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Overall rating
88.26/100
votes
99
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 4
Vintage
09.1990
Bottled
02.2019
Stated Age
28 years old
Number of bottles
800
Strength
46.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
02 Apr 2019 9:14 am by Whisky-Maniac-DE
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 133.98

33 × in wishlist

99 × member ratings

179 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vega 1990 NSS

21 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.26 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. 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/

  5. 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!

  6. Northern&Isles scored this whisky 97 points Expert Senior

    Very fruity with lots of orange, blood orange, red berries and cherries, plus marzipan, toffees, vanilla, fudge, Christmas cake, cinnamon, cardamom, plus a little light oak spice and a little bit of alcoholic heat.
    Extremely tasty and tasty.
    No sulfur.
    Small drawback maybe the somewhat inactive barrel and not necessarily insanely complex.
    Overall, I don't understand the ratings below 86 points.

  7. Ed Radour scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

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

  8. GIORGOS scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  10. Totoro scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    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.

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