Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 3
Stated Age
41 years old
Spanish & American Oak
Number of bottles
46.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
22 Jul 2018 8:28 am by Whisky_Addicted
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 439.00

46 × in wishlist

114 × member ratings

227 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vega 1976 NSS

24 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.91 points

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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...


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

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

  4. Squinugie scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  5. 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.

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Tobacco menthol dark fruits, very well executed, very good

  7. 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!

  8. Gous scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. ipchrist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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


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