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Banff 1974 Sa

Overall rating
90.52/100
votes
33
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Samaroli (Sa)
Bottling serie
35th Anniversary
Vintage
1974
Bottled
2003
Casktype
Sherry Wood
Casknumber
2052
Number of bottles
360
Strength
45.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
03 Aug 2008 10:03 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 627,70

33 × member ratings

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Expert Senior bestofwhiskies.com
93
Expert Senior WFarchive
92
Expert Junior ricercatore
92
Member Senior Pentlandhill
92
Connoisseur hs305
92
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92
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91
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91
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91
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91
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91
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91
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88
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Whisky Reviews for Banff 1974 Sa

9 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.52 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  Good old Silviano (R.I.P.) usually bottled great stuff because he maintained excellent relations to the scotch whisky industry not just in good times but during difficult times (like the eighties) too.  This is what a lot of young managers underestimate today (not just in the whisky industry):  You will meet all the people again that you treated badly during your way to the top once your fortunes fade someday...

    The colour is pale gold and the texture shows just a fat sticky ring at the top of the glass with very late tears and slow legs.  The nose is very rich and complex on autumn floral and green fruits aromas within a barley sugary sweet and spicy wooden framework.  Nicely balanced and impressive to explore but somewhat unique, too.  Certainly not a dram for rookies.  The initial mouthfeel is creamy, warming and immediately coating, really excellent!  The taste is layered on a lot of different flavours, that is what I call a great complexity.  And all in perfect harmony with no flaws that I can find.  The finish is long, adds some delicious chocolatey and kippery flavours (really!) and is a little drying on bitter tannins but not in an unpleasant way.  Some water opens the nose even further and smoothes down the taste but I like the power of the neat dram better.  Be careful not to add too much water as the dram flattens quickly.

    This is a wonderful old style and somewhat unique whisky that is not produced anymore since decades, unfortunately.  It would be great if one of the newly build distilleries goes for such a style but I doubt that anyone still knows how this can be produced.  So we have to savour these old drams as long as they are still available...
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      91 91

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 89 points Specialist

    • Nose
      88 88
      Barbecued - slightly burnt - meat. Sparks from a toy race track. Flintstone. Later honey, furniture polish and vanilla.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Creamy vanilla, beeswax, peanut butter and leather.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Honey, cashew, almond, leather and chestnut.

  3. wncvirus scored this whisky 91 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: sweetness, yeast cake, delicacies, milk fragrance
    Taste: from the first groove, milk notes, milk notes, yeast dough. A very subtle complex and slightly hidden taste.
    Rating: 91 | 100 Pretty long cookie. Difficult whisky in rating. You had to be very focused to catch all the notes that were quite hidden.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    I really like this whisky, definitely a style not around anymore, such a shame :(
    • Nose
      Seems to have some power for only 45%, there are not many whisky that nose like this but one that is similar is the 1970 Millburn 1970 Samaroli.

      It is all on hay, cereals, wet grass with peat and brine thrown in.

      Some stewed white fruits emerge with warm fresh pastries.
    • Taste
      This has a certain charm to it, slightly rough, slightly sweet, hints of chocolate, wafer, and the peat is coming through and it is definitely like  a coastal peat that you get in some old Clynelish.

      There is some cream sponge in the mix and also some dryness.
    • Finish
      Decent length with peat & cream on the finish.

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

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

  7. Liquid_Gold scored this whisky 90 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. joho did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/22880/lot/182/ 

  9. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Very nice dram!
    • Nose
      fruity, lemon, vanilla, honey, barley, hints of beeswax.
    • Taste
      fruity, vanilla, honey, lemon and beeswax. Very balanced taste.
    • Finish
      medium length, fruity, sweet notes, honey, hints of beeswax.

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