Glenburgie 1998 20 Years Old (Gordon & MacPhail)
So I’m not one to write super long introductions with a review. But this time around, I REALLY don’t feel like it. While capable of making really nice whisky, Glenburgie does not exactly inspire feature-length writings. Just, you know, deal with it. It’s all about the whisky, right? Right. Glenburgie. Matured in a refill American hogshead. Read on.
Glenburgie 1998 20 Years Old (55.3%, Gordon & MacPhail, Batch 19/026)
Nose: Warm apple sauce with sprinkles of cinnamon, as well as pine needles and subtle notes of fudge. Finally some vanilla and ginger as well. After a little while a whiff of pickled lemon peel.
Taste: Nice creamy mouthfeel, followed by a hit of vanilla and fudge, but mostly chalk and white pepper, as well as a certain nuttiness. There’s a touch of apple too. Somewhat reminiscent of bourbon matured Pulteney, sans the salt.
Finish: Lingering fudge and spices.
Interesting and rewarding Glenburgie, one of the better ones I’ve had the pleasure of tasting so far. Still available in many shops, as this isn’t a very sexy distillery.
Sample provided by Gordon & MacPhail
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.