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30 Aug 2013

Banff 1976 (Cadenhead)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Banff

The story goes that this cask of Banff 1976 was found by accident in the Cadenhead warehouses during a tour. Se non è vero, è ben trovato.

Banff distillery, founded in 1824, was closed down on 31 March 1983 and destroyed by a fire in 1991, so we’re happy casks still appear on the market, even though you can count the bottlings on one hand each year. Cadenhead had quite a few of these 1976s in the past.

 

Banff 1976 CadenheadBanff 36 yo 1976 (49,8%, Cadenhead Small Batch 2013, bourbon hogshead, 192 btl.)

Nose: surprisingly smooth and easy-going for a Banff (most of them have a few glitches here and there). Fruits like kumquats and kiwi (half sweet / half sour), apples and gooseberries. Vanilla powder. Plenty of wax and hay. Tiny metallic notes as well. Hints of mustard seeds and wet gravel. Some oak dust and leather. Old-style. Mouth: oily, rather zesty with nice fruity notes (passion fruits, bitter oranges) alongside sweet oak. Big peppery notes. Still hints of sweet mustard. Grows spicier. Some mint. A nice balance of sweetness, bitterness and herbalness. Finish: long, lemony. Quite dry.

A great Banff, holding the middle between its typical unsexiness and rounder, gentler notes. It takes you back to a different era. Too bad that kind of experience will set you back a lot of money. Around € 320.

Score: 90/100

Banff 1976 (Cadenhead) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-08-30
  • Teun

    around 320,- in Belgium? Found mine in germany around 270,-. Still a lot of money, but I really enjoy this Banff.

  • Rogier

    @disqus_ARoHkZAD8E:disqus Also in NL (whiskysite), so I guess it pays to shop in Germany. Unfortunately almost no German shop ships outside the country.

  • Michael

    RRP in the UK (higher taxes than Germany) was 180 £.
    I guess the importer had his share…

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