Glenturret Distillery Bottlings Tasting Notes

Posted: September 6, 2011 in Glenturret, Scotch Whisky A-G

Glenturret Sherry Edition 43%

Tasted: Feb 2016

Nose: Roust coffee’d baked fruit and herbal spirit notes. It certainly feels like it has some maturity and late notes of buttery oak.

Palate: Show plenty of relatively straightforward baked fruit with a hint of orange and oak.

Finish: Long with lingering baked fruit and citrus.

Conclusion: A pleasant and mature whisky. However it doesn’t have enough complexity or flavour development to really excite. 

The Glenturret Peated Edition 43%

Tasted: Apr 2016

Nose: Hard and slightly industrial with baked fruit, earth and dusty spice. With time a touch of balancing honey appears.

Palate: A little more caramel oak but the focus is still on the hard as nails barley and industrial character. Slightly earthy and a little bitter on the middle.

Finish: Good length, although a little spirity with lingering baked fruit, coffee and herbal spice.

Conclusion: Not a style of whisky that I get on with and this doesn’t have enough balancing sweetness from either fruit or spirit.

Glenturret 10 year old 40%

Tasted: Mar 2001

Quiet a heavy, sweet nose with a slight floral note. Light and a bit evanescent with honey, vanilla, toffee and a touch of mint in the finish.

Glenturret 10 year old 40%

Bourbon/ Tasted: July 2011

Hmm, not the greatest nose in the world. There’s a fair few cardboardy off notes here. Ok, if you ignore the rather pervasive dampness of the nose you can see that there is some charming, soft, fruity, grassy and cerealy spirit here.

The palate pretty much mirrors the nose. It doesn’t really go anywhere as the damp cardboard theme mutes any semblance of fruity spirit.

Glenturret 14 year old 60.1%

Refill Sherry/ Tasted: July 2011

An edgy nose of nutty, earthy, slightly leafy sherry with some malty sweetness behind. Very clean and distinctly herbal. With time the honey aromas come to the fore. Rather pleasant.

The palate is quite soft although it does open with the drying tannins. It really doesn’t taste as alcoholic as it should, but it does have a lovely, fleshy softness with a good dollop of malty-sweet honey and a pleasant herbal bite. Good length with a sweet lemon finish before the tannins dry brings it all to an end.

With water the nose has become rather confected, but in saying that it has also become more expressive with more citrus aromas and hints of white chocolate coated raisins, white liquorice and a touch of burnt wood. The honey has become more text bookHighlandin character, i.e brittle but a touch of burnt caramel is beginning to encroach. The palate has on the other hand become simpler. Like the nose it is quite confected, overloaded with sugary sweetness, with more of the burnt caramel noticeable.

Glenturret 15 year old 57.7%

First fill Sherry/ Tasted: July 2011

A very mature nose, quite surprisingly for its age. Full aromas of rich, moist Christmas cake, walnuts, toffee, dried fruit, sandalwood and polished leather with a herbaly, fresh edge. Yes it’s all cask, but this was produced from some stunningly good casks.

Quite a tannic start to the palate but those afore mentioned tannins are relatively soft. Very deep with dried fruit, mature prunes, walnuts and toffee. The alcohol seems quite well behaved until the mid palate when it ramps up the intensity and that’s all the fun over with.

With water the nose has again become very sugary, of the brown sugar persuasion. There is a lovely substrata of honey and now some burnt wood notes. The palate however has fallen apart in spectacular style, but I kind of had the feeling that it might do. After that wonderful nose the palate is a big disappointment.

Glenturret 16 year old 58.4%

Oloroso (?) Sherry/ Tasted: July 2011

A very leafy and alcoholic nose with some gorgeous, liquor-like orange, macerated prunes accented with hints of clove, nutmeg, burnt chocolate and dark toffee. With time a lovely floral note appears but counterbalancing that, so does a slight fusty, mouldy note.

As expected the palate is all leafy sherry, bitter tannins and alcohol. As the alcohol passes some dark chocolate and sweet dried fruit remains.

Water makes no change to the nose, possibly there is a high toned granity edge. The palate on the other hand is just about holding together. Just like the 14 and 15 year old the palate has become simple and disappointing.


  1. Koen says:

    After watching a review by Ralfy
    (he gave this malt quite a high mark)
    I bought a bottle, well it was not the same batch I’ll guess)
    A bit watery and indeed cardboardy notes.yes some signs of better/older casks in the background to spice it a little but not a great deal. The carboard note disappears a little when more air is allowed in the bottle but I was not impressed.
    Had allso a clynelish 14 yr for the same price, a big difference in smell and taste! In a positive way.

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