Glendullan-Glenlivet 19 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Standard Cadenhead’s small batch bottling.

Nose: Lemon drops, grapefruit, vanilla cream and liquorice. The longer it breathes the more buttery it gets. Nice.

Body: Light and silky.

Palate: Foam banana sweets, dried apricot and lemon rind and some more vanilla. Creamy.

Finish: Long and steady this one with salted lemon, grilled pineapple and the ever present vanilla. Did I mention it’s long? Quite long actually.

Neat/Ice/Water: It weighs in at 53.4% and the initial hit is punchy (no pun intended). Water softens the blow and the usual sweetness vs intensity trade-off occurs. It doesn’t lose too much and I can take this either way depending on my mood. Some red apple peel creeps in the palate after watering.

Verdict: Quaffable. It’s quite creamy and has a good sweet/sour balance to it. No smoke at all, a little salty and quite zesty too. This is a versatile dram that can be a little brash unwatered and quite comfortable post-watered. Dolce or Picante… It’s pretty good actually and as it’s my first Glendullan I’ll earmark the distillery for future trials. 2 Bourbon hogsheads only produced 480 bottles and the London shop is already out even though it was recently released. Perhaps Campbelltown? Problem is you have to call them (several times before they answer) because they don’t have a website. All part of the charm. The small batch range is currently my go to stock for affordable goodness. Keep ’em coming…

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