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Chieftain's Choice Banff 1978, Sherry Wood Tasting notes and reviews

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Chieftain's Choice Banff 1978, Sherry Wood

Brand
Chieftain's Choice
Expression
Banff 1978, Sherry Wood
Type
Scotch Whisky ~ Single Malt
Abv
46.00%
Vintage
1978
Produced at
Ian Macleod & Co Ltd ~ Banff Distillery (Closed 1983)
Region
Speyside
Website
www.ianmacleod.com
Availability
Worldwide (except USA)

Michael Jackson

67
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.

Dave Broom

82
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.
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