The Rare Malts Selection is the precursor to the Diageo Special Releases and ran from 1995 until 2005. This Glendullan was bottled at 62.6% ABV, which makes my eyebrows shoot upward. Where is my water? This release has become quite unaffordable, some 350 to even 500 EUR. Yes, those Rare Malts are living up to their name and you’ll need deep pockets to get hold of them now.
Oh, FFS! What and excellent old school nose on greengages, pineapple, litchi and banana. There is also a dusty element, as if I’m in the attic. Old books or fresh saw dust. Jelly beans in the back. I’m a fan.
You can almost chew this whisky, what a body. And despite the high ABV I do not gasp for breath, nor feel inclined to add water. This is an intense, full, fruity malt that also offers some plums and caramel, but excels in offering a fine balance between the very fruity notes on the one hand and the tannins from the oak cask on the other.
The finish is wonderfully long and I feel bliss.
In short: the best Glendullan ever. Period. Thx, Manny.