I’ve made no secret of my partiality to Glenburgie… I love the classic quality, the pears, yum! I also find Gordon & MacPhail simply incredibly reliable in their cask choice and maturing. However, my last Glenburgie was a bit of a disappointment – an 8 year Single Cask 46% (Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Hepburn’s Choice). At the time, I simply chalked it up to the choice of a single cask as another 8 year from That Boutique-y Whisky Co was lovely!
And that’s when I learned that back in 2000, Glenburgie production stopped with the distillery being completely rebuilt in 2003/2004. So the question is… even if one pursues a similar distillery profile and approach, surely changing the set-up must make a difference?
And that’s when I also realized, all of the expressions that made me so fond of Glenburgie and think of this dram as the “Downtown Abbey” of whiskies came from the period before production stopped. Knowing that I simply had to include this 21-year in our line-up of Swansong drams…
Glenburgie 21 year 43% (Gordon & MacPhail – Distillery Label)
- Nose – Classic, damp, treacle, lots of honey, citrus, orange blossom honey, grainy honey too, marmalade, sunshine, warm biscuits slathered in vanilla cream
- Palate – Delicious, soft well rounded coats your tongue, nice white pepper, honey
- Finish – Lovely warmth
Pure delight! Thank goodness! It was exactly the joyful summery dram I wanted… The notes from our evening are limited as I simply lost myself in enjoying the whisky and not documenting every detail! As this bottle remains with me in Mumbai, I’ll no doubt revisit it again and again, perhaps adding further colour and nuance to my tasting notes.
I purchased it from an online distributor in Germany – Whic for quite a reasonable Eur 110 – considering the caliber and quality of the whisky!
What do the folks at Gordon & MacPhail have to say?
- Cask Type Refill Sherry butts
- Colour Dark Gold
- Aroma Notes of brown sugar-covered stewed raisins mingle with hints of roasted hazelnuts. Delicate floral aromas are complemented by sweet vanilla and freshly cut dry hay.
- Taste Full and fruity; stewed apple, cinnamon, and clove flavours come to the fore initially. Ripe summer berries emerge and combine with fresh mint highlights and refined toasted malt undertones.
- Finish Long with lingering charred oak and a subtle herbal undertone.
We tried it together in early January 2023 in Mumbai in an evening exploring “Swansong” drams:
- Cambus 29 year (1990 / 2020) ex Bourbon Cask No. 93596 52% (Elixir,The Whisky Trail Retro)
- Tullibardine 29 year 47.5% (Chorlton)
And if you are curious about other Glenburgie tasting experiences? Read on…
- 8 year Single Cask 46% (Single Malt Scotch Whisky – Hepburn’s Choice)
- 8 year 55.2%, Batch 5 (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
From before the distillery was shut and rebuilt:
- 15 year 43% (G&MP)
- 18 year (1995) 46% (Signatory)
- 20 rue d’Anjou 1995/2018 Cask #6542 55.6% (LMdW)
- 21 year (1998/2019) Cask 90887 59.4% (SMoS)
- 26 year (1995/2022) 1st fill Sherry Puncheon #6349, 56.8% (G&MP)
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