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Glenturret 31 Year Old 1980 Malts of Scotland


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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

23rd Mar 2012


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Glenturret is a rather unknown distillery among whisky fans, but when I say Famous Grouse, you know what I am talking about. I have tasted quite a few of those blends, with mixed results, but never has a single malt from this distillery caressed my tastebuds. Let us change that today not with one, but two single casks at respectable ages, bottled by the German Malts of Scotland. We will start off with this 31 Year Old from 1980, followed immediately with the 34 Year Old from 1977.

The nose is light and fragrant on honey and sweetened eggwhite, also known as marshmallow. A touch of lemon grass, too. Some vanilla. For some reason, I cannot get yellow flowers with loads of pollen out of my head. After a while I get some sweet chewing gum and caramel. Strawberries in a carton box. Interesting, but not enough to really entice me.

It is pretty creamy, like caramel candy, with a lot of orange. Reminds me a bit of the Compass Box Orangerie whisky liqueur. Cookies, filled with orange marmalade and covered with pure chocolate. Very sweet, but very pleasing as well. Better than what the nose announced. The spices speak more loudly now. Cloves and cinnamon. The tannins are not annoying whatsoever!

The finish is rather short, very sweet on a pinch of cloves.

While the nose did not convince me, the palate made up for a lot. Very drinkable. It will take about 120 EUR out of your whisky budget, which is still 50 EUR less than its 3 year old brother. But then, that one is a lot more complex.

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