Chieftain's

Banff

1978, Aged 26 Years, Sherry Wood

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 51
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Specifications
Brand: Banff, Chieftain's, Ian Macleod
Expression: 1978, Aged 26 Years, Sherry Wood
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 26 years old
Year of bottling: 2004
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Independent Bottling
Bottled by: Ian Macleod
Tasting notes
Taster   Dave Broom
Nose: Big and mature with a hint of smoke. Quite resinous: liquorice and leather, wood oil, sultana fruit cake, clinker. In time there's a note of wrinkled apple, baked fruits.
Palate: Very soft and rounded and less dry than the nose suggests. Honeyed with a layered feel: marzipan, turmeric/curry leaf even some peach.
Finish: Very spicy.
Comment: This has complexity, though does lose some intensity and mouth feel with water.
8.3
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Reticent. After some coaxing, dried fruits - apricots, figs. Oily, monster nuts - Brazils?
Palate: Dark, burnt cake (Dundee cake perhaps?). Liquorice. More oiliness, treacle toffee, bitumen.
Finish: Burnt. Bitter notes. Drying but warming.
Comment: Too burnt and dry. Not for everyone. Reminds me of a particular espresso and grappa, standing outside the Arsenale, on a winter's morning.
6.8
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Banff (Closed 1983) Distillery, Banff, Aberdeenshire, Speyside, Scotland
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