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29 Aug 2012

North British 1962 (Archives)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Grain

Two years ago we saw a North British 1962 bottled by The Whisky Agency. The one we’re trying today is probably a related cask. It has just passed the respectful 50 years mark and it’s available in the Archives series.

 

North British 1962 ArchivesNorth British 50 yo 1962 (45,2%, Archives 2012, hogshead #29, 168 btl.)

Nose: not the usual coconut / vanilla combination. Surprisingly dry, with some earthy wood tones and a bourbonny hint of maple syrup and sultanas. Melon. A few hints of women’s powder too, quite nice. Then some leather and tobacco. Cardamom, cinnamon and mint. An interesting crossover of different genres of whisky. Mouth: smooth and not exactly punchy. Corn, grassy notes, mint, green wood… close to grain whisky but close to bourbon whiskey as well. Some vegetal notes and a hint of sweet tobacco, fading towards liquorice, nutmeg and herbs. A soft banana / dried coconut touch in the background. Finish: not too long, half sweet, half dry, with some darkened sugar and dry oaky note.

This North British 1962 is extremely old but you never get the excessive woodiness that usually goes with it. It’s a nicely delicate dram that plays around with different elements and different styles. Relatively affordable too. Around € 150.

Score: 90/100

North British 1962 (Archives) 4 Ruben Luyten 2012-08-29
  • Bert B.

    Hi Ruben,
    I also like this one a lot. Please define “women’s powder” ;-) ???
    Cheers,
    B. !!!

  • WhiskyNotes

    You know, the kind of brown make-up powder (“fond de teint” is it?). It lightly reminded me of Nivea cream as well.

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  • WhiskyNotes: You're right, it is a refill bourbon cask. Sorry if I suggested otherwise, but I believe a single cask can never be 80% sherry and 20% bourbon like th
  • Tabrulavubeg: I've tried the 18yo Single Cask yesterday. It's really quite good, but from Ruben's conclusion "an exquisite version of this already really good dram"
  • Johan Andersson: Yes this cask is really fantastic. If you did the Cadenhead Warehouse tasting with Grant MacPherson in Campbeltown 2013 and until Open Day in May 2014

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