Another unfamiliar whisky tonight, from Glenturret distillery in the highlands. Aside from being a lesser known distillery they do peat their malt a little which was also confusing. That’s why for my guess I went with an older Glen Garioch (then changed my mind to a younger Glen Garioch but that’s what put Glen Garioch in my head in the 1st place) which at least netted me some points for the right region.
Initial Impressions: Initial impressions: Quite dark, a few bubbles. Thin but slow legs. Darkish colour. Nose is very fruity and on the darker side.
Guess: Glen Garioch the Renaissance (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/86820/glen-garioch-the-renaissance).
Aged 12 years. 55.5% ABV. No colourant added, non-chill filtered and bottled at cask strength from cask #110.
Nose: Quite strong. Cacao. Milk chocolate. Pears in wine sauce. Varnished wood. Possibly a light sherry funk. Boiled sweets. Caramel.
Palate: Toffee. Wine gums. Red fruits. Very sweet red apples. Wood spice. Some dry wood tannin.
Finish: Long. Drying woods, slight bitter and deep fruit notes with a sweet toffee note.
Would I buy this: Yes
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
This was a lovely sherried dram. Not over the top at all, wonderfully sublime and an excellent example of good cask choice. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more like this one.