Sometimes whisky can be tough to write about. Since I like to dig into the history of distilleries and blenders there are some occasions when finding enough information to fill a paragraph never mind a few hundred words can be a struggle.
Take this blended malt from North Star Spirits for example… Here we have an excellent independent bottler founded in 2016, unveiling a second batch of their delicious spirits and introducing us for the first time to an intriguing new brand of blended malt whiskies by the name of Vega. New brand from a new bottler is not a review that writes itself and as it much as it pains me to do so, I really have to express my bitter disappointment at North Star Spirits for being new. Why couldn’t they do the right thing and be 200 years old so that I had something to write about?
Vega incidentally is the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere and took the title of northern pole star long before Polaris, somewhere around 12,000 BC to be exact. Crucially (for the purposes of padding out this article), it will regain that title in the year 13,727, when the Earth has sufficiently tilted on its axis… or something. Maybe by then, North Star Spirits will have amassed some nice history for me to write about…
Of course, in all probability the real reason for choosing Vega as the name of this blended malt is most likely because it sounds cool… Though I still wonder if someone at North Star is a fan of Street Fighter II.
In any case, having waffled my way to what seems a sufficient word count, I should probably move on to the whisky itself…. and what a whisky! Vega is a blended malt, aged for an impressive 23 years in both American and European Oak before being bottled at 51.1% ABV.
*Full Disclosure: North Star Spirits provided me with a sample of Vega for review purposes. I will always strive to remain as impartial as possible. It just so happens that this is a bloody good dram.
Smell: Fruit at first, then Vanilla, a very slight touch of Smoke perhaps, Butter, Biscuit, Orange and Pepper.
Taste: Touch of Fruit again, then lots of Pepper and Oak, Vanilla and another wee hint of what could be smoke. Benefits from a couple of drops of water but really doesn’t need much.
Value for Money: When I first saw the price I assumed it was a mistake. Vega may be a blend, but it is 100% malt, aged for 23 years and bottled at cask strength. £50 a bottle is quite exceptional value.
A little closed at first but careful addition of water awoke a warming dram of depth and character. A very nice whisky indeed and I can’t wait to see where this brand goes in future.
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