Glenora Distillery Tasting Notes

Posted: September 29, 2011 in Canada, World Whiskies & Spirits

Glen Breton Ice 10 year old 57.2% 

Aged in Icewine barrels/ Tasted: Aug 2010

An unusual nose to say the least. Young, raw, grainy dried fruits mingle with a serious amount of oak. There is some honeyed sweetness and citrus aromas lurking in the background but the sawdusty-vanillins and sugared almond notes are the dominant aromas. It seems a lot younger than 10 years old.

The palate is slightly oily, with the oak hitting the palate full on with a hint of citrus freshness and some winey honey. After the piquant alcohol has passed some sticky sweet lime and butterscotch remains. I have to say that neat the flavours all come through on the finish, and it’s just a tad sticky for my liking.

With water it’s weird. It seems like the components have split apart and it’s oily and fresh at the same time. Very odd! The palate has become very watery and sweet, there are a lot of winey cask notes and then it fades pretty quickly. It seems to me that if you take away the cask it doesn’t have a great deal of character.

Glen Breton Ice 10 year old 57.2%

Re-Tasted: July 2015

Nose: Classic, crisp, grainy almost pot still aromas with hints of oily marzipan, vanilla and tart citrus. Lightly herbal with an almost rye-like demeanor along with hints of baked melon, banana and apricot. Water emphasises it’s youth.

Palate: Quite oily with honey and a touch of citrus. The crisp, grainy spices are fairly hidden but they begin to emerge and add a frisky, tongue tingling element. Gently fruited with squashed apricot and banana. Water brings forward the oak.

Finish: Intense, quite drying and grainy with a touch of young, herbal rye-like spirit notes showing.

Conclusion: Not the most complex Canadian I’ve ever encountered but you have to love its youthful intensity 

Glen Breton 10 year old 43%

Tasted: Nov 2016

Soft and very malty aromas with manure, earth, barley and a slight, oily nuttiness. With time hints of warming spice and vanilla appear.

The palate is malty and barley’d with hints of herbal rye-like notes. It showers more intensity than the nose with citrus and earthy notes on the middle. Good length with a touch of toffee, hazelnuts and rye-like spice on the finish.

Glen Breton Rare 19 year old 43%

Tasted: Apr 2015

Nose: Initially the nose is a little muted due to the oils. Quite herbal with hints of dried barley husks, cinnamon sticks, coriander and toffee.

Palate: Very oily and toffee’d with dried barley, heather and building herbaceous notes.

Finish: Good spicy finish with some Tequilla-esque pepper and hints of milk chocolate.

Conclusion: I guess the only positive comment I can make is that there are no off notes. However the overt oiliness of the spirit makes it a bit dull to be honest.


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