Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Archives (Arc)
Bottling serie
Fourth Release
Stated Age
50 years old
Number of bottles
45.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
15 Aug 2012 11:52 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 799.00

18 × in wishlist

58 × member ratings

66 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for North British 1962 Arc

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.37 points

  1. markjedi1 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is probably the best grain I have tried so far. So complex, so diverse. A little more punch would secure a spot in my 90+ booklet. Was only 150 EUR at the time. It is no surprise that it is now long gone. Thank you, Jos, for the generous sample.
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring this dram, the nose starts its seduction. Of course vanilla, coconut and even banana are present, but loads of other scents upholster this beautiful 50 Year Old. Melon, tobacco leaves and candid sugar. Baked apples. Forrest scents as well, as if you are walking through the woods during a mild shower with a caramelized apple in hand. Cozy around an open fire. And then suddently it becomes almost tropical, for crying out loud. Some mango, oranges and pineapple. This is one schizophrenic grain! But what a joy!
    • Taste
      It is very soft on the palate. It lacks a bit of punch. The fruit (with banana and pineapple in the lead) is nicely spiced with cardamom and mint, again some tobacco leaves and some wet moss. But those who are expecting a truckload of drying oak will be happily surprised. None of that! Wonderful, sweet and eminently quaffable.
    • Finish
      The finish is somewhat drying towards the death, but that is easily forgiven. Could have been a touch longer, though.

  2. Lafroy scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

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

  3. Titi94 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by the bottler:

    Nose: Rum and bananas followed by other fruits like melons. Then sultanas, vanilla, cinnamon, leather, wax and tea. The smell is delicious and concentrated the more time you give this whisky the more it shows itself. Mouth: A continuation of the smell. Ripe mangoes, bananas and fresh cake with some cinnamon and eucalyptus combined with bourbon sweetness. Finish: Rum and bourbon notes with eucalyptus lingering on. Comment: Fifty year old but not too old. This is whisky deserves a lot of time and you’ll be rewarded for that.

  4. checkpointuk scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur


    Color: old gold
    Nose: Amazingly fresh and sparkling on the nose with fresh sea salt, sherry, mango and citrus fruits as well as aromas of a rumbowle with soaked strawberries. In parallel, leather, wax polish, some tobacco, burnt earth, cayenne pepper, vanilla and brittle.
    Taste: Thin, but decent start for 45%. Sweet honeydew melons, pineapple and sugar in combination with a salty spice. The fruit flavors decrease towards the end of the taste and the long barrel storage becomes more noticeable.
    Finish: Medium-long - sweet and spicy throughout and with tart, dry notes.
    Note: Based on the rather subtle aroma yield, it is a respectable whiskey.
    89 points (nose: 91 / taste: 89 / finish: 88)

  5. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. KayMeertens scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Blind tasting of a sample. Though very rich and mature, there are some notes (especially the paint and mint) which put me off a bit. But please note that I am no grain drinker at all. Nice to have tasted a 50-year-old whisky anyway.
    • Nose
      Paint, peppermint, oak, blueberries, currants, mango, banana, caramel, leather and tobacco.
    • Taste
      Mint, ginger, fig, peach, blueberry, oak, caramel, cinnamon and leather.
    • Finish
      Dry with mint, vanilla, almonds and grapes.

  7. Titi94 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Tasting Notes by WhiskyFun.com (August 29, 2012):

    Colour: gold.

    Nose: quieter than the 1978 at first nosing, but seemingly more complex, with whiffs of menthol coming through right away, followed by some wax polish, ripe bananas (or rather banana wine, I’ve just tried some from Guadeloupe the other day, it was excellent), honeydew, cedar wood and old leather. After that very nice start, we get more earthy tones, a little humus, liquorice wood and unlit cigars, and lastly a little ham and white port before it goes back to menthol and liquorice. Oh, and roses. I think this baby’s rather more complex than most other very old grains that I could try, and certainly not overly woody.

    Mouth: totally in keeping with the nose, but with more oak, which is normal. As often with very old whiskies, the oakiness became kind of mentholated, while the bananas are now flambéed. There are also more other tropical fruits, mangos, tinned pineapples… At the spice department, a lot of cinnamon and a little aniseed that gives it a feeling of yellow Chartreuse. Verbena.

    Finish: not the longest but it’s clean and, amazingly, the oak remains quiet.

    Comments: I almost never mention prices but at +/-150€, it’s quite a steal. Other bottlers will sell you their 1962s at thrice that price.

    SGP:660 - 89 points.

  8. Willie JJ scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A classy old grain.
    • Nose
      Toffee and polish, like a classy bourbon. A light perfumed sweetness with lots of orange concentrate. Lovely. Banoffee pie with water.
    • Taste
      Strawberry and orange juicy fruit sweeties. Water brings demerara sugar. Delicious.
    • Finish
      Sweet and a little short. Longer with water, then sizzling spices and more polish.


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