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