We continued exploring the full range of the new La Maison du Whisky Artist #8 series with a Highland dram from Glenturret.
I nearly forgot having tried the Glenturret 10 year back in 2013! Somehow Glenturret just isn’t one of those distilleries our merry Mumbai malters manage to encounter in our travels around the globe.
To then have an opportunity to sample a rather fine specimen of some 30+ years? Well, what a treat!
Glenturret 30 year (1987/2018) Hogshead Cask #371 55.3% (214 bottles)
- Nose – Peach and other orchard fruits, complex, subtle dusting of sugar, a deeper French vanilla, a sweet perfume… utterly delightful
- Palate – Delicious!! What a class act and how marvellously balanced. Honey sweet yet not too much so, a bit more depth with a zesty spice.
- Finish – Long delicate fruits, berries, sweet spices… and oh how it lingers
Truly a lovely whisky with tremendous balance and beauty. Really quite superb. My sampling companions were amused as I was clearly in my “happy place” with this whisky! I would have loved to enjoyed this simply on its own and not part of a teaser sampling with 10 in this series!
Just to keep things in perspective, what would this beauty set you back? If buying in Singapore, it would be SGD 595 (approx US 435).
And what do the folks at La Maison du Whisky have to say?
- Nose – Ample, rich. Very jammy (mirabelle, queen-claude) and vanilla, the first is also herbaceous (cut hay, alfalfa) and candied (lemon, pear, apricot). At aeration, the malted barley spreads with extreme delicacy over the entire aromatic palette. Then, he becomes more and more greedy (oat cake, leavened bread, raisin bread) and powdered (cocoa bean)
- Palate – Creamy, creamy. A spicy sequence (star anise, clove) infuses a lot of pep to the attack of mouth. Then, in the process, bunches of white grapes release a wonderfully tart juice and notes of green grass give it a lot of freshness and going. Very gourmet, the mid-palate invites us to pick a variety of vegetables (zucchini, pumpkin, tomato, eggplant). The finish is honey (lime) and oily (sunflower).
- Finish – Long, fluffy. From now on, it is the exotic fruits (mango, passion, pineapple) which take the leading role. They are accompanied by some red fruits (raspberry, strawberry) and black (blackberry, blackcurrant). This taste development is a real bath of youth for the taste buds. He also demonstrates that this Glenturret is never short of arguments. The retro-olfaction is spicy (star anise, ginger), vanilla and menthol. The empty glass reveals notes of porridge.
—- From LMdW website with an imperfect google translation from French.
La Maison du Whisky Artist #8 sans Sherry
- Benrinnes 20 year (1995/2018) Hogshead Cask #9063 49.4% (279 bottles)
- Bruichladdich 25 year (1993/2018) Hogshead Cask #1640 46.9%
- Caol Ila 15 year (2003/2018) Hogshead Cask #302465 54.2% (282 bottles)
- Ardmore 10 year (2008/2018) Cask #800168 60.3% (233 bottles)
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