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Overall rating
89.69/100
votes
38
Whiskybase ID
WB198398
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Sansibar (Sb)
Bottling serie
White Label
Vintage
1971
Bottled
2021
Stated Age
50 years old
Casktype
Bourbon Cask
Number of bottles
344
Strength
40.4 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
deinwhisky.de
Added on
06 dec 2021 8:33 pm by McBeck
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 399.90

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38 × member ratings

60 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for North of Scotland 1971 Sb

10 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.69 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2021] I am not a great fan of grain whisky and if my memory serves me well I never rated one more than 90 points. But (very) old grain whiskies sometimes offer extremely interesting profiles (comparable to high-ester rum) which is why I keep trying them...

    ...and this methuselah 50-years old displays such a profile perfectly and (most probably) is the first 90+points grain in my book, mainly because of the superb nose which kicked the dram above the 90 points barrier.
    • Nose
      93 93
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers an interesting profile with tons of grainy esters and the typical glue-alike acetone notes. I like both as they indicate a complex dram, usually. There a dozens of different aromas to discover over time: from fruits to nuts, from waxes to honeys, from fresh-cut lawn to haystacks, from spices to oils, from... All is nicely balanced and without any flaw, provided you do not define the acetonic smell as an off-note (most connoisseurs enjoy it, as far as I know). Great stuff to sniff!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The taste is based on all these different flavours already encountered in the nose which march across my taste buds as if they celebrate a parade but unfortunately they all intermingle - so it is rather a Mardi Gras parade. Again there is no imbalance or flaw that I can detect but a lot of enjoyable moments pop-up and vanish as long as I chew this dram. Some drops of water release even more aromas in the nose without harming the taste but be careful not to add too much because the dram flattens quickly (no wonder at just 40.4% abv neat). Finally, I do not suggest to add water at all (except for curiosity).
    • Finish
      89 89
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and nicely coating with a minor drying-astringent impression from the tannins of the wood, but this is absolutely okay for a 50-years old dram and not distracting at all. The finish is of medium length and dries out on tannins towards the end, this time it is somewhat distracting - but hey, what to expect after 50 years in an oak cask?

  2. JoshNRW scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    I've always liked grains because they are a nice change and because they are older, they also offer quality on a regular basis.

    The viscosity here is amazing. It stands on the wall for a minute, before small drops crawl down in slow motion and form a picture.
    • Nose
      92 92
      I've baked a lot of Christmas cookies the last few days and that's why I immediately noticed this intense note of marzipan. Firm intensity, hazelnuts, almonds and a development into a premium hazelnut liqueur.
      Perfect balance and harmony. Very intense and still full.
      Only after 30 minutes does it open slowly and become more honeyed, even softer, but still very dense.
      Wax, creme brulee, whole grain bread, dates, simply super complex, a lot of development and intensity.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Also here very nutty, very soft, sweet development, much less powerful than the nose, but pure enjoyment. No missing marks or stitches. No bitterness.
      A slight tingling sensation after pickle biscuits with powdered sugar.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Perfectly harmonious finish, but not as long as a comparable malt.

  3. didi1893 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    A wonderful old grain! This 50-year-old North of Scotland pampers the nose with its wonderful fragrance, its unbelievably old character flatters the palate, the aftertaste is extraordinarily creamy and complex. This bottling shows again how delicious and wonderful old grain whiskey can be ...
    • Nose
      Creamy grain sweetness rises heavily, ground hazelnut kernels gently mix with dried vanilla pods, abrasion from old orange peel falls onto an old leather skin, dried wood shavings trickle down onto rasps of creamy milk chocolate. Hints of sweet raisins and apricots, a touch of dried ginger mixes with a delicate note of glue, here and there dried herbs flash. While the wonderful old grain notes caress my nose, my salivation is inexorably stimulated ...
    • Taste
      Dried leather and spicy wood tones envelop the tongue with zest of old oranges after the first sip, a few drops of furniture polish wet the palate, sweet raisins play with meadow herbs and stripped spices, the palate is once again pleasantly sharp and the saliva starts to flow again. Another sip flows gently and gently through the mouth, slightly bitter wooden elements show up with old citrus fruit on the palate, subtle spiciness sticks to the tongue, old vanilla trickles onto leather, a touch of dried tobacco leaves sticks under the tongue. Slightly resinous pine needles gradually herald the aftertaste ...
    • Finish
      Creamy wooden elements rest slightly tart and resinous on the palate, again hints of furniture polish and abrasion from old orange peel appear on the tongue, hazelnut splinters rest creamy under the tongue, dried meadow herbs refresh the palate again before the finish is creamy and greasy with a slightly bitter note ends.

  4. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    whiskynotes.be - 86 points

  5. Rallo scored this whisky 93 points Expert Junior

    Today I had this 50 year old, as a fan of old grain whiskey, for the first time in my glass. I like this North of Scotland a lot and it's kind of old and pure. 50 years of bourbon casks without the frills that are common today. This is what old, unadulterated whiskey tastes like.
    • Nose
      93 93
      Nose: very complex, nuts, coffee, sour fruits, baked apples. The heavy sweetness of a grain with an unbelievably subtle alcohol note.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Perfect whiskey for Christmas. The entire spectrum of the Christmas bakery with roasted nuts, spices and a nice syrupy creaminess.
    • Finish
      92 92
      Nice long finish, vanilla nut and oak.

      A really nice single grain.

  6. Will_iam scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      92 92

  7. Isabell scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Really okay for a grain. The nose in particular stands out positively. Nevertheless, this bottling is not a high-flyer.
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  9. daverdaz scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Very nice and balanced/balanced whisky!

  10. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    If you give it some time, this grain shows that it doesn't have to hide behind a single malt in any way, even if it has the typical grain aromas and bitterness. An appearance appropriate to the age, a delicious whisky.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Solvents, apples and pears, some spice, toasty aromas, cake batter, vanilla, grapes, orange peel, herbs and caramel candy
    • Taste
      88 88
      Soft and sweet, vanilla, light fruits, black tea, tobacco, subtle bitterness
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, salivating finish with herbs, peanuts, tobacco, solvent, pear, subtle pepper, pleasant bitterness and well-integrated alcohol

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