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Glenugie 31yo 1977/2009 (58.1%, SV Cask Strength Collection, Finished in an Oloroso Butt, C#7, 577b): nose: a whole different kettle of fish! We now have coffee (of the Americano variety), amaretti (almond macaroons), maybe some distant, tinned fish? Teriyaki sauce, rather -- perhaps even soy sauce (hence why it is so moreish, one could easily imagine). There is even a discrete scent of dunnage warehouse. Mouth: a lot thicker than #4703, as expected. This one is richer, bitterer, with a hint of green chilli again, but also ginger and teriyaki sauce. The sherry speaks loudly, which is logical after a seven-year "finish". Speaking of finish: coconut, wood varnish, rancio, sweetened, black coffee (light Americano again), fortified wine or berry liqueur. This one is always a blast. It simply does not disappoint. 9/10
When asked which one I prefer, I go into a deadlock: #4703 is probably the seducer of the two, easy as it is to like it, no matter how (un)developed the palate. #7 is the cigar-in-a-chesterfield kind of a dram. They are both superb in their own right; why try to class them?
Glenugie Casks 4703 + 7: that is not cask 4710, for the absent-minded. Try to follow! Nose: the little volume I blend does not tell much; a bit of flower-stem juice, squashed berries, a little wood, maybe -- yes! Seasoned wood it is. Mouth: a really weird red-fruit mix. Not sure I like it much, to be honest. It is very Acidic and shaky. Red-wine vinegar is probably the closest it could relate to. Finish: yes, red-wine vinegar, though it is not as annoying as it was on the mouth. Coconut shell, fleeting passion fruit, after a few seconds. Also wooden planks, soaked in Rioja. Not really a success, this. :o)