North Star Spirits ‘Vega’ 23 Year Old 

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Sometimes whisky can be tough to write about. I really like to dig into the history of distilleries and blenders and whatnot but sometimes there just isn’t enough information to fill a paragraph never mind a few hundred words. First world problems or what?!

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 new bottler is not a review that writes itself and as 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?

The name Vega incidentally is taken from the second brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere. A star that held the position of our northern pole star long before Polaris, somewhere around 12,000 BC or thereabouts. Crucially (for the purposes of padding out this article), it will take up this role again in the year 13,727, when the Earth has once again tilted on its axis… or something. Possibly 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 was because it sounded pretty cool… Though I can’t help but wonder if someone at North Star Spirits 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 it is! 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.

Score: 93

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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10 thoughts on “North Star Spirits ‘Vega’ 23 Year Old 

  1. I also reviewed it on my blog a few days ago & can wholeheartedly agree with your notion. Vega is indeed a very nice whisky with a lot of depth and character. I only got to know North Star by happenstance when I saw their series 001 on display in the Ben Nevis in Glasgow… the colorful labels struck my eye and I instantly wanted to try one of these cool lookin’ bottlings. I chose their Port Dundas 12yo and was so impressed that I bought a full bottle the next day! So far, I really enjoyed every whisky of theirs I had… 🙂

    1. Yeah I reviewed the Port Dundas when it came out. I love that whisky. Like yourself, I’ve been impressed with everything they’ve released so far. I’ll be revisiting them in the very near future.
      Oh and the labels are fantastic aren’t they?

      1. Absolutely! I love the design… BTW, did you spot the little tributes to Muhammad Ali and David Bowie that found their way into the labels of series 001? 😉

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