Whisky Review: Glendullan-Glenlivet 20 Years Old 1996-2017 Wine Cask

Category: Speyside single malt Scotch Whisky

Origin: Glendullan Distillery

Bottling: Cadenhead’s

ABV: 52.4%

Cost: £82.60 from Cadenhead’s

Glendullan-20yo-1996-wine-cask-WMC

What They say:

Distilled at Glendullan distillery in 1996, this whisky has been in a Chateau Lafitte cask since July 2009 and was bottled in spring 2017. Producing 252 bottles at outturn of natural cask strength of 52.4% ABV.

Nose:

Cocktail cherries, strawberries, watermelon, sugar, Turkish delight, creamy and buttery

Palate:

Marzipan, buttery, very creamy, smooth, chocolate bourbons, sugared fruit sweets

Finish:

More cherries, pineapple, lemon zest, oranges, very sweet but with a lingering sour note.

What I say:

The final in our Glendullan trio was this Chateau Lafitte wine cask finished version bottled spring 2017 as part of Cadenhead’s 175th anniversary celebration.

Appearance:

Blood orange (18/20), large quick tears leave medium legs

Nose:

Tannic and leathery, (tasted blind I initially thought of sherry!) red fruits, spiced fruit cake, malt loaf, apple, banana, chocolate, raisins, plum, plum sauce – slightly savoury, orange oil, toasted brown bread & malt loaf, treacle, slightly mineralic and a little like tomato juice & tabasco sauce (Bloody Mary!)

Taste:

Richly spiced fruit cake, leather, cocoa, crystallized plums and dehydrated strawberry, rum & raisin fudge, cardamom, liquorice, with water; tangy red and tropical fruits – cranberry and durian?

Finish:

Long, overly tannic, liquorice, aniseed balls and eucalyptus.

Overall:

Needs reducing to get the best out of it, a lot of tannins and red fruits didn’t instantly give away that this was a wine cask finish! I’m beginning to think Glendullan it’s not you it’s me… If you like Bloody Mary’s garnished with a slice of durian fruit and aniseed balls then maybe this one is for you! Intrigued to see how many points over 90 Serge may score this one, finally quashing any rumours of bungs accepted from Cadenhead’s 😀

Score: 83/100

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