Glamis 10 Year Old Glenfyne Distillery Bot.1930s
Glamis 10 Year Old Glenfyne Distillery
75cl / 43%
An extraordinary find, this is one of the rarest single malts we’ve ever come across. Glamis is the single malt from the long-extinct Glenfyne distillery (sometimes also known as Glendarroch), which was situated in Ardrishaig on the edge of Loch Fyne and closed in 1937.
A well-known beast in a very elegant bottle, that I had never tried before. A crying shame… Colour: deep amber. Nose: starts with a superb combination of dark chocolate and prunes, with faint whiffs of old roses in the background. Goes on with notes of oxtail bouillon (or simply Oxo), thuja wood, roasted nuts, old balsamic vinegar, rancio and blackberry jam. All that is pretty elegant. Then more and more smoke and plasticine as well as notes of black pipe tobacco and pine sap. Glamis 10 Year Old Glenfyne Distillery Bot.1930s
Also roasted pine nuts. Perfect balance and utter elegance here! Mouth: surprisingly fresh and fruity despite the obvious oakiness in the background. Cardamom, toffee and liqueur chocolates, then more plain dark chocolate, roasted pecans, our beloved nusswasser (walnut liqueur), quite some cinchona, Jägermeister, peppermint… I think it’s a perfect example of a whisky that’s got a huge wood impact but that remained balanced and, I must say, pleasant to drink. Finish: long, obviously drier but yet again, not excessively tannic or drying. Very nice signature on orange marmalade and pepper. Comments: sort of miraculous. One more minute in wood and it may have gotten a tad ‘too much’. Ahem.
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