Glenturret is one of those distilleries that does not appear on my radar very often, in all honesty. But I was intrigued when my buddy Manny offered me this sample of an 18 years old. It was bottled by Laida Weg Experience Hotel in the Italian city of Rima San Guiseppe. The luxurious resort, where you can enjoy a brilliant winter holiday, even has its own whisky pub.
The nose is very fruity and bright and immediately brings a lovely spring day to mind. Playful with white fruit, blossoms, gooseberries, unripe pineapple, vanilla and greengages.
It’s equally bright and fresh on the palate, but with a feisty pepperiness. Apple sauce, quince jam, pineapple and a hint of litchi. Take your time for this one, for it is a lot more complex than you’d think after your first sip. All in small and discrete measures, but I also get some vanilla, ginger, grapefruit and even elderflower. Midpalate a bitterness like from a grape pith kicks in. Very complete and inviting.
The finish is medium long and again a fruit basket with a small bitterness.
I presume all 132 bottles in the hotel are long gone, but should you spend your holiday there, as for it. Blissfully bright fruit bomb. Thanks for the sample, Imanuel.