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The second release in North Star's Vega range, and it's a good'un – a 40-year-old blended malt that's richly sherried and packed with fruity flavour. It picked up 90 points on Whiskyfun.com and we don't expect it to last long...Tasting Notes (1)
North Star Spirits
40 Year Old
No of Bottles
Tasting notes from Serge Valentine, WhiskyFun.com
Doesn’t feel very ‘blended’, and does feel very classically sherried, without excesses, with a perfect chocolate-iness, some cigars, a touch of hessian, some blackcurrants, some old oloroso, a little earth, whiffs of clean old wine barrel, and a handful of wild mushrooms. Proper raw chocolate beans, torrefaction, roasted coffee… Everything’s just impeccable.
It’s the freshness that’s pretty impressive, the fruits (freshly squeezed orange juice with cloves), and the light chocolate/coffee/clove combo. Gets then more oloroso-y, darker, with more bitter chocolate and ‘crunching coffee beans’. Mexican mole sauce. Body and strength are just perfect.
Medium, on oranges and chocolate. Jaffa cake, orangette, Demerara sugar. A touch of beef bouillon and black tobacco (Gauloise) in the aftertaste, plus mushrooms, penny buns, shitake….
Did you notice that we haven’t used the word ‘oak’? Not even once? 90 points.
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