Glenugie 23 (Duncan Taylor Rarest of the Rare 1981/2005 Cask #5155) Review

This is a 23 year Glenugie from Duncan Taylor that was matured in a sherry cask and bottled at 61.9% ABV.

Nose: Big and fruity sherry, wisps of smoke, black cherries, charcoal, graham crackers, and milk chocolate.

Palate: Very sweet cherries again with vanilla, oak turning musty with meaty sherry and old leather.

Finish: Sherry takes on some sulphur notes with sour malt and new oak.

Rating: 84/100 – Doesn’t fully gel for me, but has moments of greatness.

Value for the money: This is going around €400 at auction lately, and it’s an easy pass for me at that price. If it were still available at retail, I’d like to see it priced around $120-$140.

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