Glen Albyn 1964 CA

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Cadenhead's (CA)
Bottling serie
Authentic Collection - 150th Anniversary Bottling
Stated Age
27 years old
Oak Cask
51.4 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
03 nov 2011 5:57 am
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

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Whisky reviews for Glen Albyn 1964 CA

8 users have left 9 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.31 points.

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    An excellent old Glen Albyn, the best one I have had.
    No need for water with this one,
    • Nose
      91 91
      This actually smells woody, you can smell the oak of the cask.
      There is also a nutty angle to it.
      Wisps of cigar smoke elevate this and there is the faintest hint of orange.
      Sherry mixing with dark fruits and with time in the glass the nose gets even better.
    • Taste
      93 93
      Really fruity and spicy this one, orange marmalade, hint of peach & apricot,
      This has a confectionary sweetness about it, the balance on show here is 1st class.
      I am also getting some Lucozade and some ginger ale mixed in with various spices
    • Finish
      93 93
      Quite a long finish and a lively one also.
      A lovely sweetness right to the end along with a spiciness that never seems to leave, great stuff

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  3. lbl scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Old carpentry workshop, vanilla
    • Taste
      Meaty, oily, caramel
    • Finish
      Old wood,

  4. ConvalRen scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    Candy shop next to a milk farm, and an orange orchard overlooking a meat farm.

    Sweet, creamy, delectable, and fruity.
    The punchy tang of oak mix with dried beef jerky and a slide of lemon, over whiffs of liquid smoke makes this an iontensive dram.
    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      94 94

  5. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Very creamy and balanced, very drinkable
    • Nose
      88 88
      Vanilla, little honeydew, toffee, green fruits, lime zest, little leafy, little nutty, hints of cereals, hints of dry hay
    • Taste
      90 90
      Little punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, honey, yellow fruits, citrusy, lemon zest, little leafy, malty, also some green fruits - pretty good
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, more punchy, spicy, zesty

  6. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Sandalwood, essential oils, toffee, tobacco leaves, herbal and mineral, very unusual and great complexity, an exceptional glen albyn ( not that I have tasted many)

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 93 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

  9. SFWC did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Love you HS305 but where you getting information that this isn't sherry maturation? This tastes like a Manzanilla cask in Quercus Alba to my group. We have the 750ml version but I'm assuming its the same liquid.

  10. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [December, 2020] I just read the comment by the San Francisco Whisky Club where they suggested this is a Manzanilla sherry maturation. I am too curious to not check this out again so I searched my sample library and luckily I found another sample of this release. Let's look for the sherry...

    ...and still I am not sure if I can catch it. If this was a sherry cask than it must have been quite leached as sherry-induced aromas are very light and can be attributed to other origins as well. But to be honest, I do neither own super-nosing nor super-tasting capabilities (like blenders and more experienced tasters, e.g. Serge or Jim) - I am just an ordinary whisky connoisseur with ordinary olfactory cells and average taste buds (like most people out there). In that respect never take my comments too seriously, especially when it comes down to single aromas and flavours impressions. Everybody owns a different set of tasting genes and therefore: "There is no accounting for taste!".

    By the way, it is not said that the 700ml European version and the 750ml US version contain the same spirit as Cadenhead often filled their bottles in different batches and they owned several 1964 Glen Albyn casks (look at the other Glen Albyn 1964 CA releases). But the same 51.4% abv seems to indicate the same batch, so most probably it is (unless a curious coincidence generated the same abv in sister casks).

    [April, 2017]  ...continuing my CGBP-project (The "Cadenhead Green Bottle Period" lasted from mid-1991 until mid-1998 and is characterised by its small size white labels).  I bought this bottle for 136 Euro in October, 2003.

    There are not that many really good Glen Albyn out there, so this is one of the lost distilleries with a rather weakish profile (I find its sister distillery Glen Mhor much better, once situated directly opposite to Glen Albyn on the other side of the road).  But maybe this special bottling does more justice to Glen Albyn...  

    ...and it is a very good Glen Albyn bottling indeed, one of the best I had so far.
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is old gold which is quite dark despite this seems not to be a sherry cask maturation - usually Cadenhead labelled sherry cask maturations at the time of this release (as well as prior and later to that) but they did not on this bottling. Give it some time to breathe, after that a complex floral and grassy profile develops on the nose with fine old-style waxes, oils and shy fruits in the background. After longer breathing some orange and nutty aromas join in which can originate from a sherry maturation but you find such aromas in bourbon casks too (e.g., Tullibardine is extremely nutty). After reducing the nose unfolds to a really complex and wonderful aromas mix, much better than neat.
    • Taste
      92 92
      The taste is nicely layered on tons of molten barley sugars in a strong but never dominating wooden framework which balances the enormous sweetness with bitter-herbal-spicy flavours. This dram is a real chewer and releases new impressions on a continuous basis that way, among them vegetable oils, earthy notes, hops, autumn hay stacks and many more. A truly old-style taste which is not produced anymore since decades, sadly. Again, I am not sure about sherry flavours - sorry, SFWC.
    • Finish
      91 91
      The initial mouthfeel is warming and coating with some peppery moments but no distracting bitter or astringent impressions. The finish is very long and neither drying nor bitter but it displays a minor cardboardy moment at the very end. It adds more chocolatey impressions that often can be found in sherry maturations but I regularly find such flavours in bourbon maturations too - this is really hard to judge. Some water does not change a lot but a bigger splash releases more mineral-chalky and fine fruity aromas in the nose and turns the taste smoother and rounder, an exceptionally balanced dram. I like to explore this dram neat but after that I prefer to savour it somewhat reduced to about 43% abv.


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