Overall rating
90.02/100
votes
181
Whiskybase ID
WB110281
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 2
Vintage
10.1977
Bottled
01.2018
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
Spanish & American Oak
Number of bottles
400
Strength
43.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
07 apr 2018 2:40 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 626.67

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Whisky reviews for Vega 1977 NSS

35 users have left 36 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.02 points.

  1. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Yes, very, very tasty, but not a high-flyer either: well balanced, but a bit thin in the mouth. Almost TOO round and harmonious for me. I can think of a number of blends for less than half the price that can do the same thing.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  2. Roland7 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Surprisingly soft and enveloping taste! Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cola, rum, overripe plum, bitters, dark beer, burnt bread crust, buttered bun, old softwood.

  3. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
      Juicy coca cola, roasted black tea, with a hint of sourish aromas initially.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very excellent and modern sherry notes, with cranberries, cherries, and raisins. Elegant polished oak. Nothing earth-shattering. Just some good stuff.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Short-moderate length. True finish, which means it's pretty much a continuation of the palate, without much development at the end. Still, this is excellent stuff. I would buy a couple bottles if this was around $275. I think it may have been even cheaper when it was released.

      This is 90 points, but barely.

  4. 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

  5. dominikbraun scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91
      Coffee! I've probably never had such intense coffee notes.

  6. Lukas_Kiene scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Calmar scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Quite pleasant sherry-aged whiskey, does not amaze with the breadth of palette and power, but well-tailored, perfectly balanced, very smooth, polished, deep enough and complex.
    • Nose
      Discreet, dry, dried boards, dry medicinal herbs, carpentry, resin, grain, lemon peel, in the development of notes of chocolate, cocoa, tobacco, leather goods.
    • Taste
      Dense, rich, sweet-woody notes, bark astringency, tablet bitterness, creamy shades, toffee, boiled condensed milk, grain, some mineral tones.
    • Finish
      Spicy, warming, oak, bark, sweet creamy notes, tobacco, herbs, dark chocolate.

  9. Squinugie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. Thermidor scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    One of the best blends I've tasted, and at the price I got it for, a bargain too. Still, I feel perhaps the other cask had already gone over on account of all the hazelnuts in it, and that blending turned an overly bitter single malt into an enjoyable whisky. Were the finish the same level the nose and the taste are, I'd easily add a few points to the total.

    I've had this bottle open for around 4 months, and it feels exactly like the day it was opened, no change whatsoever.
    • Nose
      Hazelnuts at first, quite a lot of them. Then some salinity, chlorine, faint tropical fruit, grass, rosin, and an old painted chest in the attic ;) Some dry licorice, and again that grassy/nutty side. I've no idea where the components are from, but because of the end result Bunnahabhain and Strathisla come to mind...
    • Taste
      Feels both "rich" and "cold". Huh? I mean, there is a wealth of tastes that'll knock most malts off the table, but it's also more silent than you'd expect, as if there was something blocking it from hitting at full strength, without any sense of flabbiness or blandness. Old seal wax, hazelnuts, dry cognac, herbs, and that background distillate-based fruitiness that comes forward with a few drops of water.
    • Finish
      Resinous, tannic, waxy, and a bit gingery in the end, so secondary aromas mostly. Not quite as loud as single malts of this profile usually are.

  11. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Very beautiful blends malt, nice mixture of dark fruit and oriental herbs / spices.
    • Nose
      Interesting, own nose, has light incense sticks somewhere, not peated but rather like toasted oak notes, camphor, nutmeg, cumin, plum, fresh cherry, some raisins, walnut, pomegranate, dark honey, toffee, oiled, old leather, hint of marzipan and ginger, anise
    • Taste
      Plum, walnut, chestnut, ginger, anise, saffron, licorice, incense sticks, sweet liquorice, peach seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, cherry, pomegranate
    • Finish
      Medium length, menthol, oak, nuts, anise, ginger

  12. S_S scored this whisky 93 points Member Senior

    I give him 93 points!

    I value base scores very much, although a 78 point score is incomprehensible for me here. -》 Rating has been deleted.

    Much has been written about malt. Great dark, sweet, spicy, chocolatey stuff. Slight bite on wet tobacco leaves. Nice.

  13. Fight65 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Gris scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Tasting notes are also available on the whisky blog ;) https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/110281/vega-1977-nss
    • Nose
      A nose that could be described as classic for a good old sherry cask whisky. A perfect nose, or at least almost perfect if you’re pretty difficult. Just the right amount of sherry, tobacco, chocolate, grapes, old leather with a nice balance. The kind of whisky I could just sniff for hours. But I’ll drink it! Hoooo yeah.
    • Taste
      Hoooo yeah (bis repetita). I’ve known more powerful sherry attack but it’s still powerful. And the second thing to say is that the mouth is as nice as the nose in terms of wealth and balance. A nice mix of dried fruits (hazelnuts and dried apricots) with a hint of oranges, chocolate and coffee. Also a touch of spices with cinnamon.
    • Finish
      Medium to long, on oranges and chocolate… I’ve always liked orangettes, don’t you? With just the right amount of tobacco for a nice ending.

  15. WSP scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. 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!

  17. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo 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

  18. 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

  19. thijs100 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A tad heavier than the most recent iteration of the Vega, if I remember correctly, in which I found some more subtleties.
    • Nose
      A somewhat dry, very pronounced sherry influence, with a bit of dustiness. There's cherry syrup, as well as blackcurrants and crème de cassis. Slightly nutty too, as well as a hint of leather and cigar tobacco. The fruity flavours are nevertheless most pronounced here, which is a nice surprise after four decades of oak maturation.
    • Taste
      Latte macchiato comes to mind, as does dark chocolate and praline. It is mildly spicy as well, with black pepper and nutmeg. Not much oak, which is unusual in a whisky this old. It is however, fairly earthy.
    • Finish
      Lingering chocolatiness. Medium to long.

  20. Silversurfer scored this whisky 92 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  21. fgg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      A typical sherry nose with raisins and a tang of tobacco in the background.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Beautiful sweet forest fruit drunk, especially raspberry. The rose comes in a little later.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium. Bittersweet.

  22. 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).

  23. mr.p9 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  24. mema82 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  25. Macheye scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    North Star’s Vega 40 year old is a triumph of flavour over cask. Whilst many well-aged whiskies are all but unable to hide the woodiness that is inherent in long maturation (and indeed in those cases it’s more a matter of integration and balance), Vega 40 does exactly that. Age here is expressed in soft depths and profundity of flavour rather than in overt oaky influence. The low bottling ABV (which is still listed as cask strength, so we should assuming zero dilution post maturation) suits this whisky perfectly, allowing for excellent expressiveness and dynamism without the associated bite and hard-hitting impact – which would feel out of place in this composition.
    • Nose
      Pronounced, but at the same time temperate – forgiving and pillowy rather than robust and full-bodied (particularly in terms of raw wood influence, of which there’s none to note). The sherry influence is apparent – soft stewed and reduced red fruits, mingled with dark berries – blackcurrants, cassis and mulberries. These sit alongside raisins, walnuts, cherry cola and plenty of gooey chocolate. Aged aromas pronounce themselves in the form of top grain leather, split suede and the scents you’d associate with tannery. Running throughout – cigar humidors, dried tobacco leaves and old books. Interestingly, this old-timer doesn’t respond as well to resting as would usually be the case for whiskies of this age – it adds damp soils, mud and a touch of marzipan sweetness, but seems to lose some of the top note expressiveness of the fruit elements.
    • Taste
      Perfectly judged ABV – the arrival is soft and calm, whilst still packing plenty of flavour. The mouthfeel, has a touch of oiliness to it - just enough to lend texture. Milky latte, chocolate and coffee and walnut cake lead off – whilst forgiving, they extend throughout the palate, rather than attacking in force. This is notable in that is allows for a particularly smooth transition of flavours into juicy fruits (red and black berries, with hints of stone fruit), old tobacco, ginger and cloves. Each flavour having its moment in the limelight and bringing with it wonderful balance. In the back palate, gentle herbalness from mint, and a scattering of almond brittle.
    • Finish
      Medium in length with a slight citric bite – mandarin and grapefruit peels. There’s plenty of chocolate and coffee still – cacao nibs and spent espresso grounds. These fade surrounded by sweet dark reduced fruits.

  26. 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.

  27. EJS scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  28. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  29. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Beautiful nose of sherry, fruit (citrus, red fruit), candy sugar, tobacco, leather
    • Taste
      full mouthfeel, oily, sherry, woody (tannin), slightly of mint, spicy, chocolate
    • Finish
      chocolate

  30. Fassstärke scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  31. dRambo scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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!

  35. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  36. 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.

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