Archive for the ‘Glenburgie’ Category

The Single Cask Glenburgie 1995 (21 year old) 53.1%

Cask AQ795/ Dist: Jul 1995 Btl: Apr 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

The nose opens with some herbal, ferny, rye-like notes and subtly oxidised fruit. Pleasantly balanced by some creamy American oak and barley. The citrus and gritty pepper and cinnamon keep the oak in check.

The palate is a bit of an American oak monster with creamy vanilla and lightly baked fruit. Good depth, if a bit straightforward. Hints of barley on the middle but the oak is very dominating. Good length with lingering sweet oak (surprise!)


Claxton’s ‘The Single Cask’ Glenburgie 2008 (9 year old) 57.8%

Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: Mar 2008 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Apr 2017

The nose is a little tight and neutral to begin with and almost like a grain spirit, with dried fruit and grass, joined by a touch of barley. With time hints of honeysuckle and earth appear along with some herbal rye-like notes.

There’s a touch more toffee’d oak on the palate long with barley and grass. Subtle, but sharp citrus on the middle. A little short with lingering ok and the dried, grainy fruit returning.

A drop of water freshens and brings out some white liquorice and sweeter barley. The palate is still pretty oaky but the spirit is heavier and oilier, but the citrus notes have disappeared. Still short with the oak following through.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glenburgie 2011 (5 year old) 46%

Bourbon Barrel/ Dist: 2011 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

A pleasantly fresh and grassy nose with lime, barley and subtle, creamy oak notes. Quite charming and classically Speyside with late toffee’d notes which give the aromas some roundness.

The palate is fresh, grassy and citric with barley, white fruit and hints of straw and lightly bittering oak. Good depth an intensity with an alcohol enhanced citric bite in the finish, which does make it feel a little austere.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenburgie 1997 (16 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2350/ Dist: June 1997 Btl: Jan 2014/ Tasted: Feb 2014

A hot and spirity nose with murky sulphurous notes and some wet cardboard too! The palate is exactly the same – Pretty grim.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenburgie 1998 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2589/ Dist: Feb 1998 Btl: Sept 2016?/ Tasted: Oct 2016

The nose is a little edgy and sharp with cider apple, barley and a light industrial note. With time a touch of malt and vanilla appears.

The palate is a little vague and industrial with hard barley and tart citrus. Short and remaining tart and acidic.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenburgie 1999 (18 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon?/ Code: OMC2715/ Dist: Jul 1999 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

Deep and barley’d aromas with a faint industrial edge, which to be fair isn’t too intrusive. Hints of lime, under ripe gooseberry, tobacco leaf and dusty, slightly bitter spice follow.

The palate is gritty and earthy with hard barley but also some softening vanilla/ toffee. Hints of lime and gooseberry follow but it fills out well on the middle. Long and citric with subtly sweet barley and industrial notes along with hints of dark coffee infused spices.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glenburgie 1995 (21 year old) 50%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OMC2569/ HL12358

Dist: Apr 1995 Btl: Apr 2016/ Tasted: June 2016

A lovely nose of sweet, violety spices and sharp citrus. Hints of rye-like herbal notes follow along with brandy butter, baked apple and marzipan. The aromas darken as the malt and treacle appears and it also becomes very fragrant with dusty barley and bready notes.

The palate opens with crème caramel, subtle toffee and hints of malt, baked fruit and supple spices. The oak is a tad more dominant than the nose would suggests, thus the palate is a little less complex than the nose. A touch of earth and smoke comes through on the middle and the finish is a little austere, although pleasantly citric with a drying, sweet tannin after-taste.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glenburgie 2007(?) (8 year old) 46%

Refil Sherry(?)/ Code: HEP0145/ Dist: ???? Btl: Nov 2015(?)/ Tasted: Dec 2015

The nose is quite oily and slightly nutty with malt, hard barley and syrup. Some dusty, slightly cardboardy spices emerge and with time it gets a bit soapy.

A little watery on the palate with waxy citrus, barley, straw and again a little cardboardy spice and hard barley. Good, spicy, if a little bitter finish with the straw notes lingering.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glenburgie 2007 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0159/ Dist: Nov 2007 Btl: Aug 2016?/ Tasted: Sept 2016

The nose is muted with hints of dusty barley, honey and citrus.

Pretty straightforward on the palate with hints of barley and honey. A little earthy/ edgy on the middle. Good length with lingering barley notes.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glenburgie 2007 (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon Barrel/ Code: HEP0213/ Dist: Nov 2007 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Edgy, malty and slightly manure aromas with plenty of black pepper and a subtle apricot, apple and vanilla note.

The palate is crisp and fresh with a touch more toffee’d oak. Quite mineral, herbal and citric middle and a long, mouth-watering, peppery finish. Lime and green apple after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenburgie 1997 (18 year old) 48.4%

Sherry/ Code: OLD0228/  Dist: June 1997 Btl: Aug 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

Quite herbal aromas with granulated sugar coated barley and hints of toffee and marzipan. Lightly fragrant but edgy with hints of lime and a late honey note.

The palate is fairly heavy on the toffee’d oak with thick barley and vanilla. A touch of coffee comes through on the middle along with some stewed fruit. Good, mineral finish, slightly mouth-watering with lingering barley.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenburgie 1989 (25 year old) 49.3%

Bourbon/ Code: OLD0160/ Dist: June 1989 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

Very appealing aromas of fresh and fragrant barley with hints of heather, citrus, grass, buttery oak and barley sugar. With time it becomes quite mature and slightly earthy.

The palate opens with a pleasant barley sweetness followed by apricot, orange and lemon. Unobtrusive oak adds weight and a little tannin. Long, lip smacking finish with the citrus returning and a lovely, lightly nutty and grassy after-taste.

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenburgie 1992 (25 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0452/ DL11772

Dist: Apr 1992 Btl: Jun 2017/ Tasted: July 2017

Edgy and citric on the nose with herbal barley and hints of honey, butter and coconut.

The palate is slightly cardboardy with soft barley, buttery oak and citrus. Long with lingering barley and citrus.


Douglas Laing Provenance Glenburgie 2008 (8 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1241/ DL11531

Dist: Jun 2008 Btl: Nov 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2017

Aromas of slightly industrial barley, white fruit, unsweetend pineapple and a touch of honey.

The palate opens with some subtly toffee’d oak and barley, which makes it more appealing in the mouth. Still the barley has a hard edge and it’s a bit short and mineral with the oak returning on the after-taste.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glenburgie 1995 (16 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2142/ Dist: Apr 1995 Btl: Feb 2012/ Tasted: Feb 2012

A sweetly spiced nose, liberally sprinkled with castor sugar with hints of botanicals and honey. Pleasantly clean with some underlying oak, which becomes creamier as it envelops the nose.

The palate opens with the creamy/ milky oak; flecks of honey and spice are interwoven. The sweets builds and becomes quite confected. Pleasantly deep, if a bit straightforward with a long, sugary-sweet finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glenburgie 1999 (11 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0735/ Dist Nov 1999 Btl: Oct 2011/ Tasted: Oct 2011

A dense, oily and creamy nose with a hint of barley and more than a hint of burnt caramel! A fresh citrus and grassy note tries to emerge from the oak morass, but ultimately fails to do so. 

The palate is a tad nondescript, quite sweet and bitter; maybe a touch fleshy but the alcohol and burnt caramel really hammers the palate. Short with a citrus, granity, bitter finish.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glenburgie 1999 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0781/ Dist: Feb 1999 Btl:Dec 2012/ Tasted: Dec 2012

Very floral and herbal aromas with a touch of citrus and white liquorice. Seriously floral with hints of apricot, barley and toffee. 

Soft on the palate, reasonably floral with barley, caramel and citrus. Good length with a lightly honeyed thread and a pleasant crisp, slightly granity finish.

Murray McDavid Mission Series Glenburgie 1989 (18 year old) 54%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1989 Btl: 2007/ Tasted: Feb 2008

Clean and fresh with aromas of light apricot and Satsuma followed by botanicals and vanilla oak. Unassuming or elegant (take your pick!) and slightly perfumed.

Gentle and botanical on the palate. Quite fresh with some fleshy apricot fruit and a touch of aniseed. Alcohol and the wood tannins mask the finish with exception of the botanical notes and maybe a slight sweetness hovers in the background.

A drop of water emphasises the oils and oak on the nose and does the same for the palate. It is still quite woody and the fruit is still just an impression or maybe a ghost. The finish has become a great deal more sugary.

Gordon & MacPhail Glenburgie 10 year old 40%

Sherry/ Tasted Sept 2007

Initially a touch vegetal on the nose although this blows off quiet quickly. Good chocolately, rich re-fill sherry fruits with hints of raisins and dried fruit. The sherry aromas continue to develop and time brings out a violety note and dunnage floor aromas.

The palate is soft and fruity with chocolatey re-fill sherry fruit, and soft dusty spices. A touch vegetal and simple. It’s ok. The palate doesn’t live up to the nose and the vegetal note is somewhat off putting.

Gordon & MacPhails 1963 (43 year old) Glenburgie 43%

Sherry/ Dist: 1963 Btl: 2007/ Tasted: July 2011

A huge, monstrously sherried nose with an abundance of mature dried fruit, liquorice and herbs along with a touch of menthol and an elderflower top note. Exceedingly venerable but showing plenty of verve. 

Full and sherried (surprise!). Linear but very deep with huge amounts of tannins which dry the palate out.  Very good length but again pretty dry. In conclusion: An old and unsubtle sherry monster which is overly tannic.

Dewar Rattray Glenburgie 2001 (13 year old?) 57.1%

Sherry Cask 2359/ Dist: 2001 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: May 2014

A stinky and earthy nose of treacle, liquorice and toffee. The vibrant citrus adds freshness. Very herbal with a young rye-like herbal character.

The palate is pungent, animally and earthy with plenty of coffee’d/ herbal sherry. Well-endowed with wood tannins and alcohol! Very herbal finish with a touch of bitter spice.

With water the nose becomes simpler and a tad muted. Still very herbal though. The palate is much the same with a sugar water character and still quite a dry finish.

Dewar Rattray Glenburgie 1983 (26 year old) 58.2%

Bourbon cask 9808/ Dist: 1983 Btl: 2009/ Tasted: Sept 2009

The nose is a bit prickly to start with but the crisp, granity orange, apricot and mature honey arrives promptly. It has quiet a noticeable earthy-peat character along with some lovely buttery oak and coastal salinity. Over time a touch of light coffee and wood spices emerges from amongst the fresh igneous morass!

The palate is soft, oily and slightly creamy. Then the granity apricot and orange arrives followed by the generous alcohol. Its quiet complex and grassy with hints of hay/ straw, white fruit and peat, all accentuated by its mineral/ granity leanings, especially on the finish.

A drop of water and it becomes an ‘Oh Yes’ moment! The orange fruit takes on a beautiful liquid viscosity, coating the tongue with lashings of mature honey and gorgeously soft spices. The oak retreats into the back ground, but it is still garanity and fresh with the salinity noticeable, but unfortunately the peat has all but disappeared. On the palate it sweetens and gives the orange fruit a lovely sheen. Now wonderfully mellow, yet still crisp and fruity. It shortens the length a little bit but leaves a lasting impression of saline-grassy-spices on the after taste.

Bladnoch Forum Glenburgie 1983 2(5 year old) 53.5%

Sherry Hogshead 5492/ Dist: Oct 1983 Btl; Aug 2009/ Tasted: Sept 2009

A lovely nose of slightly leafy sherry cask along with rich, dried fruit and nutty overtones, enhanced by a violet top note. Over time aromas of rich orange, earth, wood spices and sweet honey can be observed as does a vanilla/ grainy note which would lead me to believe this is an American sherry cask. (which it did turn out to be!)

The palate is ultra clean with a lovely depth of soft, gentle, mature, nutty sherry wood. Exquisitely spicy on the middle with a piquant alcohol bite, which builds pleasantly. Excellent length with coffee and chocolate notes.

A drop of water emphasises the floral notes on the nose along with some light coffee, whilst on the palate it sweetens, giving it a candied edge and a late sooty/ charcoal note. In conclusion this is a very good sherry cask. Not much in the way of distillery character, but as Glenburgie in my experience has a tendency towards blandness this is not a bad thing.

Bladnoch Forum Glenburgie 1983 (26 year old) 53.7%

Sherry Cask 9801/ Dist: 1983 Btl: 2009/ Tasted: Dec 2009

A high toned leafy, sweet Oloroso nose. Quite malty and full with distinct green nuts and wood spice notes from the cask. A gentle/ elegant sherry monster! Lovely maturity and the sherrywood spicesare divine. With time some liquorice, coffee, tarand a touch of menthol become apparent.

Soft and gentle nutty sherry fruit, a bit more Palo Cortado in style. As to be expected the combination of alcohol and tannins masks the finish although some leafy notes hang in there. The sweetness builds through out and becomes quite candied towards the end.

With water the nose becomes more candied and some orange conserve and sugarcoated dried citrus rind appears. It’s definitely a sugarfest now! The palate is showing its age now – mature, poised and gentle with the flavours melding into serene morass. Like the nose it is pretty candied and one for those of you with a sweet tooth. Very long with hints of white flowers in the finish. A lovely mature sherry cask!