It had been quite a while since Erik Molenaar – owner of Kintra – had released a whisky. A lot has to do with the fact that he is very busy with his Wagging Finger distillery, with which he is currently scoring well with his great gin. I was thus pleasantly surprised when I found his latest release at the Maltclan Festival last January: a Glenturret 1977!
Nice, layered nose with all kinds of fruit such as dades, dried apricots, black berries, mandarin from a can, but also pear syrup, toffee apples, a drop of balsamic vinegar and a hint of jute. Very complex, indeed!
It is wonderfully creamy on the palate. And deliciously rich and full on pears, baked apples with cinnamon and red berries, nectarine, grapefruit and mandarin… you get the picture: a whole orchard! Lurking behind the fruit are some spices such as pepper, aniseed, mint and fresh ginger.
The finish is very long, complex and sweet and leaves the mouth completely dry. I feel like reaching for a glass of water, but will hold off on doing so for just a few minutes…
Absolutely top whisky. What a pleasant surprise!