Glenugie 1976 SV

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 1423.71

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23 × member ratings

26 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenugie 1976 SV

9 users have left 11 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 88.22 points.

  1. 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.

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  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Citrus, cereals, pear, apple, hay, bit of coconut and banana, some floral notes, quite nice

  4. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Glenugie x 11 18-32 years old 1959-1981 vintages

    1959 18 year 80 proof Cadenhead dumpy wb 15173 - 90/91/91
    1966 31 year 53.9% cask 4082 Signatory Silent Stills wb 7209 - 91/92/93
    1966 20 year 55% Duthies for Samaroli wb 8962 - 91/93/94
    1967 21 year 59.5% Sestante bird label wb 8981 - 94/93/93
    1968 20 year 54.8% Sestante bird label wb 10338 - 90/91/93
    1976 27 year 51.1% cask 2700 Signatory Vintage Collection wb 3746 - 90/91/90
    1977 29 year 49.6% casl PDA 360 Part Des Anges wb 612 - 84/85/84
    1977 32 year 58.6% cask 1 Signatory CS Collection wb 15966 - 88/90/91
    1980 25 year 47% SMWS 99.10 Complex & Intriguing wb 15175 - 87/86/86
    1981 24 year 61.8% cask 5515 Blackadder Raw Cask wb 643 - 90/91/90
    1981 22 year 58% cask 5156 Duncan Taylor wb 6900 - 87/86/86

    Re taste
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    The profile is simple but it certainly works.
    • Nose
      90 90
      The nose has a slightly cheesy note, I also got this in the 1996 RWD bottle.
      White fruits of apple, a hint of pear, lemon rind and cereal notes.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Good mouthfeel with a prominent spice note that swamps everything else but the overall effect is pretty good.
      There is apple, lemon juice, hint of lime, green apple skins, and hints of sponge cake.
      There is some peat in the mix but it is the spice note that you notice and it is a good one.
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long & spicy with a lemon twist at the end

  6. Jim_my_whisky did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From Whiskyfun,

    Glenugie 27 yo 1976/2003 (51.1%, Signatory Vintage, cask #2700, 257 bottles)
    Colour: straw. Nose: it’s a leaner and straighter one, less of a fruit bomb than some other Glenugies. This one is rather all on straw, chalk, hay, minerals, wee coastal touches such as crushed shells and beach pebbles. Wet seaweed, swimming pools, sandalwood, cement and bath bombs. Some dried lavender, white flowers, ink and a soft, waxy hessian quality. Extremely pure, fresh and fragrant. With water: develops towards sunflower oil, toasted seeds, breads, sourdough - a good blanc du blanc Champagne. Mouth: limestone, putty, white pepper, beach sand, lemon jelly, lamp oil, mineral salts, waxed canvas and pear eau de vie. A really eloquent coastal theme running through this one. Hints of miso broth with dried seaweed, olive tapenade, dried rosemary, lanolin and carbolic soap. With water: a tad fruitier with tangerine, melon and apricot. Some cut green apple, more hay and straw notes and that nibble of white pepper is back. Finish: long, citric, precise and extremely fresh. Also rather mineral and chalky. Comments: Even stripped of much of its usual fruitiness, Glenugie is still such an impressive distillate. Purity and precision being the watchwords here. Some well aged cask strength riesling.
    SGP: 461 - 90 points.

  7. Kalleholzbein scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    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.

  9. 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

  10. 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!

    [November, 2020] I re-tasted this dram tonight and fully confirm my old review and score. This is heaven for old-style lovers while modern drinkers might ask: What is special about it? To be honest: Nothing, except an incredible subtleness and demanding complexity which reveals itself after some investigation efforts only. I like such stuff...
    • 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 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 anyway, 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.

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

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

  12. Hvdree scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

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


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