Review #609. Glenburgie 18

Review #609 | /r/Scotch Review #203 – Glenburgie 18yr

The Schtick: This was part of a blind mystery package that a buddy sent along. I sampled, posted my notes live in the Discord server and got the reveal so that I could fill in the pertinent information for this posting. Thanks, Post!


Distiller: Glenburgie

Bottler: Glenburgie

ABV:43% ABV

Age: 18 Years

Source: Mystery Sample


Nose: Sweet honey. Vanilla, melon and citrus. Lime? Pepper. Like a delicious lemon bar from a bakery. Faint pepper and salinity. Hint of sulfur. Vanilla is really prominent and the other flavors accent very nicely.

Taste: Medium mouthfeel, no heat. Sweet vanilla buttercream, mild pepper, some faint smoke and salinity. Almost a hint of savory. Butter cream returns with faint citrus and a mildly lactic presence.

Finish: Long, really complex – lots of vanilla, doughy cakebread, faint pepper and some lemon bar.

Overall: I’m pretty confident this is an unpeated single malt, no real wine finishing here. The lactic, sweetness, citrus, faint savory notes and the hint of salinity make me pretty confident in my guess: This is an older Bruichladdich bottling, probably something like Laddie 16, or Laddie 20+ given the complexity and wonderful citrus + vanilla.

Reveal: Glenburgie 18. Doh. This really threw me for a loop, even given my “certainty” in my guess. Really enjoyed it, though. Really enjoyable dram.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 6

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Decoded:

1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.

2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.

3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.

4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.

5 | Good | Good, just fine.

6 | Very Good | A cut above.

7 | Great | Well above average

8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.

9 | Incredible | An all time favorite

10 | Perfect | Perfect


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