Glenesk 1981 / 26 Year Old / Sherry Cask #932

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Glenesk 1981 / 26 Year Old / Sherry Cask #932
70cl / 54.3%
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Duncan Taylor
A rare opportunity to taste an affordable old dram from this Eastern Highland distillery (also known as Hillside) that closed in 1985 and was demolished in 1996. This expression from Duncan Taylor is a long-aged, heavily-sherried affair.
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More Details:
CountryScotlandRegionHighlandBottlerDuncan TaylorBottling StatusDiscontinuedSeriesRare AuldAge26 Year OldVintage1981Bottling DateSep 2007Cask TypeSherryCask Number932Chill FilteredNoNo of Bottles668
Tasting Notes:
Tasting Notes from Whiskyfun (Serge Valentin)

Nose: powerful and immensely chocolaty at first nosing, like when you open a box of Xmas chocolates for the first time (yes, getting into the season). Then it’s all of a sherried cavalry, with some cappuccino, raisins, rum, brandy and crystallised oranges. And maraschino and cherry liqueur. Maybe a bit sharp underneath, though... Let’s see what happens with water: oh, it’s much more sulphury and phosphory now (cooked eggs, matchsticks box), even if we also have some nice notes of gunflints. Better not add water to this one, I’d say... 

Mouth (neat): rich and hugely expressive, a tad chocolaty again at the very beginning but then it gets much, much meatier, beefier and more muhsroomy. Good balance between the sherry’s dryness and the notes of liqueur-filled chocolate. It does not really need water at this stage but let’s see... Right, again, it got sulphury and bizarrely bitter. Over-infused black tea and rubber bands.

Finish: long, ashy and dry. This heavily sherried Glenesk is very good actually, but no water please!  85 points.

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