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A&G Rare Cask Selection Glenburgie 15yo

Review of a special bottling of Glenburgie, one of the components of Ballantine's.

Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 50%
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: A&G Selection
Average price: € 79.00
Official website: www.whiskyshop.it
Vote: 88/100

Let’s return to the bottlings made by the Giannone and Dolci duo with a single cask distillate from May 2002, bottled in February 2019 in 210 bottles and presented at that year’s Milano Whisky Festival.
The cask comes from the Glenburgie distillery, officially established under the name of Klinflat in 1829 although there is evidence of its existence since 1810, at the behest of William Paul.
After various financial difficulties, production had to stop in 1870 and it took eight years for Charles Kay to revive it, giving it its current name.
As was often the case in Scotland in the last century, properties rarely stayed in business for long, and by 1880 it had already passed into the hands of Alexander Fraser & Co. who owned it until it closed in 1927 following bankruptcy.
Hiram Waker and Gooderham & Worts Ltd came into play in 1936, reopening the business and putting the distillery back on track, leading to an expansion in the 1950s to produce another distillate, Glencraig.
The last change of hands took place in 1987, in the hands of Allied-Lyons, which over time was acquired by the current owners Pernod Ricard, who rebuilt the distillery from scratch in the early years of this century (the cask in this bottle comes from the original structure).

Much of the whisky produced by Glenburgie ends up in the blended Ballantine’s, producing only one official bottling, the 15 year old.
There are several (but not many) independent bottlings, allowing enthusiasts to discover the personality and aromas of this distillery.

Straw yellow, almost transparent, in the glass.
Lemonous and herbaceous on the nose, with tones of heather and freshly cut grass bathed in lemon juice, together with aromas of unripe fruit (citrus, apple, peach) and vanilla. The alcohol content is not at all invasive, the whole is soft and fresh, almost summery I would say.
On the palate it reveals its warmth without stinging, a warm silky embrace that unfolds into riper fruit notes along with vanilla cream, marzipan, nuts, tea leaves and plenty of lemon. Glides oily and still very fresh.
Medium length finish of citrus, nuts, tea leaves and lemon.

A whisky of disconcerting drinkability given its not-so-friendly alcohol content, it expresses all the soul of Speyside with a simplicity that conceals a great deal of work in wood and distillation, and in the choice of ageing. An enviable quality/price ratio.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Murray McDavid Glenburgie 1995

Other bottlings from A&G in the blog:
A&G Rare Cask Selection Caol Ila 10yo
A&G Rare Cask Selection Dufftown 11yo
A&G Rare Cask Selection Royal Brackla 11yo

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