Glenugie 1981 25 Years Old Cask No 5158 Single Highland Malt Rarest of the Rare by Duncan Taylor

Glenugie 1981 25 Years Old Cask No 5158 Single Highland Malt Rarest of the Rare by Duncan Taylor

$1,275 AUD

51.5% 700 ml

This is bottle no 180 of 323 from sherry cask no 5158 distilled in November 1981 and bottled exactly 25 years later.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Old sherry, oak, dark dried fruit – with prunes and dried figs, wood spices. This whisky is deep and dark. After a bit, notes of a warm honey cake and licorice come through. This is a very classic sherry bomb on the nose.

Palate: Minty sherry, marshmallow, licorice and orange peel. The mint on this one is like nothing I’ve had before, and the palate on this dram is fascinating, and the nose will give you no hint of what’s going on in the palate. (Bon Accord Bar).


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Glenugie Distillery

This is the one ghost distillery of any note, which I did not get the chance to visit as it was closed in 1983 and completely decommissioned, just as I was setting out on my Barnard sojourn. Consequently, there is no drawing from my own book and so we have gone back to the Barnard original for illustration purposes. 

Glenugie has a long if somewhat chequered history going back to 1831 when it was established as Invernettie distillery at the fishing port of Peterhead, as the most easterly distillery in Scotland. From 1837 to 1875 it operated as a brewery but was converted back to distilling by new owners and the latter date is sometimes taken as the true birth of Glenugie as a distillery, not least because that is when a name change took place. The next 50 odd years see various owners come and go, accompanied by periods of inactivity. Its acquisition in 1937 by Seager Evans and Co sees the distillery reopened and a longish period of stability follows firstly under the new owners and then as part of Long John Distilleries under their successive owners, culminating in Allied Domecq.  

Used exclusively in blending a few casks found their way into the hands of independent bottlers. The remaining stock and the brand now belong to Pernod Ricard as part of their acquisition of Allied.