Overall rating
Blended Malt
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 4
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
46.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2019 9:14 am by Whisky-Maniac-DE
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 133.62

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92 × member ratings

161 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vega 1990 NSS

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.41 points

  1. MrMarmelade scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Absolutely boring stuff, very one-dimensional, almost NO development.
    All these 90-and-more-rates - you are kidding, boys. Or you never had a good malt.

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
      Hazelnut, raisin, orange, mocha and apple.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Mocha, orange, apple, hazelnut, caramel and nutmeg. Water adds honey.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Hazelnut, mocha, apple, caramel, leather, cashew and honey.

  3. The_Independent scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Once again a bottling for friends of sweet whiskeys. However, the barrel was already very inactive, which manifests itself in restrained barrel notes, low complexity and the surprisingly clear alcoholic strength.
    I am a little disappointed in this bottling: I can not find 28 years of aging in the glass. I do not understand the many top ratings.
    • Nose
      85 85
      At first, behave fairly, takes some time in the glass. Sweet sherry notes dominate: brown sugar, caramel, grapes and a little spice. Pleasant but quite one-dimensional. For me, surprisingly, that at the age as good as no wood notes are to be found.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Surprisingly sharp and pungent, ginger, pepper. Then getting sweet - caramelized sugar, forest honey, some fruity acidity comes along, adsting, but no bitter notes, maybe a little liquorice, which reminds of the wood. Amazingly little development for old age.
    • Finish
      82 82
      The fruity acidity meets the sweetly dominant aromas. Add a little spice. Overall, the medium-long finish but quite unspectacular.

  4. Segens scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Maybe a bit one dimensional or not too complex I agree but super juicy and extremely delicious dram. With its 46% a great dram also for whisky beginners!

  5. grinface scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    This is rock solid stuff. I found cocoa and marzipan, cherry and orange. Also some spices, nutmeg and a little pepper. The sherry-side brings tobacco and leather. Some nuts are also there. Overall coated in thick sweetness and some sour spikes. But nothing is screaming out loud here. Very subtle and balanced, drinkable and enjoyable without thinking a lot about it.
    Full review (in german): https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2019/05/26/unterwegs-zu-den-sternen/

  6. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A bit mild and unassuming, and its delicate nature borders on the evanescent, but it's still delicious, well-aged stuff that, apart from its softness, doesn't display any major flaws.
    • Nose
      88 88
      Marzipan, oloroso, charcoal, modeling glue, orange marmelade, dark chocolate, freshly polished and waxed hardwood floors.
      Due to the relative "freshness" of the sherry influence (which at time seems to overshadow the older cask-derived aromas) I wonder if this has been finished or at least married in a pretty active / wet sherry cask.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Very soft attack, then the old woods have their say, along with nicely jammy and sweet stewed fruit flavors. Pretty big chocolate notes as well. Not the longest of developments on the palate, but what's there is very agreeable.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Mildly drying. Cocoa powder and espresso grounds with a sprinkling of white pepper.

  7. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    The nose is rather reserved. Characterized by the sherry (but the fruits are not yet completely dark). In addition, some spice and nuts.
    In the mouth then mostly sweet, almost sugary. Too much for me, because there is not much space for other notes. Then some sharpness. Then oak notes and sour fruits.

    For me, more of a casually. It doesn't overwhelm anyone, but it doesn't make it particularly exciting. I guess he would have typed it a few years younger.

  8. EvilAFI scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Restrained nose shows promise, palate is very sweet and a bit one dimensional.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Dark sherry, sweet cherry, leather, grapes, orange
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet, creamy, oak, lemon
    • Finish
      86 86
      Juicy, short, oak and berries

  9. MrYens scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

  10. WSP scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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


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