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Overall rating
87.88/100
votes
18
Category
Single Grain
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & Company (G&C)
Bottling serie
The Pearls of Scotland
Vintage
12.1971
Bottled
04.2015
Number of bottles
256
Strength
43.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060371830458
Added on
28 Jul 2015 1:44 pm by Ras Mazunga
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1103,16

10 × in wishlist

18 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for North of Scotland 1971 G&C

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.88 points

  1. MaltMartin scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Again a nice North of Scotland 1971 from Gordon & Company. Not overly complex, but very enjoyable.
    • Nose
      The nose starts with glue, barley sugar and coconut. Vanilla and a little clover honey. Caramel. Later on more on nail polish remover. Some soapy notes. Sawdust at the background.
    • Taste
      Very creamy with lots of fruity sweetness of banana, peach and apricot. Custard powder. Notes of marzipan and bubblegum as well. Gentle oakiness of cedar wood. 
    • Finish
      Quite long. Cake mix and cinnamon. Roasted almonds. Nutmeg too.

  2. KayMeertens scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Glue,  citrus (like moist hand towels), orange, strawberry, raspberry and peach. Later 7-Up and gooseberry. With water some grapefruit.
    • Taste
      Orange, citrus, raspberry, candied cherry and glue.
    • Finish
      Raspberry, citrus, chestnut and caramel.

  3. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/06/06/bottle-polishing-old-new/

    North of Scotland grain - as rare as hens teeth? Not just yet, but soon!

    N: Theres some sharpness on opening that dissipates after a few days. Its replaced by a sweet fattiness and is abound with bourbon complexities. Creamy emulsion, Airfix paint, a dab of UHU, dried fruits, fruit sweets, bourbon vanilla & lime, woody dry ice-cream, a hint of tutti-fruity, fructose caramel, peach melba & strawberry yoghurt~milkshake, savoury-gluey-fruity-cream [im amalgamating flavours now], dried apricots, dried coconut shavings, maple syrup, nail varnish, rum with banana syrup, caramel, set honey, an old small pile of dry sawdust, dry woody dunnage fungal,… you get the picture.  Whatever comes next, the nose is sensational. Wonderful bourbon cask complexity.T: This bottle really needs lots of opening out. Theres a sharpness on the palate like on the nose but again that softens convincingly after the first few days. Arrives bitter-sweet followed by a thinnish soft-sweet-sharpness. The wood tannin is heavy but get the water level just right and it oozes more with fruity strawberry milkshake=candy, single cream, slight golden syrup=honey, malt-sugars, malt chocolate [Ovaltine], and more memorable woody-fructose-fattiness. Theres occasionally a slight tangy/funky metallic=plastic distillate note, often found in young [agricole] rum distillate - neither necessarily a good nor a bad thing, just the nature of things.
    F: The body increasingly thins and dries before a final flurry of woody, thick vanilla ice-cream, crystalised banana candy with slightly bitter-metallic, sour-ish cream and a flat-sharp woody freshness. The woody vanilla holds in there for another sustaining second wave. Properly dry now with more oaky-dry, vanilla-dunnage-fungal. As long a finish as one could expect from such an old grain.
    C: As this bottle was going down [about half way], it hit a sweet=spot when everything was 'cooking'. Either side of that it showed its age somewhat, or maybe I’m showing my age too! Though certainly not faultless, I enjoyed every moment of this bottle. Boy that nose, just let it breath - but not too much as it doesnt weather the elements too well, mainly on the palate.Scores a B[+]

  4. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    A very nice encounter. It's warm, fruity and spicy. Given it's price, of around EUR 200 (available at this price at the time of this note) it's a very good whisky.
    • Nose
      A nice distinctive profile of nailpolish remover, cinnamon, vanilla custard, sweet banana, peach, coconut, old leather and polished oak. 
    • Taste
      A tad thinner than expected, more bourbon like actually. It's honeyed, with plenty grain sugar, pop corn, apricot, old leather and cinnamon. 
    • Finish
      Long, spicy and creamy. Cinnamon, a pinch of pepper, vanilla custard, banana sherbet, almonds, apricot, and polished oak.

  5. Hare&Copper scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Nose was a lot more interesting than the taste. Single whiskybase sample.
    • Nose
      A little acetone. Sawdust and freshly sawn wood. Lots of vanilla. Red berries - raspberry, strawberry. Background floral base - especially roses - that nicely balances the wood. Some cocoa/dark chocolate.
    • Taste
      Pretty mellow. Vanilla and cocoa. Oak. Some orange peel. A litle thin compared to nose.
    • Finish
      Medium. Woody. A little menthol.

  6. fop scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    A rare treat for me to sip a whisky of this age. Typical grain, but nice! Good nose, good taste. Short finish.

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