21 July 2013

20/07/2013 A 1980 dram for a 1980 birthday

One of my family members was born in 1980. It so happens that I have a sample of 1980 Glenlochy. Look no further for an aperitive, today!

Glenlochy 27yo 1980/2007 (58.3%, Part Des Anges Closed Distilleries, C#2826, 231b): second Glenlochy for me. The first left a very nice impression, so I am rather excited. Nose: this smells like a grain, which is weird and agreeable. Corn syrup, cast sugar, wood varnish, custard powder, caramel, lukewarm mead, perhaps. With water, much more metallic and grassy, with verbena, gentian and the obvious pencil-sharpener blade. Mouth: punchy attack, quite estery. Cellophane and pinewood planks. It also has a certain greenness to it (maybe sage?) and moscovado sugar. With water, it becomes almost totally neutral. Finish: lovely toasted wood, empty coconut shells, custard pie with black pepper sprinkled on it and a pinch of peppermint. With water, it turns a lot fruitier, all of a sudden. Peach concentrate in a glass of vanilla-flavoured sugar-cane juice. Lovely dram, this is. 8/10
Happy birthday, Y.

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