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Duncan Taylor Rarest of the Rare Banff 1975 (31 year old) 42.2%

Cask 3416/ Dist: Nov 1975 Btl: Apr 2007/ Tasted: July 2007

Whoa this is a serious fight in a florists! Loads of violet, lavender, vanilla oak, salt, orange fruits and distant smoke. Absolutely amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever smelt anything quiet like it. The palate is clean, soft and linear with earthy orange fruit, barley, malt, spice, lavender and just a fleeting touch of vanilla. Finishes with a veritable riot of botanicals! The palate is maybe not as amazing as the nose but as the distillery closed in 1983 you are drinking a priceless bit of heritage!

Dewar Rattray Banff Tasting Notes

Posted: August 17, 2011 in Banff

Dewar Rattray Banff 1975 (34 year old) 44.1%

Sherry cask 3354/ Dist: 1975 Btl: 2010/ Tasted: Nov 2010

A lovely old sherried Spey. Yummy aromas of mature walnuts, floor polish, dried figs, raisins and prunes along with hints of violets. The aromas have a definite Cognac-esque rancio and with time some green nuts/ herbal notes, liquid liquorice, old coffee bean and walnut shell emerge

The palate opens with tongue coating treacle toffee, liquorice, walnuts and spices. Wonderfully mature the flavours glide effortlessly with dried fruit and citrus rind, along with hints of menthol. Stunning mouth feel and presence. A truly glorious old sherry cask. There is still enough alcohol to stop it becoming too treacly and cloying and it ensures a tongue tingling finish. The finish lasts for ages with an after taste of old coffee, cigars and barky spice!