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Glenglassaugh 1973

Overall rating
88.17/100
votes
143
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
The Family Silver
Vintage
1973
Bottled
1998
Number of bottles
5000
Strength
40.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L0458
Barcode
5010314012007
Added on
29 Aug 2008 3:45 pm

Average value

€ 491,42

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223 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenglassaugh 1973

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.17 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [November, 2017]  I had this dram during a FoSM club tasting "Through the decades - 1930's to 2000's".  I bought this bottle with a black cap for 49 Euro in March, 2003.  

    The colour is deep copper and the texture shows slow legs and fat sticky tears (a good oiliness!).  The nose is very shy first and needs quite a while to open up - but even after that it is subtle and delicate (a dram that should be enjoyed pre-dinner only and placed at the beginning of any line-up).  It offers fruits (apricots, yellow plums, cranberries), toffy drops, beeswax, vanilla, wooden and malty aromas in a fine balance.  The initial mouthfeel is very nice:  creamy and coating (just as the texture promised).  The taste is barley sugary sweet with fruity (yellow plums, quinces, apples), floral (like an alpine meadow), herbal and slightly sour (winey) flavours, really complex and enjoyable.  The finish is short to medium on more herbal and floral notes (alpine meadow, again) without any major wood influence.  Water releases more flavours on the palate but turns the mouthfeel somewhat numb and flattens the anyhow shy dram further.  But it is worth a try to add some drops (if you have more than just a small sample at your hands).

    To be honest, I really like this subtle and complex dram but I can fully understand that in the wrong setting (e.g., later in a line-up) this Glenglassaugh might taste rather dull and unimpressive.  So if you plan to try it - do it with a fresh nose and clean palate (...and you will be rewarded)!
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  2. Erik Elixir scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Great nose. The taste is a bit thin and fragile at only 40% abv.
    Thanks KeesV for sharing!
    • Nose
      Berries, tobacco leafs, syrup, fudge and fruity melon - cantaloupe. Orange - cointreau, peach, figs and dates.
    • Taste
      Coffee, berries, cherries, malty and hazelnuts.
    • Finish
      Medium drying with honey, orange, saw dust and coffee.

  3. hs305 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    [April, 2003]  Together with friends I emptied a bottle that I bought for 49 Euro in February, 2003.

    [September, 2003]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 49 Euro in April, 2003.

    [January, 2004]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 49 Euro in September, 2003.

    [March, 2005]  Together with friends I emptied another bottle that I bought for 47,50 Euro in November, 2002.

    In my old rating system (ten scales that translate into WB points: 50 - 66 - 75 - 80 - 82,5 - 85 - 87,5 - 90 - 92,5 - 95) I scored it two times 90 and two times 87,5.  My notes state it is a subtle and delicate dram with a complex aromas profile.  Dangerously quaffable...

    Just a little link to the "experts":  Serge scored it 78 points only without providing any notes while Jim Murray gave it 95 points.  To be honest, I am rather with Jim.

  4. Master Quill scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    There are rumours there are more versions of this:

    Black cap (1998?) and Silver cap, but I also read about an 43% version.

    Mine was a 40% version with a black cap, and it`s the only whisky I ever nosed that had the smell of hot wet cotton (any of you who iron their own shirts should know what I`m talking about)...

  5. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  6. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    I have wanted to try this for about 1o or more years and always intended buying a bottle but never got round to it.
    This seems quite cheap at auction judging by today's standards.
    Worth a punt, much better than I was expecting :)
    • Nose
      88 88
      This has a sharp edge to it on first nosing but its all on various dark woods, coffee, ground spices, dark biscuits, cereals, a few tobacco notes, hints of smoke.
      Something farmy about this one, well actually it is hay, dried cut grass, that sort of thing.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Better than I was expecting considering it is only 40% but its fine for me.
      Good balance on show here, sherry mixing well with a little peat, some meat notes, gets a little creamy and there is quite a lot a spice with a nice mouthfeel
    • Finish
      88 88
      Decent length for the low abv and it retains its spicy side with some toffee/caramel notes coming it at the end

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  8. mr.p9 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  9. stefsel111 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      88 88

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 86 points Moderator

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

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