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Overall rating
87.17/100
votes
14
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Complex and intriguing
Vintage
05.1980
Bottled
10.2005
Stated Age
25 years old
Casknumber
99.10
Number of bottles
263
Strength
47.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
06 Apr 2010 4:38 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky Reviews for Glenugie 1980 SMWS 99.10

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.17 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2018]  I never was a fan of the SMWS because their bottlings are rather chequered according to my taste buds (others might see this different and that is absolutely okay).  There are some truly great bottlings but most are average only and some are pretty bad (e.g., heavily spoiled by sulphur or soapy flavours).  But I am a fan of Glenugie distillery and so I am looking forward to this sample...

    The colour is amber and the texture shows a fat sticky ring and a few medium fast moving legs.  The nose is very malty and woody, obviously this was an inactive (leached) cask what is a pity because the nice Glenugie distillery profile can not enfold in such a cask.  It is okayish but not more than that.  The dram arrives warming and coating on the palate, here the oiliness of the spirit is more important than the maturation in the cask.  The taste again is exactly that of an old exhausted cask - meaning malty and barley sugary sweet with some spices but almost no other flavours (that develop in a proper cask only).  I guess, this dram would not taste very different if it matured in a steel tank only...  The finish is of medium length and adds no new impressions but no distracting moments either.  Water does not help (if no interesting flavours matured at all what should additional water release?) but does no harm either.

    As I stated before:  There are some great SMWS bottlings but this one surely is very weak and I wonder why they bottled this cask at all.  Just because it is a lost distillery?  This is a collector's item only and I am really glad it was a sample only.  By the way, dear SMWS:  Have you ever heard of the technique to re-rack such casks (refill its immature content into another high quality cask and allow the precious spirit to mature properly for another couple of years)? PS:  To call this dram "complex and intriguing" is very intriguing, indeed!
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      83 83

  2. dramspotter did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS Tasting Notes: This was the most eastern distillery in Scotland, lying close to Peterhead, but unfortunately it closed in 1983. This is pale amber from a refill hogshead and the primary nose hit is blueberry muffin dough. Over-ripe melon, sappy twigs, dessert wine and Atholl Brose also contribute making it complex and intriguing. The taste, at full strength, has sharp fruit (mandarins) and luxurious, lasting warmth. With the benefit of water the nose has tangerines, liquorice, moist rolling tobacco and pecan nuts while the taste is a mellow balance of sweetness and citrus peel with some paper.

  3. St. Pauli scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Don't drink this whisky too soon after pouring. It could give you a disappointing experience. The more you wait, the fruitier it gets. Good stuff.
    • Nose
      Quite malty, buttery, oily and flowery on the nose. Buttered toast, hessian, toffee, lillies. There is also some aniseed, coconut and lychee. The more time evolves, the more evident the aniseed gets (like the Dutch "beschuit met muisjes"), along with peach candy. It works quite well.
    • Taste
      Rather oily on the palate, initially a bit thin but then again full-bodied towards the finale. The fruit and confectionary is prominent here. Then wild flowers, herbs, toasted coconut and malt.
    • Finish
      Rather long and lingering, with a nice load of sweet spices, tropical fruit, flowers and malt.

  4. Jeep51 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Too bad for these cardboard notes in the mouth. Nice whisky all the same.
    • Nose
      Fat, buttered. Notes of malt, biscuits, ripe apple or stewed apples. Some tingling due to alcohol. More sweet with aeration but still carried by these notes of ripe apples.
    • Taste
      Beautiful presence. Many spices. The wood is present but remains wise. Tobacco box, old leather and lots of wax. From the middle of the mouth, it evolves especially towards a drought more and more important and some unpleasant notes of wet cardboard.
    • Finish
      Long. Wax and cardboard.

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      90 90

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    I recently had a Glenugie 1977 29 year Signatory at 44.3%. Out of the two I preferred the Signatory a little.
    These 2 Glenugie were ever so smooth and enjoyable, probably some of the smoothest whisky I have had, no burn to speak of in either of them.

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    WITH WATER

    NOSE - I did not detect any change

    PALATE - Opens up a little, more spirity now, some toffe, tangerine a little drying.

    FINISH - Still smooth.

    Very good, it had some flavours I could not put a name to but it is very smooth.
    • Nose
      Orange blossom, honey, fudge, lemon balm, rum???, strange something prickly.
    • Taste
      A little smoke, syrupy, some toffee.
    • Finish
      long smooth.

  8. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Complex and interesting is probably the best description for this Glenugie. Very nice to have tried some whisky from this closed distillery, although if this sample is representative for Glenugie, than I don't see this growing into a favorite of mine.
    • Nose
      This is very grainy to start. Not really like anything I've had before. It's musty, doughy, dark bread and it also smells like damp wood. Definitely interesting. There's some tobacco somewhere, next to some herbs, although it is difficult to pinpoint which ones exactly. Finally I get overripe apple, sauerkraut and grapefruit.
    • Taste
      Cardboard? Weird and interesting. Wood spices,, thyme, dusty and leathery. After a while it gets a bit drier and there's a bitterness that I like. The pepper that surfaces next nicely complements the meaty barbecue flavours. Do I taste some peat? Maybe, I'm not sure.
    • Finish
      Warm, long and bitter. Almost coastal.

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