Glenburgie 1983-2012, 28yo, 54.3% – Signatory Cask Strength for The Nectar

Another wee bottle share I did a little while ago. There are a couple of groups on Facebook in which you can sell your own bottles and this one popped up in there a little while ago. I decided to buy it since it was affordable and started a share right away.

It didn’t take long to fill up since whisky of this age doesn’t come around that often, and especially not at ‘just’ € 140 for a bottle. Samples were made and shipped and then I just had to find a moment to drink a dram of what I had left.

Most of Glenburgie’s spirit goes towards blenders, Ballantine’s uses a lot of it. There aren’t many official bottlings, but there’s quite a few independents out there.

Image from Whiskybase

Image from Whiskybase

Sniff:
It start with rich, old whisky right away. It seems heavy on the first sniff but quickly becomes a lot lighter and more fresh. Very old fashioned with hints of cinnamon and oak. Some sweet citrus, blood orange without any bitterness. Mint, Granny Smith apples. It even becomes a bit cocoa like later on.

Sip:
The palate is slightly tingling and dry, but quite big for a twenty-eight year old. Mint and oak with a light fruitiness. Some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Pear, star apple and sweet citrus.

Swallow:
Full and rich, without being heavy. There’s fruit, oak, spices. Mint, citrus, very consistent with the palate.

Well, the guy I bought it from should not have sold this I think. This is a dram to be enjoyed and it is awesome. Really, really awesome. I now think I shouldn’t have shared it either. My 10 cl will go fast, most likely.

The complexity is great, without being very demanding. There’s a lot to discover and all flavors are nice and contribute to each other, even though at first sight they might be conflicting a little bit (mint and citrus…)

I don’t think I  can tell you enough how good this is. It just ticks all my boxes for great whisky with all flavors that are going on. I think I might keep an eye out for oldies like this, from Glenburgie. Luckily it’s not a very popular distillery so prices might be acceptable.

Glenburgie 28, 26/10/1983 – 09/10/2012, Hogshead, 54.3% – Signatory Cask Strength collection for The Nectar Belgium. Available at Crombé for € 158

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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