Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 135.34

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111 × member ratings

193 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vega 1990 NSS

29 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.58 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. wisekycourse scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    oak, tobacco, sweet sherry (fruit not yet macerated), malt, some dust and nuts
    sweet return, on dried grapes and cooked orange
    the watery sherry side stands out, the wet fruits, which removes the hope of the nose
    a little peppery spices, others on the pastry side, a little honey, then an astringent return with the bitterness of the almond shell which denatures a little more; the feeling "mixed" also with wood chips, pepper, almonds and fruits which are scattered on an undifferentiated basket, too bad
    bitterness, dryness of wood, varied fruits, fruity sweetness, medium and on the same scents which vanish.
    excellent for an evening with a 28 years old for insiders who see more after the number than the quality, a blend with its shortcomings.

  7. St. Pauli scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A nice dram to sip with friends during a chat or as an occasional dram, not one that you want to savour as the top shelf whiskies in your cabinet. I don't think the entire whisky is utterly one-dimensional, but neither is it very different in a positive way. It's a sweet nose that is not too thick in the mouth, where the spice level is enhanced. The finish is medium short with some earthy notes along the dried fruit, and a fair amount of spice which makes for a slightly finale.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Pleasant but rather sweet and one-dimensional. Caramellised apple, raisin, hazelnut, milk chocolate, honey, vanilla cream, cinnamon.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Less (utterly) sweet and viscous than the nose suggests. Orange, frappucino, raisin, caramel, cinnamon, a bit of tobacco and clove.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium, spicier and a bit drying now. Clove, pepper, ginger, liquorice, prune and caramel.

  8. A.S. Bak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Tasted blind.
    You can't taste the age here; I had estimated him much younger.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  9. Don Cassi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    On the nose, dried fruits, chocolate, some leather, polish and peppermint.

    In the mouth surprisingly bubbly and not very full. It could also be oily. In the background there is a light pepperiness with a hint of acidity.

    A bit of oak on the finish, but nothing that would remind you of 28 years. In addition, a slight fruitiness. Unfortunately not very long either.
    Length: 4/10

    The nose is great, but then what remains is a pretty average malt overall, which is somewhat disappointing given its age. Too little complex and too full for 28 years. It looks rather soft, mild and simple (and sometimes even a bit bubbly).

    Grade: 2

  10. Falnor scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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


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