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This is the first release from the Glengyle distillery sinds the re-opening in the new millennium. It’s a very young whisky (only 5 years old), distilled in March 2004 and bottled in 2009. The second release dates from Juni 2010. Every year, Glengyle plans to release about 12.000 bottles to allow people to sample this ‘Work in Progress’, until it will be bottled at the age of 12.
The nose is delicate and light and needs time to develop. Patience brings out different aromas such as light smoke and white fruit, counterbalanced by something beefy (meatballs) and pine needles. But oh so delicate and not very spectacular.
On the palate, the dram is creamy, softly spiced with white pepper with a tad of smoke and salt against the sweetness of apples, lime and the bitterness of walnuts. But again, I’m not overly excited. It misses some balance. The harsh bitterness and saltiness overpower the sweet notes completely.
The finish can best be described as a little smoky and bitter.
Admittedly, this is still a young whisky and anything but a misnomer. It still needs some work.