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February 18, 2023





Angus's Corner
From our correspondent and
skilled taster Angus MacRaild in Scotland
Two Glenburgie 
Not much to say about Glenburgie, except that it's a make I tend to enjoy whenever I encounter it - which isn't too often in all fairness. Let's have a couple of older ones this week. 


Glenburgie 45 yo 1975 (44.1%, Berry Brothers, cask #6011, 136 bottles)

Glenburgie 45 yo 1975/2020 (44.1%, Berry Bros. & Rudd, Exceptionnal Casks, cask #6011, 136 bottles)
Colour: deep gold. Nose: you do feel every one of those 45 years with this densely layered mix of cedar and sandalwoods, earthy potting shed notes, many tobaccos, lamp oil, barbour grease, vapour rub and eucalyptus oils. Feels extractive but, at least on the nose thus far, it actually works rather wonderfully with these intense concentrated aroma that delve deeply into medicines and leave impressions of old herbal liqueurs and many shades of wax. Mouth: ok, the wood feels a little too much now. Lots of pine wood, cedar and soft, peppery wood spice. Jasmine, ginger and a drying waxiness that goes towards dried honeycomb at times. Also some pot pourri and chai tea with extra wood spices beneath that. Lovely old whisky, but a tad long in the wood I think. Finish: medium, honeyed, very resinous, herbal and with a nicely warming peppery note. Comments: charming, lovely and easy to sip, just probably a bit too old. As has been said so often on these pages: gorgeous nose, slightly disappointing palate. 
SGP: 561 - 87 points. 



Glenburgie 23 yo 1974/1997 (61.6%, SMWS 71.21 'Not complex, just delicious')

Glenburgie 23 yo 1974/1997 (61.6%, Cotch Malt Whisky Society, #71.21 'Not complex, just delicious')
Colour: deep gold. Nose: pine resin, acacia and fir woods. Also things like face cream, wet paint and a rather trebly, top level waxiness sitting over everything. With time the honeyed components begin to dominate more and we're in more classical territory of pollens, nectars and glazed pastries. With water: cedar wood cigar boxes, cough medicines and lots of stuff like verbena, wormwood and fennel seed. Love it! Mouth: superb! Big, brilliantly waxy, coconutty, gloopy overripe yellow and green fruits, spiced orange marmalade, putty, herbal tonic wines and camphor! Big, chewy and almost chunky whisky. With water: sherbet lemons dunked in tiger balm! Lots of cough medicine type stuff such as throat lozenges and vapour sweeties, also dried herbs, mint tea and eucalyptus oil. Remains steadfastly big, textural and mouth-slathering. Finish: good length, a little more bitter, green peppery and sharp with some mineral notes coming through and things like shoe and furniture polishes. Comments: great old school distillate in a slightly more active cask that delivers a very big and characterful dram. An extremely fun style of whisky that is almost tailor made for pouring blind to all your whisky chums and making sure they're all armed with pipettes. I also think it's rather cool how it shared many similarities with the Berry Bros bottling, only the relative youth really sets this one apart in terms of quality.
SGP: 561 - 90 points. 




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