Glendullan 9, 2011-2021, Hogsheads, 46% – James Eadie

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It’s not often that you find yourself tasting Glendullan. It’s a distillery who’s whisky is mostly used for blending, and since it’s owned by Diageo, my guess it goes towards J&B and Johnnie Walker mostly.

This one then, bottled by James Eadie, a newish bottler with mostly rather young whiskies available. Somehow they managed to get a cask and I got a sample from Longmorn Brother GvB. He really likes this, and rates it 87 points on Whiskybase. Let’s see if I agree!

Young, rather green spirit with honey and vanilla. Youthful sweetness, moss and some minerals.

The palate is a bit hot with alcohol heat. Apart from that there’s a lot of honey and vanilla, slate, iron and moss. Quite dry, and foresty, although the vanilla is quite pronounced.

The finish is a bit warmer, a bit darker. More notes of pastry, apple crumble with custard and some cinnamon.

Well, at its price of € 50, it’s not overly expensive and that’s a good thing. This makes it a decent daily drinker, but nothing more than that in my book.

Of course it’s young, but that’s not necessarily a detriment. What pulls this one down a few notches is that it’s so vanilla focused. That also makes it a bit generic, although the minerals and mossy notes work hard to correct that.



About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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