- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Rare Malts Selection
- Stated Age
- 22 years old
- 61.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 27 Aug 2008 4:11 pm
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Whisky Reviews for Glen Mhor 1979
30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.17 points
- Bottle # 3327 sold empty at ebay.
- [April, 2017] Maybe this is an unfair head-to-head tasting, but the question is: Unfair to what release? It is this 22-years old Rare Malt edition (RM) with 61% abv vs. a 27-years old Berry Bros (BB) with 46% abv (WB id 12177).
Both releases are very nice and easy to sip. Due to its boldness and higher complexity I prefer the neat Rare Malt edition over the Berry Bros...
The RM is about two shades darker than the BB despite 5 years less in the cask. Nose: Even with the high alcohol strength of 61% the RM shows a very
interesting nose on summer floral (heather...) and fruity (apples, quinces...) aromas. With water the slight metallic flavour intensifies, very interesting. Nevertheless I like the RM's nose better when neat (flabbergasting when thinking of the 61% abv). The BB offers a very rich nose on sweet exotic fruits (pineapples, banana...) and manuka honey. I like the BB better.
The taste of the BB is well rounded and easy-to-sip, but no special impressions to mention. The RM offers a very fine wooden and sweet malty structure with lots of different flavours added. This round wins the RM clearly, water is not needed.
Both have a bold and oily entry into the mouth. But I see a slight advantage with the RM as it is more impressive (maybe due to the higher abv). With water the RM looses this advantage. The finish is quite long and malty with the RM and neither drying nor bitter (despite a significant woody note). Water does not harm here but does not improve it either. The BB's finish is long and sweet too, quite chewable. A little cold ash in the end and a slightly bitter note which is not unpleasant. Both drams are very close here, I vote for a draw.
- Tasted together with the 1976 Rare Malts expression of Glen Mhor. Again the palate is more enjoyable than the (auster) nose for me. In my humble opinion the 1979 expression is slightly better than the 1976 expression. Juist my humble opinion though!
More oaky than it's 1976 Rare Malts sister but the same fresh grassiness and hayness. More smoky than the 1976'er though. Also herbal and minty notes.
Surpisingly sweet. Warm mouthfeel (61% yeah right). Pear drops, peach and passion fruit. Slightly spicy (pepper and nutmeg) later on. Cinnamon.
Quite dry. Leafy. Bitter-sweetness. Gingery.
- Of course he needs time. Very closed at the beginning. In 40 minutes, the malt rose from 87 to 90 points. Honey, peaches, sunflower oil, some smoke. These scents are constantly changing. Great balance.
- 2332'90 - after half an hour as stood, it became absolutely wonderful!
- Absolutely freaky part, as you will often find at Rare Malts, I would not drink every day, rather not every week, but at the same time I would definitely like to have tried it.
Tick closed, not really surprising at> 60%, dense herbal seasoning mix with beetle, cumin, ginger, fennel, leek, grapes, almonds, green apple, all in all rather going in a light green direction, hint of anise
Grapes, zucchini, green chilli (great), verjus, camphor, anise, fennel, sorrel, celery, pear chips, green apple, lemongrass, ginger
White gummy bears, celery, verjus, then really noticeable salmon, whole Frutti di Mare salad, long and intense
strong, tropical fruits, "still" goes without beetles pipettes of water, slightly dusty like a summer-dried forest or meadows way
After a good time, herbs and wax, camphor and tobacco come later also mint
oily and the same white pepper, later come papaya and hmm kiwi?!? something in the direction
then again dusty drying, light vanilla spreads in the back of the palate.
is in the finish for a long time