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Overall rating
85.76/100
votes
36
Whiskybase ID
WB163549
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Vintage
02.09.1991
Bottled
03.06.2020
Stated Age
28 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry Butt
Casknumber
262075
Number of bottles
461
Strength
46.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5021944108275
Added on
11 aug 2020 11:15 am by maltaholic
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 122.48

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36 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for North British 1991 SV

11 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.76 points

  1. sagara-kun scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Good grain which has a bit of an ass between two chairs.
    Simple but delicious
    • Nose
      85 85
      Alcohol is immediately aggressive. Surprising for 46.2% cask gross.
      Vanilla, toffee, caramel, wood, milk chocolate, pepper.
      This is quite typical of a grain, while remaining stuck in a middle ground between the young and old.
    • Taste
      86 86
      In the mouth we start with a bit rough wood.
      Caramel, wood, liquorice, milk chocolate, pepper, cinnamon, vanilla. Light prunes, plums.
      It's simple and always a little alcoholic.
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long and smoother finish on caramel, vanilla, wood, prune.

  2. Hegu scored this whisky 77 points Expert Junior

    Sherryy single grain bottled by Signatory.
    • Nose
      Thick, tarry, tobacco box, toffee pudding.
    • Taste
      Waxy, reminiscent of rye whiskey, sweet and sherry makes this bitter.
    • Finish
      Coffee, chocolate, waxing continues until the end, soft sharp.

  3. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    For a dram that was incredibly cask-driven, this had loads of complexity. The refill sherry cask took center stage and, after nearly three decades, dominated the grains' influence. Just about every classic sherry note was present in this without any off marks. It was a bit sweet for my taste and a tad astringent, but I loved how it transitioned between different flavors and distinct impressions. What began as a journey through a bag of trail mix quickly became a tasting flight of holiday-flavored lattes.

    Mental Image: Holiday Lattes
    • Nose
      Dried fruit, baking spice, and chocolate. Waves of rich sherry crested with dried berries, figs, and cherries. Caramel notes of dulce de leche with sweet baking spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cocoa powder. Hints of freshly roasted coffee, sandalwood, and brown sugar. Chocolate notes built slowly and left the impression of a spice chocolate mole sauce.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied with notes of dried fruit, baking spice, and nuts. Tannic and drying throughout, it opened with notes of roasted nuts: cashews and almonds in particular, before dried fruits and chocolate lent the impression of a fancy trail mix. Baking spice and brown sugar led to notes of gingerbread with sugary icing. Sweet, creamy coffee beverages— holiday-themed lattes— came at the end with subtle oaky notes of coconut and vanilla. Leather and chocolate-covered cinnamon red hots lingered through the finish.
    • Finish
      Lingering cinnamon candies.

  4. MH90 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      85 85

  5. Ficelli scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  6. TheGlengooije scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Not bad, but not great either.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Milk chocolate, brandy and bread.
    • Taste
      87 87
      Milk chocolate, sweet coffee with a little milk. Light and creamy.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium long with a slightly bitter chicory taste. Black coffee with sugar.

  7. Fat Bastard! scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  8. GJR scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. Rien scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  10. whiskytornado scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  11. Thermidor scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    I was piqued by the cask choice and the color of this grain, but sadly let down by its boozy body. Perhaps another 10 years in this cask or some other would have been in order? Had I tried a sample first, I would not have bought a bottle.

    Edit: Seriously, this grain is not equal in quality to a good malt. You'll notice it getting better if you add just a little of just about any malt whisky. At €50 it would have been an interesting pick but at over €100 it's just not worth it.

    After 1/2 the bottle is gone, I feel the best thing you can do with this is to pour 10-20% of some clean ex-bourbon Caol Ila in every glass of it.
    • Nose
      Raisin booze. Really, lots and lots of raisins, a bit of chocolate, peanuts, acetone, and ethanol. With water, some chocolate wafers, and sadly, more acetone.
    • Taste
      Sweet and raisin-y, but thin. Some liquor filled chocolates, but the ethanol is too much for me. WIth water it's less boozy, but also less everything else. Drinkable, but barely pleasant. After over half the bottle is gone, this still has a lighter and more spirity composition than any malt in my cabinet, and I think I would have enjoyed two bottles of any entry level single malt like Bunnahabhain 12 or Glendronach 12 much more than this rather pricy bottle. IMO grains rarely are equal to malts and here is a case in point.
    • Finish
      Quiet, on chocolate raisins.

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