Right, we’ve looked at quite a few blends now… so let’s head back to the land of single malt. Today we’ll take a quick wee review of Master of Malt / That Boutique-y Whisky Company – Glenburgie Batch 1, 49%.
Colour: Gold to straw yellow
Nose: Rich and fairly classic speyside nose, thick and oily, vanilla, slight touches of heather with some costal character and hints of smoke (probably from the cask).
Palate: Medium mouth feel that’s spicy and a little hot, yes it’s high ABV, but also maybe slightly young. Once you get past the heat (a drop of water will help), it’s really quite a sweet and slightly honeyed dram amongst the heaviness.
Finish: Fairly long, slightly hot, maybe a little young, slight sour wood notes right at the end.
Thoughts: An important component in Ballantine’s blended whisky and not found that often as a single malt. You can see why it is used in Ballantine’s, it’s flavoursome and will add good bulk to any blend. As a single malt it’s ok, and in this case a drop of water is really recommended to bring it up to scratch. If (and that’s a big if) this is output of the newly rebuilt Glenburgie then it’s probably no more than 9 years old and not cask strength, but then maybe it’s stock from the old build, who knows. 83.