Overall rating
89.97/100
votes
119
Whiskybase ID
WB115475
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 3
Vintage
11.1976
Bottled
04.2018
Stated Age
41 years old
Casktype
Spanish & American Oak
Number of bottles
400
Strength
46.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 jul 2018 8:28 am by Whisky_Addicted
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 421.80

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119 × member ratings

229 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Vega 1976 NSS

25 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.97 points.

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    While quite oak-y, this is top notch stuff. Consider the original retail price, and this is a steal.
    • Nose
      Starting off on the right foot, with aromas of apple sauce, beeswax and honey, as well as tobacco leaves and hints of menthol and aniseed. There's some subtle forest fruit here too. Finally some damp wood and cloves, with a hint of oregano. Quite delicate.
    • Taste
      Sweet, sugary arrival with a sliver of honey, but there's room for notes of blueberries and cherries as well, followed by menthol, which is more prominent than it was on the nose. Quite spicy too, and definitely on the edge of being too tannic.
    • Finish
      Spicy and drying, with hints of caramel glazed apple and vanilla sugar.

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  3. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Rummaging through a bag of candies while walking on the beach; the aroma flowed from subtle salt, to sand dunes, waving beach grass, parched heather, morning glories, honey, Parma violets, and orange cream candies. The palate was medium-bodied with a similar array of maritime memories and old-fashioned candies. Melon and cream opened the way for orange, violet, hibiscus, and tangerine candies. Hints of tobacco and balsamic popped at the end as melon, cream, and a subtle minerality lingered on the back. The finish was long with floral candies, candied fruit slices, and a subtle salt.

    Porch whisky— or lanai whisky, if you will— that is what this was. Perfectly balanced, well-integrated, subtle, relaxing, and all the other descriptives that point toward something delicious to sit with while watching the sunset or the moonrise. The wife was not quite as enthused as I; she found the whisky lovely but a shred too subtle for her taste. I enjoyed the well-structured profile that slowly revealed itself and circled around nicely, starting and ending with melon and cream.

    Overall, a forty-one-year blended malt with whiskies from Islay and Speyside? Yep, just as good as it sounds.

    Mental Image: Sepia Toned Candy Store
    • Nose
      Mellow and floral, subtle maritime influence, Parma violets, sand dunes, beach grass, heather, orange, cream, honey.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, maritime, floral, melon, orange, hibiscus, hints of tobacco and baslamic, cream at the end.
    • Finish
      Long and lingering with floral candies, candied fruit, and salt.

  4. etwa77 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I would say there is a bowmore in there.. good advice to add
    a drop of water, mr. Thermidor!
    • Nose
      93 93
      the nose is stupendous.. it holds more raisins than Greece!.. creamy is an understatement and vanillated is just the beginning.. smoke and an old, dusty sherry bodega.
    • Taste
      89 89
      medical bitters, forest and fir honey, cognac and tobacco.. esthers aplenty, full, fat, glenallachie-like esthers
    • Finish
      90 90
      mint, soft spices and sweet slightly tinted by bitter.. then the oak grows massive and you just have to add points.

  5. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tobacco menthol dark fruits, very well executed, very good

  6. markjedi1 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Glühwein on Steroids
    This was limited edition number 3 in the famous – infamous? – Vega series. It is also the oldest, put together with whiskies from 1976 and bottled at the age of 41 years in 2018. You can imagine that I’m very keen to try this one. So far, each and every Vega release scored 87 or 88 in my book.

    OMG what a nose! I can easily enjoy this for twenty minutes without even feeling the urge to take my first sip. Aromatic and round, waxy and sexy on raisins, plums and orangettes, but that is upholstered with clear notes of apple sauce and honey. Raspberry and blueberry in the background. Like a walk through a forest after a heavy downpour. Finally some menthol that adds a fresh lift and makes it somewhat bright, if you know what I mean. Heavenly!

    It could do with a bit more body, but the taste is excellent. Again the forest fruit, again the fresh menthol, again the waxy honey. But the spiciness of the wood becomes quite loud. Cloves, nutmeg, black pepper and paprika powder. The oak really puts its foot down, turning it somewhat dry. However, some chewing tobacco makes sure it stays juicy enough. The balance is maintained, which is a relief.

    I feared the finish might become very dry, but that never happens. Sure, it is a bit drying and spicy, but remains balanced and at the death reoffers some oranges and cloves.

    A glühwein on steroïds! The only one I have not yet tried is the fourth edition, a 28 years old from 1990. If anyone has an open bottle and is willing to sell me a sample: get in touch!

  7. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Thermidor scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Not at all what I expected when I bought a bottle of this after buying the 40yo 1977. The 40yo is blendish in structure, but elegant and rich, if a little flattened by either one cask being understrength or the total ABV of 43.1 % just being a tad too low for it. The 41yo meanwhile could get past me as a single malt, its taste being more like a stereotypical sherry casked old whisky, and somehow more uniform throughout. The rounder, heavier body helps it earn a point over the 89 pts. I gave the 40yo.

    Despite the bottling % I feel just a bit of water and some time in the glass bring out the best of it.
    • Nose
      Waxiness, oloroso-ish sherry, old furniture, chocolate and cherries. No hazelnut-like dryness as in the 40yo, this is richly sherried. Some meatiness? Some rubber bands, dry cigar leaves, and mulled wine. Fresh herbs and varnish too. With water: subtle peat, mint leaves, and tropical fruit.
    • Taste
      The first sip feels like a typical old sherry whisky (as opposed to something that displays the individuality old sherry casks can exhibit), but just a little bit of water opens up a wealth of tastes: A bit of peat (fatty and rounded), rich sherry, resin, some tannins, bitter chocolate, and fruit (yellow kiwi, pineapple, grapes). I do adore it, the weighty body on the tongue, the velvety feel with a bit of water, and that touch of peat I keep mentioning time and again because I feel despite its lightness it is a central part (think more like '70s Speyside peat or Bunnahabhain rather than Highland Park or anything heavier).
    • Finish
      The finish is heavier and longer than the 1977 40yo, where the finish was the weakest moment. Oodles of elegant, not too loud sherry, some ginger, and old oak.

  9. ipchrist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  10. ipchrist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  11. Micmellon scored this whisky 99 points Member Junior

    The best drop I've ever had.
    Just great.
    Soft, round, oily, full-bodied.

  12. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Without this extreme eucalyptus bomb in the finish, which is not bad, but a little strange, he could have got 1-2 more points, great part.
    • Nose
      Like the 40Y brother, very oriental notes, here even more blatant, camphor, cumin, roasted chestnut, black cherry, ginger, leather, tobacco, licorice, cardamom, light raisins, a hint of boletus, blueberries, pomegranate
    • Taste
      Black cherry, tobacco, leather, cumin, camphor, cardamom, pomegranate, forest honey, peach, bitter orange, cinnamon, praline, old Armagnac, nutmeg, oak chest of drawers, clove, red apple, blood orange
    • Finish
      Extreme eucalyptus bomb, anise, ginger, raisin, camphor, long with pure mint freshness

  13. Squinugie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  14. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    High expectations, but I was not impressed by this one. For me it misses some power and complexity. Good whisky nonetheless.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Rather well done.
    But almost too classic, too clean.
    A beautiful 88.
    • Nose
      It is buttered, fat ... say really buttered :)
      There are white / yellow fruits with precious wood.
      With aeration there is coffee with milk, plums and plums.
    • Taste
      Alcohol integrated bine, oily mouth with some spices, woody, a slight bitterness and chocolate bar.
    • Finish
      Nice length on the kinder with woody and a slight bitterness.
      Vegetable notes.

  16. Fight65 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    In the test comparison, the 41er is better by far than the 40s. The Islay influence is unmistakable.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. Vallado scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Good craft! Despite the long maturation period, the barrel never appears unpleasant, but has nevertheless contributed beautiful sherry notes, without drowning the whiskey.
    • Nose
      91 91
      At first surprisingly "fresh" nose, almost like Wrigleys. Behind them are rum raisins and Christmas apple pie, in the background there are soft tobacco notes and maybe some (but not more) leather. The nose changes the first 20 minutes with each Snif and almost every minute.

      In the Bourdeaux glass even fresher and clearer minty, the rum is hardly noticeable here, instead a larger potpourri of wild berries, I also think to find maple syrup. Woody spice more pronounced, which is virtually imperceptible in Glencairn.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Butter soft, but unfortunately not very oily texture; light chili "Bizzeln" on the tongue, chocolate, chopped berry sauce, oriental spices (star anise, cinnamon, cardamom), raisins, aromatic honey, orange zest, with spicy oak at the end. Alcohol at any time felt, there is nothing burning, nothing bothers, a nice overall composition

      Between Glencairn and Bordeaux, I do not recognize any appreciable differences on the palate and in the finish. Perhaps some of the flavors are more pronounced than the other, but the differences are marginal, unlike the nose.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Long, sweet and bitter finish. Strong dark chocolate, sherry, fruit crumbs, spicy notes come back. The bitterness of chocolate lingers for a long time and over time loses its sweetness, in the end more like espresso.

  18. Dre73 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Very beautiful and quiet whisky, nicely balanced.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Beautiful full and subtile smell. fruity, prunes, raisins, some menthol, honey, oranges and chocolate.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Full body and taste, smooth, soft, red fruits and leather, lot of nuts now, chocolate, prunes and raisins. Some tobacco as well.
    • Finish
      89 89
      A little pepper now, oranges, spicy, leather, some red fruits, dark chocolate, long finish. Cigar tobacco remains in the mouth for a long time.

  19. hans1971 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  20. Jevan scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Having rated the Vega 1977 Limited Edition #2 yesterday I decided to push through and do Limited Edition #3 1976 as I liked it even better on a recent tasting. 41 years is a long time in wood so let's see how it fares! A very good dram at a great price, what's not to love! That said, the spices are totally dominant here really pushing any more subtle flavours off to one side!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Initially a blast of alcohol and warm spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) is followed by older oak and cedar wood, dust, talcum powder, ripe red fruit, and some slightly perfume-y floral notes - Reminiscent of an old wardrobe that has had some older pot pourri left in it for years. Unusual and different. Not what I expected at all but very pleasant. with water the cedar wood becomes even more pronounced, then you get maltiness coming through with perhaps some pineapple.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Malty taste up front, heavy in tongue coating tannins.
      Warming and very spicy with white pepper, cinnamon and clove. Slightly more body than Edition #2 with a mouth coating oiliness and a hint of leather. With water it opens up a little but this leaves the spices and tannins even more in control.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Long and strong with lots of spices primarily white pepper and cinnamon with more than a hint of menthol coming through at the end. A tad harsh for my tastes.

  21. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  22. wbarchive_336582 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    Had a Saple from a forum colleague and was thrilled.
    Notes can be found here:
    https://getincrunk.wixsite.com/malthead/malthead/vega-1976-tasting

  23. EJS scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  24. dram-drinker scored this whisky 94 points Photo Moderator

    This is like a fresh fruit salad which is my preferred profile - some of the greatest bottlings are like this, perhaps a bit sweeter or a bit greater wood notes but in general this is it. Excellent!
    • Nose
      95 95
      Intense, vivid, fresh fruits, citrus fruits, oranges, apples, pears, peaches, apricots, bananas, hints of vanilla, whiffs of finest oak wood - yes, I love this profile!
    • Taste
      94 94
      Little punchy, oily, liquorice, subtle sweetness, all kinds of fresh fruits, more vanilla notes, more woody notes, spices, pepper, cloves - very good!
    • Finish
      93 93
      Long, warm, lots of different spices and herbs, also still fruity, a bit more zesty and more grapefruits - great!

  25. svenske2015 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    back label: " a spicy blended malt scotch whisky using liquid from speyside and islay."

  26. Pollenflug scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Conclusion and pictures on: https://tomtrinkt.de
    • Nose
      Matured for 41 years! Such old malts are always an experience for me in the glass, because so far I have been able to taste very few in these age regions and even a few years younger. Time and rest pay off at the Vega. A good half hour in the glass should be granted to the drop to unfold. The aromas are very closely interwoven, the strong alcohol (46.1%) cools slightly on the nose during the first 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. Opulent sherry aromas are rapidly gaining dominance. For the first few minutes, I have had a strong association with a well-known nut nougat cream, which gives off a wonderfully nutty and soft chocolate flavor. A touch of mint gives the malt a light refreshing kick (reminiscent of the after-taste with the chocolaty aromas). Dark forest fruits, pickled raisins, caramel, baked apples, strong (sweetish) tobacco notes, cinnamon, anise, orange marmalade, gingerbread, leather and herbal-spicy oak notes complete the multi-layered nose. Is there a light smoke flag blowing in the background? Or are these the strong tobacco and oak notes? Very difficult, I like it very much anyway!
    • Taste
      With a wonderful, silky texture, the malt spreads throughout the mouth. The alcohol is very well integrated and allows a wonderfully balanced and intense aroma transport. The voluminous onset leaves a clear tingle on the tip of the tongue. The soft nut nougat cream turns into dark chili chocolate. Old, intense Sherrynoten dominate the taste events. Sweet Amarena cherries, blueberries, plums, raisins, orange marmalade, caramel, baked apples, dark forest honey, sweet tobacco, leather, a touch of mint, Christmas spices and tart spicy oak notes provide a high degree of complexity. Again, I suspect that a very slight smokiness lingers in the background.
    • Finish
      Long, sweet and spicy, warming and elegant. Orange marmalade, baked apples, Amarena cherries and elegant sherry flavors characterize the finish. Caramel, pipe tobacco, leather, Christmas spices and dark chocolate mix with a dash of coffee and the tangy-spicy notes of oak. Finally, a very slight dryness and delicate bitterness develops on the palate.

  27. cfosterk scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    still to collect my bottle, only tried a sample so far and stunning for a 41 yo blend. in the meantime an actual tasting note...

    https://whiskyreviews.net/2018/07/26/northstarspirits-batch005/

    also chris goodram at gauntleys (nottingham) has this vlog.....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNSiPl14Skk
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

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