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Overall rating
87.40/100
votes
7
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
Berrys'
Vintage
1973
Bottled
2012
Stated Age
38 years old
Casktype
Ex-Bourbon Barrel
Casknumber
14570
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
22 Nov 2012 3:48 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 154,95

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Whisky Reviews for North of Scotland 1973 BR

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.40 points

  1. molar3rd scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Nose: A lovely Vanilla and crème Brule. Some ripe banana on top. Key lime pie and sugar icing. A bit of sour balsamic and old wood furniture. really everything you can come to expect from an older single grain, maybe a bit more wood would be nicer.

    Palate: Delicious and sweet with a peppery bite up front. Then it gets creamier with lots of vanilla and crème Catalan. Banana bread and oak. Corn syrup and polish. Splendid.

    Finish: Sweet and spicy. Sugar icing and clove.

    This is a highly enjoyable older single grain, no big surprises here, classic stuff, sweet, creamy and showing its age quite nicely. I’d prefer a bit more of the old wood influence, then it would have been in 90’s territory.

    http://whiskyisrael.co.il/2015/01/14/berrys-own-north-of-scotland-1973-cask-14570-single-grain/

     

     

  2. rdavek scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    A good solid well aged grain.  The nose opens with a little solvent, typical of aged grains, but it is nicely balanced with a sweet fruitiness, some nuts and some marzipan.  The palate is sweet and oaky, finishing with a big spiciness and a nice hint of bitterness.  Overall a very tasty grain, but a little over priced IMHO.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    'A One-shot Cluster Bomb'

    N: Airfix paint or emulsion, sawdust, orange, nuts then the superior grain is evident, 2nd tasting - thick sherbet candycane, marzipan, freshly varnished pine, grass, ripe sherried mandarins. Later - Walnuts and pickled onions

    T: Spring lemon water, then grain sweetness followed by spice which lingers, 2nd tasting - initially water turning quickly into sweet hot spice then turning to molasses, & [bitter] calvados

    F: Lingering spice leads to sweet aged malt and sesame seeds. 2nd tasting - hot sweetness and calvados to the end. Short to medium finish.

    C: This is a one shot cluster bomb, BOOM - enjoy enjoy , then fade. Exquisite, tight and light like Perrier spring water.

    2nd tasting. Many months [8-9] after opening, the sweetness has given way to a calvados edge. The nose is still in tact but the light spring water has given way to a thick sweet spiced bitter calvados. Not necessarily better but i preferred it before. Hold on - after ten minutes, the light spring water returns.  As Ralfy says, 'if its been in the bottle a while, give it time to breath', especially an old timer like this.

    Scores an A-

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