Overall rating
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Vintage Collection - Dumpy
Stated Age
27 years old
Oak Cask
Number of bottles
51.1 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
Added on
13 Sep 2008 11:39 pm
UncoloredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 857,18

4 × in wishlist

20 × member ratings

18 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenugie 1976 SV

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.19 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] I bought bottle no. 177 for 70 Euro in October, 2005. Glenugie is one of my favourite lost distilleries (beside Glenury, Port Ellen and Brora) simply because it consistently produced excellent spirits. It fell victim to its inner-city location with a conversation into housing properties during the last whisky crisis of the eighties, sadly...

    ...and this dram did not change my legacy with Glenugie. It owns a truly complex and very interesting old style Highland malt profile that I absolutely adore (compared to the rather simple modern "designed" whiskies). No, it is not spectacular but it is very, very interesting and enjoyable!

    Take your time with such a dram and never have it when you are in a hurry. And shy away all you "Oompf" and "Give-me-that-thrill!" lovers, this dram is for old style drinkers only!
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is pale gold and the nose offers a little shy and punchy impression first that quickly turns into a traditional Highland style after some time of breathing. There are all the trademark honey-waxy-fruity aromas together with fine spices, oils and some hints of peat. The longer it breathes the richer this nose enfolds - after five minutes it gets truly impressive. Some fine floral notes join in as do shy herbal-haystack aromas. Hey, this is truly old style and very impressive...
    • Taste
      92 92
      ...as is the taste, too! I guess this style of whisky is not produced anymore since the last whisky crisis of the early eighties which is a shame because it is both interesting and very enjoyable. A lot of unusual flavour components that are hard to name join the traditional ones in a fascinating mix - forget about the modern two-dimensional "designed" whiskies with their cheap thrills. This is a complex and truly multi-faceted profile that never gets boring (e.g., after 15 minutes of intense exploration all of a sudden an adorable chocolatey flavour pops up right out of nowhere)...
    • Finish
      91 91
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate without distracting moments. The finish is long and extends on that tasty chocolatey flavour and more spices. Hey, who does not like spiced chocolate? There is a minor-minor drying cardboardy moment towards the end that most drinkers will not recognise anyhow, I guess. Water releases more chalky-mineral aromas in the nose and smoothes the taste, I like this dram both neat and a little reduced to about 46% abv.

  2. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Signatory Vintage was founded in 1988 by Andrew Symington with the intention of having a celebrity’s signature on each release. His first release was bottled and sold before this could happen, and now all that remains of this original idea is the name of the company (I find this quite humorous!). Just a few years before, Andrew was manager of the prestigious Prestonfield House in Edinburgh when a few legendary bottles of Bowmore were bottled for the hotel. Quite possibly his choosing. It’s easy enough to see his business outlook; 60’s Bowmore + celebrity signatures = profit. Smart man. Now it’s 2019 and we are seeing many Independent bottlers struggle. Everyone is quite obviously running out of old stock, but Signatory remains one of the top three Independents. If I could ask Andrew Symington one question, it would be this: Who was the first signature supposed to be?

    So here’s an old Glenugie from the aforementioned bottler. I have never had a Glenugie, so this is a treat. Thanks to my friend for that! Glenugie is one of the most beloved closed distilleries, producing consistently good malt (they tell me). At this stage it’s heavily guarded by collectors and investors, so chances to taste such a malt are rare and must be savored.

    Wish they still made them like this. It’s so incredibly simple in its complexity. Nowadays they would finish this in a port cask and bury the distillate. A wonderful blast from the past.
    • Nose
      91 91
      Great old notes of acetone and lacquer. Banana creme, Jamaican esters. Extremely distillate driven, that’s not a complaint. Mint, pinecones, clover honey. All coated in a soft wax. Lovely.
    • Taste
      92 92
      Soft and buttery, a lovely oiliness, banana chips, mint, chocolate, licorice.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Coins, licorice, Manuka honey, fresh, soft herbs I can’t put my finger on. Medium finish. The paper mache/cardboard notes never bothered me, but I had a smaller sample.

      Wish they still made them like this. It’s so incredibly simple in its complexity. Nowadays they would finish this in a port cask and bury the distillate. A wonderful blast from the past.

  3. MaltMartin scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Glenugie is one of the least well known lost Scottish distillieries. What a loss! Tasted this expression on two separate locations from two different bottles (Islay and Netherlands) with four years in between. No change in ratings!
    • Nose
      Gentle sweetness of yellow apples, melon and papaya. Some cereal and malty notes. Toasted bread. Cut grass and hay loft as well. Some floral notes of violets and roses coming through after a while. Fragile but complex.
    • Taste
      Wow, heavy punch of citrus fruit now; truckloads of pineapple, lemon-sherbet and lime. Peel zest and kiwi fruit. Also coconut and dried bananas. Spices of caraway and chicken-masala. Touch of sandal wood at the background. This is very nice!
    • Finish
      Long with lots of beautiful grapefruit bitter-sweetness. Apple-mint.

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    This is just an initial view but it has a pleasantly fruity nose. mainly on white fruits and the palate is a style lost in the main at the moment but it does remind me of some old/young Millburn and the odd Strathmill.
    The palate is crisp, sweet and faint hints of aniseed and a whiff of peat, balance is good, I like it but then agaian I love Glenugie anyway.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      89 89

  5. Prof.Schoof did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This Whisky was sold for 392 € at Whiskyauction in Jan. 2015

  6. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      90 90


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