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29 Apr 2010

Glenburgie 1983 (Nectar of the Daily Drams)

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: Glenburgie

Glenburgie is a strange distillery. It was demolished in 2003 and a new, highly efficient production plant was built just behind it. The four stills were brought in from the old distillery.

Glenburgie is rarely seen as a single malt because most of the production goes to the Ballentine’s blend (the same goes for Miltonduff). This made the 26 years old bottling highly anticipated among the recent The Nectar of the Daily Drams releases.

 

Glenburgie 1983 Daily Dram Glenburgie 26 yo 1983
(48,5%, The Nectar of the Daily Drams 2010)

Nose: first there are notes of paraffin that are quite remarkable. Lots of apples and pears. Soft grassy notes. Walnuts. Fresh profile with orange blossom water and a slight minerality. Very natural as well, with a pleasantly dusty side to it. Mouth: sweet attack with ripe pear, butter cream and vanilla. Malt. Marzipan and a touch of mocha. Orange marmalade. Apple. Gets drier and a lot spicier, mostly on ginger and pepper. Rather bitter towards the end, and water amplifies this bitter side, so I like it better undiluted. Finish: long with hints of tonic and marzipan.

An interesting dram that balances between fruity and bitter notes. Not really easy-going.  Around € 100.

Score: 83/100

Glenburgie 1983 (Nectar of the Daily Drams) 3 Ruben Luyten 2010-04-29

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
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