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Overall rating
90.34/100
votes
38
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Cask Strength
Vintage
1990
Bottled
29.11.2018
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Sherry Puncheon
Casknumber
73847
Number of bottles
181
Strength
61.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
Batch 18/107
Added on
22 Feb 2019 10:16 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 251.90

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Whisky Reviews for North British 1990 GM

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.34 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 66 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] A rather unusual grain bottling from a first fill sherry puncheon - quite unusual because they used a precious sherry cask to mature a grain whisky (usually such pricey casks are reserved for malts only). So I am very curious...

    ...and now I know why they passed this cask on to the grain distillery: It was treated by burning sulphur candles inside to prevent the cask from rottening in the hot Spanish climate (before they were shipped to the Scottish distilleries), a stupid practice introduced in the early eighties when Spain joined the EU and the bulk (cask-wise) export of fortified wines likes sherry became prohibited by EU law. Many years later these casks still spoil the precious Scottish whisky, unfortunately...
    • Nose
      The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers a modern sherry profile with the footprint of the devil, meaning sulphurous notes of spent matches and burned fireworks. Guess what? I do not like it...
    • Taste
      The taste is dominated by the sulphuric flavours - what else to say? Water increases the sulphurous taste so use it only if you are a hell boy or hell girl...
    • Finish
      The dram arrives a little hot and a little coating on the palate with the typical sulphuruos (scurfy) mouthfeel. The finish is long which is no asset in this case - it gets bitter-drying both from tannins and the sulphur.

  2. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  3. penumbra scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    I can't miss the 50-year-old Shirley bucket Beiying that I have drunk before. It is really full of various types of chocolate bread and pastries. Although the taste is passable, but tannin destroys the after rhyme.
    • Nose
      The smell is very grand, a long-distance is the thick Aksu red dates, the damp woody smell is somewhat close to Dona's high vintage PX barrel, old leather, red phosphorus, close to the emergence of very sweet smoked butter and honey, Toffee, chocolate muffin, coffee, bitter taste is not obvious, slightly spicy turpentine, there is some tannic acid but not obvious. Compared to a single malt of the same configuration, it is significantly more malty and lacks some nuts.
    • Taste
      Red phosphorus, matchbox, there is a pleasant grape acid, rich tannins without disturbing, maybe it is more appropriate to borrow the skeleton in the wine. Moist oak, 90% black, dark-baked Mantening, toffee, dark fruit preserves, Christmas cake, earth, compared to the common PX bucket, this lingering bitter taste is not pleasant, fortunately Supported by the full grain breath brought by the grain. Mint, furniture oil, a small amount of compound grass coral lozenges.

      Medium, average fat, medium sweet, tannin is more obvious, with bitter bottom.
    • Finish
      Extremely long, tannin, black clever.

  4. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. markjedi1 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Worchestershire Sauce
    Last November, while in Edinburgh, I got of the tram at Murrayfield Stadium and crossed the street to the North British Distillery. Unfortunately it is not open to the public and my request to take some photos – even if only from the buildings – fell on deaf ears. Anyway, I did get hold of a 28 years old from 1990 that matured on a first fill sherry cask and still retained an ABV of 61%. It’s a recent bottling by Gordon & Macphail. Well, well, will you look at that colour. It’s almost like cola.
    Ha, speaking of which, it even smells a bit like cola! Dark and sweet nose on chocolate, rum raisins, fresh figs and dates. Plum marmalade. Paxarette. Cold coffee. Tobacco. In the back I also get some struck matches and even a whiff of sulfur. For a moment I feared this would dominate and spoil things, but luckily it does not, making this grain very dark, sweet and absolutely delicious on the nose.
    The arrival is pretty oily and spicy, but quaffable without diluting. Sweet and sour, now. Bitter oranges, both juicy and candied, again rum raisins and plums. Then some maraschino cherries kick in with some mint. It even turns a bit umami. Worchestershire sauce! Very good.
    It is all about sherry and paxarette, but little whisky, in the long finish. At least as far as I can detect. But… it works!
    I don’t believe I would have called this whisky if tasted blind, but it is certainly tasty. By the way: it’s the very first grain whisky bottled by Gordon & Macphail in their so-called Connoisseurs Choice series.

  6. thijs100 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    If you like Kavalan's sherry matured whiskies, you'll also enjoy this.
    • Nose
      Oh good god, this is not going to be about the spirit, is it? Insanely intense, even more so than some of those crazy Kavalan. There is that light, orange-y, coconut note, but otherwise this is all about raisins, sultanas, cherries, dark chocolate and cinnamon, with a hint of ground coffee beans. Finally a touch of furniture polish and soy sauce. I honestly like more than I expected.
    • Taste
      Geez, yeah, a Kavalan Solist Sherry Cask is pretty much what this is. Somewhat dry and oak-y, but also plums, blackberries, cherries and the like. A touch of espresso too, as well as burnt caramel. Not too shabby at all.
    • Finish
      Long, cinnamon, charred oak. 

  7. GIORGOS scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  8. Ptrck.24.7 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

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

  9. Arjo S scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Absolute fab stuff! Doesn't have that typical smell most grains have in the beginning, this one you can sip immediately after pouring.
    Profile is very simular with the Cameronbridge (black Cameron brig) from Jack Wiebers.
    This is very outspoken and cask driven, my kind a grain!

  10. hans1971 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

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