The nose of this 17 year old shows aromas of nougat, salt, a touch of smoke, light tropical fruits and light toasted nuts. The palate is smooth as can be expected at 40% ABV with a present flavor set of caramel, nougat, salted peanuts, light tropical fruits and oak barrel spice on the finish. D&M Tasting Notes
To those of you saying to yourself I have not come across a distillery named Glen Oak, you are quite correct. There is no distillery by that name in Scotland or elsewhere. What we have for you here this month is a branded Single Malt rather than a release from a distillery or independent bottler with the distillery name attached. We saw more of these brands like Smokehead, Port Askaig or Pebble Beach in the middle of the 2000s when there was more Scotch in barrel than demand for them. These barrels without a stated source were once given the colorful name by the online forum Malt Maniacs of being bastard malts. The historical reason for this was that this enabled distilleries to sell whisky to the market without having to support the price point of their particular distillery brand. This has been seen less as of late as the Scottish distilleries have focused on their own wares at premium prices. The advantages of these bottlings for us is that, though rare, there can be some fantastic drams available for a fraction of the price of the named brand.
We had quite a bit of fun and lively discussion trying to guess at the island source of this 17 year old, with guesses ranging from the island of Arran through the Inner Hebrides: from Islay to Skye. We all agreed that the whisky was good, though we were all over the map as to where we thought the source was from. The gentleman who was presenting the whisky eventually put us out of our misery and revealed the the source was in fact Bruichladdich, though for legal reasons listed above it could not be put on the label.
Bruichladdich 17 YR Glen Oak Bottling Single Malt Scotch
- Brand: Glen Oak
- Availability: In Stock
- Quantity Available: 2
- SKU #: 5687