Origin: Spesyde (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrel: Ex-Bourbon hogshead, finished in ex-Sherry Oloroso first fill
Added coloring: No
Owner: Aceo Ltd.
Average price: € 162.00
Official website: www.murray-mcdavid.com
Glenburgie is one of those little-known but much-appreciated distilleries, especially in independent bottling. Officially established in 1829 (but with traces that could date it back to 1810) under the name of Kilnflat, the distillery closed following financial difficulties in 1870.
It reopened eight years later, under its current name, at the behest of Charles Kay, and after a few changes of hands it closed its doors between 1927 and 1935, being purchased shortly afterwards by Hiram Walker.
It was reborn in 1956, with the installation of two extra Lomond stills, used to produce whisky under another label, Glencraig, an experiment that continued until 1981, when they returned to the use of standard stills.
Another closure in 2000, total refurbishment four years later and reopening under the ownership of Pernod Ricard, who use the whisky produced mainly to make Ballantine’s and Old Smuggler.
After so many blends, here is a single cask bottling made by Murray McDavid for the Mission Gold collection. 260 bottles produced in 2019 from a 1995 distillate, aged almost 25 years and sadly no longer readily available.
Gold in the glass.
The nose is fragrant, a softly fruity explosion of pear, peach and melon, with the delicate accompaniment of vanilla, honey and lemon peel. There’s a delicious streak of berry tartness emerging on the length, with a light touch of cinnamon. Appetising.
In the mouth, the spicy part grows, with a lively spiciness of pepper, ginger and cinnamon scattered over a sharper and saltier core, where the alcohol content lashes the fruity and sweet components that become less accommodating, with the malt core standing out mellow and demanding. A vinous note cleanses the palate with every sip, bringing the fruity aspect back to the fore with orange segments.
Long, spicy finish of yellow fruit, citrus, pastry and wood.
Vital despite its almost quarter of a century, a whisky with a bursting personality that struggles in the glass, almost as if it wanted to assert its own traits in revenge for its destiny as a blend component. Interesting and entertaining.
Other bottlings in the blog:
A&G Rare Cask Selection Glenburgie 15yo