Glen Albyn 1979 DT

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Duncan Taylor (DT)
Bottling serie
Rarest of the Rare
Stated Age
25 years old
Number of bottles
56.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
10 sep 2008 6:10 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 471.64

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Whisky reviews for Glen Albyn 1979 DT

3 users have left 4 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 82.62 points.

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Green, a tad malty and whiffs of white grapes and sawdust. Slightly floral and a whisper of menthol, but otherwise pretty tame and closed.
    • Taste
      A subtle sour note, but also green veggies. Quite fiery and spicy. Water brings out tobacco and licorice.
    • Finish
      Porridge. On the shorter side.

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  3. Hvdree scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

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

  4. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2011]  Together with friends I emptied bottle no. 029 that I bought for 73 Euro in July, 2005. 

    We wanted to check if this whisky is really that bad as Serge scored it with 50 points only and says "it's extremely hard to drink. Alka-Seltzer, stale ginger ale and all sorts of other repulsive notes. Honestly, I feel it’s really flawed and close to a disaster."  But no one of us could comprehend Serge's tasting notes (for full notes please see so we concluded Serge must have had a spoiled sample (maybe it was in a former medicine bottle)...

    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 87,5.  Please see detailed review below.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    [March, 2017] As the scores here at WB were totally different for the otherwise very same Glen Albyn casks 3958 and 3959 I decided to do a head-to-head tasting of these two drams.

    All in all as expected two very comparable drams with a slight advantage to the 59, as this is more balanced and rounded. By the way, a very interesting experience to do such a cask pairing...

    PS: I paid just 57 Euro for bottle no. 229 of cask 3958 in July 2006 and just 68 Euro for bottle no. 079 of cask 3959 in February 2005.
    • Nose
      86 86
      At the first impression there is not much difference, maybe the 59 is a little bit sweeter while in the 58 there are slightly more wooden notes. But both have a quite pleasant and complex nose mostly on floral aromas and both open up nicely on water added, again with a slight advantage for the 59 as being rounder and more balanced.
    • Taste
      85 85
      The 58 now has significantly more bitter wooden notes than the 59, which is more rounded in that respect. With water the woodiness of the 58 is gone while the 59 stays pretty much the same as if neat. Again, the consistency and balance of the 59 is better than with the 58, but both are very fine drams, for sure. The slightly bitter notes of the 58 decrease over time, leaving space for the same nice sweetness and balance as with the 59. Water clearly improves the mouthfeel and taste of both with the 58 winning more than the 59.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Both own a medium long finish which is a little bit drying, but not unpleasantly. The sweetness coats your tongue and mouth even minutes after swallowing, in this respect the finish is quite long. It shortens with water, so while I like the nose and taste better with water added, I find the finish more appealing when neat.


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