Glenugie 1959 CA

Overall rating
89.92/100
votes
27
Whiskybase ID
WB15173
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Dumpy Bottle
Vintage
01.1959
Bottled
06.1977
Stated Age
18 years old
Strength
80 (proof)
Size
757 ml
Label
26²/³ Fl. Ozs.
Added on
05 apr 2010 10:18 am
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 4040.00

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Whisky reviews for Glenugie 1959 CA

9 users have left 13 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.92 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I had a bottle of this then a 10cl sample from another bottle and loved it.
    Old Glenugie, just buy it, that is my advice.
    • Nose
      90 90
      A faint ginger note mixed in with other spices, this has a delicate nose.
      Cake notes mixed with wine gums and a nice faint menthol note in the mix
    • Taste
      90 90
      This is a bag of fruit gums mixed with various spices and then a little orange notes emerges but a burnt orange.
      There is a little cream and then bang some pepper and peat emerge together.
    • Finish
      87 87
      It remains spicy but faded just a little too quickly

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  3. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Glenugie x 11 18-32 years old 1959-1981 vintages

    1959 18 year 80 proof Cadenhead dumpy wb 15173 - 90/91/91
    1966 31 year 53.9% cask 4082 Signatory Silent Stills wb 7209 - 91/92/93
    1966 20 year 55% Duthies for Samaroli wb 8962 - 91/93/94
    1967 21 year 59.5% Sestante bird label wb 8981 - 94/93/93
    1968 20 year 54.8% Sestante bird label wb 10338 - 90/91/93
    1976 27 year 51.1% cask 2700 Signatory Vintage Collection wb 3746 - 90/91/90
    1977 29 year 49.6% casl PDA 360 Part Des Anges wb 612 - 84/85/84
    1977 32 year 58.6% cask 1 Signatory CS Collection wb 15966 - 88/90/91
    1980 25 year 47% SMWS 99.10 Complex & Intriguing wb 15175 - 87/86/86
    1981 24 year 61.8% cask 5515 Blackadder Raw Cask wb 643 - 90/91/90
    1981 22 year 58% cask 5156 Duncan Taylor wb 6900 - 87/86/86

    Re taste
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. Skiddilly scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  5. Gerrit84 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 x 13 + Authentic/Original 1964-1966 x 3
    16 in total

    Apologies this post is a bit long

    Tasting order as follows :-

    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% WB 14358
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% WB 16642
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% WB 20094
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 yr 46% mini same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market WB 120312
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% WB 31933
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% WB 12577
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof WB 15173
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof WB 27093
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% WB 66289
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof WB 98570
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% WB 30837
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% WB 29551
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof WB 19956
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection WB 7303
    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling WB 26610
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection
    WB 15014

    This was a mammoth tasting on so many levels 13 Cadenhead dumpy 1957-1968 and then an Original Collection and two Authentic Collection 1964/66/66 respectively so 16 in total. The Glen Albyn & Dufftown were last as they were cask strength but the others were all labelled 45.7%/46%/80 proof.
    This tasting took a long time to do, with plenty of water between , breaks and some food.

    Our of the 16 there was only one that was found wanting and that was the St Magdalene, with the first place honours a shoot-out between the Convaalmore 21 year, Jura 66 dumpy and the 1964 Glen Albyn tall bottle.
    The 1st place shoot out was carried out the next day (today) and the winner was the Glen Albyn by a nose, I know it was higher strength but is also had more depth of profile and a lovely orange marmalade note, almost a 93 point average

    I have had Cadenhead dumpy before, full bottles and samples but what is clear from this tasting is that the type of liquid in these bottles is not made anymore, they are the proverbial `Old School` bottles, slightly austere at times but sharper and crisper on the palate than today’s manufactured drams with massive sherry.
    I would only describe the Glen Albyn, Dufftown &Glenrothes as an obviously sherried whisky, I believe they all will be but in a blind tasting you certainly would not.

    What I found fascinating was that many of them had very similar notes on the nose and the palate, a grassy/cereal note was a common thread and also grapefruit on the palate or so it seemed. I wondered if this could be down to the type of barley used and coal fired stills who knows but actually when you think about it in the 1950’s & 1960’s nearly all of this whisky would have gone into blends, and nearly all these whiskies are from the Speyside area.
    There were so many similarities on show it was a real eye opener, another was a slight menthol note in a few of them.

    It is really hard to put these in order as I said, there were many similarities so the scores were similarly very close.

    Here is my attempt at putting these 16 whiskies in some sort of pecking order
    Here is the result with average total points score and them marks for nose/palate/finish
    1st-16th place

    Glen Albyn 1964 27 year 51.4% Authentic 150th Anniversary Bottling 92+p
    Convalmore +/- 1961 21 year 46% (miniature) same as dumpy 1961/83 for the US market 92p
    Isle of Jura 1966 18 year 46% 92p
    Dufftown 1966 28 year 52.5% Authentic Collection 92
    Dailuaine 1966 27 year 45.7% Original Collection 92p 91/92/92
    Macduff 1964 13 year 80 proof 92p
    Glenrothes 1957 22 year 45.7% 91p
    Caperdonich 1965 14 year 45.7% 91p
    Inchgower 1959 17 year 80 proof 90p
    Glenugie 1959 18 year 80 proof 90p
    Ardmore 1965 22 year 46% 89p
    Tamdhu 17 year +/- 1960 80 proof 89p
    Scapa 1965 15 year 46% 89p
    Coleburn +/- 1966 13 year 46% 89p
    Glenlochy 1967 20 year 46% 87p
    St Magdalene 1964 15 year 45.7% 86p

  7. checkpointuk scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    http://kaypingers-whiskyblog.de/frontend/fullarticle.php?id=314 Color: straw yellow Nose: Fruity and spicy. Fine chamois leather with fruit notes of lime, papaya and mirabelle. Subtle aromas of cold coffee, otherwise outweighs the sweetness of fruit and honey. Taste: Very soft and still salty sparkling. Sweet and fruity and tart with herbs, oak, moist mint, cotton candy and nuts. Finish: Medium-long - still tart with oak, liquorice, espresso, hazelnut and almonds. Getting drier and ending with notes of nut and cocoa 90 points N: 90P / G: 90P / F: 90P

  8. drinki scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    It is such a big luck to have the opportunity to taste such a big and historical dram. 1 Sample got by Hubert from Corman Collins. Very fresh aftertaste with a touch of nuts inside. Very very drinkable...
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  9. hs305 scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2017]  This is great stuff from the past - both the distillery and the bottling.  These old Cadenhead dumpy bottles are almost all excellent, I never had any below average bottling (and I drank quite a few of these).

    Glenugie by itself is one of the high quality "lost" distilleries - only closed because it was build on an inner-city location and the value of the property was too high as to keep a closed distillery during the whisky crisis in the eighties.  I love old Glenugie drams from the sixties or even better fifties like this one.  It is a powerful but nevertheless very delicate malt with a high complexity both in the nose and on the palate (pls. see other tasting notes below).  A nice dram to start the new year...

    PS: I bought the bottle for 225 Euro in September, 2004.
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      93 93
    • Finish
      94 94

  10. MaltMartin scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Had this one at the WF 2016. Glad that I had the possibility to taste this classic dram.
    • Nose
      Beautiful fruity nose with lots of soft sweetness of pineapple, mango and pear. Lineseed. Some grassiness. Mineral notes as well. Even a whiff of smoke at the background.
    • Taste
      Now more citrus fruit of lemon and tangerines. Grapefruit bitterness. Later on followed by dusty bookshelves and paraffin. Hints of cedar wood. Gentle but very complex.
    • Finish
      Medium long. Gingery. A little cinnamon. Liquorice at the end. Well balanced.

  11. ARDBERG scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    wonderful lucious pineapple remains on the palate... wow.

  12. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I love the design of these Cadenhead dumpy bottles.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      90 90

  13. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    I love the profile of Glenugie and this ticks all the boxes for me.
     
     
    • Nose
      Sweet, slight pineapple, cola cubes, honey and a sharper fruit smell like bitter apples.
    • Taste
      Bittersweet on pineapple again, sour fruit (but not too sour). It then gets creamy on some marshmallow.There is a little spiciness and chocolate at the finish.
    • Finish
      Long, slighty sweet, delicate.

  14. Derekyu928 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    【First】: peach apricot soy milk beanish creamy baked cheese cake Time linger and milk pudding stable faintly Yubari Mellon alcoholic fulfillment 【Middle】: body firmly grape baked wheat syrup custard 【Finish】: nose omission powerful flavor also creamy return wonderful white chocolate milk pudding moderate spicyness "lychee" http://www.whiskylink.com/?p=3010

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