Thursday, September 15, 2011

In the year 1973...


...I was born... and some interesting Whiskys have been distilled.

I showed some of those that I own some time ago. Now there are three more bottles which are worth to be presented.

The first is a Glen Moray 36  yo, 1973 -2010, 53.1 %, bottled by Duncan Taylor, it´s also the first bottle of Glen Moray that I have here.

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I found some tasting notes about it at www.whiskyfun.com:
Color: dark gold.
Nose: starts just a tad acetic but that goes away, leaving room for stewed fruits and several tropical fruits that are usually more to be found in old Lochsides, Clynelishes or even Bowmores. Intriguing! Other than that, we have some cappuccino and vanilla, café latte, hints of marshmallows and whiffs of cut vegetables (asparagus? French beans?) Anyway, this is a very nice surprise. 
With water: more oak. Sawdust, a little coconut, also sangria, more cinnamon… 
Mouth (neat): we’re well in the same family as the 1986’s but this is rather less vanilled and pretty fruitier, also with more ‘bitter’ oak in the background (radish and green tea). Pineapples, pears, kiwis, cherries… 
With water: more or less the same but with an added earthiness, which I like a lot. Roots, liquorice wood… 
Finish: rather long, with a perfect oakiness. Oranges and a little ginger. 
Comments: excellent!

On the website of Duncan Taylor they write about their bottling:
Nose: Lots of sweet toffee, raisins, rum like notes, milk chocolate, nougat and bourbon biscuits.
Taste: Warming, rich toffee, cherries, quite creamy, melted chocolate, tangerines and a touch nutty.
Finish: Thick and lingering, lots of treacle toffee and some spiced fruits.
Comment: A big Glen Moray – An excellent example of how good this whisky can be!
 
The second one is from a distillery I never heard of before... Glenury Royal.

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I did some research in the internet and then I found out why I never heard of this before: the distillery was mothballed in 1985 and in 1992 the license was cancelled and the place sold.

The Whisky itself is very rare and hard to find... especially for this older vintages because this Whisky was used a lot for some blends, like King William IV and Ye Auld Toun.

The bottling that I got is Glenury Royal 37  yo, 1973 - 2010, 42.1 %, bottled by "The Whisky Agency". It's part of their 8th series which is called "Sill Lifes I". 187 bottles only... so the chance is low to find this one for a long time available on the market.


Last but not least: Glen Grant 37 yo, 1973 - 2010, 46.0 %, bottled for THOSOP Belgium.

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Glen Grant with some age is simply awesome... this one has been stored in an ex-Sherry cask and the result is a malt with an intensive Sherry note, very complex and nutty, coffee and smoke and some fruity aromas. There are only 120 bottles available, I guess it'll be sold out fast.

2 comments:

  1. Sipping a Lagavulin 16, a young child compared to your excellent new and rare bottles of 1973 Heiko. Fun to have so many Single Malts from your birthyear. I remember a 35 year old you kindly sent me, THE whisky of my life to date. Enjoy, and thank you for telling us about your new purchases:-)

    Arild

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  2. I'm really happy that there are always nice bottlings from this year at good prices... and as you know me: they'll be all opened one day... we'll have another Whisky tasting in November this year, with 4 bottles which have been distilled in 1973... I'm lookin forward to it...

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