Spica 1989 NSS - Limited Edition No. 2

Overall rating
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
45.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2019 9:11 am by Whisky-Maniac-DE
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 92.60

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Whisky Reviews for Spica 1989 NSS - Limited Edition No. 2

23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.04 points

  1. Oogadal scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    I didn't had the 1997 Spica, I heared from people that one was too grainy; well, the good news is this isn't! North Star nailed it again, this is a great whisky and I can't imagine this will be on the shelf for a long time. I know there are lots of self named experts avoiding blends as some kind of desease, for this one that is a mistake. I'm pretty sure this one will get even better when times goes by, but there is a big sherry cask influence on both nose and palate, but not overpowering. Fortunately it's age gives both nose and palate a somewhat old skool feeling, you can tell you're nipping a respectable aged whisky.
    So, dark fruits, some raisins and vigs, blueberry pie and that hard to discribe old skool feeling on nose. Palate; lot's of the same with a nice peppery mouthfeel. Finish doesn't dissapoint either, long lasting, as one might expect from a 29 yo. North Star either made a choice to have the level of grain minimized, had a grain that was simply great, or a grain that is way older than 29 yo, or they used a grain that matured on ex sherry wood. Anyhow; great stuff!

  2. hs305 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    [October, 2020] I had this dram during a local community tasting "blends only".

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it 82,5. My notes state a fruity profile with firm wooden notes and some sulphur on the palate which is bearable (at last), obviously some sherry casks of this batch were treated with sulphur candles. Without the sulphurous off-notes I would score it 87,5.

  3. Arquebus scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The bottle has been open for 3/4 weeks now - just a measure or two each weekend and taking my time - it’s starting to shine! In a line; to me this Spica is about grain whisky and wood, which is providing a perfect vehicle for the malts in the blend. On first opening, the grain whisky dominates the nose as does the oak. I get glue from the grain and damp wood/ bitters from the casks. Later on - the malts start to emerge - but the combination of the three elements ( Wood, grain and malt whiskies) is really where the 29yrs+ start to show off. This is playful dynamic whisky. It develops a ‘perfume’ - difficult to pin down: - polishes, waxes, linseed oil, old leather - all playing hide and seek with the bitter nip of wood, And further in sit sweeter things - vanilla, dark honey, more familiar sherry notes, some fruit ( orchard fruits; pear and peaches - more suggestive perhaps of some bourbon casks?) plus a twist of ephemeral peat smoke, which reminds me of Highland Park. The oak spices sit in bucket loads (like dill oil without the grassy notes or cedar wood pencils in a case) particularly in the arrival, which is sweet at first then becoming savoury, dry and bitter - some walnuts are thrown in for good measure right at the end.

  4. LDB scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A drinkable but rather unspectacular blend.
    Still not bad.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Initially a clear glue note, but with a temporal and spatial distance it becomes nice: beeswax chalk, Bavarian block malt and dark yellow fruit compote.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Grandmother's plum rum stew, oily and smooth in the mouth at first - delicious! However, the whole thing is not particularly complex.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Tannins are noticeable in the further development, with white pepper and dried mint.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I really like the nose on this one it smells rich & spicy and it gets even better with a little water.
    Plenty of fruit & spice on the palate also but its a little unbalanced being a little hot for the relatively low abv but I still like it, really tasty but the palate cannot live up to the nose, sadly.
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. DharmaDrifter scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    Great flavours and body, not extremely complex but easily one of the best blends I have ever had especially for the price. Great cask integration.
    • Nose
      Wine gums, orange cream vanilla, baking spices, cinnamon, ginger, can't notice much grain at all, a little dunnage, sweet grapefruit, leather polish.
    • Taste
      Luscious fruit arrival, candied and dried, strawberry drops, bursts of fruit carried by gentle spice, juicy orange vanilla cream, milk chocolate, light cinnamon, nutmeg, chilies, custard (nearly cheesy).

  7. EvilAFI scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    No hint of its age, this may contain more grain than malt. Soft and easy drinking with fruit, vanilla and light spice as the center. A good blend
    • Nose
      87 87
      Subtle. Fruity, red berries, fruit salad, funky malt, orange marmalade, hint of oak hidden
    • Taste
      87 87
      Soft, sweet entry, light fruits, vanilla, malt, herbaceous, again just a hint of oak
    • Finish
      84 84
      Fruits are dried now, floral, slightly drying, shorter

  8. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Appearance: Medium to deep gold with some orange.

    Nose: Oak. Vanilla, caramel. Grain spirits. Bit of campfire smoke. Cinnamon. Bit of pineapple. Vanilla. Citrus and stoen fruit.

    Palate: Tannic wood, age. Candied pineapple. Vanilla. Nice dried fruits. Lightly tropical. Dried mango.

    Finish: Slightly harsh grain spirits, pineapple, honey, wood.

    With Water: Very nice. Brings down the spikes, brings out the deep, dried fruits. Barley sugar comes out more.

    Overall: Great age showing. Rich and mellow, but definitely some harsh grain edges left. Lovely strange dried fruitiness is lovely.

  9. Opeth83 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Nice whisky but not my preferred style.

  10. Steven79 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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