Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Curious and intriguing.
Stated Age
17 years old
Refill Ex-Sherry Gorda
Number of bottles
57.2 % Vol.
700 ml 750 ml
Added on
19 jan 2016 8:08 pm by Allandale
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 120.37

7 × in wishlist

55 × member ratings

51 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenburgie 1998 SMWS 71.41

11 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 85.42 points.

  1. DimiIkon scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Tasting: November 2021
    • Nose
      85 85
      Initially floral, a little perfume, red fruits, solvent.
      With water: Clear citrus and a sulfur tone appears, but still floral and with a lot of red fruits.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Waxy, boiled vegetables, alcohol! Honey sweet, red fruits, mature raisins. Spices, dried fruits, hot rubber and a little sulfur. Balanced sweetness.
      With water: Pears appear, with honey and citrus. Spices.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium to short. The fruitiness and sweetness throughout the finish with a lot of spices. A bit too short for my liking.

  2. mudshark scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    No rubber, but a quite rough, cidery taste here.

    Nose much better than taste.

  3. MaltyMillionaire scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Dark red fruit, funky rubbery note, dunder, brandy. Noticeably sherried, but with a gorda funk
    • Taste
      Sweet arrival with dark red fruit, then immediately drying. Dark honey, spice, oak, funk, dry dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      Long finish with more of the same - lingering sweetness, red fruit, and a mild funky note.

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    N: The sherry [refill Gorda], gives off a startling amount of rubber tyres [good rubber mind], and inner tubes
    T: Sherry
    F: Amontillado sherry finish with a little praline.
    C: Fun to drink and if you like sherry you may find this suits your tastes, though i’m not sure this is really whisky - if you know what i mean.

    Scores a D

  5. wbarchive_104650 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Yes, it's different than other sherry-aged whiskys. The burnt rubber, however, I have more in the background. I really like it. I would rather recommend it without water, as it loses its aromas with water especially in the finish too much.
    • Nose
      a nice, mild sherry aroma immediately sets in the nose; with marzipan and raisins; Walnuts, plums and oranges; then the sweetness sets in, this looks slightly artificial, but very delicious; besides the raisins, there are now other, dark dried fruits; burnt rubber I have only discreetly in the background; but somehow it fits the legal flavors; the alcohol is noticeable but not too intrusive; after the first sip, the note becomes more pronounced after burned gum; it becomes fruity with water and chocolate is added;
    • Taste
      very peppery and very dry overall very strong onset; spicy oak and cherries; nuts again, this time with chocolate; Again, there is a nice sherry note with it; the alcohol is palpable; with water it becomes slightly creamy with a little oak; chocolate again; now there are more spices like cloves and nutmeg; the sherry is still very present
    • Finish
      medium to long; the alcohol is just right now; here the burnt rubber is better off now; again delicious sherry and raisins; spicy and slightly bitter oak; then come plums and raisins; on the palate, it remains very dry with dark fruits and burned gum; in the end, the oak presses neatly again with water it becomes really sweet in the finish; dark fruits and candied apples

  6. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    A drop that polarises. Edgy and dirty, unusual. I like it very much. With water it becomes more accessible, but also more boring.
    • Nose
      Lubricating oil, spiced gum, dirty sherry, prunes and raisins, wet charred wood, old leather furniture, morels in raisin sauce
    • Taste
      Very full-bodied, sherry with subtle notes of sulfur, raisins, dried fruits, Armagnac, watered dried mushrooms
    • Finish
      Long, dry and light smoke

  7. Mannix65 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

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

  8. St. Pauli scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This one has a mind on it's own, and it's quite stubborn. Once you get to know it, it you'll get to reward it. Excellent.
    • Nose
      Intense sherry influence: dried fruits (more on figs and dates, and a bit like raisins), mould (but not in a bad way, it's more the oloroso kind of smell), salted meat, mushrooms and earth. Later, oriental spices enter the nose. Then it gets slightly dirty and almost smoky, like some black teas, a workshop with lots of oil cans around, fennel and celery. 
      The fruitiness slowly develops towards lighter dried fruits like apricots, and it gets even a bit jammy.
      With water, it's friendlier, jammier and gentler. 
      Very intriguing nose!
    • Taste
      Full-bodied  and initially sweet, eucalyptus and menthol, dried fruits, some sulphur and again the earthy notes as described from the nose. There is also a bit of honey, but plenty of ginger root.
      Water enhances the spicy and dirty side of this sturdy bloke, making it a tad too bitter for my taste.
    • Finish
      Quite long and mouthfilling, later pleasantly drying. In fact, it has the same effect as an oloroso, but then with the additional punch and dirty characteristics (even the mushrooms return). That's good news.

  9. WantsWhisky scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    A controversional whisky. You have to give this whisky a bit of time, which will give a great nose. The taste on the otherhand is a lot of sulpher as is the finish. This one did not do it for me. It was for the good nose, otherwise it would have gone to the 60's in points.

  10. Zumbar scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    - At first when you nose the whisky, you think: "ok. Something went terribly wrong in this one!" Burned rubber, oil and other dislikable notes are here.

     But then you taste the whisky and it is superb. You nose it again and then suddenly you end up giving the nose 90 although it should probably have 80minus. But something adds up here and give a fantastic experience. I am very happy I secured two bottles. Intriguing indeed! Well done SMWS
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  11. Allandale scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  12. Armando did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    SMWS Tasting Notes

    Colour: Mahogany

    Flavour Profile: Deep, rich and dried fruits

    A curious and intriguing nose – we found spiced toffee apples, roasted chestnuts, figs, fudge and old wood (cigarette boxes?); a mixture of treacle and Olbas Oil, some rich sherry and a matchbox. The neat taste had tongue-numbing menthol and eucalyptus and made us think of figs, sherry, burnt toffee, honey-roast parsnips and beetroot crisps; old tea chests and erasers. The reduced nose got dried flowers on a lavender polished table, old leather chests, hazelnuts and menthol cigarettes. The reduced palate had pleasant woodiness, some acceptable earthiness (roasted sweet potato, walnuts, hay) and candy floss sweetness (including chewing the stick).

    Drinking tip: A dram for debating with friends


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