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10 Dec 2008

Banff 1980 25yo (DTRoR cask #2908)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Banff

Banff 1980 Duncan TaylorExcept for the Banff 21y 1982 (Rare Malts), Banff never released an original expression. We should be thankful that several casks have found their way to independent bottlers (G&M, Douglas Laing…).


Banff 25y 1980 (56,5%, DT Rarest of the Rare 2006, cask #2908)

Apricot and frangipane on the nose. Cake, vanilla and grapefruit as well. Quite perfumy actually. Mouth: a bit too alcoholic for my taste. Spicy with citrus notes, wood and delicate smoke. Creamy but not very complex. The finish contains both sweet and bitter components (orangettes, honey, grapefruit). A bit of wax here as well.

Wonderful, round nose, but the palate can’t convince me, especially because the alcohol is rather dominant. There’s better Banff to be found for € 160.

84/100.

Banff 1980 25yo (DTRoR cask #2908) 3 Ruben Luyten 2008-12-10

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  • Tony: Well the 1401 batch 8 could be found easily in most places for £200 - indeed I got one for £180 with a discount. The £225 price was a bit high and
  • WhiskyNotes: Don't just look at the UK - it's not always representative for the rest of the world. The last 1401 for Europe was batch 8. I bought that one for €
  • Sam: Nicely written notes, not rated this myself yet. Just to confirm, it's nowhere near a 40% price rise though. The last 1401 released in the UK was at

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