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Glenturret 1977/2012 Maltbarn


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@PandemoniumReview by @Pandemonium

29th Jun 2015


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Even though it can boast the title of being the oldest surviving distillery in Scotland, Glenturret has a slandered reputation with whisky enhusiasts. To most it is nowadays little more than a Potemkin distillery, serving as a tourist forefront to promote the Famous Grouse blend. Just an opinion by posh connoisseurs, or has this distillery truly lost its soul. Let's see what magic the former still masters could make with these Perthshire stills.

Description: Matured in a bourbon cask for 35 years and bottled for the German Independent bottler Maltbarn. The colour is a golden shade of hay and the sample was slightly contaminated as it contained little bits and pieces of cork.

Nose: big, bald and fruity: stewed apples with raisins, a few slices of ripe banana, lavishly poured over with honey. With and underlying layer full of scents from beeswax and vanilla candles, macadamia nuts polished with a menthol edge.

Mouth: A briny body with a fizzing mouth feel: sweet notes from freshly cut pineapple, coconut milk, bitter oak wood and a pepper crust.

Finish: short, lightly drying with lingering pineapple notes.

The Verdict: I dubbed this dram "Majestic" as I was listening to the song by the American rockband Wax Fang. The lyrics don't match the experience, but the spirit perfectly caputures the songs vibrance. An amazing rich and fruity whisky by Maltbarn.

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paddockjudge commented

@Pandemonium, Great Review! I want some. Dreamy Dram and dreamy soundtrack. Your description of "a fiizzing mouthfeel" is what I refer to as 'Whisky - Pop Rocks(R)'.

Nice job - I'm sold - now having sliced bananas, fresh pineapple, a sprinkling of macadamia nuts with a light drizzle of honey. Cheers!

7 years ago 0

Pandemonium commented

Thanks, I was pleasantly surprised myself, but Maltbarn is a classy independent bottler. Can't go wrong with one of their bottlings.

7 years ago 0

Jules commented

I just got the 2013 (36yo) bottling of this by The Nectar (another solid European Indie). It's very in line with your notes, perhaps richer and less drying - the finish is pretty full and sweet. But a cracking example of a well aged ex-Bourbon cask Scotch!

6 years ago 0

Pandemonium commented

Thanks Jules, I had almost forgotten this review, brought back some good memories. Laybe I should find some more Indie Glenturret samples

6 years ago 0

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