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July 20, 2013


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Blasts from the past, two heavy Glenugie

Sob sob sob, there isn’t much Glenugie around anymore… Actually, there isn’t any if I’m not mistaken, so the only way we could do a little Glenugie session was by tasting older bottlings. Yes I do apologise! (No I don’t, you…) Anyway, Glenugie is one of the six Grands Crus in my book, together with Brora, Clynelish, Karuizawa, Lagavulin and Talisker.  Sadly, this may be one of the last Glenugie sessions we’ll ever do…

Glenugie 1978/1994 (57.1%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, #99, 17.5cl)

Glenugie 1978/1994 (57.1%, Scotch Malt Whisky Society, #99, 17.5cl) Five stars Not too sure whether this baby was only bottled in a small bottle or not. It only says '99', which is Glenugie's number at the SMWS as you may know. Nah, only total Glenugie freaks know that… Colour: dark amber. Nose: oh hell, utter sherry! Even Quentin’s movies are weak when compared with this brutal beast that’s quite hard to nose. Walnut stain? A fistful of old cigars? A whole jabugo ham? Fresh paint? All sorts of raw wild mushrooms? Oil? Chocolate sauce? Indeed, a total beast that may really need water. It’s almost straight heavily fortified palo cortado. The only little flaw is that Glenugie’s magnificent distillate just wouldn’t make it through the brilliant yet heavy-ish sherry. With water: the spirit doesn’t seem to manage to make it any more through, but the sherry’s magnificent, so… Mouth (neat): is this legal? Pungent, harsh, extremely leafy, raw… and very powerful. I don’t think it works very well at this point, water is probably de rigueur. The spirit is completely dominated again. With water: ah yes, the spirit does come through despite the persisting leafy side. Mangos, papayas, guavas and such… Hello, Glenugie, that was about time! Finish: long, full, rich, with more menthol and camphor. The wood was loud as well. Comments: these whiskies do not exist these days, nobody makes them like this anymore. It’s totally un-commercial, I’d even say it’s got a few minor flaws (the wood’s becoming drying, the distillery’s character is hard to find and so on…) but what a ride! SGP:462 - 90 points.

Glenugie 32 yo 1977/2010 (58.6%, Signatory Vintage, hogshead/sherry butt #1, 670 bottles)

Glenugie 32 yo 1977/2010 (58.6%, Signatory Vintage, hogshead/sherry butt #1, 670 bottles) Four stars This one was finished for 90 months in oloroso, so it's more double maturation. Colour: full amber. Nose: we’re so much in line with the 1978, it’s frightening. The 15+ extra-years did not change much, this is just a little leafier and less chocolaty. The almondy, putty-like side is wonderful too. With water: hell, tobacco! Leaves! Thuja wood! Pu-erh tea! Fabulous nose if you’re into this style… Mouth (neat): oooooh… the SMWS is crushed when we’re talking unreduced spirit. Indeed, this baby’s stronger but it’s more complex, richer, more silky in a way… Stunning oranges and kumquats, bergamots, oily and mentholated things (I don’t know, like sauces, cordials, syrups…) It’s exactly fabulous whisky and I’m not even sure it needs water. Yup I know it was bottled at almost 60% vol. Yet, with water: oh no, it does not swim! The oak comes out and kills the rest, with a ‘cocoa powder effect’ that’s not too nice. Careful with water. Finish: very long, dry, mentholated. After Eights without the lethal amount of sugar. Comments: pfff, this baby is very hard to follow. Some parts were utterly brilliant while some others were kind of incoherent, for lack of a better term. And it hates water! SGP:471 - 86 points.

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