15 Apr 2013
North British 1962 (Malts of Scotland)
Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Grain
The new batch of Malts of Scotland releases contains a Longmorn 1992, Auchentoshan 1991, Ardmore 1991 and this North British 1962. A 51 years old grain whisky!
North British 51 yo 1962 (41,5%, Malts of Scotland 2013, bourbon hogshead, MoS 13017, 85 btl.)
Nose: very soft notes of roasted malt, apple and hints of chocolates with coconut filling. Bounty, yes. Quite some hazelnuts. Leather and a general underlying idea of dryness. Really elegant. Mouth: very smooth and quite oily. Caramel and hazelnuts again. Sure it’s subtle, but no loud oak in any case. Lots of rummy notes (banana). Hints of orange liqueur, corn and soft spices, with hints of rye whisky. A little nougat. Finish: obviously not too long, slightly soft but nicely rounded and elegant.
It’s stunning how little woody notes there are in these 1960’s North British releases. This isn’t overdue at all, this is how long it takes to achieve its character. Perfect drinking strength as well. Arriving in shops soon. Around € 250.