Banff 38yo (1975/2013) Malts of Scotland

Dijon Raspberry

 

Banff one of those distilleries almost entirely scrapped from the Speyside annals, widely loved by those who got a taste, but so much more obscure than many other of her lost contemporaries.

To put it simply: popular like a Port Ellen, beclouded like a Glenesk.
Now that nature is slowly reclaiming the last few standing walls on site, it might be interesting to get yourself a bottle or sample to enjoy the last few drops.

banffDescription: distilled in 1975, matured for 38 years in a Bourbon cask #13056 and bottled by Malts of Scotland  at 43.7% ABV.

Nose: what on god’s green earth is this? An off-nose of antiquated cheap eau de cologne, rust and fermenting orange peel. But if given time to breath properly, it acquires much more depth: a pinch of Dijon mustard (classic Banff, according to the true connoisseurs), oak shavings, along herbal notes of fresh basil leaves and a menthol edge to complete the ensemble.

Mouth: very smooth, gentle and fresh. I would like to describe it as raspberry accompanied by tiny metallic notes, spiced up with wasabi and herbal liquor.

Finish: short but powerful. A mouth drying, dark and ashy taste, like a spicy porter aged in a whisky cask.

 

The Verdict: some of these elder casks make you forget everything you think you know about whisky. A cathedral of a nose matched with an equally stunning palate. But this fresh new experience comes at a price, a bottle like this will easily set you back €500.
Score: 82

Nose: 23

Taste: 20
Finish: 17 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house