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A belated entry in Diageo's 2011 Special Releases selection, hitting the market in early 2012. Closed in 1985 and since demolished, whisky from the distillery is sought after by collectors and drinkers alike due to the comparatively small number of bottlings available. This 40 year old is one of the oldest we've seen, only beaten by the 2007 50 year old Special Release, and is sure to be popular amongst fans.Tasting Notes (1)
Tasting notes by Serge Valentin for WhiskyFun.com
We're much closer to the Lochnagar than to the Brackla, although this baby starts more on leather and walnuts, with unexpected whiffs of capers and samphires. Very peculiar, must come from the oak. Then more wood smoke, dark toffee and coffee, chocolate… Easy nosing at such high strength. Yet, with water: ho-ho, we got very close to the Lochnagar now. This one has just a little more humus and aniseed. Swims like a champ. Touches of maraschino coming through after a few minutes.
Cointreau and coffee, with some cured ham in the background. Sounds weird? It isn't, quite the opposite… The oak does a large part of the job but it does it well, imparting notes of cedar wood, cigar, bacon (a lot!) and really a lot of bitter chocolate. Yet it's not drying or bitter, not at all… And it's surprisingly drinkable at such high strength.
Gets sweeter and rounder although the oak never gives up. Great notes of gentian and other rooty/bitter stuff. Finish: long, with more mint and cough lozenges from the oak. The chocolate is back in the aftertaste, together with lemon zests and more mint. After Eights?.
I think it's very difficult to keep an old whisky balanced when the oak's quite loud but this baby is a success in this respect. Recommended unless you hate oak.
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Look, let's not muck about. This is dear, but then again it'll never be made again. It's a piece of Scotch whisky's history. Glenury was a constituent of many of the top blends in the past and was much sought after for that purpose. It sadly closed just as single malts were increasing in popularity. This is a classic highland malt. Malty, fruity with a hint of smoke. It was made in a lovely part of Scotland and is much missed.
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