Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Blended Malt
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 6
Stated Age
22 years old
European and American Oak Barrels
Number of bottles
43.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 Oct 2019 5:10 pm by Donpistoni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 104.07

21 × in wishlist

65 × member ratings

131 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vega 1996 NSS

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.02 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    Vega… ah, that brings back good memories. This is a blended malt and Iain has now released his 6th edition. I was fortunate enough to be able to try the first (23yo 1993) and second (40yo 1977). I was too late to score the third (40yo 1976) and fourth (28yo 1990), but the fifth (33yo 1985, a North Star Spirits Shop Exclusive) awaits a special moment to be savoured. But look, here is number six now, 22 years old distilled in 1996. It is the youngest in the Vega family so far.

    Wonderfully semi sweet nose on hazelnuts, mildly burnt caramel, rum raisins, autumn leaves and brioche. A truckload of chocolate and stout beer with a hint of cough drops. Very good!

    Wonderfully oily, cough drops again, but joined by apricot jam, croissants, lots of caramel en green garden herbs. Liquorice too, and a hint of cinnamon. Turkish coffee with lots of grain. A mild bitterness. Seville oranges, chewing tobacco. All of the highest order. What a dram!

    In the finish some earth and leaves kick in, with a mild peppery note and some amaro (a bittersweet Italian herb liqueur).

    Another grand one of which many have been set free in recent years. Some good examples are Mark & Manny’s Malts Maverick 1993 (I know, I know, it’s not decent to mention my own release), the Enigma Blend 1993 from Beacon Spirits and the recently released (and still available) Speyside Blended Malt 1993 for Whivie’s 10th Anniversary (Oh, I did it again).

  2. captain_k did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Serge on whiskyfun.com:
    Vega 22 yo (43.9%, North Star Spirits, blended malt, 1205 bottles, 2019) Four stars and a half
    Colour: deep gold. Nose: starts with brown toasts and some pretty earthy black tea, as well as some bitter chocolate and some kind of old mint cordial from and old bottle from an old European country. Mushrooms and autumn leaves tend to win it after a few minutes, while the whole would get even more mentholy. Sauna oils. Finnish malt? No, looks like this is rather Scottish… Mouth: very good! Many pine-y elements, needles, sap, some black raisins and some prunes, certainly some heavy pipe tobacco, marzipan-filled dates, chestnut honey, some thicker herbal liqueurs (ever tried Unicum?), all that with a solid body and a perfect, slightly oily mouth feel. Drops of caraway liqueur, perhaps. Try the Alsatians’! Finish: pretty long and balanced, not something that’s that common. Dried figs and a wee touch of curry in the aftertaste. Comments: I’ve heard they’ll have a bottle of this in the glove compartment of James Bond’s next Aston Martin. No, really. Anyway, whether this is a proper blend or a single malt in disguise (the industry is losing us these days, isn’t it?) this middle-aged Vega is very, very good.
    SGP:641 - 88 points.

  3. Collegiate scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Great value proposition here. If you are looking for something that delivers lots of sherry balanced with age and complexity, this is a very good option. Definitely punches above the abv. Hope to explore more of these North Star bottlings in the future.

  4. erwinnlim scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    An interesting dram and for its age quite good value. I just feel it is lacking slightly due to the ABV loss over the years. Value (£75) : 6/10
    • Nose
      Initial burst of red fruits with Morello cherries, prunes and boozy rum raisins. A crisp green apple and some rhubarb. Dark caramel but not overly sweet. Hazelnuts. Herbal notes of thyme and aniseed as well along with a ton of cinnamon and nutmeg along with ginger and oak spice. Aromas of old leather and tobacco leaves with some dustiness as well.
    • Taste
      Decent mouthfeel with a strong initial wave of flavours. Some orange marmalade and bitter dark chocolate. Gets sweeter with more brown sugar throughout the development. More of the baking spices appear along with some liquorice notes. More drying tobacco and leather here as well. Some earl grey tea. It gets more tannin heavy over the development which could be the effect of time in the casks. More oak influence than sherry influence here on the palate. Absolutely no alcohol burn.
    • Finish
      The finish medium in length and quite dry. More oak spice and ginger heat. Dark cocoa and citrus oils. Some toffee sweetness returns and an amaretto-like note as well. Cooling liquorice mint.

  5. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    In store sample.

    Easy drinking and clean sherry. Drier sherry as opposed to sticky sweet. I find it a little thin and superficial, but you can’t argue with the price.

  6. Ostap scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Festival tasting format (06.06.2021):
    Honey, silky.

  7. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


  8. KjellRolandson scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      70 70
    • Finish
      76 76

  9. Bomshanka scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    6th installment of the NSS Vega series, which apparently is 22 year old speyside whisky, distilled in 1996. A blended malt.
    Reviewed along its newer and younger sibling, namely the NSS Vega 2000, 20 year old.
    A very pleasant bottle, reviewed about 6 months after opening, which has only improved the contents as memory serves. A bit pricy compared to the excellent newer 20 year old, but still at relative bargain at 85£ for 22 fine years in the cask, compared to alot of contemporary offerings.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Sweet soft ripe yellow fruit and honey. Underneath some dates and apricot, maybe dried. Old paint on dry wood on a hot summers day. Heather and beeswax. Soft and worn nappa leather and a bit of oak.
      With water, and only a drop : Left nostril says freshly brewed coffee. Right, a bit leather.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sweet honey, fudge, banana, ripe pear, kaki fruit, christmas cake. Something faintly mentholy appears along with some bitter oak.
      Water seems to let out a bit more citric oils and a tad more of the oak.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Drying on oak, spices and hay, and a bit of honey. Medium in length.

  10. JimJaws scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88


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