A.D.Rattray Glenburgie 12yo 53.8% ABV

AD Rattray Glenburgie 12

From the 2010 Cask Collection, this Glenburgie was matured in a Bourbon Hogshead for over 11 and then a 1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Hogshead for 18 months before being bottled on 12.01.2023. 1 of 319 bottles.

Appearance: Sunset gold/apple juice. An oozy thick tide mark seeps into a few large teardrops. Many thin to medium trails form around the glass, within a sticky viscous film.

Nose: A decent ethanol hit from that higher ABV along with some dried fruits, icing sugar and Christmas spices. There’s also a little black pepper, pastry and green apple skin.
Some red currant and vanilla appear after a while too.

Palate: A semi-viscous mouthfeel with plenty of spice and a little acrid. The ABV is also obvious on the palate. An earthy quality is at the front of this whisky, damp twigs and leaves as well as the smoke that would be produced by trying to burn them.
After a while, some syrupy blackberry sweetness appears with a little mild white pepper.
Some citrus elements and wheat biscuits.

Finish: Medium to long. The citrus, pepper notes and berry sweetness all last a good length of time. There’s still the acrid note though, which I’m not fond of.

Overall: Not a huge fan of this one. I don’t get on with the flavour profile. I do appreciate the complexity and the ABV level is spot on.

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