Hosted by Mark Watt, this malt was introduced to me in May ’18, during a showdown tasting in Campbeltown between Cadenhead’s Jenna & Cameron – the Authentic Collection vs Small Batch. Jenna walks into a very warm & packed warehouse [#9?], to the music Take On Me, to huge [regimented-style] applause. Cameron enters wearing actual boxing gloves! Though a young peated whisky from The English Whisky Company was right up there, this was the most memorable whisky of the day [week].
N: Abundant with dunnage-y fruits – apricots in particular appearing amongst a plethora of fruits in various forms – and oak-soaked fruity marzipan.
T: Begins fruity again, also aspirin-y and later more firmly with waxy butyric hints. It’s somewhat thin but this is hardly a problem, more an observation – it’s never lacking and also dry yet never tannic. Furthermore, we have along with the aspirin quality, a metallic, earthy, coal-like ashy growth – all complexly layered/intertwined. Fruity & nutty with blanched almonds, macadamias and fermenting sherry rancio on the turn.
F: Diminishing yet sustaining hollow/wispy finish, the thin-lightness continuing with a fruity [vanilla tutti-fruity, bubblegum and fig], wood-sweet [Viennetta] dessert –style disposition. Unexpectedly, fruity beer=cider tones conclude [on the night].
C: With certain reservations to one side, this is a delicious drinker that will please people on many levels.
Provisionally scores a B[+]
N: Consolidated fruity & fresh notes [laundry & hints of undiluted detergent], and emulsion icing to begin. Further notes speak of raisins, sultanas, apricots, figs, dried cherries, goji berries, banana, dried apricots>fig, hints of condensed lemonade [?], chalky grapegrassy, fruity > vanilla matured biscuit barley juice on the turn. Sometimes there’s way more fruitiness, assuredly pepper-seasoned with Georgian Churchkhela [link] making a move thereafter. Get the water right on arrival however, and it’s joyous sailing with an unexpected fruity-into-herbal complexity, coupled with say a chick-pea/chana dryness. A big yummy one.
F: More waves of well peppered fruits, the maltiness bound within the whole. All the [waxy] fruity dry juicy vanillas to finish that stretch out long.
C: Someone remarked ‘It’s great Glenturret because it doesn’t taste like Glenturret’. With delicious creases & loveable scars, it’s the malt I’ve been reaching for, for months. Same final score:
Scores a B[+]