Glenturret 12-year-old 1990s

Bought: Online Whisky Auction, 9th February 2016

76.5/100 – Whiskybase (average from 22 member votes)

Whether you’re a seasoned sipper or a dramming newbie, we all share a common bond – that first whisky experience. For me it’s the Glenturret smell that reminds me of my embryonic encounters with whisky, be it as single malt from my father’s sideboard or in the Famous Grouse blend. No matter how many distilleries I’ve tried, or however far from the centre of Scotland they hail from, it’s the smell of Glenturret that brings me ‘home’ to those formative moments that defined what whisky was to me.

I inherited a Glenturret 8-year-old from the 1990s and I’ve wanted to add the 12yo for many years. It isn’t the best whisky in the world, and the brown packaging is borderline grotesque but I love it for sentimental reasons. Scoring 76.5/100 on Whiskybase is a so-so score. Respected reviewer Mark Dermul says of the taste “ouch! On the palate, however, it is immediately unpleasant. Sweet and sour with the emphasis on sour, very sharp and alcoholic despite the low ABV. A bit of earth and lots of wood make it dry. The fruitiness (some apples and citrus) have trouble showing themselves. Finally I get something metallic as if the whisky was poured from a can. Could that be OBE [old bottle effect]? After all, this whisky has been sitting in the bottle for almost 20 years, which is longer than it spent in the cask.”

Thankfully it’s not all doom and gloom with one member remarking “a lovely dram as an aperitif. A shame that this one is no longer produced.” I agree but it still appears at auction for a reasonable £40-£60. Don’t all rush at once!

Glenturret 12yo 70cl

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