Here’s just a quick review before all hell breaks loose in December. With what’s coming in regards of sheer sample volume that has to be tasted, I’m starting to see the benefits of a sober January. I also know that that’s never going to happen, though.
Anyway, I got this fairly random sample from ES, who came to pick up some samples a while ago. I never try Glendullan, somehow, since it’s one of those Dufftown distilleries that doesn’t really spark the imagination. One that’s been built for blending capacity, as many others.
But, when I saw the TWA written on the tape covering the original label of the sample bottle, I started looking forward to it. I don’t think I’ve ever had a TWA bottle that was bad. Some are more interesting than others, for sure, but none are bad (yet).
On the nose it starts with some green wood. Like dry oak, but with a mossy bark because of a lack of direct sunlight. Really foresty, spring like. Rather timid at first, but I do get a hint of pineapple. Very old fashioned and really in the style of eighties for blends. But, all in a very good way.
The palate is smooth and gentle, with again that green forest thingy. Green leaves, wet trees, some apple (Granny Smith) and a hint of pear. It does get a bit sweeter after some swimming.
The finish is rather awesome with lots of oak, a light spirit flavor (after 28 years…). Fruit, trees, leaves. Reminiscent of spring.
I think this might be an acquired taste even for whisky geeks. However, with those springtime flavors going on I really like it. The wet forest and mossy flavors really bring me back to some of the whiskies I loved when I started with this weird hobby. So, from an association point of view this is a great whisky.
Apart from that there’s a lot to discover here, and loads of layered flavors. I think this might be one for the wishlist and me trying to find it in auctions.
Glendullan 1981-2009, 28yo, 49.6%, The Whisky Agency. It used to cost some 190 euros.