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Gordan & MacPhail Glenburgie 10 Years Old

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Although Glenburgie is among the oldest of the active distilleries in Scotland it has remained out of the spotlight and as such could be considered among the "lesser known" of Speyside's distilleries. Whisky production is known to have occurred on the current site as far back as 1810, yet Glenburgie was actually opened in 1829 by William Paul who hired renowned industrial architect Charles Doig to design the distillery.

With most of its single malt production destined for Ballantine's or Old Smuggler brands of blended scotch whisky, a sighting of a Glenburgie bottling is a rare occurrence. Over it's lifetime, Glenburgie has changed hands 9 times and each owner has restricted its output to blending with only a small amount of single malt made available to independent bottlers. For a number of years Glenburgie produced 2 different styles of single malt on the same site. In 1958, then-owners Hiram Walker & Sons installed a pair of Lomond stills to produce a variant called Glencraig supposedly named after former production director Willie Craig. Until the stills were removed in 1981 Glencraig was occasionally available as a single malt but, like Glenburgie, most of the spirit was used for blending. The current owners, Pernod-Ricard (held by Chivas Brothers), expanded the distillery's annual capacity to 4.2 million litres following their acquisition in 2005. 

Discovered by chance at an NB Liquor store in Rothesay, New Brunswick, it's the first bottle of Glenburgie I've ever seen. This 10 year old expression was matured in refill sherry hogsheads and first fill sherry butts and bottled at 40% ABV by independent bottlers Gordon & MacPhail.
 



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  • Ryan commented on Aberlour 16 Years Old Double Cask:

    Hi James, I greatly prefer the A'Bunadh over the 16yr. But as you've probably noticed, I've got a real affinity for big, bold sherry bombs! :) In my opinion, the A'Bunadh is THE best variation of Aberlour on LCBO shelves. From a value perspective, the higher price is more than compensated by the higher ABV.

  • James Peach commented on Aberlour 16 Years Old Double Cask:

    Thank you for the review and interesting to hear it was once bottled at 43%ABV. I do wonder if there are any such bottling lurking on the shelves anywhere. Surely a bargain in this day and age however, at 40%ABV I feel it is a different proposition (perhaps I'm jaded, but at the minimum ABV I have found many bottlings wanting and I have found I am invariably disappointed) and perhaps the couple of extra $'s for A'Bunadh to be the more worthy purchase. How would you compare the two on both an absolute and value basis?

  • Stuart commented on Forty Creek Heart of Gold:

    I have an unopened bottle available if someone is still looking. email whisky@hfour.ca

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