Banff 28 (Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseur’s Choice 1976/2005) Review

This is a 28 year Banff that was bottled by G&M in 2005 at 40% ABV.

Nose: Pineapple and mango with hay, big sweeping oak notes, and almond oil.

Palate: Quite oaky up front with some banana and muted cantaloupe – turning butterscotch and toffee heavy. Some grassy notes and anise arise on the rear palate.

Finish: Dry oak with subtle cantaloupe and star anise.

Rating: 83/100 – Hints of a very good malt that was watered down a bit too much. Would love to try this at cask strength.

Value for the money: Not a lot of auction history, but most recently this went for €266. I’d pass at that price. I wouldn’t pay over $100 for this particular bottling.

Banff 38 (Malts of Scotland 1975/2013 42.9%) Review

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.