This would be my 3rd Glenturret 8 year from an independent bottler! We were rather impressed by the North Star’s Glenturret – which was distilled the same month as this Warehouse cask and bottled within a month of each other. I’d also had the pleasure of trying Chorlton’s Ruadh Maor aka peated Glenturret.
So what about this one from The Whisky Warehouse No. 8?
Glenturret 8 year (Dec 2010 / Apr 2019) Bourbon Hogshead Cask No. W8 181, 57.5% 330 Bottles
- Nose – Even before putting in the glass, we had a whiff of our wee bottle and went – Mmmm….sweet smoked bacon! And then into the glass it went and… huh? Where did the delicious aroma go? Instead we found a brine, hay… predominantly cereals like hot (slightly boring) porridge, wet fall leaves, rubber gum… is that gym shoe? Curious
- Palate – Ah.. now here is the light peat smoke, bay leaves, cinnamon spice, a bit of ginger bread… not a heavy peat, more like peat ‘adjacent’
- Finish – It does last…
Let’s be honest, we were a tad disappointed. I happened to have the North Star Glenturret bottle handy and pulled it out to compare, making my virtual tasting companions a wee bit jealous. Yup! There were all the fabulous elements we enjoyed about the Glenturret – a nuanced peat, tasty cereals, maple bacon… We dismissed the Glenturret and moved on to our other minis..
However a funny thing happened along the way… as it patiently sat there… an amazing alchemy with air took place. We returned for a revisit and we delighted to discover much that we enjoyed in the North Star was now present! Where had all those lovely qualities been hiding?
- Nose – Gingerbread joined the light puff of smoke,
- Palate – Some cheese, smoked meats chased by cinnamon spice
- Finish – Remained dry and long
Even on the first go, we enjoyed the palate more than nose alone… however with the revisit it was clear this had all the makings of a rather enjoyable dram. Certainly one to wait for it…. wait for it… as it just might be “Legend… wait for it…. dary!“
Curious about other Glenturret experiences?
- 8 year Ruadh Maor 62.5% (Chorlton) – The peaty one
- 8 year (Dec 2010 / Mar 2019) Refill Hogshead 58.3% (North Star 008) – The extra yummy one
- 10 year 40% – Early introduction…
- 14 year 54% – Port influenced ginger laced cereals
- 30 year (1987/2018) Hogshead Cask #371 55.3% (LMdW Artist #8) – The peachy sunnyday delight
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