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Glendullan 1974

Overall rating
89.33/100
votes
114
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Rare Malts Selection
Vintage
1974
Bottled
05.1998
Stated Age
23 years old
Strength
63.1 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5000281014616
Added on
27 Oct 2007 2:12 pm
Non-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 547,35

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114 × member ratings

161 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glendullan 1974

18 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 89.33 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 89 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 1974 Glendullan Rare Malt (aged 23 years) versus the 1978 Glendullan Rare Malt edition (aged 26 years, WB id 464) 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
      90 90
      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
      89 89
      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. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Moderator

    Very powerful, interesting
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fresh, intense, malty, yellow fruits, quinces, minerals, wet stones, honeydew, little citric, peaches, pineapple - very good
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very punchy, oily, creamy, subtle sweetness, peanuts and peanut butter, grapefruits, pepper, ginger
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, burning, more punchy

  3. HammerHead scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

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

  4. LordBellamy scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    with water: the smell of alcohol in the nose is almost stronger, in addition to a significantly stronger honey sweetness, the malty aromas are somewhat pushed into the background. For the "wet dog" comes back to the fore, so wet coat, and a very subtle sweat odor, in the mouth it is much more pleasant with water, well-balanced sweetness as a counterpoint to oak and the floral-looking malt flavors

    Conclusion: Liquid history in the glass, and the confirmation of the realization that in the past really not everything was better. Yes, that's a great malt, but also not a whisky that you want to nuzzle for hours. Personally I like the cereal notes in Glen Moray, for example, much better than here, plus the slight lack of sweat, which has been shown when opening the bottle and is now easy to recognize when adding water. Nevertheless, one notices him the long maturity, he just works with water around and complex, something you will find again in the new "designed" whisky of today only very rarely. If you have a bottle and want to try the whisky, you should uncork the bottle a few weeks before and let the whisky breathe for a long time - 86 points
    • Nose
      86 86
      when opening the bottle a regular's table brother said: Wet dog. Now that the bottle has been open for a good three months and the whisky has been able to breathe properly, this "wet dog" can only be interpreted as an indication. Especially malted cereal notes are leading, plus some vanilla and coconut flakes, fruity and very ripe pineapple, lemon and orange peel charred oak, some honey and many floral aromas of fresh flowers (geraniums), also hay and grassy aromas join. The alcohol is present and not perfectly integrated, but brings in some white pepper
    • Taste
      86 86
      sweet, slightly roasted malt. floral-fruity with oak spice, the alcohol gives a very strong punch, which desperately needs water
    • Finish
      85 85
      long and intense, here too, the grain / malt note is very clear, plus an interesting sweetness, the direction nougat / hazelnuts goes. Pretty dry

  5. kot1803 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

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

  6. Maurice_casqueteer scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      90 90
    • Finish
      87 87

  7. Bram84 scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      90 90

  8. stefsel111 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  9. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    The Glendullan Rare Malts are amongst the cheapest at auction, worth looking out for, not earth shattering or anything but a good solid old style malt,
    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    With Water

    More orange and chocolate coming through which improves things

    The palate is sweeter now with a few honey notes and the finish is shorter.

    Pretty decent on a par with the 78 perhaps slightly better.
    • Nose
      Smells old on leather and old books, chocolate orange,pine resin, wheat, barley its old school with a few old brandy notes.
    • Taste
      Smooth but powerful at 63% and like the 1978 some bitterness and woodiness.

      Orange, apple, balsamic and a little toffee with some orange coming through
    • Finish
      Long and getting a little salty.

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