Appearance : topaz with very subtle copper glints.
Nose : full-bodied, refined. What a beautiful first nose of citrus fruit zest (orange, mandarin), heady florals (iris, lilac), toffee, beeswax, heather honey and an absolutely delicious rancio (white peach, brandied cherries, candied mango, apricot). Increasingly deep, once allowed to breathe, aromas of malted barley, blood orange, salted butter caramel, aromatic plants (camomile, verbena), dark chocolate, black liquorice and an almost peaty note bring lots of complexity to the aromatic palette. Mustard seed, quince jelly and roasted apples then lead us to the moment of tasting.
Palate : delicate, silky. The divinely chocolate attack is also pulpy. It invites us to bite into the flesh of very ripe fruit (mango, apricot, peach). On the mid-palate, a few noble spices (cinnamon, ginger) appear alongside cocoa bean, a delicious apricot liqueur, almond cream and salted butter caramel. At the end of the palate, gentian and curry highlight a delicious malty bitterness with lots of freshness
Overall : long, silky. Such a beautiful finish enveloped in stunning thick tannins. Wine lovers will appreciate the similarity with a Banyuls fortified wine with notes of black cherry and heady florals (peony, rose). Gradually, the fine white film that covers the taste buds brings to mind the bloom of black grapes ready for harvest. The bright retro-nasal olfaction highlights the balance of a perfectly integrated sherry finish. A veritable ode to malted barley, the empty glass is also exotic (mango, persimmon), chocolate and vegetal (tobacco).
GLENBURGIE 25 YO 1995 25th Anniversary French Connections S.V 53.7%
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After the Glenburgie 1995 bourbon cask and the Glenburgie 2007 first-fill sherry cask in our 2019 and 2020 Creation Catalogues, it is now time for this version finished in a first-fill sherry cask to join the 20 rue dAnjou range. Tasting it took me back to Saturday, 1 July 1995, the date I joined La Maison du Whisky. It also reminded me that Glenburgie is one of the first Scottish distilleries Thierry Benitah and I visited together. Extremely well-balanced, note after note, with lots of class it reveals all of the facets of a personality whose sensitivity is rivalled only by its complexity. Midway between classicism and modernity, its rancio notes that overflow with fruit are quite simply a pure delight.
Profile: the very complex first nose reveals notes of citrus fruit (orange), heady florals (lilac), toffee and heather honey. Marvellously rancio (brandied cherry, mango), it gradually becomes malty, herbaceous (verbena) and liquorice. The divinely chocolate attack invites us to bite into the flesh of very ripe fruits (mango, peach). On the mid-palate, spices appear alongside cocoa bean and salted butter caramel. The silky finish is deliciously tannic. Like a Banyuls fortified wine (black cherry, peony), it transports us to the harvest period. The retro-nasal olfaction and the empty glass underscore the quality of a wood that allows full expression of very eloquent flavours and aromas of malted barley.
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