Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Grain
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Rare Reserve - Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
51 years old
Refill Butt
Number of bottles
55.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
07 may 2016 9:33 am by mds51
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 1799.00

18 × in wishlist

35 × member ratings

44 × in collection

Whisky reviews for North British 1959 SV

6 users have left 6 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 90.64 points.

  1. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Others have eloquently described specific notes far better than I can, so I wont go into much detail.

    The nose is distinctly waxy with some sharp citrus sweetness, along with a pinch of sour fruit, and a handful of old oak and spice.

    These notes continue onto the palate, with the sweet and sour fruit notes coming into the forefront, followed by lovely spicy old oak. Everything is well balanced and full-bodied.

    The finish brings a strong waxiness and spiciness, along with more sweet citrus - orange, lemon. Not quite tropical, but fresh, with spice and sourness.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  2. Squinugie scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. hans1971 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  4. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    He is delicious. That's how Grain likes to taste. He was once subtly 20 years older than me and burned 28 years before my birth. Always impressive. So one thing I know now. Old Grains are probably worth a temptation. And because I'm in such a good mood today, I'll pour in the rest of the sample now.
    Yes, life can sometimes be quite nice
    • Nose
      I give it a few minutes, because some glue is coming. After that this note is gone. It comes orange blossom honey. Then it gets really fruity. Apricot jam. Physalis. Even tropical fruits come through. Pineapple. Lychee. Coconut. The oak brings a nice spicy counterpoint.
    • Taste
      In the mouth, the oak tree is in charge now. That comes unexpectedly. Not so exuberant fruitiness, as in the nose. Dry sawdust. Tree bark. Furniture polish. Then it tingles. Ginger. But now comes also fruit. Tangerine. Quince. Again some sharpness comes through.
    • Finish
      Pleasant sharpness. A bit of alliment. A little fruit. The oak makes it dry.

      For the sheer euphoria, forget about adding some water. That makes his mouth creamier and more fruity.

  5. KayMeertens scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    91/92. I bet anyone who dislikes grains has never tasted this one.
    • Nose
      Caramel, blood orange, vanilla, gold kiwi, galia melon and a still fresh and slightly spicy oakiness. Perhaps even a perfumy whiff.
    • Taste
      Blood orange, caramel, vanilla, apricot and spice. Superb balance of sweetness, spiciness (still not overaged though) and that slightly sourish fruity note. Water adds a waxy touch, which I like a lot.
    • Finish
      Not typically grainish at all. Cocoa, toffee and cherry.

  6. didi1893 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    What a powerful and multi-layered whiskey! The old age gives this North British a very special touch. The dried fruit flavors and the spicy, old wood elements in my opinion, the age is particularly noticeable. The extremely fruity and sweet nose in combination with the intensive spice mixture gives this whiskey a special and unmistakable touch. A great part, I am thrilled!
    • Nose
      Immediately after pouring and panning, tough and oily streaks have formed on the glass wall. Even from a distance, a sweet, fruity and slightly sprightly aroma is perceptible. With the first nosing the fruitiness and sweetness of the North British literally explode in the nose, overripe fruits powerfully exude their wonderful aroma. Sweet bananas and old, but very fruity orange mix together to a fruit dream. Dark caramel and sweet vanilla pods are added, subtle roasted flavors are covered with fruity coconut flakes. The caramel liquefies slowly and blends with creamy mixed chocolate to sweet toffee. The coconut flavor is noticeably more intense, a subtle spicy note is distributed between the sweet coconut flavor which is now more towards the rum. During the nosing I look at the oily drops which run back into the glass in slow motion. Until now, everything is right with this great malt, let's see what the first sip shows me ...
    • Taste
      A spicy wood note dominates the first impression. Old and dried fruits flow velvety over the tongue, slowly setting in a wooden sharpness. The wood sharpness is significantly more intense and slowly turns into salty and peppery pungency with a subtle hint of sulfur. The second sip looks fruity and more mature, an intense spice mixture rises from the recurring sharpness. Slowly, the fruit notes become sour and tart, old wooden elements rest in the mouth while slowly a wooden sharpness climbs up the palate and spreads its extremely old woody aroma there. Cereal notes flash here and there, old and dried fruits alternate with the intense spicy notes. Powerful and warming, the taste goes slowly into the finish.
    • Finish
      Warming begins the departure. The indefinable spice note has spread in the meantime in the entire palate and now dominates the finish. Again and again come old wood tones and dried fruit notes to advantage. Powerfully, the finish exudes its chubby warmth while the intense wood and spice aromas give the impression that they never want to die away. After a perceived eternity, the tasty flavors then come off and an old walnut note emerges.


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