Have you heard the name Towser?
Towser, my dear whisky friend, was the name of the house cat at the Glenturret distillery. Towser was a long-haired tortoiseshell that was born on April 21, 1963 and lived 24 years of her life in Glenturret Distillery. She had reportedly killed 28,899 mice until she passed away in 1987, and was shortly after entered in the Guinness book of the records as the World’s Best Mouser.
You probably have already guessed that this week’s dram comes from Glenturret Distillery. It’s a 26-year-old Glenturret, bottled at 50% strength under the Chieftain’s series. Only 168 bottles were released with this particular Madeira finish. And they are now only 167 because I just opened one.
Glenturret is one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland – it started operations in 1717 is an illegal distillery and then officially opened in 1775. The distillery is the only remaining on the river Turret and is owned by the Edrington Group since 1999. The Visitor Center is one of the first in Scotland – it opened in 1981. You have probably tasted a Glenturret before – it is used in the blended The Famous Grouse, where Glenturret, as well as Macallan, are the dominant drams.
Back to my glass, which I kept right under my nose while writing so far because it smells oh so delicious. The first thing that comes to mind when you nose this dram is grape-nut chocolate and popcorn. A creamy bouquet, with gerbera flowers and a hint of fresh eucalyptus-like note.
On the palate you get a heavy, deep sweetness, like caramelized wildflower honey – the flower notes tickle on the edges of your tongue. Grapes, raisins, sherry-like, but more intense mainly due to the Madeira wine finish. Oh yes, and peach! Very full and well-rounded, not sharp on the mouth, very little to no wood with light, pleasant acids developing in the back – just amazing after 26 years!
The finish is long, warm, and beautiful; it is like the aftertaste of a beautiful fruit compote, and again, no sign of wood. Since I felt no carbon notes on the nose, nor on the palate, I am guessing the barrel was lightly toasted to enhance the color – a great choice with a great result.
My conclusion: this dram is outstanding on the nose and palate, with the finish being the real star of the show! So smooth, yet intense, without a trace of smoke or peat, congratulations, Glenturret Distillery! If you like strong whiskies without hard notes, then this bottling will bring you lots of joy!. Ah, just remembered — I need to go feed my cat.
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