Glenburgie 1995 Archives (BTC 2017 #07)


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 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  (

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

VFM: 4/5

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.


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