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Spica 1989 NSS - Limited Edition No. 2

Overall rating
87.27/100
votes
76
Category
Blend
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Vintage
1989
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
1000
Strength
45.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2019 9:11 am by Whisky-Maniac-DE
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 93,09

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171 × in collection

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

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.27 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. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  3. Wtrstrnghlt scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Delicate but thick. Chocolate, moka, raisins, dates.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  4. 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

  5. RobbievdBrink scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Much more balanced Spica compared to the earlier released younger version which was quite on the burned caramel side. I do think it misses some power but it makes up with decent complexity and lots of aromas to be discovered. Nice one!

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    A top of the range blended whisky. Very well made!
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very nice integrated nose. It is an blend, but you hardly smell it. It has rather good notes of raisins, bread and speculaas (Dutch cookie). The sherry influences are clear, but very well integrated.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Sweet, nice sherry influences, again some bread notes. Lovely texture, well integrated with the alcohol.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long length. Again raisins and bread. A hint of speculaas, fice spices and some wood notes. A little dry, but that is forgiven.

  7. mer1973 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  8. Demasy scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    Lots of flavors and good depth in the nose. For me loses some points as i think the structure seems a little thin in the mouth.

    In the nose an interesting earthy note.. Dried mushrooms or something?
    Whisky itself seems nicely balanced with wood sugars mixing with sherried notes. Medium to Long after taste.
    Tasted from a sample

  9. dhillworth scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      86 86
      a bit subdued, but enjoyable hints of old leather and sherry
    • Taste
      87 87
      nice taste develops after a few seconds in the mouth
    • Finish
      89 89
      Impressive, long-lasting finish

  10. Rien scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

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