Glen Albyn 1976 Rare Vintage by Gordon and MacPhail

Glen Albyn 1976 Rare Vintage by Gordon and MacPhail

$815 AUD

43% 70 cl

Bottled at 43% from refill sherry butts this is a lovely dark gold, rounded Highland malt in style within the excellent Gordon & Macphail Rare Vintage series. Comes in the original presentation box.

Tasting Notes:       

Nose (without water): Rich Sherry influences, with hints of raisins and ripe banana. Subtle floral notes with summer berries and lemonade.

Palate (without water): Peppery and fruity with hints of lavender and fresh green apples. A slight saltiness becomes creamy and lingers.

Nose (with water): Toasted malt with hints of hay and soft fruits. Cooked apples and stewed pears. Sweet with brown sugar and creme brulee notes.

Palate (with water): Sweet Sherry flavours with hints of charred wood. Pear and ripe banana notes with a hint of almond.

Body: Light to medium.

Finish: Long and Sweet

This product is located in the United Kingdom.


Glen Albyn Distillery

Long since dismantled, along with its near neighbor, Glen Mhor, as part of the bloodletting in the early 1980’s, which saw so many distilleries disappear from the Diageo inventory. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit it after it had closed in 1983 but just before demolition and it is featured in “The Whisky Distilleries of Scotland and Ireland” Link.

Whilst the whisky was traditionally used almost entirely for blending, some casks were set aside after closure for bottling in the Rare Malts series and for independent bottlers. The distillery was originally founded in 1846, but operated for less than 10 years before falling silent. A new distillery was built in 1883 when the name was resurrected and the new Glen Albyn remained in production through two changes of ownership, stopping only briefly between 1917 and 1919 when the workforce was redeployed to make submarine nets and mines for the Royal Navy

There are few independent bottlings and even fewer official bottlings but we have a small collection from both sources.