Category Archives: Glenury Royal (closed 1985)

Glenury Royal 1978 14-year-old

Bought: The Wright Wine Company, 2nd October 2015

0/100 – Whiskybase (no rating yet)

Glenury Royal distillery was based in Stonehaven, a coastal town in northeast Scotland, 15 miles south of Aberdeen. The distillery was founded in 1825 by Captain Robert Barclay and closed in 1985. Captain Barclay was a member of parliament, which probably explains how he got permission from the king to put “royal” in the distillery’s name. Unfortunately the distillery was sold for property development and turned into apartments in the 1990s so we wont see the return of Glenury Royal.

My 14yo example was bottled in 1993 so it has remained unopened for 22 years. In all those years the neck level has stayed high, which is a good sign that it’s been stored well and the seal is nice and tight. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to find any reviews but an almost identical 14yo from the same period (1978-1993), also by Signatory, scores 87.5/100 from two voters on Whiskybase (here). This is also the same strength and matured in identical wood (oak cask). In general, most Glenury Royal bottlings get good reviews but they’re becoming increasingly hard to find. Miniatures (5cl) can still be found at auction for about £12 each, depending on age and rarity.

Glenury Royal 1978 14yo 70cl