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Banff one of those distilleries almost entirely scrapped from the Speyside annals, widely loved by those who got a taste, but so much more obscure than many other of her lost contemporaries. To put it simply: popular like a Port Ellen, beclouded like a Glenesk. Now that nature is slowly reclaiming the last few standing walls on site, it might be interesting to get yourself a bottle or sample to enjoy the last few drops.
Description: distilled in 1975, matured for 38 years in a Bourbon cask #13056 and bottled by Malts of Scotland at 43.7% ABV.
Nose: what on god’s green earth is this? An off-nose of antiquated cheap Eau de Cologne, rust and fermenting orange peel. But if given time to breath properly, it acquires much more depth: a pinch of Dijon mustard (classic Banff, according to the true connoisseurs), oak shavings, along herbal notes of fresh basil leaves and a menthol edge to complete the ensemble.
Mouth: very smooth, gentle and fresh. I would like to describe it as raspberry accompanied by tiny metallic notes, spiced up with wasabi and herbal liquor.
Finish: short but powerful. A mouth drying, dark and ashy taste, like a spicy porter aged in a whisky cask.
Verdict: some of these elder casks make you forget everything you think you know about whisky. A cathedral of a nose matched with an equally stunning palate. But this fresh new experience comes at a price, a bottle like this will easily set you back €500.