Glenturret is a distillery that does not appear on my radar often, but recently my whisky buddy Manny offered me a sample of a 30 years old. Could not pass that up, obviously. It was bottled several years ago by the Meadowside Blending Company under their ‘The Maltman’ label.
The nose is very pleasant and sweet on vanilla, lime sorbet, fresh kiwi and polished leather. A lovely note of wine vinegar (no, really), orange liqueur and fresh cherries. Some cocoa butter and some coffee grounds. Quite good, in fact. And it can cope with some water, which makes it just a tad more sweet.
The arrival is creamy and feisty. First some vanilla and kiwi, than pepper and some allspice. Then the oranges kick in, with a vengeance. Lots of zestiness. While it does not deliver completely what the nose promised, it is very interesting and rich. A touch sweet and sour and some stale ale at the end, but it works. Diluted it is somewhat sweeter, but sharper as well.
The finish is long, spicy and sweet. A touch grassy with a feisty peppery note at the death.
The nose is complex, but that is somewhat lost on the palate. The finish makes up for that. Great release, but quite impossible to find nowadays.