Single malt whisky - tasting notes

15 Apr 2013

North British 1962 (Malts of Scotland)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten 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 1962 - Malts of ScotlandNorth 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.

Score: 89/100

North British 1962 (Malts of Scotland) 4 Ruben Luyten 2013-04-15

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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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