Glenugie 1978 Cadenhead's
Added on Wednesday, Feb 3, 2010 at 07:42 PM
  Bottler: Cadenhead's
  Age: 13 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: 1978 Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 60.90 % Region: Highland
  Price: N/A Availability: Collectors Only
Distilled April 1978       Bottled March 1992
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Starts on green apples but then goes in a nectary oranges direction.  And there seems to be a bit of peat in there as well.
P: Fiery on the first few sips, but it calms quickly and then the true sweet malty / nutty profile reveals itself, along with (yes, I sure think so) a bit of peat and chocolate.  Oily and mouth coating.
F: Peat lingers in the finish with some sort of funky metallic notes.
A bit of an oddball and quite good going down but the lingering metallic tastes brings this down a notch.

[I didn't think that Glenugie was peated, but I checked around and it seems to have been (at least sometimes) based on others tasting notes.] 
Nose of artificial fruit and floral stuff. Hint of grape Kool Aid. Apples. Hints of spoiled white wine. Palate is a cask-strength blast of spices, with that fruity stuff in the background. Like an acidic super-spicy apple pie. Finish shows marshmallow initially, the the spices return with coconut traces. I like this but it's too one note to like it better. 
Nose:  Nice nose of sweet wines, light sherry.
Palate:  Very sweet with the flavor of fruit cocktail syrup (you know, like in the canned kind).  The palate sort of dissolves from pure sweetness into pure oak at the back of the palate with just a flash of sherry in between.
Finish:  The finish evinces a very feint sherry.

There are some good elements here, but overall, it doesn't seem to come together.  Still, it's very drinkable stuff.   I originally gave it a B-, but after enjoying it over the course of the evening thought it should merit a straight B for pure enjoyment (that's got to count for something right). 
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