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Overall rating
86.00/100
votes
6
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail (GM)
Bottling serie
Connoisseurs Choice - Miniature
Vintage
1974
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
50 ml
Label
Brown Label
Added on
10 May 2016 11:29 am by André

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Whisky Reviews for Banff 1974 GM

2 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.00 points

  1. Rom scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    The nose is fresh and well marked by the hazelnut, a small metallic point is reminiscent of OBE, there is also a smell of old cellar, but light. A few drops of water direct it towards a more earthy feeling and reveal nuts. With the aeration of the fruits appear, in the form of plums with brandy and grapes then peach, apricot, honey and wax.
    The attack is quite lively despite the 40%, the texture a little dusty and the aromatic profile dominated by caramel. We find the subtle note of metal in the middle of the mouth. After a long aeration the profile becomes much more fruity.
    Unexpectedly the finish is quite long, on caramel and dried fruit.
    Nothing exceptional in the absolute, tastefully speaking, but a dram easy to drink and pleasant from start to finish. Well done.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    N: Only my second Banff, both from 1974. The first was G&M’s old map version WB. One can detect the wort straight away with a grassy, buttery, iced vanilla~sponge body. Once again, today’s new 46% [abv] is the old 40% - as has been the pattern of late [but oh how detrimental it can be for the old old ones]. Did i say buttery? - lets say a tad more oily with a little peaty farmyard edge,…. a lightly peated, full-bodied, savoury=sweet [Eastern] highlander if you will. Flawless so far.
    T: All about the distillate this one, barley spirit handsomely matured in congenial, non-confrontational casks - that is to say casks that have played the role of softening, rounding and fully promoting the virtues of the spirit without encroaching. One i’m sure Serge would approve of, as do i.
    F: More of that light peat at the end as well as the continuation of the barley spirit and sweet bourbon oak.
    C: Very transparent whisky. Thumbs up. A style sadly absent for some years,.. decades even!

    Scores a B

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