68 – North Star Fettercairn 12yo, Bourbon Barrel, 54.3%
Nose: Banana split!! Banana cake, peaches and cream. A freaking fruit bomb with freshly cut wood.
Palate: Chocolate ice cream dusted with cinnamon. Really rich with water, creamy.
Finish: A touch of butter and the spice really lingers
69 – North Star Invergordon 31yo, Bourbon Barrel, 63.1%
Nose: orange zest, donuts, orange blossoms, pound cake, glue
Palate: great intense sweetness, cream, tiramisu, dusty shelf, vanilla slice
Finish: melted butter, plasticine and woody but still pleasant.
70 – North Star Orkney 12yo, Bourbon Barrel, 56.4%
Nose: honey… loads of honey, aspirin, new leather footballs
Palate: heavy mouthfeel initially honey and fire ash hits immediately, dripping with bacon fat, what seems like high acid cleans the heaviness of the spirit.
Finish: Nan Cooper’s malt loaf, cold salted butter, almond shells
71 – North Star Spica 29yo, Sherry Butt, 44.1%
Nose: Grapes, caramels, spicy, chico lollies,
Palate: A bit flat and tired, chocolate, black berry
Finish: Cream and wood
72 – North Star Vega Blended Malt 1990 28yo, Sherry Butt, 44.5%
Nose: Asian corn snacks, leather and spice, green peas, ham and mustard sandwich, sulfur
Palate: Gas bottles, coffee grounds, Jaffa, red plums, dates, pop corn, integrated sulfur
Finish: old bicycles tires, port, pop corn
Loads of fun ****
73 – North Star Vega Blended Malt 1985 33yo, Sherry Butt, 44.5%
Nose: Old apples and red apple skin, heather, caramel, chocolate
Palate: Creamy, pencil shavings, orange zest, fat raisins, muscat, red apple, caramel
Finish: cream, salt, bracken