Glenturret 12yo, 2006-2018, Old Particular
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Bottling: Douglas Laing
Cask type: Refill Sherry Hogshead (# DL12759, 389 btl.)
Colour: Very dark amber.
Nose: Starts with dark dried fruits, old sherry, raisins and delicate notes of mincemeat. Sweet and fresh with treacle and blackcurrant, followed by a decent nuttiness, subtle leather and a pinch of cinnamon.
Palate: Rich and intense on the palate with sweet notes of dried fruits, raisins and juicy blood orange. This is accompanied by a warming mix of cinnamon and subtle oak, with hazelnuts and lingering notes of sticky honey towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is very long, warm and lingering with barley sugar, toasted bread, blackcurrant, slightly bitter orange peel and a hint of dry oak on the tail.
With water: There's more fruits coming through when a few drops of water are added with juicy oranges, blood oranges and peaches, followed by cinnamon spice and dark toffee. Still sweet on the palate with barley sugar, dried fruits, raisins and Seville oranges. This is complemented with prickling oak and hazelnuts towards the finish. The finish is slightly shorter with barley sugar, blackcurrant, custard, blossom honey and delicate hazelnuts on the tail.
Comments: Another successful bottling from the Old Particular series by Douglas Laing. Despite its dark colour, this 12-year-old Glenturret is not on the heavy sherry side, but captivates with its fruity aromas of dark dried fruits, juicy blood oranges and fresh blackcurrants, which are in good balance with the well integrated alcohol and fine spiciness. A pleasant single malt that lingers on the palate for a very long time. A dram at the end of a successful day!
I thank Douglas Laing for the photograph!
Glenturret 2002-2015, The MacPhail's Collection
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Bottling: Gordon & MacPhail
Cask type: Sherry Casks
Nose: The nose starts off with a lovely fruitiness of melons, passion fruit, peaches and slightly bitter orange peel. Notes of vanilla are coming through, intermingling with hints of oak spice. Gets fruitier with time, with lots of melons.
Palate: Sweet, creamy and pleasantly soft on the palate with a delicate fruitiness of melons, apricots and hints of plums. This is followed by a slightly warming spiciness of pepper, ginger and a whiff of oak. Notes of dark chocolate and slightly bitter orange peel linger towards the finish.
Finish: The finish is long and sweet with a delicate combination of plums, bitter oranges and dark chocolate, followed by a pleasant spiciness on the tail.
With water: Water brings out more of the spicy flavours - oak and pepper, pushing the lovely fruitiness in the background. There’s also less fruits and an increased spiciness on the palate with black pepper and ginger. The finish is still long, slightly sweet but warming, woody and significantly dry.
Comments: A very delicate and good all day dram. Rich and fruity with some nice complexity. The sherry cask isn’t dominating here at all but brings in some lovely yellow fruitiness, dark chocolate and well balanced but distinct spicy flavours. There’s no need for adding water as this dram is already pleasantly potable!
I thank Kirsch Whisky Import for the sample and the photograph!