Banff 1976 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Stated Age
23 years old
Oak Cask
Number of bottles
55.5 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
22 mar 2010 10:07 pm
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 595.00

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Whisky reviews for Banff 1976 SV

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.11 points.

  1. SimonOHA scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Really complex, introverted and atypical. So seductive.
    • Nose
      Very complex nose: wax and vanilla cream. Mirabelle-type yellow fruits. Infusion of dry herbs. Lots of spices including pepper, ginger, cloves, nutmeg… Honey juice with apple. Some citrus peel.
    • Taste
      Rather atypical mouth, very fruity on the citrus fruits on a grapefruit/mandarin mixture. Wax cream with dust. Mustard juice!
    • Finish
      The mustard turns during the finish into a long cereal bitterness with some brewer's yeast. A few very ripe yellow fruits burst here and there. Very light and fine wood smoke in the distance.

  2. blacknapkins scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    5cl sample tasted over two evenings
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Thoughts: For sure, this got better with time. A small sample from a good friend (only a good friend would share these old gems). It started out very clean, metallic, spirit driven (not a bad thing) and became very honeyed, fruity, floral as well. Really big change, especially on the nose and finish - the palate was always fantastic. I’ve had good success with Banff so far, but it’s going to be harder and harder to try them. Which makes it all the more special when it happens. I did not add water to my sample.

    Coincidentally, I live close to Banff in Canada, which is derived from Banffshire, Scotland. The birthplace of two of the original directors of the Canadian Pacific Railway. That’s a good enough connection for me!
    • Nose
      89 89
      Nose: Distillate driven, metallic, floral, vanilla, green tea, petrol, parsley, mint, with a tiny bit of honey. After about 45 mins it becomes softer, more honeyed, waxy, fruity (peach, nectarines, melon), shortbread notes develop. Really nice development. (89)
    • Taste
      92 92
      Palate: White chocolate, it creates this same wonderful feeling like eating fudge, old style, a bit antique-y, lacquer, creamed honey, chili flakes, tea biscuits. With time - loses a little oomf, but that’s ok, still lovely. (92)
    • Finish
      88 88
      Finish: A little bitter, some honey carries over from the mouth, cacao nibs, drying, peanut skins, pepper. After some time - hemp. Actually this finish exactly reminds me of Cadenhead Banff 40 year old. So maybe that is a distillery characteristic, can’t say for sure because I’ve only had 3 Banff’s. (88)

  4. ARDBERG scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    2 cl sample - tastes like a classic refill bourbon hogshead maturation. Ripe yellow fruits (plums, apricots, peaches, quince) with just the right touch of wood.
    A style of dram that is so hard to find these days. Thank you, Banff and RIP!
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] Banff is another sad lost among the gone distilleries because it owned a very special and impressive profile that is not matched by any other still working distillery. I bought bottle no. 148 for 77 Euro in July, 2002.

    This dram is another good example of the unique Banff distillery profile. It offers a very complex and interesting combination of the Traditional Scotch old Highland style with some austere and rarely to find industrial aromas and flavours. Hey, this really reminds me of standing in an old Highland distillery building with rusted but still working machinery and walls not painted for decades...

    [January, 2022] I re-tasted this dram tonight and confirm my old review and score. Tonight I liked the taste a little better than the finish so maybe I would go for a 92-90 on these dimensions.
    • Nose
      89 89
      The colour is yellow gold and the nose offers a rich and delicate old style Highland profile with dozens of different aromas. Beside the traditional honey-waxy-fruity notes there are fine spring floral and grassy aromas as well as spices (mustard, horseradish, ginger) and hints of peat. Even some industrial notes like machine oil and concrete dust are in this mix (as if the distillery was just demolished, but this happened later). A very interesting and enjoyable nose - but certainly too austere for modern style lovers...
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is nicely layered with a sweet start (fruits and honeys) followed by a wave of hot and slightly bitter spices and herbs before fine oils sooth that. Next are again some bitter notes of green tea and cold metals followed by waxy-peaty impressions before the sweet fruits and honeys start a glorious comeback. Hey, what a great movie on my palate! But again I am not sure if this appeals to lovers of the modern "designed" malts... Water releases more fruits (bananas, over-ripe apples, pineapples and more) and oily aromas in the nose what is great and the taste gets much more spicy (peppers, chili, wasabi). I like to nose this dram somewhat reduced but prefer the neat taste (using two glasses).
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives a little hot and nicely coating on the palate with a minor drying metallic mouthfeel that is not distracting (rather enjoyable). The finish is long and adds more grassy-floral notes in a sweet cocky's joy - what a unique combo! I do not remember any other distillery ever replicated such a taste and finish. By the way, no distracting moment here either - just the minor drying-metallic feeling pops up towards the end again and still I like this.

  6. Black Widow did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 355,-€ at Whiskyauction 11/2015


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