Glendullan

 

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.

 
     

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  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.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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