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Overall rating
87.79/100
votes
70
Whiskybase ID
WB171982
Category
Blended Malt
Bottler
North Star Spirits (NSS)
Bottling serie
Limited Edition No. 7
Vintage
06.2000
Bottled
10.2020
Stated Age
20 years old
Casktype
American and European Oak Sherry Casks
Number of bottles
600
Strength
43.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
11 dec 2020 8:55 pm by RoyC
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 66.21

29 × in wishlist

70 × member ratings

164 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Vega 2000 NSS

22 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.79 points

  1. Bomshanka scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    7th edition of the NSS Vega and if what is presumed about the Vega series is true, this is a 20 year old Speysider(s). Very full, round and intriguing and for the original retail price of 60£ frankly a steal.
    Compared to 6th release of Vega this feels somehow older despite being 2 years junior (20 vs 22 y.o).
    Reviewed from a bottle open for about a week.
    • Nose
      91 91
      First whiff is the sweet and sour of stewed plums, dates, dried figs. Then raisins, red ripe apples, heather honey, dried orange peel, christmas spices and even a whiff of lime zest. Deep dark and still fresh. Leather and wood polish, really dark chocolate.. and dried herring? Quite complex to my nostrils.
      1-2 drops of water brings more warm leather and cocoa powder.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Honey, butterscotch, sour fruit bonbons, mostly orange and cherries, moving into
      worn leather and wood polish, bitter sherry astringency, drying on rosemary and almost a little ashy.
      At 43.5% very much at its drinking strength already and does not need more than a drop or two of water, which brings the fruits a bit further out to the front of the stage.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Going on the ashes and orange candy moving forth and back and hitting some beach pebbles and cracked pepper along the way, medium long.

  2. Maltbehr64 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Whiskyfun: Colour: amber. Nose: a soft, leafy and rather gooey sherry profile. Feels joyfully sticky, like dark fruit loaf, stewed fruits and plum wine. Rather nicely old school and with these earthy notes topped with sweeter honeyed aspects. Mouth: superbly rich, leafy, old school sherry. What is this? More leftover blending juice from Edrington? We demand answers! Sweet raisins, tobacco leaf, mulchy earth, dark chocolate sauce, rancio and walnut oil. Rather devastatingly gluggable really. Finish: medium, with more raisiny, almost botrytic sweetness. More tobacco, chocolate, rancio and soft earthiness in the aftertaste. Comments: Hugely pleasurable stuff, old style sherried quaffing whisky, it just feels a tad light in the mouth. A few extra degrees of alcohol and we would likely be sat giggling in the lap of 90 points.
    SGP: 651 - 88 points. http://www.whiskyfun.com/

  3. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty blended malt, which with a little water gains significantly in fruity oiliness.
    (unfortunately my first review here was lost, and the bottle is gone now, so only a rough reconstruction from memory)
    • Nose
      Gummy bears made from red currant juice, fruit compote with cinnamon bark inside.
    • Taste
      Spicy sherry fruit, slightly oily at first, with a little H²O it becomes sweeter and more viscous.
    • Finish
      Gentle tannins. Harmonious and long finish.

  4. robbert88 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This whiskey really takes some time to open. The first drams after just opening the bottle are downright disappointing.
    Soggy and watery.
    As the whiskey is in the bottle for a week after opening, it gets better.

    My advice:
    Drink 2 drams. Put him back in the closet. And open it again after 2 to 3 weeks. And then really taste it.
    • Nose
      dried figs, red apples. raisins. Oranges, honey, cocoa, marmalade, dried peach, cigar boxes
    • Taste
      orange, leather, cigar boxes, old sherry, dry, farm boys, plums, small pepper.
    • Finish
      medium long. With the flavors of tobacco. Old wood. Raisins, chocolate. Real old-fashioned style sherry. figs.

  5. grinface scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A very solid sherry-heavy blend, which is also fairly priced. Taste and finish are not for the usual "najaw" who like to reach for dark sherry monsters.

    Full review, alongside six other blends: https://keinehalbendrinks.de/2022/01/20/blends-in-nicely-2/

  6. rvdoorn scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  7. MLE scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. peterr scored this whisky 88 points Member Junior

    Much better after revisiting some months after first opened. Can't help but it reminds me of some Glenfiddich I've tried in the past. Might be way off with this one of course.

  9. Willum scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

  10. andrii_nahornyi scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    88.5
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  11. Simo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  12. BlueFire scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Solid. Floral, balanced, light, elegant, more subtle old school pleasant sherry notes and a nice finish. Can't complain, perfectly fine whisky and good value.

  13. Whiskylifestyle scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Quite some oranges at first. Which is quickly followed by stewed dark fruit, such as blueberries and blackberries. Fresh plums. Dried figs and raisins. A big chunk of dark chocolate and some honey too. But then there’s also a freshness from gooseberries.
    • Taste
      Quite some dark chocolate here as well. Plums and oranges. Raisins. Tobacco leaves. A hint of Balsamic oil. Hazelnuts and crushed black peppercorns in the background.
    • Finish
      Mid-long with dark chocolate and oranges. Dried figs too.

  14. Mortar1703 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  15. JacobaEd scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

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

  16. WSP scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Pleasant whiskey with a nice balance and suitable drinking strength.
    - After about 6 weeks, it got significantly better in the nose and also on the palate - nice development.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  17. kot1803 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

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

  18. DramTimeDE scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  19. ThorstenH scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    It's really tasty, but somehow also uninteresting.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      90 90

  20. SRB scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Fine, but nothing special. A few% more would certainly have worked wonders here.

    Edit: A few weeks later and with a lot of air the whiskey opened again well and has become more complex on the nose and fruity on the palate ... one more point each, I like it much better now.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      89 89

  21. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  22. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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