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Whisky Reviews for North British 2000 MoS
23 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.48 points
- Nose: strong alcohol (neutral alcohol), nut and raisin mixture, coffee, whole milk chocolate, bitter green garden herbs, lemon cleaner (very strange - you might think to have something homemade in your glass that was stored in an intense sherry cask) Taste: strong but creamy sherry, would say a typical young sherry bomb (like El Maximo or As We Get It) but then comes intense oak, strong wood and polish, lemon drops, herbal lemonade and soft fruits. The finish is then again determined by this funny alcohol, coffee, orange peel and dry sherry. (typical superficial sherry ripening you might think but then comes huge oak but again this funny alcohol note)
Interesting and delicious in its own way. But not what makes me excited or nervous.
Grain whisky in a sherry cask… it does not happen often. But if it works – as it does in this bottling – it can give you a fantastic whisky. The German Malts of Scotland released this North British 2000 at the end of 2015. Judging by the color, it slept on a fairly active cask.
It should not come as a surprise that the first whiff is rife with glue or even nail polish remover, but that evaporates quickly to make room for very fruity notes from all kinds of berries, cherries and chocolate. It is fairly spicy on cloves and some cinnamon. This is a very layered and beautiful nose!
The arrival is very powerful and peppery. Cinnamon again. But then a big fruitiness kicks in. Cherries, raspberries and blueberries return, but also a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Burnt caramel appears. Again very layered, but surprisingly quaffable, despite the ABV.
The finish is the perfect continuation of the palate, but very dry at the death.
Wow, what a beautiful, layered North British! Recommended. Who said grain whisky is inferior to malt? Try this one and learn the truth!
- Pretty good, but lacks a bit of balance to warrant a higher score.
Plenty of glue at first, but after 45 minutes of waiting this baby is ready to be devoured. Still a light layer of glue/nail polish remover, but no longer overpowering. The sherry influence is very obvious, with a concentrated cherry aroma, as well as sultanas. Slightly herbal too, mostly thyme. A hint of struck matches in the background.
More cherry, some toffee, rum raisins and even a hint of cappuccino, but also very dark caramel, on the edge of being burnt. Some dark chocolate, as well as a pinch of pepper, and some cloves. An annoying sour note somewhere in the back. Slightly dry and dangerously drinkable, even at almost 60 percent.
Medium in length with caramel, cranberries and cherries.
- Tasty grain, but smell, initial taste, body and finish go up and down a bit. All in all a very pleasant and warming dram.
- Tasty grain, but a bit changeable in his experience. Smell is (again) delicious, initial taste less, but body itself is very tasteful and warming. The finish then stays behind a bit.
In the beginning strong glue and nail polish remover smell. After a while this becomes less, other smells emerge: Fruity, citrus. Alcohol quite strong in the foreground. Somewhat later it takes sweetly, honey, caramel, vanilla.
In the first instance it does not seem that much to do, but letting it ring in the mouth is something that comes loose. Warm, full, fruity. The more (hand) warmed up, the sweeter he gets: Toffee, chocolate. Wood tones are quite emphatically present. And in the end the sweets sweetness comes forward! Gumballs, that idea.
Medium, slightly peppery, slightly bitter, wood tones. A warm feeling.
- Delicious whiskey. Nice full of flavor. The sweet taste despite the high ABV very nice to drink. A topper for me!
Clear sherry, sweet, citrus, orange. The glue is far away. Also some caramel. After half an hour the glue comes all the way forward and the sherry is pushed to the background.
Sweet, caramel, vanilla and a hint of citrus. Despite the high ABV very soft. Very full and creamy.
Long. The glue will stick nicely on your tongue.
- Nose: Full sherry nose. Bourbon air, so not the barrel influence but the bourbon as whiskey. There is a 'dirty' edge, like in mud. After 15 minutes a bit of acidity and the whole thing starts to get a bit of Campbelltown like cracks (Glen Scotia).
Taste: Phoehé, who must have water. With water: A lot of sherry, still some ginger and pepper. In addition, a citrus note. After an hour it becomes a kind of Glenrothes (sulfur an old bread crusts).
Body: Full, fat and oily
Finish: Long. Sherry is here what the clock strikes. The slightly savory side (oloroso). After an hour the glenrothes aftertaste comes back.
84 points. This remains a bit sharp and develops in a way that I find the wrong way.