Spica 20 Year (North Star Spirits)
North Star Spirits // Scotland
North Star Spirits is an independent bottling and blending company based in Glasgow. Distilled in 1997, Spica is a blended Scotch whisky that has aged for 20 years in ex-sherry casks. It is named after the 16th brightest star in the sky. According to owner Iain Croucher, the malt-to-grain ratio is approximately fifty-fifty. This release is non chill-filtered and is the first release in the Spica series. Bottled at cask strength in 2018, only 1,000 bottles were released globally.
BlendedComprised of both single malt(s) and single grain(s) often from many different distilleries; if Scotch or Irish must be aged for at least three years in oak barrels; Irish may include single pot still whiskey in the blend.
Cask Typeex-sherry casks
"Spica 20 Year starts things off with a pretty big hit of burnt caramel followed by cherry syrup and cinnamon buns. There's damp wood, rose petals and marzipan as well. The sweetness of the grain whisky seems to have been elevated by the sherry casks. The palate is oily and flavorful with plums, dates and other dried fruits, with just a hint of orange zest and gunpowder."