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The Gordon & Macphail bottling serves as a semi-official release of the obscure Glenburgie distillery.
With a heritage tracing back to 1829, one would expect that this survivor could would be well worth a try. Than why am I hesitating to even open this whisky? A quick search on the web, offers a glimpse at what I'm in for: a lot of mixed reviews with very dissimilar tasting notes, but overall low scores.
Nose needs some air to develop
Nose: grassy, some notes of citrus, honey and linseed with a whiff of wood polish.
Mouth: medium body, waxy and more floral on the palate: faint hints of orange oil, some cereal with a peppery edge.
Finish: fairly short and drying finish: creamy vanilla notes (yuk!), tones of toffee and some chemical notes in the tail, but I can't really put my finger on it. Simply disgusting.
The Verdict: No I won't lie, the nose and palate were not great, but at least they were "ok", now the finish is where it all falls apart. As some may already have guessed, I'm not someone who appreciates the presence of an overabundance of vanilla flavours in his dram. When this gets mixed in with some weird chemical notes, it looses all credibility in my eyes, nothing salvageable here. A weird unbalanced whisky were neither the mouth, nor the finish seem to match the nose
Just a boring bland whisky with a terrible finish: Blender's fodder.