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Before the tasting notes, I must say that Banff whisky is very special and should be regarded as one of the best older whiskies out there from mothballed distilleries (ie, St Magdalene, Brora, Inverleven, Coleburn, etc). This independent bottling from Duncan Taylor is not only special, it is a delicious piece of whisky history!
Nose: Green apples, grassy, clean, intense oak (no doubt from the oak cask involvement of 35 years!) 23/25
Taste: Let it sit for a good while before tasting. Otherwise you will get nothing from this gem. The taste is exactly like the nose, which is impressive- and it's more. Initially, rich green apples, floral, soft- typical Speyside. However, within ten seconds of sipping, a very sharp, cask involved taste hits you intensely- lots of oak and stinging from the alcohol, white pepper. This one is very intriguing, and is undoubtedly cask strength. After awhile, rich, vegetal notes linger and keep the finish clean. 23/25
Finish: Clean. Need I say more? Very complex- lots of intrinsic quality and complexity to this relatively simple, yet old, Speysider. 22/25
Balance: Impressive- after 35 years this whisky has proven to be one of the best, and affordable, older whiskies on the market. The elegance of Speyside whisky and Banff, is present in this bottle. 23/25