Glenesk 30yo (1971/2001) Silver Seal

Roast Leg of Lamb

glenesk_large.pngA lost distillery so obscure barely any pictures of can be found that haven’t been taken from miles away or with a blurred lens? That can only be Glenesk or Hillside, so you may: the place where this 30yo whisky was conceived. This  Eastern Highland Distillery closed its doors back in 1985 and would soon fade from memory. While Lochside, Glenugie and Glenury Royal are praised amongst connoisseurs and North Port is probably more collectable, I wouldn’t go as far as calling Glenesk the ugly duckling, rather the estranged uncle of the Eastern Highlands. Torn down to make place for a malting factory, today only its warehouses survive. This particular bottle was selected by Silver Seal about 14years ago: safe to say that this whisky comes at a price.

pdt__glenesk_1971_30yo_silver_seal_635_1_tmb_thumb.jpgDescription: pale gold in colour, long and fairly narrow legs in the glass, bottled at 49% ABV.

Nose: A faint but evolving nose. It opens as a rural malt with fairly dusty notes of freshly unearthed potatoes and thyme. But develops into a more gentle farmy dram with notes of wet leaves, hay and fresh vanilla.

Mouth: a vibrant and fizzing mouth feel similar to a young Miltonduff. With hay on the palate and a touch of oak on the tongue, we're left with vague notes of orange peel and lavender oil.

Finish: a medium-long drying finish with tones of soft citrus, a spoonful of honey
 

The Verdict: Like an old diesel engine it takes time to catch on. But when it is up and running with its pistons pumping, it turns into a roaring thunder. A succulent dram that suddenly makes you crave for roast leg of lamb. A particular seasoned style of whisky that probably died out when they tore down the old Glenesk. Time to get a taste before it is too late.
Score: 88

Nose: 21

Taste: 23
Finish: 22 Balance: 22
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house