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Glenalba 37-year-old Cd

Overall rating
85.58/100
votes
57
Whiskybase ID
WB119795
Category
Blend
Bottler
Clydesdale (Cd)
Vintage
1981
Bottled
2018
Stated Age
37 years old
Casktype
Sherry Cask Finish
Casknumber
Batch 18/0491
Number of bottles
1650
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
Lidl
Market
de Germany
Added on
22 Oct 2018 3:36 pm by wbarchive_336582
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Average value

€ 293.35

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Whisky Reviews for Glenalba 37-year-old Cd

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.58 points

  1. SmokeyRuhr scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    I'm really surprised by this discounter whiskey. 37 years is of course a house number, which is often justified to justify several hundred euros. Here far under 100 euros. Can that work out?
    I think it went very well.
    Not a heavy old whiskey, but a nice fruity, delicious and tasty whiskey, with hints of age.
    I think the PLV is more than good.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The sherry cask finish makes you think of old whiskey from sherry casks, but it's still fruity and looks younger and fresher to me.
      I would have typed on a single malt, or at least a blended malt, because of Grain I notice nothing.
      Plums, berries and tobacco of a good cigar (not lit!). Overall, fruity and harmonious.
    • Taste
      89 89
      Yes, he is very good drinkable. It affects me more in the mouth than in the nose. Stronger and older. No alcohol to feel, just a little peppery tingle. But to the beautiful sweetness of dark fruits and the beautiful bitterness, as of dark drinking chocolate, which spreads beautifully oily and creamy in the mouth. Very pleasant mouthfeel so that you can let it circle in your mouth for a long time.
    • Finish
      85 85
      He remains fruity and chocolaty. Unfortunately, that does not stay that way for very long. He disappears relatively quickly. I do not have the pleasant bitterness left by some older sherry whiskey when leaving for a long time.

  2. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    This blend is definitely considered to be successful. Of course, 43%
    or better, but he is delicious, also in terms of price-age ratio.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Lots of cinnamon, hulls, sweet vanilla pod, honey, caramel, very sweet, freshly sawn old wood, tightly woven compote of deep yellow, ripe fruit.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sugared blood orange, mild wood juice, flower nectar, very elegant and supple, spicy fruit paste with the aromatic wood notes without any bitterness
    • Finish
      85 85
      Relatively short, but pleasant woody note, very harmonious and gentle, with balanced oak cargo.

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Delicious, pleasant bottling at a great price - but you should multiply it by at least 1.5-2, because this whiskey does not want to be enjoyed in small sips of Malthead. The price flows positively into my score - nice aromas of old stuff - only a little bit diluted.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Superficially sour after apple with clove, behind it red berry jam - sweet and sour with blackberries and a hint of blueberries - then it goes more towards orange, it becomes oily, fuller, sweeter, a little liquorice and a fine hint of residual smoke - for most people hardly noticeable, campfire Logs, smells like my Italian when I first enter the room with the fireplace that day - very fine and volatile, juicy tobacco with honey,
      No grain notes - not even the typical OBF. Very round and soft - beautiful without missing notes, without corners, without edges and a lot of understatement.

      With the first sip it becomes even sweeter, walnuts, gingerbread spices, nutmeg, fine old wood dust.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Warm, red fruit jam, raisins, rum chocolate, clear pepper and tobacco note, it feels more like 43% + at first, is much stronger on the palate than on the nose.
      Large sips can be chewed for a surprisingly long time - great multi-layered wooden aromas, oak cabinet wall, wax, furniture polish, nutmeg, cocoa, banana peel, walnuts unfold
    • Finish
      84 84
      Peppery, subtly fruity, quite dry - but pleasant - for me it strengthens the oak aromas - it doesn't stay long - but I chewed it for a very long time

  4. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    the beautiful fruitiness is its most prominent feature. He drinks relatively easily but is not too weak-breasted. The old age does not really come into play, the grain component is very restrained. The PLV in terms of taste is appropriate, but excellent in age.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Strong berry fruits (strawberries, raspberries), vanilla, bark, dust,
    • Taste
      88 88
      Sweet, fruity. Vanilla and malt, bitterness arises, the alcohol could be better integrated
    • Finish
      90 90
      In the fairly long finish then again very fruity with berries. Stimulates salivation with moderate bitterness.

  5. tribe scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    This is the best glenalbe in my opinion. It's really good and it's starting to get complex. Admittedly still cute like the other albas, but he already has a lot of wood. Great part with jam Christmas spices, super tasty.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    When Lidl launched that bottling, it was probably the cheapest available bottling containing spirit distilled in 1981. Is it worth its initial price? It is imho. Maybe a reason for much higher prices on the secondary market nowadays.
    Fruity and sweet-sour sherried, but not very complex nose, grain hardly noticable, neither on the nose nor on the palate. Much more complex on the taste, starting very spicy, nuts, some leather, chocolate, the cask is dominating the spirit here - not suprisingly after 37 years of maturation. Dried fruits evolving again and complementing. Just missing more intensity - you need to take a mouthful instead of a sip. Unfortunately the just 40% hinder the dram to be present on the finish for a long time. Rather on the chocolate again, suprisingly without any bitterness at all. However, too short or at least lacking intensity if you ask me. Delicious dram, but I would have it preferred at 46% abv to unlock the full potential.
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      83 83

  7. larswehmeier scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    A very mature and settled whiskey with a great complex nose. Unfortunately, the taste is so complex and due to the low drinking strength quite short in the finish,
    • Nose
      Hearty and spicy. Cigars in the wooden box. Dark fruits. Sticky, dark syrup. Ripe, set malt. Great nose.
    • Taste
      Surprisingly light and mild to start with. A lot of dark chocolate. Not as much oak as expected. The spice is only pleasantly nutty on the palate. Elegant taste impression.
    • Finish
      Rather short and mild. The chocolate stays, but doesn't get bitter.

  8. Xaver did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Blind Sample:

      Colour:
      Amber

      Nose:
      The first thing that comes to mind is a tart and artificial smoke note. The colleague generally has a very soft aroma. Some stewed plastic and cold ashes. From the background comes a musty saltwater scent. With some time in the glass, the smoke and the artificial recede. Now comes through vanilla, fermented apricots and a dark berry flavor. Sour plums and herbs. I also smell some lavender.
    • Taste
      Very soft, almost watery onset. Then comes the dry smoke. A cold ash taste immediately gets stuck with some pepper. The taste is a bit gammeliges ago. The herbal taste reminds me of thyme. In addition orange and wood. A youthful, sprightly undertone is included. Some licorice and again the fermented berries. Has something of currants. In the taste also this perfumed, floral note. With a bitter nut flavor.
    • Finish
      Rather short with subtle spice. Cold smoke. Some bitterness and provocative berry sweetness.

  9. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Hm what can you say, proud 37 years to an unimaginable discount price (about 70-80 €). What awaits me there?

    To start with, the 37 years you do not notice (unfortunately). I suspect that the significantly fresher / less balanced grain content is noticeable here. For me, the whiskey seems more like a sensible 20-year-old Speyside whiskey. The sherry barrel finish is well integrated. The nose is pleasantly round and harmonious. The taste shows a very fine smoke and a dry citrus note. I like the nose better personally.
    The finish is pleasing and long.

    If he had not been on the label for 37 years and he really was a 20-year-old Speysider, I would probably love the nose and appreciate the slight smoky note on the finish as a finesse. So formality and taste somehow do not match. The price / age ratio still leaves a funny impression.

    But in total, the price is just okay.

  10. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Fruit, old fruits, slightly berries, grape juice on one side, sawdust (not fresh), dusty chest of drawers, oak on the other side change here in nose and taste.

    It starts fruity and becomes spicier. In the mouth a sweetish-spicy interplay that clearly falls on the spicy side when swallowing and leaving.

    Very pleasant and interesting as he shows his different sides but unfortunately quite thin overall. It's really a pity that the 40% was diluted down here, but somehow the price has to come in at the age.

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