Overall rating
86.67/100
votes
92
Whiskybase ID
WB140554
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 6
Vintage
11.1996
Bottled
07.2019
Stated Age
22 years old
Casktype
European and American Oak Barrels
Number of bottles
1205
Strength
43.9 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 oct 2019 5:10 pm by Donpistoni
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 110.34

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Whisky reviews for Vega 1996 NSS

25 users have left 25 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.67 points.

  1. erwinnlim scored this whisky 85 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) : 8/10
    • 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.

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  3. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  4. Teomarg scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  5. eselsim scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Jun 06.2020 Odessa Maltstock vol. 2

    21/22/21/21 84

    Lovely intense, nuty and chocolaty stuff

  6. Ostap scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Festival tasting format (06.06.2021):
    Honey, silky.

  7. olegborgol scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    22-22-21-22

  8. KjellRolandson scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

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

  9. 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.

  10. Bomshanka scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    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.

  11. JimJaws scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    great sherry malt, clearly on the spicy side, showing age. But could be a little stronger.
    • Nose
      At first cautious on the nose. That takes time. Nice sherry notes, sweet but not sticky, red fruits and above all spices, a slightly mineral note, some vanilla and a hint of root vegetables. Nice, quite complex sherry nose.
    • Taste
      Tart and slightly tart in the mouth, tobacco, wood, spices, pepper, in the mouth the whiskey shows its tart side. Fruit and sweetness are hardly present, but the mouth feel is nice with well adjusted alcohol
    • Finish
      The finish is also more on the peppery tart side, tobacco, wood smoke and only subtle fruit notes. Very spicy, if short, finish.

  13. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/11/05/good-spirits-company-ralfy-and-nns/

    Pronounced ‘Veega’ [by Iain], this blended malt is sherry-matured. Edrington [SW: ‘namely Glenrothes, Glenturret, Highland Park and Macallan, as well as being co-owner with Diageo of Edinburgh’s North British grain distillery‘] blended it, so it’s likely we won’t find out exactly what’s gone into it.

    N: With oily briny sweetish chocolate showing first, this is a nose that talks of refill sherry cask maturation, though, there’s also is a dunnage-y bourbon profile underlying. Overall, this is an ultra-congenial blend with a consolidated air, yet with plenty of abv to sustain its vitality.

    T: Like the nose, with age comes a desirable softness coupled with vibrancy. I find it desirably sweet with consolidated cask action that reminds me of whisky released around 10 years ago, when finishing wasn’t quite so deliberate or heavy-handed.

    F: With a relaxed and sustained form, I love the gentleness of this one. I might have expected some congealed oiliness at the death, but there’s none of it. Clean malt oils ring true to the last.

    C: This is right up my street. A whisky I could drink in quantity.

  14. ThorstenH scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    No annoying notes, and that's all there is to it. A little flat. Not relatively expensive for me.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  15. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. etwa77 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    nice flavours that I wish were stronger.. like when you listen to a good song on a low volume speaker and you try in vain to turn it up.. but I just could not find the remote.
    • Nose
      88 88
      herbs & spices.. basil, cinnamon, black pepper.. bitter oils and chocolate.. slightly salty.. blueberry pie
    • Taste
      87 87
      sweet.. dark sugar and rum, caramel and, yes, cough drops with maybe a tad too much liquorice..
      quite thick and strong, nice consistency with a decent alcohol kick
    • Finish
      87 87
      turkish delight & vanilla.. some oak spices linger on for a long time

  17. Kaleva scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Quite good blended malt, very balanced and round. No major flaws (some bitterness but this is a matter of taste). Can be a good daily dram but is quite pricey for that. Anyway, this is a pleasant whisky, which is worth at least tasting.
    • Nose
      Semi-sweet, dried fruits (raisins, prunes), nuts, caramel, some cardamom and cloves, sweet oranges, a hint of mint, light herbal and dusty notes
    • Taste
      Rather dry with some pepperness, tad bitter, plum jam, caramelized orange zest, herbal notes, soft oak comes later
    • Finish
      Medium-long, dry, nutty, slightly bitter, with leathery and woody notes

  18. Totoro scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    A competent sipping malt without any rough edges or surprises.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Fruity, fresh, acidic, plenty of grains and cereals, very lightly sherried, slightly boozy, with the oak playing hide-and-seek initially and only emerging after some time in the glass. Reminds me of light, fruity Highlanders like Tomatin, Balblair, and Blair Athol.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The palate comes across as more obviously "old" than the nose. Slightly dusty, noticeably woody / spicy, with lots of caramel and nuts (refill sherry character), honey, and soft, sweet fruit compote (apricot and a few wild berries). Nice enough, but not overly exciting.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Over-steeped tea, salted caramel, dark chocolate. Nicely balanced, and longer than expected, with the chocolate becoming more and more pronounced over time.

  19. Jackson05 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    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.

  20. Ivynor scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A good whiskey but in my opinion surprisingly valued, even by Serge Valentin. The whiskey is very marked by the barrel and the spices of the wood, with vegetal notes.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Pear skin, cinnamon, wood spices, some plum but light. The nose remains quite discreet. Dried cut herbs.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Slightly creamy on the palate, quite oaky, a little too vegetal. Traces of bitter dark chocolate, hazelnut, a little coffee. The keg seems to have been quite active.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium finish, woody, peppery, dry herbs.

  21. asmazda scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Reasonably good whisky and great value!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Mildly sweet like rum, nutty, some chocolate, some raisins, a lot of autumn leaves. Not super decadent but still very nice.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Dark honey, raisins, bitter coffee, pine needles, and greenish. Tastes worse than it noses. I think too much ask influence not in a good way.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, peppery, and more autumn leaves.

  22. rampah scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  23. 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.

  24. Casketje scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  25. markjedi1 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Amaro

    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).

  26. theograph scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Absolutely lovely one indeed! Not much sweet but there is dark chocolate, licorice and cold espresso. A really nice combination of aromas and taste! Go 4 it, it's worth the money!

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