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This blog will feature tasting notes, reviews, distillery visits and whisky news with focus mainly on Scottish single malts. This will sometimes be accompanied by politically incorrect (whisky) opinions. You have now been warned! :-)
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Monday, 16 June 2014


As with the previous whisky I reviewed here, the Miltonduff by Adelphi, Glenburgie is also a large contributor to the Ballantines blend. So far, I've only reviewed one other Glenburgie here on The Malt Desk and you can read that review here.

It's straight on to the review...

Glenburgie Distillery hiding behind the trees - picture from WikiMedia

Glenburgie 1985 71.36 (28.05.1985/xx.09.2012) 27yo 'Two seasons in a dram' 58,1%, Refill ex-bourbon hogshead, 206 bottles, The Scotch Malt Whisky Society

Colour is dark amber

Very nice, bakery shop, vanilla, hint of chocolate, marmalade - full blown Danish pastry. Underneath there's some very subtle spices and dark wood notes and strong tea along with some musty notes.

What happened here? Immediate wood arrival, wet planks, sawdust, cardboard and wet newspaper and very drying. Mid palate it gives off some tropical fruit mango/multi fruit juice style and some nutmeg, but the wood quickly rushes back in, leaving an impression of too much time in the wood and some overly oaky American bourbon...

This is close to oak juice, IMO - you need to drown this one in water to drink it...

A rare miss by the SMWS

70/100! ... very much credited to the good nose on this one

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