Glenburgie 10yo Gordon&MacPhail

Blender's Fodder


blog.whivie.beThe Gordon & Macphail bottling serves as a semi-official release of the obscure Glenburgie distillery. Glenburgie is ranked in one of the higher tiers when it comes to the annual production volume, due to the fact that, though the distillery may have had a long and interesting history, it was rebuild completely back in 2004.Though many of you may never have tried the Glenburgie single malt, you probably drank it before, as it is one of the main components of the Ballentine's blends.

glenburgie-10-year-old-whiskyWith a heritage tracing back to 1829, one would expect that this survivor could would be well worth a try. Than why am I hesitating to even open this whisky?
With a bottling date of 2004, this particularly whisky was distilled back in the old distillery. A quick search on the web, offers a glimpse at what I'm in for: a lot of mixed reviews with very dissimilar tasting notes, but overall low scores.

Nose: needs some air to develop: grassy, some notes of citrus, honey and linseed with a whiff of wood polish.

Mouth: medium body, waxy and more floral on the palate: faint hints of orange oil, some cereal with a peppery edge.

Finish: fairly short and drying finish: creamy vanilla notes (yuk!), tones of toffee and some chemical notes in the tail, but I can't really put my finger on it. Simply disgusting.

The Verdict:
No I won't lie, the nose and palate were not great, but at least they were "ok", now the finish is where it all falls apart.  As some may already have guessed, I'm not someone who appreciates the presence of an overabundance of vanilla flavours in his dram. When this gets mixed in with some weird chemical notes, it looses all credibility in my eyes, nothing salvageable here. A weird unbalanced whisky were neither the mouth, nor the finish seem to match the nose. Just a boring bland whisky with a terrible finish: Blender's fodder.