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Glenburgie 10 Year Old

Average score from 2 reviews and 2 ratings 76

Glenburgie 10 Year Old

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  • Brand: Glenburgie
  • Bottler: Gordon & MacPhail
  • ABV: 40.0%
  • Age: 10 year old

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Glenburgie 10 Year Old

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.


I tasted my first Glenburgie, a 22 Year Old from Signatory, about a year ago. It did not rock me. But the pleasant bottling by Bert Bruyneel earlier this month took me by surprise. So, high time to try a few more Glenburgie. Let me start with this 10 Year Old from Gordon & Macphail, bottled in 2004.

On the nose, it does remind me of the 9 Year Old by Asta Morris. Overripe fruit, stewed fruit. But also some forest scents shine through. Purple heather, wet earth, ferns. Creamy butter and cooked cauliflower. After a few moments, nice hints of coffee emerge. Sounds like a strange mixed bag, does it not? Well, it is. But still very pleasant and inviting, albeit somewhat light.

The attack is weak, even watery. More of the same from the nose, but also quite a bit of yeast. Mild on the spices. Purple candy. Dark honey. Crystal sugar.

The finish is terribly short.

A small Glenburgie, if you know what I mean, proving that Glenburgie truly is a blenders whisky. Low on complexity, high on drinkability.

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