Glenburgie has been gaining a bit of a following lately and I’ve been on the lookout for some bottlings to try. This particular one was bottled by whiskybase.com as part of their ‘Archives’ label (the one with the fish). I missed the boat when it was released and it was on my bucket list for some time. I unfortunately got no points for this one, underguessing the age and ABV by quite a bit.
Initial impressions: Light gold colour slightly oily. Very reserved nose.
Guess: Glen Garioch 12 (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/18385/glen-garioch-12-year-old)
Aged 21 years. 54.1% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from a single cask.
Nose: Light wood. Pencil shavings. Citrus oils. Marmalade. Hay. Candied fruits. Nutmeg. Some green herbs.
Palate: Stronger than anticipated, not sure if cask strength or around 50. Bit of a sharp bitterness at first and then juicy fruits,woody vanilla and a slight coppery taste, then a burst of woodspice.
Finish: Long. Woodspice continues, along with pears, bitter wood tannins and maybe some honey-lemon cough drops.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This really was a lovely whisky and I enjoyed drinking it, especially because it was on my bucket list, but it was a little bit generic. There just wasn’t anything special to it that would really make me want to seek one out.