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Overall rating
87.69/100
votes
68
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Brühler Whiskyhaus (BW)
Bottling serie
A Dream of Scotland
Stated Age
21 years old
Casktype
Refill Sherry
Number of bottles
259
Strength
52.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
01 Jun 2020 9:42 pm by sexywhisky
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 114.90

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Whisky Reviews for Glenburgie 21-year-old BW

17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.69 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2020] I bought a bottle upon recommendation by a friend who is known for his sherried whisky preferences (but for his insensitivity to sulphur, too)...

    ...and this is not the sherry monster which buries all other flavours beneath the winey dominance - and this is great (to me)! All three malt, wine and wood are in a fine balance and contibute their share to a tasty experience which starts modern-stylish but turns more and more to an old-style profile over time. Without these minor sulphurous off-notes this would have been a 90 points score, for sure. It proves the best age of balanced and delicious sherried drams seems to be around 21-years of maturation (using refill casks), again. I prefer this over most of the sherry monsters which are very impressive the first sip but then add nothing more of interest (just my personal preference, sorry).
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour is burnished and the nose offers a sour-sweet modern sherry profile which is not that bad, actually. The typical Glenburgie malt flavours manage to break through the sherry dominance and the wood is firm but very appropriate. After some breathing the malt-driven aromas (florals, fruits, waxes) grow stronger while the sherry retreats somewhat - hey, this is a great changing of the guards! Unfortunately, there is a minor sulphurous off-note but it is not as annoying as with most other sulphur-spoiled drams, it rather reminds me of sulphured raisins.
    • Taste
      89 89
      The taste is nicely layered with sweet and bitter flavours in good balance and the sulphur is contained in raisins, again (luckily). The wood provides a firm backbone but never dominates the taste. After some chewing tasty nutty flavours pop up (walnuts, almonds and the like) as do oily and waxy impressions. This taste started with a modern profile but this changed more and more to an old-style one over time, I like that! Despite the minor sulphurous flaw this dram is both quaffable and interesting to explore, without that flaw I would score it 90+ points (most probably).
    • Finish
      88 88
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with a minor drying impression that is not distracting (I guess it is the sulphur, surely not tannins). The finish is long and adds a lot more of the delicious nutty impressions which turn the finish a little to the bitter side, but it is a tasty bitterness (provided you like nuts). The sweet sherry and barley sugars contain these bitter impressions nicely and the drying moments are to neclect (according to my taste buds). Again, the sulphur is not too distracting but it adds a little to the bitterness. Water increases the sulpurous off-notes significantly so guess what: I prefer the neat dram!

  2. g00se scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Boah, that's good. Whether you like the label or not, I really like the malt and it definitely has facets to discover for the next time.
    • Nose
      After a good 20min of idle time, the car was finally cooled down and the initially stinging alcohol requirement evaporated. There are now typical refill sherry notes. But definitely also lies on the fruity side, with red berries and cherries. Wood is also really just a hassle of 'dirt'.
    • Taste
      He has one in his mouth. strong start, in which the red berries also dominate. Tastes like a very active barrel and well-burned spirit. Burgie-typical notes? I don't know, my first Burgie. But a tasty one for that! Shortly before swallowing, it gets dry in the mouth again.
    • Finish
      The finish is really long and fruity.

  3. Islay1881 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    Reminds me a lot of the Cigar Malt 3 BW. Less sweet, traces of light fruits, apricot, cake batter. Very nicely done.
    Issue price € 124.90
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      91 91

  4. LDB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A little interchangeable, this sherry malt, but tasty and with really well integrated alcohol.
    • Nose
      89 89
      Juicy-sweet sherry nose, quite flattering. Warm almond croissants, red gummy bears, a good dose of beeswax and dandelion flowers - that makes you hungry for more.
    • Taste
      87 87
      First a creamy candy, followed by candied ginger, spicy forest honey before it quickly becomes sour and dry.
    • Finish
      86 86
      The oak comes relatively quickly, a slightly astringent tannin bitterness builds up, until the whole thing ends harmoniously.

  5. dongolzo81 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Here again the longer version of the Notes. I haven't had Glenburgie like that on my screen so far - it will probably change. Hope for comparable bottlings. A refill sherry maturation that is rarely so successful, great! I increase my quick notes by one point.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Great refill sherry character, which complements the distillate perfectly.
      Very sweet, Haribo Cherries and liquorice, honey, alcohol very nicely integrated, later also light-fruity tones with a little acidity. Adds a lot of complexity over time and makes a lot of promise
    • Taste
      88 88
      Nice intensity. Alcohol integrated very nicely. I hardly believe the 52.7%. The aromas from the nose are reflected and mix with a pleasantly spicy wood influence. Bitter notes emerge and make way for fruits, nuts and Haribo Color-Rado again.
    • Finish
      89 89
      In the finish, the profile gains even more and with dark chocolate. Medium to long. Far less sweet than on the nose. Licorice. Refill sherry of the better kind. The flavor increases from sip to sip. 21 years (presumably) European oak can sometimes overpower, nicely balanced here.

  6. craide scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Delicious malt, round and balanced, but not unmistakable.
    But for me a bit too barrel-heavy.
    • Nose
      86 86
      pretty sweet beginning and that already in the nose, followed by dark fruits, grapes, berries, plum, orange zest. Very intense fruit-sweet combination, alcohol is barely noticeable to me. In addition, a soft spice cake comes out, somehow slightly Christmas with cinnamon and cloves,
    • Taste
      87 87
      Powerful start, also here rather sweet and fruity, alcohol depresses quite a bit without appearing alcoholic. An initially sharp oak spice comes through as a contrast. However, the sharpness decreases over time.
      With a few raisins and plums with light vanilla and dark chocolate.
      Carries out the good impression of the nose without further ado.
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium-length finish, sweet, spicy, slightly tingling in the mouth, a residual note of white pepper remains.

  7. McMoulis scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  8. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. Toto0808 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Fruity sweet notes with a relatively long finish

  10. mema82 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

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