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Spica 1980 NSS - Limited Edition No. 3

Overall rating
89.61/100
votes
69
Category
Blend
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Cask Series 010
Vintage
1980
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
40 years old
Casktype
A Sherry Butt and a Bourbon Barrel
Number of bottles
877
Strength
44.8 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Jul 2020 2:52 pm by erwinnlim
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

£ 147.35

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283 × in collection

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

  1. yggr scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

    Blue shirts rate 92 points or higher immediately after adding several closed bottles to their collection? Grow up, people.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  2. GIngi scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    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!
    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  3. DramFan scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    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!

  4. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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
    • Finish
      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.

  5. WhiskyLover73 scored this whisky 96 points Member Senior

    40y old - gorgeous and pleasant malt! Not much to add here...

  6. Feierbiest did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    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.

  7. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      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.
    • Taste
      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.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium-long and spicy. But it is neither bitter nor too dry.

  8. mema82 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

  9. OlivierSegers scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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

  10. LDB scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very nice nose, the rest, however, clearly drops.
    • Nose
      90 90
      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!
    • Taste
      88 88
      Surprisingly not very sweet or oily, first fruit gums, then lots of mint, cardamom and a little camphor.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Quickly turns into bitter woody aromas, but definitely lags behind the nose and mouth.

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