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Glendullan 1978

Overall rating
87.62/100
votes
155
Whiskybase ID
WB464
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1978
Bottled
04.2005
Stated Age
26 years old
Number of bottles
4200
Strength
56.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L5175CM00002279256
Barcode
5000281019765
Added on
08 Oct 2007 6:43 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 626.53

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Whisky Reviews for Glendullan 1978

30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.62 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    [August, 2019] Quite a while ago since I did my last head-to-head tasting which is a shame because these head-to-heads can be very interesting to discover differences between distillery styles or vintages or maturation times or cask types or... That is why I decided to do a comparison of this 1978 Glendullan Rare Malt (aged 26 years) versus the 1974 Glendullan Rare Malt edition (aged 23 years, WB id 568) tonight...

    ...and yes, this was very insightful again. Both drams offer the adorable old Highland style that is hard to find these days (because of the modern zeitgeist of extreme wood impacts and heavy wine finishes). While the Glendullan distillery character stays consistent the 1974 shows a more complex and layered profile than the 1978 which is more simple and straight forward. I certainly prefer the 1974 (if I have the choice) but the 1978 is a fine and very quaffable dram too.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The colour of the 1974 is deep gold while the 1978 is two shades paler at old gold. The nose of the 1974 is not punchy at all despite its 63,1% abv and offers a classical old Highland profile with honeys, waxes, floral notes and earthy aromas (forest floor with pine needles). it is delicate and balanced and grows stronger upon breathing adding barley sugars and spices. The 1978 is rather shy and closed first (not punchy too at 56,6% abv). After some breathing it opens up nicely and shows a comparable profile to the 1974 with some more sweet fruits and honeys but without the earthy notes. The differences are marginal, so the distillery profile (distilling regime) did not change between 1974 and 1978. To me this is a clear draw.
    • Taste
      88 88
      The 1974's taste is very old-stylish with lots of waxes, resin, oils and later barley sugars, autumn floral notes (haystacks), chalk and spices. All nicely balanced and layered without any flaw or off-note. The taste of the 1978 is of a comparable profile but a little more simple and not that layered. It shows more barley sugars and lacks the floral flavours, chalk and resinous notes. Nonetheless it is very interesting to explore and quaffable, provided you like the old Highland style. I prefer the 1974 on this dimension.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The initial mouthfeel of the 1974 is hot first, than nicely warming and greatly coats all of the mouth without distracting moments. The 1978 arrives smoother on the palate without the initial hot impression and is comparable warming and coating, so another draw here. Both own a finish of medium length where the 1974 adds more sweeter flavours (honeys and shy fruits) without any distracting moments again. The 1978 adds no new impressions and shows no distracting moments either. I clearly like the 1974 better here. Both drams open up nicely on water and get much more approachable on the palate. Actually, I like them both neat and reduced with the 1974 preferable at 48% abv and the 1978 at 43% abv. I suggest to explore these drams neat first and then play a little with water to find the best reduction level that suits you. Both drams are excellent swimmer, for sure.

  2. hans1971 scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at the Henri Loves the 70's-tasting WCY
    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      92 92

  3. dRambo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Nose really great - on the palate for me rather mediocre - at least nothing special - certainly not worth the prices of today - 05/2018 350 €
    • Nose
      Malty sweet, honey, roasted cereal, ripened lemon, fresh apple, caramel, vanilla sprigs, fine acidity balancing sweetness, herbaceous oak, tree sap, resinous pine cones, delicate waxy notes, some tobacco and some geranium leaves - the nose is thick and oily out of the glass - simply beautiful and hard to disassemble - mint, citrus, orange and jasmine oil - it warms even more vital - pulsates more dynamic - even more exciting I can sniff eternally
    • Taste
      Here I need water: lemon and grapefruitschalte - wax and bittersweet lemon cream with fat caramel crust - full-bodied intense with nice tart note, fresh green herbs - herbal, herbaceous, green and dry - but not as noble, intense and yummy as the nose
    • Finish
      Lemon oil, wax, pepper - fine oak board - astringent but maximum medium length - only the spicy plant flavors are long on the tongue.

  4. GlenSikkes did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge says;

    Glendullan 26 yo 1978/2005 (56.6%, Rare Malts)  From the final batch of the Rare Malts series. Colour: straw. Nose: as hot but grainier and maybe simpler at first nosing… But it’s soon to adopt more or less the same profile. Mashed potatoes and porridge, boiled cereals, fresh butter, fresh herbs (chive, watercress). It gets then fruitier than the Scott, on peaches… Some rather bold notes of mint tea, verbena, a little bergamot… Certainly cleaner, although there are some meaty notes as well. Mouth: it’s very different this time, much more explosive, with a ‘punchy’ mix of liquorice and fruits (ripe apricots and melons). Hot caramel, grains, maybe a little lavender crème and something pleasantly prickly (icing sugar, pear drops). Let’s add a little water now (… while the nose gets a little farmier as usual, but also mintier)… Yes, it gets more drinkable, more playful (lots of acidic fruits like lemons, fresh pineapples, apricots, kiwis) and sweeter and more rounded, as expected (light caramel and honey). It’s good and the finish is rather long, sweet and bitter in a nice way, with something waxy in the background. Probably not a total winner but certainly one of the very best Glendullans I ever had. Not ‘dull’ at all!  88 points.

  5. DocF scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Finally something of format. Nose: No frills combination of malt, polished wood, wax, straw, dry hay, and soot from candles. Then star fruit and orange peel. With water: green gooseberry, some green banana. Soot, dirty bike chain. Something OBF. Mouth: star fruit, malt, soot, OBF. Simple and great. Candle wax. Medium-long finish, sooty. Straight forward, did I say straightforward? Classic representative of its time.

  6. DimiIkon scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Tasting: October 2021
    • Nose
      89 89
      Cooked vegetables, a sweet waxiness, citrus, vanilla but also some sulfur tones. Floral and with some spices in the background. The nose does not require any water, as the alcohol is well balanced.
    • Taste
      90 90
      A strong citrus directly with a little pepper and a hidden, weak smoke that is very pleasant. Oily, waxy and with some creamy notes. With water, a floral perfume appears. Light sulfur and a pleasant chemical sweetness. The smoke has become even more subdued.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium to long with citrus and spices. An amazing floral sensation with honey and oak wood.

  7. ChrisE scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  8. Jackson05 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Had a dram at Buchanan’s bar in Calgary, Canada. Check it out!

    Anytime you can try a rare malts dram for a reasonable price, you must go for it. And this is a very nice one! But I’m not sure it’s worthy of secondary prices... a very nice, spirit forward dram that benefits from a few drops of water.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Quite hot, with cereal grains, white pepper, vanilla, floral notes, and honey. Better with water, turns it more floral. Very distillate driven.
    • Taste
      91 91
      Wonderful creamed honey, oily and resinous, pine, soft floral notes, with water it stays much the same. Very nice!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Floral notes pick up again, toffee, honey, white pepper, oak spice.

  9. sagara-kun scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Very good. Pretty changeable. Beautiful complexity.
    With even more green water on the nose but sweet in the mouth.
    • Nose
      Haribo banana, pepper, lime. Green wood. Crystallized apricot. Light pastry side, buttered. Gingerbread.
      It's alcoholic.
    • Taste
      In the mouth it's softer. On caramel, yellow fruit, peach, lemon acidity. Pepper.
    • Finish
      Long finish on alcohol, yellow and white fruit and a white flower hair.

  10. GJR scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

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

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