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Overall rating
89.81/100
votes
110
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

€ 518.62

46 × in wishlist

110 × member ratings

216 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vega 1976 NSS

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.81 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...

    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

  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. ipchrist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  7. ipchrist scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

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

  8. Micmellon scored this whisky 99 points Member Junior

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

  9. ColdAesthetics 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

  10. Whiskywobbler scored this whisky 87 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

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