Overall rating
Single Malt
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Rare Old
Stated Age
49 years old
Number of bottles
45.2 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
28/01/15 AE/JACF
Added on
18 Jun 2015 1:41 pm by cavalier66

Average value

€ 2005.77

27 × in wishlist

49 × member ratings

53 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Banff 1966 GM

5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.67 points

  1. ColdAesthetics scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Exciting stuff with partly quite own notes.
    • Nose
      Opens nicely with time, coconut cream, butter, apricot, honeydew melon, lots of yellow fruit, banana jellies, light maple syrup, macadamia nuts, white chocolate, suede, lychee, sea buckthorn, chamomile tea, hay
    • Taste
      More acidic than expected from the nose and the age, for the age also much punch for only 45%, fresh apple, lychee, resin, leather, honeydew melon, peach, papaya, chamomile tea, fennel, oak, old wooden table, hay, is still kräutriger with time, with basil, sage, apricot and sweet grasses
    • Finish
      Medium length, apricot, sweet grass, banana chips, malt, hops

  2. Blake or Mortimer? scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    I'm a big fan of this one, less so of the price tag. Understandable though, as we're talking about a rare Whisky with close to half a century of ageing.

    Sweet, waxy and citrusy first. Some black pepper undeniably, 49 years of ageing within a cask leaves its traces. 

    Then going a little down, and coming up again with very creamy notes, lemon still present. Nice, smooth and long.

  3. RichardMayston scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Banf, I love its history...
    Scotland’s most onomatopoeic distillery. Its entire history was littered with times when it went ‘banff!” and erupted into flames.
    Opened in 1824.
    In 1877, the distillery buildings were destroyed in a blaze.
    Then on the night of 16 August 1941, the distillery was strafed and bombed by the Luftwaffe. A warehouse exploded, sending casks flying into the air and a river of whisky flooding out over the fields and into the river. There was considerable devastation and tales of drunken cows that were incapable of being milked the next day.
    October 1959 when during the silent season there was an explosion in the still house which destroyed the spirit still and much of the distillery – amazingly no-one was hurt.
    Banf ran until 1983 when the distillery buildings and warehouses began to be demolished. Just before the final warehouse was due to be knocked down, it caught on fire. It seems like the most appropriate manner for Scotland’s unluckiest distillery to leave the scene.

    Charateristc slight smoky tinge underneath perfumed notes, a distinct apple note and the light oiliness.

    The nose was underwhelming and the palate initially sulphurous in the nature of Worm Tubs and direct firing.
    The build up, the mouth journey and the prolonged finish were simply amazing. The only other whisky I can recall to achieve such a show was a memorable Cadenhead Tullibardine 21yo.
    Excellent stuff, but maybe not for everyone.

  4. WhiskyAgent did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    woody. Not strange for its age, but disappointing for its price

  5. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur


    N: Only my fourth Banff, so... Overall a grainy/woody, dry fruity, savoury-sweet number accompanied by yeasty vanilla, a few small mushrooms, a pinch of miso, cake decorating candy pieces and foosty glue. Not overly complex.
    T: Without losing all its richness nor certainly its vitality, it's plenty woody & drying [understandably], and becoming malty. Add water for a far more thrilling mouthfeel & development, one that swells and blossoms around the palate. Establishes itself as a malty, fruity and woody number, a touch oily-dry.
    F: Rather like a very decent old grain whisky with a long sustained woody vanilla finish.
    C: Not much wrong with this given its age, though you may want to sample this old timer at a whisky show rather than committing to a full bottle - given the price.Scores a B[+]


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