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Whisky Reviews for Spica 1980 NSS - Limited Edition No. 3
16 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.61 points
- Blue shirts rate 92 points or higher immediately after adding several closed bottles to their collection? Grow up, people.
- Lots of grain but also nicely integrated sherry and a fine nose. Surprisingly fruity in the finish. Overall, the whiskey is fun and most importantly, it has a very fair price!
- This is totally fine for what it is: A well-aged Malt/Grain blend (I'd say Highland) with a decent amount of sherry influence. Very quaffable and rounded. Great barrel selection by Iain and his team. It's not overly complex, and I believe at its price-level it doesn't claim to be. It feels a bit higher than 44.8 ABV, but careful: it doesn't take water too well!
It has a nice depth; Vanilla; Citrus; fresh herbs; very sublime sweetness (honey with vanilla; caramel, syrup) in the background is a strong wood flavor; fine nuances of cardamom and nutmeg; dried fig and raisin; very fruity; light fruit; briefly had a clear apple, but now somehow doesn't come out like that.
strong flavor; Leather; light fruit; Pineapple; Passion fruit, lychee (definitely tropical fruits) apricots and peaches; Tobacco; sour lemon.
I didn't expect the taste from the nose. Not that sweet at all and much more fruity than expected. A touch of sulfur; the lemon always comes through nice and sour, just wonderful
getting drier; again light fruit with lychee, apricots and peaches; again the lemon; damp tobacco leaves and leather keep coming back. Always nice seasoning and everything wonderfully combined.
- 40y old - gorgeous and pleasant malt! Not much to add here...
- well is it a superb whisky? I do not know but bringing a 40y old blend on the market in 2020 which costs 150-180€ is really remarkable and deserves applause.
I am waiting for my bottle and will post my notes as soon as it is with me.
- Short note from the first impression immediately after opening and pouring.
All in all a mild, elegant and rather reserved representative. But also dangerous to drink! The first glass was clearly empty too quickly. :-)
I think it can pass a lot of time and air to develop even more.
It smells younger and sweeter than I expected. The Gräin tones are clearly there, but very pleasant for me. Lots of grain, a bit waxy and a hint of light sherry.
On the tongue it feels much more than 45%. The long ripening time with a lot of oak flavor can now be seen here. Less sweet than the nose, but more fruity.
The finish is medium-long and spicy. But it is neither bitter nor too dry.
- Very nice nose, the rest, however, clearly drops.
Wonderfully waxy and soft, a bit like oily old Bunnahabhain from a sherry barrel. A little mint, clay and crayons.
Freshly unpacked cigarette tobacco, a few notes of glue and later more and more spicy sweetness - that pleases!
Surprisingly not very sweet or oily, first fruit gums, then lots of mint, cardamom and a little camphor.
Quickly turns into bitter woody aromas, but definitely lags behind the nose and mouth.