Our first whisky delivery of the year was a belter. It isn’t every day that you receive a fine old whisky through the post and we were pleasantly surprised to see that we had been sent a Glenturret from 1986. This whisky has been bottled by Hunter Laing at 46.8% after spending 26 years in refill bourbon casks and it is limited to 2400 bottles. I’ve become a bit of fan of Glenturret in recent years, helped in part through winning a case of their whisky, but also through sampling more and more great independent releases of the Highland malt. As you’d expect for a release of this stature the whisky has no colouring and hasn’t been chill filtered.
The whisky begins by treating the nose to a lovely spearmint note that cuts through the cream and butteriness of the spirit. It reminds me of royal icing and marzipan, before becoming a little vegetal and earthy. Finally there is a rather delightful big vanilla flourish. The palate is rich and spicy, yet light and gentle – its a refined whisky. It is hot on the tongue (think chilli powder) and is like an exquisite cocktail with the layers unfolding in the mouth as you enjoy it. It is a touch minty combined with some lemon zest and a little bread at the back of the mouth. The finish is wonderfully long, and took me back to summer meadows in full bloom on the Isle of Wight.
I love it when whiskies throws up evocative images and takes you places from your past; it is a real treat to be transported to times gone by and this Glenturret is one of those special whiskies that achieves that. It is a lovely spirit, and another sublime release from Hunter Laing. Congratulations guys – we salute you!