Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Signatory Vintage (SV)
Bottling serie
Cask Strength Collection
Stated Age
29 years old
Number of bottles
44.6 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
08 Apr 2019 11:20 pm by yggr
Non-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 379.90

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162 × member ratings

252 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Glenturret 1989 SV

41 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.57 points

  1. hs305 scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    [May, 2019] Wow, an average score of 92.94 points by 20 different members - this is higher than most old Macallan, Ardbeg, Glenfarclas and even Brora drams. I am a little sceptical that a Glenturret can be that exceptional (the best Glenturret bottlings I rated at 90 points so far) - so I bought a bottle to check this release by myself...

    ...and my taste buds state: This is another high quality Glenturret but by no means it is on eye-level with the above mentioned benchmark drams, at least in my honest opinion. But it is the best Glenturret I had so far and it is very quaffable, for sure...

    Hint: If you like such a profile look out for older (20+years) Glenlossie, Glen Keith, Glen Ord or Glentauchers releases. And do not expect all Glenturret are this way, usually Glenturret owns a rather weird (interesting, but not very quaffable) profile.

    [August, 2019] I re-tasted this dram tonight and I am tempted to raise my score to 91 points - the finish still is the weakest part but the taste is truly excellent (maybe 92 points?). A very enjoyable Glenturret, no doubt...
    • Nose
      91 91
      The colour is jonquiripe corn and I use a big 1920's blenders nosing glass to nose it (never drink out of these glasses, they are good for nosing only). The nose offers a delicious and complex old style profile with different ripe fruits (both home-grown and exotic), heather honey, beeswax, several herbs (sage, melissa) and spices (vanilla, peppers, ginger) with rather shy wooden notes. All is nicely balanced and without any flaw, this is a very fine nose indeed. It is best right after serving the dram and gets flatter upon breathing, unfortunately. But some nice oily aromas are added over time.
    • Taste
      91 91
      The taste is layered on sweet fruity and barley sugary flavours first that turn more toffee-ish later. Some bitter herbal-wooden notes join in quickly followed by honeys and waxes. After a little chewing a delicious dark chocolatey flavour pops up and the spices are the last to show up, as usual. Hey, this is a fine tasting experience - I like it! No off-note or imbalance that I can find - and there is none of these strange weird flavours Glenturret is (in)famous for either.
    • Finish
      89 89
      The dram arrives warming and instantly coating on the palate with a minor bitter-astringent feeling (tannins) that is rather enjoyable and not distracting. The finish is of medium length and turns a little bitter-drying (cardboardy, tannins). Water turns the nose chalky-mineral and the taste flatter, I like the neat dram best.

  2. XorLophaX scored this whisky 96 points Expert Senior


    In the nose, directly bursting fruits unfold. A large, filled fruit basket with apricots, peaches, honeydew melon, kiwi, papaya and much more.
    With some time, an even more pronounced honey-sweetness and even more fruit becomes apparent. The alcohol is very well integrated and virtually non-existent, no wood and no notes.


    In the mouth unfolds all the flavors that have been announced in the nose. A bulging fruit basket, sweet and juicy. The alcohol is barely noticeable and wood is only discreetly available in the background. Overall, the whisky is very creamy and goes down like oil. Very tasty, very sweet, very fruity.


    The finish is long, fruity and sweet. Here, minutes later, you still have the plump fruit basket in front of you.

    Conclusion: 96/100 points - "exceptional fruit bomb". Wow, this glenturret is a poem of a whisky. He kills one with fruit and sweetness. The 44.6% are the perfect alcohol and barely perceptible. He goes creamy and mouth filling extremely harmoniously down the neck. One would like to take another sip. Very tasty, sweet and incomparably fruity. The whisky receives from me 94 points + 2 special points because of the unbeatable PLV of about 160 €. As a result, it takes place in the circle of 96-100 points whiskys - where he also belongs in my opinion.

    Who can get a bottle should definitely strike! Unfortunately, he is due to my indirect recommendation by the punctuation in the whisky base, as well as the announcement of "special Notes" tonight already completely sold out.

    Link to my blog with tasting video:

    For the first time, I made a video of my notes comparing the Glenturret with the 21-year-old 1973 Bowmore.

    Have fun watching. I am looking forward to your feedback!

    Link to youtube:

  3. AngeloMerten scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    Wow, that's what I call a top malt from a bourbon barrel. The nose announces what the whisky on the palate delivers. Vanilla, exotic fruits and a touch of oak ... complex and round. It does not always have to be whisky from the sherry barrel :)

  4. SteveW110 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Malt brought to the point!
    Fruit salad meets honey ...
    No miss notes =)
    • Nose
      Bright citrus fruits.
      Apricot, peach, physalis and apricot meet sweet honey / syrup (maple syrup)
    • Taste
      All the announced notes, which the malt promises already in the nose, push in the taste completely through!
      Great fruit salad with exactly the right power.
      Light nuts and very little oak, despite the 29 years.
    • Finish
      Lonely long in the end, he pulls down his throat slightly ...

      Absolute no-brainer


  5. WhiskyAlex scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Wow! Fruit salad overall! Outstanding! Best Whisky 2019 so far!
    • Nose
      96 96
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  6. Kalendin scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    Do not quite understand the hype around this malt.
    He is pretty good, no question but I taste and smell 29 years with the best will not. Find the malt also reltic watery and single-layered. I also have only subtle light fruit flavors, all very harmonious with a wonderful sweetness, but since I have had much better Bourbon keg whiskys in the age in the glass. Nevertheless good 88 points.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Peach, clear pear, banana and subtle lime
    • Taste
      89 89
      Very pleasantly soft, with a wonderful sweetness. However, in the mouth then somehow watery and not very complex. Find the all right summer whisky very pleasant.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Relatively short and for the 29 years extremely little oak.

  7. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 92 points Expert Senior

    Nose: I was rather disillusioned shortly after pouring. After ten minutes, however, completely blown away, what comes out of the glass for a fruit salad. After 30 minutes I'm still not ready to drink as I can discover more and more. There are heaps of bright, ripe fruits that are more likely to go into the exotic and the south: ripe, light-meaty flat-peaches, lychees, star fruit and light citrus notes, but they are very subtle. In addition, typical exBourbon representatives alá vanilla and some caramel. I feel like having breakfast at the breakfast table in the summer with a glass of honey from Vadder's neighbor's garden. In the background, a cup of coffee has probably fallen over somewhere and adds complexity to the whole thing. In the nose also slightly bitter, but this fits perfectly with the overall picture. I also have to try each and every time in the coming days to break up the malt a little more.

    Taste: Almost liqueur-like and sweet, the full fruit load also opens up on the tongue. The nose is very well represented here. There is also some Earl Gray, thyme and rosemary, butter biscuits and nutmeg. The alcohol is super integrated and absolutely unobtrusive.

    Departure: medium, vanilla, honey, more and more delicate Fruity and subtle dry wood.

  8. LDB scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Goes in spite of various beautiful aromas rather in one direction (not to be confused with one-dimensional), it is appetizing and extremely harmonious, a sweet, but without corners and edges.
    Compared to the grand 1988 Cask no. 529 In places almost watery in the mouth. Still a very good malt
    • Nose
      91 91
      Immediate sweetness, pure sweetness. Eucalyptus sweets, fresh Moroccan mint, elderflower jelly, some tree resin, honey and beeswax
    • Taste
      91 91
      Sweet tree juice, steamed pineapple, freshly squeezed sugarcane juice, then an association of caipirinha with elderberry liquor instead of cachaca, sweetened North African mint tea. Very supple.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Short but very nice with sour-sweet fruit notes. After chewing, the aromas suddenly disappeared. Mega-filigree, the whole thing.

  9. WhiskyReviewing did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    I just want to say, this baby is unbelievable. I'm very very enjoying at this moment, so happy with this wee, this wee dram is unbeatable!

  10. Mannix65 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Beautiful fruity summer whisky, but the extremely high ratings, I can not understand, I miss despite the great age but a lot of complexity and independence
    • Nose
      86 86
      a lot of fruit, pineapple, ripe apples, ripe pear
    • Taste
      87 87
      The nose is also found in the mouth - with a longer time in the glass also appear grainy and sardonic impressions - it lacks a bit of volume of body
    • Finish
      87 87
      fruity and medium long


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