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Banff 1976 James MacArthur 57.1% vs Banff 37 yo 1971 / 2008 Dead Whisky Society #633 53.3% vs Banff Malts of Scotland 1975 / 2013 Malts of Scotland #13056 43.7%

Banff 1976 James MacArthur 57.1%

Musty oil, composting leaves, wet leather and metal polish. It might have been more interesting to study further but for the sip I ventured to steal which has left me incapacitated at the multi-storied horror that is this rotting floral bomb. Bad whisky.

Banff 37 yo 1971 / 2008 Dead Whisky Society #633 53.3%

How wonderful to find a slice of heaven after that veritable hell. A beautiful profile of soft waxes, earthy honey, pollen, musk mallow on a bed of hard oily leather and metal polish (maybe there’s some resemblance after all). A bit of chartreuse, dry slate, broken vines and machines lubricant. A real sense of overripe honeydews going mushy brown, this fruity liquefaction now rather pronounced on the tongue, as with a congealed greasiness. 90 pts, such character.

Banff Malts of Scotland 1975 / 2013 Malts of Scotland #13056 43.7%

Softer, rounder and sweet oak comes across with caramel, sweet milk tea, herbal infusions, wood chips. Dank wet leather, musty fruity notes and metal polish reappears. On the palate, the polish notes really stand out with a gritty bite, metallic and burnished. Dried vines again, chalk dust, and echoes of fruity liquefaction again. So, similar whisky but this one is better on the tongue than in the nose. Somewhat challenging. 87 pts

2 comments on “Banff 1976 James MacArthur 57.1% vs Banff 37 yo 1971 / 2008 Dead Whisky Society #633 53.3% vs Banff Malts of Scotland 1975 / 2013 Malts of Scotland #13056 43.7%

  1. Tobi@BarleyMania
    June 4, 2020

    Banff is one ghost distillery I’ve yet to try … it’s not easy to find though (unless you’re willing to take a loan, of course).

  2. Whiskyrific
    June 8, 2020

    Well worth searching about for the minis by independents I think

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