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Glen Breton Rare 10 Year Old

Bordering on Good

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@MaltActivistReview by @MaltActivist

11th Feb 2014


Glen Breton Rare 10 Year Old
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We've all had Canadian Club growing up, I presume, slumming it in a bar some where. It's not a bad drink with Coke but then what is? Anyway, it's not Canadian Club I want to talk but it's cousin Glen Breton and it's 10 year old single malt.

Had this at a recent tasting of my single malt society and it was unveiled amid much curiosity. However, intrigue did not give way to wonderment as this one failed to excite on all levels.

The nose is weakly floral, with a hint of woody cashew nuts soaking in a broth of milk balls. There are some fruits - maybe some apples and pears - but I really couldn't tell so weak is the nose.

The palate is not bad. It's not amazing but it's ok. It's quite sweet with a lemony tartness to it with some heather. But it's generally quite flat and one dimensional.

The finish is moderate with a spicy clove and stale coconut oil residue. Not the most pleasant, I must say.

I guess I'm disappointed because I wanted this to shine but it didn't. It's not entirely bad, mind you, but it does not blow you away.

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Nozinan commented

I too had high expectations. I originally bought mien as an "investment" - if the SWA lawsuit forced them to change the name the bottle would become valuable in 10-20 years.

But Glen Breton kept its name so I decided to open and try it. It was OK, but not mind blowing. I think increasing the ABV and adding some ex-sherry casks would help.

Interestingly, I tried the ice wine cask finished version a couple of years after I had opened it (preserved with gas)and it was better than when I first tried it. But at 40% it was weak.

I have a bottle of Stalk and Barrel, Toronto's first single malt, cask #1 at cask strength. If I can ever convince @Victor to come visit I plan to crack it, and any connosr members in the area are welcome to join us.

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