Glenugie 1966 Vintage G&M

Peterhead Let-down

In Peterhead once stood a small distillery providing a unique floral malt for the blend industry. No official bottles made it to market and only a handful of independent bottlers (mostly the usual suspects: G&M, Cadenhead,…) ever got their hands on the remaining casks. The ideal conditions for an expensive collector’s item, although Glenugie might just be a tad too obscure for most collectors.

Expectations are high, Glenugie should provide an excellent tasting experience, but G&M decided only to include it in their Connoisseurs collection, a sign on the wall.

glenugieDescription: distilled in 1966 and matured for 28 years, bottled in 1994 by independent bottler Gordon&MacPhail at 40% ABV, for the Connoisseurs Choice range.

Nose: a melange of dry oak and orange tea with that typical old bottle smell, a spoonful of acacia honey, almond milk and anise seed.
(with water added: more sherry, orange peel and yoghurt).

Mouth: a mouthful of bitter and dry wood dust, cold coffee with grounds and a drop of orange juice.
(with water added: still bitter but less rough in nature).

Finish: short, white pepper edge, chocolate.

The Verdict: the nose may be very much alive, but the whisky is dead. Who’s the killer you might ask? I point my finger towards the cask, the palate displays all the symptoms of an oak overdose. Glenugie is the penultimate lost distillery on my list, I expect the last one Ben Wyvis will be a dud, but this a surprising let-down.

Score: 71

Nose: 21

Taste: 14
Finish: 15 Balance: 21
   < 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