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Overall rating
88.95/100
votes
94
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 009
Vintage
1988
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
31 years old
Casktype
First Fill Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
3582
Strength
43.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 Oct 2019 10:48 am by TSoM
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Average value

€ 164.03

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94 × member ratings

251 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Sirius 1988 NSS

27 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.95 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Mango, Melon & Mint

    Next to the popular Vega, a blended malt of which 6 editions have been released so far; and Spica, a blend of which two expressions have hit the market; North Star Spirits now surprises us with the brand new Sirius. To make a grand entrance, Iain launched this series with a 31 Year Old blended malt, of which all components were distilled in 1988, the year in which yours truly got his driving license. Just trying to make it clear that this is old stuff. The difference with Vega, you ask? I presume the region where the malts came from. Ask me again after I have tried it.
    Ooh, want a grand nose indeed! Old furniture, coconut milk, varnish, cloves and cinnamon, but mostly orange citrus fruit. I mean pomelo, blood oranges, mandarin, but also pink grapefruit, peel included! This is upholstered with a floral note (magnolia?) and vanilla. Candy-like, but very good. Give it some time in the glass and it will improve. Bittersweet and delicious.
    On the palate, it is almost syrupy and deliciously sweet, while the citrus fruit stays in the lead. A lot more shines through: vanilla, elderberries, grain cookies and dried fruit, honey melon, citric acid candy and Fanta Orange on steroids. But it is dangerously quaffable.

    The finish is fantastic and after an initial light bitterness, it suddenly turns a bit tropical. Mango, melon and mint at the death.

    Impressive. And if I had to guess, I’d say the Vega was all about Speyside, while this Sirius is Highland. Prove me wrong.

  2. LDB scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Very unique! Those who come to terms with the pronounced orange flavors including peel and the light tannin bitterness have an extremely delicious blended malt in front of them, which unfolds only after some time in the glass really.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Resinous older wood, orange curd, the drawer of a pre-war secretary, linseed oil varnish, Christmas tea with natural spices such as orange peel, cloves and cinnamon. Everything works pretty strong!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily and supple, yet lively with Ahoibrause orange, behind it elderflower syrup, a tart liquorice stick, some scraped-out vanilla pod blended with ripe pomelos and grapefruit. Delicious.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Slightly bitter, but nice in balance with sweet-sour, until it runs out of breath after a while.

  3. detachedblue scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The finish is a killer, very good indeed.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very syrupy, coconut oil, vanilla seed, pure and oily, concentrated, Magnolia flowers, hard candy.
    • Taste
      87 87
      very mellow and sweet, cookies, bread, all the malty notes, cereals. Then more floral and fruity, vanilla ice cream, melons, delicate, very easy drinking.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Super long, mints and herbs, melons, mango, tropical.

  4. The_Independent scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    A nicely matured, old bottling. Not overlaid and with a wonderful aroma - I like the nose best. They say it could be a Clynelish - I immediately believe that. I am happy to have secured a large bottle
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediately appears full and powerful in the glass, but takes time to release the numerous different smell notes. Then beautiful aromas of sweet, ripe, yellow fruits develop - melon, peach, apricot. Freshly sawn green wood, a little fresh mint, grass, honey, wax and some vanilla. Everything is accompanied by spicy notes.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily with a strong start. Slightly peppery and initially less sweet than expected. Quite spicy. Honey, then strong vanilla and becoming sweeter. A little bitter cocoa to finish.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium length. A creamy mouthfeel remains. Cocoa, sweet yellow fruit, again the green sawn wood, a little nut, clear bitter notes appropriate to the age.

  5. erwinnlim scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Incredible value for money considering you get a 31 year old for around £100-130. This age is most apparent in the nose.
    • Nose
      Caramel sweetness and vanilla in the background (from the first fill bourbon casks used) and an unmistakable whiff of dusty old furniture and beeswax. Some melons, apples, apricots and pineapple along with some green bananas. A touch of desiccated coconut. Some milk tea. Lots of spice with cinnamon, cloves a touch of thyme and basil. You can really smell the age in this one.
    • Taste
      Creamy and mouthcoating. Initially citrus fruits, bittersweet oranges, mandarins and pomelo. More honey sweetness on the palate that develops into more baking spices (especially cinnamon) and a touch of white pepper. Some old tobacco leaves. A note of overbrewed black tea and some bitter, mouthwatering tannins take over. There is a thick waxiness present throughout as well.
    • Finish
      More honeyed citrus and wood spices linger. Long, bittersweet and a touch drying. Think drying tea leaves and a minty touch with more of that distinct waxy character.

  6. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 827: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96AhhV41Y_0 (90/100).

  8. Jstar scored this whisky 92 points Newbie

    Opened the bottle and gave it a good sniff. This is the real deal. First scoop was a bit up tight but no suprise as I was a bit enthusiastic and didn't give it enough time in the glass. Second go I was more patient and it paid off. All the tasting notes from others are right. Citrus and bitter are full on.

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    No notes tasted at a show but this is really nice and mellow with good balance.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

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