Berrys' Own Selection

North British

1996, 18 Years Old, Cask #224766

ABV 56.8%
REVIEWED Issue 133
Specifications
Brand: North British, Berrys' Own Selection
Expression: 1996, 18 Years Old, Cask #224766
Type: Scotland Whisky / Grain
Age: 18 years old
ABV: 56.8%
Country/Region: Scotland
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Awards
Recommended
Issue 133
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North British Distillery, 9 Wheatfield Road, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Lowland, Scotland
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Pungent, deep and rum-like aromas of sultana and raisin. Honey balances the gritty grain notes. Oak adds cocoa, tobacco and earth. A little floral with hyacinth and acacia notes.
Palate: Wow! Bold and intense with no shortage of wood spice and soft grain. Honey balances adding a sweet sheen to the dried fruits. Alcohol intensifies the spiciness.
Finish: Long and utterly gorgeous. Lingering dried fruit and spice. A little drying perhaps with tobacco notes.
Comment: Now, there’s a full-bodied grain. If you are still not convinced by great Scottish grain, then buy this!
9.2
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: Dream topping, sweet vanilla custard and lily of the valley combine to give a fresh yet seemingly well aged nose.
Palate: The palate moved from the sweetness of the nose to burnt embers, pulled pork and cranberry. The oak has had a bittering effect on the liquid leaving a robust whisky behind.
Finish: Hints of menthol, basil and empty coal scuttle.
Comment: This is not the light and delicate whisky that the nose suggests. A bit of a Jekyll and Hyde affair.
7.9
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