Distillery photo with kind permission by Alan Jamieson


Glendullan distillery is located in the Speyside town of Dufftown, Banffshire and was founded in 1897-8 by William Williams & Sons Ltd.

In 1919 they changed to become MacDonald Greenlees & Williams Distillers Ltd.

In 1926 they were bought by DCL and then transferred to SMD in 1939, with DCL & SMD later becoming Diageo.

Glendullan has a capacity of 3.7 million litres of pure alcohol per year and is one of Diageo's largest distilleries.


More great distillery info here thanks to Malt Madness



  Glendullan (OB)  

General whisky characteristics: Light, herbs, coconut


Glendullan, Flora & Fauna, 12y, 43% ABV

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€


Glass: Spiegelau

Colour: Pale gold, light yellow

Nose: Initially quite light, but expanding and growing over time. Malt, popcorn, freshly cut herbs and just a faint hint of coconut.

Palate: Smooth malt, but the aftertaste is one of rich coconut and appears very quickly in a massive rush of flavour, fading steadily.

Finish: Very quick and sudden coconut, fading steadily. Medium to long.

Overall Impression: I think I'm hooked on that coconut rush!



Glendullan, Managers Choice, 1995, 13y, 58.7% ABV

Cask 12718, one of 636 bottles

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€

Photo shows typical Managers Choice presentation


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Cork

Nose: Quite sweet with hints of furniture polish but becoming less sweet with time in the glass. It also expands to include a leafiness and hints of (unused) tea leaf.

Palate: Sweet and creamy mouth-feel with lots of vanilla. Also a light pepperiness almost suggesting crθme brulιe.

With 4 drops of water: The nose is now aromatic and lightly perfumed leafy grasses and the palate is less peppery and includes leafy coconut.

Finish: Very long.

Overall Impression: Sweet? Leafy? Tea leaf? Better with water.




  Glendullan (IB) Independent bottlings  


SMWS Glendullan, 84.13, 12y, 59.2% ABV

One of 291 bottles

Typical cost of this bottle; €€€€€ to €€€€€


Glass: Short stemmed (Bugatti style)

Colour: Very pale yellow

Nose: Initial hints of potato peelings accompany a faint dry leafiness and then a suggestion of musty cardboard. With time in the glass this becomes really quite fresh in character, by which I mean an outdoor or countryside freshness.

Palate: This definitely needs water. At the moment I sense only full-power peppered coconut.

With 4 drops of water: Immediately a much lighter nose. The palate is smoother with some developing floral notes accompanying the coconut.

With 4 more drops of water: The nose is now very light and fresh. The palate is again more smooth and now offers a creamy mouth-feel. There's a gentle pepperiness right on the front of the palate.

Finish: Long.

Overall Impression: Improves greatly with water as it gains a creamy smoothness. Plenty of that typical Glendullan coconut in this one.



Glendullan, 70 proof

Sandy MacDonald "Blend" from the 1950's

Original cost of this bottle; Unknown

I wasn't sure where to place this review as it carries the name Glendullan but it's also a blend using Glendullan single malt. Anyway it's here and thanks to my malt mate Klaus for the sample and permission to use his photo.


Glass: Classic Malt

Colour: Pale Oak

Nose: Fresh with a suggestion of faintly perfumed leafiness, as in wet leaves in autumn after a rainfall. It's also mildly herbal.

Palate: This has a quite oily mouth-feel and is also very mouth-coating, solid and chewy. The flavours are a mixture of citrus fruit and creamy toffee.

Finish: Long with that creamy toffee-ness.

Overall Impression: Solid, chewy and nothing like the whiskies of today.







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