Glendullan 24 Years Old 1993 Connoisseurs Choice (56.6%, Gordon & MacPhail, Refill HH #8339, 171 Bottles, 2018)
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Glendullan distillery
- Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail, Connoisseurs Choice
- ABV: 56.6%
- Cost: £170
What they say
Official tasting notes:
- Aroma: Fresh and delicate: rich vanilla combines with sweet candied pineapple and honeysuckle notes; pressed apple develops and transforms into ripe mango and zesty lime.
- Taste: Lively and mouth-warming white pepper mellows into a sweet creaminess. Oak mixes with chocolate and vanilla, with time hints of mint mature into lemon and lime.
- Finish: Long and lingering citrus complemented by oak highlights.
What I say
The third and final sample in our trio of new Connoisseurs Choice offerings from Gordon & MacPhail is this 24 year old Glendullan. Glendullan was one of those elusive distilleries I tried and tried to sample but it took me a while before I could get hold of a few. I remember fellow bloggers highlighting the operative ‘Dull’ in the title and found the expressions I had were nothing to get excited about. This expression from Gordon & MacPhail was distilled in 1993 and matured in a refill American oak Hogshead for 24 years before bottling at 56.6% ABV. Producing 171 bottles at outturn, this low recovery and dark colour suggest an active cask.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Dark gold (10/20), quick, medium-sized tears leave medium-fine legs.
- Nose: Fresh and zesty, rich and sugary fruits or fruit in syrup, peach nectarine, tinned fruit cocktail, precedes vanilla cream and light caramel or fudge/tablet, on breathing a second wave of pencil shavings and vanilla became more apparent.
- Taste: Dry oak, woodchips, bark, pencil shavings, quite a woody assault on the palate, some pine sap softens into sugary fruits from the nose, mango, pineapple, chocolate lime sweeties, vanilla cream & Murray mints/mint butter candies.
- Finish: Long, white pepper, drying, oak wood and more woody spices with the fruit syrup lingering
Apart from the initial sensation of chewing on wood chips this Glendullan expression has plenty to get excited about. Lovely tropical fruits in syrup followed by vanilla tablet, chocolate limes and Murray mints, sweeties for a long car journey on a beautiful summers day.
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