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The whisky

List of the bottles

Bannf: official bottlings

Banff

Rare Malts 21 years

Collection
Rare Malts
Age
21 years
Alcohol percentage
57,10 %
Bottler
Official
Dates
Distil: 1982 Bottling: 04-2004
Bottle
3364 btls
Particularity
cask strength
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84/100
Banff Rare malts 21
Personal Comment
A very fresh nose, with nice notes of cut grass, hints of spices (pepper) and a delicate fruity smell (a mix of green apple and ripe pear) which gives this whisky an interesting complexity and announces lots of pleasure in the palate. The first palate impression is that it is rather acid and the alcohol is very present. The taste developes gently on more woody hints, while remaining amazingly fresh. The fresh and lingering finish consists of a nice mix of citrus fruits and fine woody notes, with clear alcohol remains after a while.
84/100

Banff: independent bottlings

Banff

Chieftain's Choice 23 years

Collection
Chieftain's Choice
Age
23 years
Alcohol percentage
46,0 %
Bottler
Ian McLeod
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84/100
Banff Chieftains
Personal Comment

23 years spent in a cask didn't give this whisky a wood taste, but gave this alcohol a surprising sweetness. Very pleasant from the very first nosing, the taste completely confirms the first impression. An excellent bottle. What a pity this distillery has been completely dismantled more than 10 years ago. If that distillery would still exist, we could probably still find very good malts for a reasonable price. The price indeed is the only negative aspect of this bottle, as it costs about 150 Euros for one litre...
88/100
A second tasting did not contradict the first one, but the result of the blind tasting was lower. Probably due to the tasting mood....
84/100
The nose detects nice fresh floral hints. In the palate, a very nice complexity, where woody notes (unlike the firs notes) are mixed with fruity and malty hints. A very nice balance and a finish developing from malt to walnut (probably due to the wood) or even chocolate.
84/100
The nose is quite marked by cereals with some yeast hints. Nice notes of vanilla come and brighten up this relatively smooth though rather austere nose.
The palate is some more interesting, though presenting a lack of complexity. Nice cereal notes with some hints of citrus fruit and a touch of smoke.
The finish is not too long but however rather pleasant and prolongs perfectly the mouth. This blind tasting notes are quite contrasting with others written earlier. Is this an effect of oxidation? This whisky certainly deserves another tasting.
79/100


Banff

Rare of the Rarest 35 years

Collection
Rarest of the Rare
Age
35 years
Alcohol percentage
42,5 %
Bottler
Duncan Taylor
Cask number
single cask 3352
Dates
Distil: 11/1975 Bottling: 04/2011
Bottle
42 of 260 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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0/100
Banff Duncan Taylor 35
Personal Comment

Banff

1975

Age
36 years
Alcohol percentage
43,8 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon barrel
Cask number
single cask 12015
Dates
Distil: 11/1975 Bottling: 04/2012
Bottle
123 of 165 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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Forum 90/100
Banff 1975 MOS
Personal Comment

Color: Gold
A relatively spicy nose, with nice notes of dried grass and distant smell of fruit. This nose announces a whisky particularly well balanced. After a few minutes, the fruity notes are more obvious. A nose that evolves particularly well over time. And now there are hints of wax.
The palate is surprisingly fresh. Notes of milk chocolate first, and then a controlled evolution to dried fruit. The mouth is an example of balance and roundness. No aggressiveness, just happiness.
The finish is long and in the same spirit as the mouth.
92/100


Banff

1975, Diamond

Collection
Diamant
Age
37 years
Alcohol percentage
42,9 %
Bottler
Malts of Scotland
Cask
Bourbon
Cask number
single cask 13023
Dates
Distil: 11/1975 Bottling: 04/2013
Bottle
88 of 101 btls
Particularity
Non chillfiltered cask strength
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0/100
Personal Comment

Banff: not in collection

Banff

Connoisseurs Choice 1974

Collection
Connoisseurs Choice
Age
No age statement
Alcohol percentage
40 %
Bottler
Gordon & MacPhail
Dates
Distil: 1974 Bottling: 20-11-1998
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81/100
Personal Comment

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