Archive for the ‘Glenturret’ Category

North Star Spirits Glenturret Ruadh Mhor 2009 (8 year old) 57.1%

Peated/ Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Dist: Mar 2009 Btl: Sept 2017/ Tasted: Oct 2017

Aromas of slightly hard barley mingle with honey, flowers and a touch of peat/ earth. With time it becomes pleasantly aromatic and heathery.

The palate opens with the taught American oak, followed by hints of barley and earthy-peat. Subtly honeyed on the middle with the barley displaying a slight hard edge. Intense, smoked meat, bbq sauce and heather finish with a lovely combination of both sweet and bitter tannins. Lovely smoky after-taste.


Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glenturret 1994 (16 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2205/ Dist: Sept 1994 Btl: Nov 2012/ Tasted: Nov 2012

The nose is heavy with the leafy Oloroso character with a side serving of molasses, treacle, coffee and dark honey. However a light citrus not brightens the aromas. Gently spiced with plenty of sweet, dried fruit.

Soft, full and gently spiced on the palate. Very much mirroring the nose with sweet Oloroso, treacle, dried fruit and plenty of peppery spice, which builds and intensifies on the middle, again the citrus arrives along with some luscious, honeyed dark malt and treacle. Wonderfully soft and succulent! Lovely length with hints of burnt wood, demerara sugar along with a return of the sherry leafiness. Ok, so you can argue that there isn’t any distillery character but the sherry character is wonderfully clean and complex.

Douglas Laing Old Malt Cask Glenturret 1994 (17 year old) 50%

Sherry/ Code: OMC2135/ Dist: Sept 1994 Btl: Jan 2012/ Tasted: Jan 2012

The nose is quite sulphured and rather industrial, which was not what I was expecting. Rather murky with some spicy citrus aromas attempting to emerge from the sulphur fug.

The palate is short, alcoholic with a touch of spicy, baked fruit and a lot more than a touch of sulphur! Pleasant? Ah, no!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenturret 1988 (27 year old) 45.4%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0290/ DL11092

Dist: Dec 1988 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Aromas of damp earth and baked fruit with hints of ‘toshan-esque boiled sweets and rose petals. A touch of apricot, brandy butter, old vanilla, old herbs and light smoke follow. Very mature and intriguing!

The palate is soft, elegant and mature with creamy oak, barley and subtle wood spices. Lightly Cognac-esque dried fruit, brandy butter and gorgeous, mature American oak comes through on the middle. Very long with lingering baked fruit, sweet heather and oak. Superb depth and complexity with a finish that lasts for minutes!

Douglas Laing Old Particular Glenturret 1987 (28 year old) 45.9%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: OLD0333/ DL11199

Dist: Nov 1987 Btl: Jun 2016/ Tasted: Oct 2016

Quite herbal (marjoram) and ferny on the nose with a touch of cardboardy spice and linseed. A little musty to be honest but there’s some sweet barley beneath.

The palate is initially a little flat with hints of malt, oak and subtle spice. Not quite as funky as the nose with a pleasantly, dusty spice middle. Long, crisp and citric with ferny and herbal notes along with a light creamy oak finish. Not the greatest nose in the world but the palate sort of redeems itself.



Murray McDavid Mission Series V Glenturret 1978 (27 year old) 46%

Dist: 1978 Btl: 2005/ Tasted: Nov 2005

A lovely shimmering gold colour. Clean and quite weighty on the nose with the rich fruit quick to assert itself, followed by crisp cereal, fudge, natural caramel and vanilla. I could sniff this all day. Underneath the oak lurks a depth of spicy citrus fruit, melon, pear, apricot and cooked apple all lusciously dripping in the softest honeyed vanilla imaginable.

Dry and clean on the palate with the ultra clean, soft and smooth vanilla oak engulfing the slightly smoky succulent fruit. Mouth-filling and complex with apricot and natural toffee, along with cooked apple, spice and salt notes in the finish. Very long and very rewarding.

Murray McDavid Mission Series Glenturret 1978 (28 year old) 45.8%

Bourbon – Rioja/ Dist: 1978 Btl: 2006/ Tasted: May 2007

Well knock me down feather. What was I saying about red wine finished whiskies? A glorious nose, the mature bourbon influence is obvious from the start but it is supported by some gloriously oily, rich, mellow fruit dripping in natural honey, beeswax and a touch of red wine fruits. Subtle it isn’t, the aromas engulf the senses, this is gorgeous!

Quite a sweet entry onto the palate, heavily bourbon laced mature fruit with red winey fruit notes and natural toffee along with a slight peaty note on the middle. It has a lovely crisp garden pea freshness but finishes a bit short. However this is immediately rectified with a drop of water which lengthens it and emphasizes the glorious honeyed notes. Well there you go this is the first red wine finished malt that isn’t over powered by the finishing cask. Is it a case of practice makes perfect or a fluke? Either way it is gorgeous!

James MacArthur Old Masters Glenturret 1993 (14 year old) 56.9%

Bourbon Cask 188/ Dist: 1993 Btl: 2007/ Tasted: 2007

A lovely crisp hard barley opening followed by beautifully honied malt along with a touch of earth and a smidge of peat. Displays a wonderful depth of ‘classic’Highlandgranity-ness and a slight floral top note.

Extremely fruity on the palate, a veritable fruit bowl of citrus fruits – orange, apricot, peach. Glorious spices kick in on the middle along with granity hard barley and a long malty, slightly floral finish. A drop of water emphasises the vanilla oak and dries out the finish a little. All round a lovely expression with a good balance and integration.

Dewar Rattray Glenturret 1993 (13 year old) 56.4%

Bourbon Cask 172/ Dist: Apr 1993 Btl: Oct 2006/ Tasted: Jan 2007

Deep, rich aromas of apricot and tangerine fruit rise from the glass. This is lovely, bursting with fruit, with hints of earth and powdered spice. In the mouth it is soft and extremely fruity with apricot, sweet toffee, raisins and a late powdered spice note.

Yum, it has a glorious mouth feel all cinnamon coated honey malt and the spicesare well just ever where! A drop of water mellow and brings it all together nicely bringing out a touch of vanilla oak and not dulling the spiciness. Personally I would drink it neat in order to experience the full force of its personality.

Dewar Rattray Glenturret 1988 (25 year old) 45.3%

Bourbon Cask 891/ Dist: 1988 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: Feb 2014

The nose is very manurey and straw-like with some luscious honey and creamy barley, but my god, it reeks of manure! In amongst all that manure lurks some damp cardboard and sub industrial coffee notes. Lightly herbal with some lovely sawdusty oak which tries to lift it out of the oppressive manuriness.

The palate opens with some light citrus, liberally coated with granulated sugar and honey. Thankfully a lot less manurey than the nose would lead you to believe and once the sawdusty oak arrives it becomes wonderfully full. The finish is a bit on the short side however and the oak really bitters the finish – A lot.

A.D Rattray Glenturret 1986 (28 year old) 50.1%

Bourbon Cask 342/ Dist: 1986 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

Dense aromas of coffee’d malt, chocolate and barley, shot through with some delightfully crisp and exuberant citrus. Hints of flowers, sweetened gooseberry, lime and dusty oak appear with time.

The palate pretty much mirrors the nose with subtle honey, malt, coffee and barley along with some crisp, citrus notes. Beautifully honeyed with some dusty oak notes developing and the barley taking on a lovely sugar kissed character. Hints of minerals and a light popcorn note comes through. Long, lightly spiced and very citric finish with the barley and honey forming a bedrock.

Blackadder Raw Cask Glenturret 1978 (27 year old) 50.1%

Bourbon Cask 354/ Dist: Mar1978 Btl: July 2005/ Tasted: June 2006

A remarkably youthful nose. Clean and crisp and quite high toned with lemon curd, citrus and pure vanilla. Slightly floral with a delightful creaminess. Soft and fruity on the palate, which opens with vanilla laced citrus fruit followed by the oak and crisp granity honey and malt. Lovely depth and purity. Superb length which tails off  with hints of custard creams, salt, sweet spices and the ever present minerality.

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.