This is a 38 year old Banff from Malts of Scotland that was matured in an ex-bourbon barrel and bottled at 42.9% ABV. Banff was a Speyside distillery that was closed in 1983 and demolished.
Nose: Rich honey with cloves and nutmeg. Vanilla infused oak with freshly cracked peppercorns and ginger root. Full of spice and zest with little to no fruits.
Palate: Soft and chewy malt on entry with plenty of old oak. Rather floral overall taking on some peppery notes with subtle banana.
Finish: Floral malt lingering here with oak turning slightly bitter- lavender and chamomile are prominent.
Rating: 85/100 – A little on the oak heavy side, but all in all a nice dram. This was my first expression from Banff and it reminded me of an old Longmorn.
Value for the money: I bought into a sample at a $525 bottle valuation – I’d pass on a bottle at that price. You don’t see Banff’s too often, so expect to pay a demolished distillery premium.