Saturday, 3 March 2018

Glenburgie 1997 OMC & Glentauchers 1996 Sig Reviews (PLUS blind review video)

Hi everyone,

Glenburgie is a distillery that’s been quietly gaining a few fans in the last couple of years. Partly down to some epic Sherry casks but perhaps also because its got a great character too.
This was another one I blind tasted for my YouTube channel and I guessed it was an 18yo Glentauchers (although I got mixed up with Glenturret) at just under 50%, which I was pretty happy with! You can watch the vid HERE.
This was my first Glenburgie I tasted, thanks to a sample from FineDrams.
Glenburgie 1997 Hunter Laing 50%
Colour: Gold
Body: Medium
Nose: Malty and creamy. Vanilla, vanilla ice cream, malt, cereal, double cream.
Water: More aromatic, more oak, more malt. A little oak char, chocolate and a green wood note.
Taste: Gentle arrival, very creamy mouthfeel. Malty, cereal, vanilla, some oak coming in after a while.
Water: Even more creamy. More spice with nutmeg and cinnamon. Some oak char.
Finish: Medium length. Coffee and dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is the main event here, although the spirit is clearly very good quality. Will definitely be keeping an eye out for more Glenburgie in the future.
Eh, for the hell of comparison, here’s my notes for the Glentauchers that I guessed it was in the blind review:
Glentauchers 1996 Signatory Cask Strength 48.8%
Colour: Light Gold
Body: Medium/Full
Nose: Quite vibrant and oak-driven. Sealing wax, melon, lemon, lemon juice, a little vanilla, oak perfume (If there was such a thing), floral notes- Dried flowers, lavender, home-made paper, bath bombs, a little dusty, dry oak.
Water: More floral, looking through a dusty book of pressed and dried flowers.
Taste: Big and oaky. Mouth filling, dry and juicy, cardboard and home-made paper at first then lemon juice with building oak, going quite dry, lots of complex dark chocolate and coffee beans, also going into the finish.
Water: More gentle arrival, more gradual development, more balance, but still big and oaky into the finish.
Finish: Long length. An oak hit then 90% dark chocolate lingers.
Bottled 2014 at 18yo. Cask 185, Bourbon barrel. Tastes older than 18 years, more like 20 or 25. Now that I think about it, there’s quite a few Signatory’s like that. Something to do with their warehousing maybe?

Thanks for reading!

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