts from two distilleries, as you could read), fortunately I accessed when it gave him - unfortunately only for a few weeks.
    • Nose
      94 94
      a wonderful deep sherry nose greets - Red fruit jelly with custard, cinnamon, baked apples, oranges, pink grapefruit, peach nectar, sun-sweet sweet apricots, sweet lilac, jasmine, honeysuckle, coconut cream, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, wild and hazelnuts, rich beeswax, mint , the nuts are becoming more dominant, sweet tobacco, soft leather, roasted hazelnuts now, raisins, linseed oil, walnut oil, maple syrup over fresh waffles, freshly sharpened pencils in the desk ... hammerlecker
    • Taste
      93 93
      Like malt syrup, the malt slides into the mouth, with pepper, maple syrup, dark bread crust, a little licorice, a lot of dark chocolate, a little espresso and many nuts he rolls over his tongue - dark caramel flows over apricot jam on pumpernickel, mjammy, very yummy. .. Baked apples and red porridge with custard come up, followed by cloves, orange oil and more dark chocolate, espresso and peppermint ... the malt spreads a warm waves throughout the mouth when the spices (which after a short flare now very are well integrated) in the background, the dark caramel appears again with lots of nut oil and beeswax, and also the raisins and roasted hazelnuts are spreading - excellent!
    • Finish
      91 91
      Laaang, sweet as syrup, dark, deep, chocolate-nutty, orange oil and mint oil, some pepper, then the soft leather is back (not too strong), and also a hint of liquorice, the orange oil note floats over the other flavors, the dark Chocolate sticks to the palate for a long time - what is the delicious!

  4. didi1893 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This blindsample is very idiosyncratic, initially very closed and is mainly characterized by dark aromas. Gradually, dark wood elements, smoky notes, espresso, dark chocolate, citrus fruits and fresh mint become apparent. Although this sample initially seems rather one-dimensional and unspectacular, it can in the course of tasting more and more points and is quite delicious and tasty.

    22/22/22/22 (88P)
    • Nose
      Dark amber shines in the glass, on the glass wall sticks an oily streak from the small syrupy drops dissolve. The nose is relatively closed at the beginning and monotonous. Slowly dissolve slightly sour fruit flavors, a hint of citrus fruits rise, echoes of fresh mint and essential oils flash out, somehow the nose does not really reveal itself to me ... Subtle roasted aromas mingle with slightly earthy tones, slowly shows dark vineyard peach and old dried orange. The alcohol is wonderfully discreet and harmoniously integrated, dark caramel and slightly smoky nuances are always pervaded by a scent of fresh mint. The nose opens more and more, nuts are combined with chocolate, the slightly earthy ground tone is slightly muffiger and creamy. Dried raisins and abrasion of orange peel make you hungry for the first sip.
    • Taste
      Creamy wood flavors change into dark and tart wood elements at the first sip, again smoky notes emerge. Tart and sometimes bitter, the dark and dark aromas are warming the palate, on the tongue subtle sharpness is noticeable. Dark and old walnut aroma sticks suddenly on the tongue, slightly rancid hints end in creamy spicy oak notes. The second sip is also evident from its dark and bitter side, grapefruit and fresh mint dissolve, dark oranges and a touch of cold espresso come to the fore. Dark chocolate is harsh on the tongue, slightly malty hints follow in connection with smoky grain. Slowly, fresh mint aroma dissolves again, do I taste liquorice? Earthy and woody, the picture sample goes into the reverberation.
    • Finish
      Heavy, supple heat sticks to the palate, dark grains and woody notes envelop the tongue. Again, grapefruit and other citrus fruits are associated with dark chocolate and cold espresso. The aftertaste is noticeably fresher, eucalyptus and mint run through the teeth, walnuts and earthy hints are on the tongue. In the background, dark fruit flares light up again and again.

  5. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    Concerning aroma development and delivery, old age, well chosen casks, this is more than worth the price.
    • Nose
      very intense, wonderful sherry style, allover changing nose, give it time!
    • Taste
      oily, thick, sweet, spicy, not at all bitter or woody in a bad way, wonderful dram
    • Finish
      chocolate galore!

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Moderator

    Very round and balanced, fruity and dangerously drinkable - though I prefer the Limited Edition No. 3 over this one as it's more intense, fruity and complex - anyhow this one is also great
    • Nose
      91 91
      Fine, fruity, pineapple, mango, apricots, cooked oranges, jam, hints of vanilla, whiffs of oak wood - very good
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, oily, liquorice, fruity, subtle sweetness, dried apricots, citrus fruits, apples, spices,cloves, pepper,oak wood - great
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, fruity, zesty, grapefruits, little tannic

  7. detachedblue did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    This is probably one of the best purchases in 2018 with the original price tag, however very hard to get (sold out in minutes).
    • Nose
      Leather, rich sherry influence, then light fresh grapefruits (popular in 70s) wrapped by cigar leaves, burned dark sugar, tiny sweet tangerines. #update# After a few months breathing, more dates, sweet honey, cigar boxes, extremely aromatic!
    • Taste
      Rich oily sherry style with very fresh mint, not bitter or oaky, then savoury citrus fruits, fresh grapes, cognac style.
    • Finish
      Medium, with sweet tangerines, mints and good chocolates, cigar leaves.

  8. WhiskyFan2112 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Nice whisky for a cold and rainy late autumn day
    • Nose
      91 91
      Coffee, leathery, stewed fruits, chocolate, very light mint perhaps, sweet spices, cigar ash
    • Taste
      90 90
      Dark chocolate, coffee, Christmas spices, red berries, sugar cinnamon
    • Finish
      91 91
      Beautiful dark chocolate bitterness, red berries, cigar smoke, sweet spices. Nice lingering finish

  9. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Cola Vega
    Do you remember the Vega 23 Year Old 1993? I thought that was great, but now a second Vega was released in which all components – all of them Speyside malts – have matured for 40 years! They were all distilled in 1977 – the year in which Star Wars hit the silver screen (sorry, couldn’t help myself).

    OMG, what a lovely nose. All kinds of red and dark fruit in a stew, sprinkled with some cassis syrup and… cola zero! Add some woodspices, cigar box and dusty books. Almonds and raisins, lamp oil and freshly polished leather. After 40 years in cask, this shows surprisingly little wood, I might add. Very luscious, round, sweet and extremely aromatic.

    Forgive the expression, but an angel is urinating on my tongue! Oily and mildly spicy, this whisky conquers the taste buds with soft notes of walnuts, chocolate cake, plums, red berries, cherries, chewing tobacco and maple syrup. Turns honeysweet, but it works like a charm. Spice-wise I’m thinking cloves and candied ginger. A fresh touch of mint and the absence of heavy woody notes (which you might expect after 4 decades) allow this whisky to mask its age. Very balanced!

    I get a surprising touch of grapefruit in the finish, just a tad bitter. Said finish lingers for a very long time.

    Outstanding whisky! All gone by now, of course. On the second hand market it reaches 300 EUR, which is more than double the original – ridiculously cheap – price. Oh, lest I forget: there is already a 3rd Vega, a 41 Year Old 1976, but unfortunately I was not yet able to secure a bottle (or sample).

  10. Astrid scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Blends don't make it into my glass that often. In the case of this 40-year-old, my curiosity grabbed me and it was rewarded. Click here for a detailed review: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2021/08/30/altes-zeugs-i/
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87


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