Glenturret 12-year-old

Overall rating
84.88/100
votes
174
Whiskybase ID
WB167036
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
2020 Maiden Release
Bottled
2020
Stated Age
12 years old
Casktype
European Oak Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottle code
L20 CB3 08485
Barcode
5060768210085
Added on
08 oct 2020 8:39 pm by macog
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

£ 59.67

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Whisky reviews for Glenturret 12-year-old

45 users have left 47 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 84.88 points.

  1. Totoro scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Almost completely wood-driven, and extremely herbal/tart, but very charismatic.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Say what you want, but this really is a different take on a twelve-year-old entry-level bottling. Very woody, to be sure, but also... interesting. As was to be expected, the tart, spicy and dark aromas predominate. I find branches and twigs, resin and tree sap, a sense of autumn leaves and damp forest floor, as well as essential oils of pine, fir and eukalyptus. No idea what was in those European oak casks before they filled them with spirit, but since there is not too much fruitiness, it doesn't seem like they were all ex-sherry casks (perhaps some virgin oak or wine barriques in the mix?). With time – once the brain begins to fade out the onslaught of oak – some dried fruit and nutty aromas emerge, as well as licorice root and bitter, overstewed black tea. Too tart and oak-heavy for my taste, but, you can't deny that they went against the (wood) grain with this one, and as a result produced a truly different 12-year-old that shows a lot of depth and character (though, it has to be said, very little distillery character).
    • Taste
      82 82
      There is some savory, slightly salty sweetness from the get-go, so here the ex-sherry casks do make their presence felt. I like that the oak, while super-present, is not "spiky", harsh or peppery, which could've easily happened, I guess. It's actually very mild for 46 percent, and the mouthfeel can well be described as silky, buttery, perhaps even oily. Tastewise there's cashew, caramel, raisin, honey, as well as all of the herbal and arboreal aromas that the nose already announced. Still way too tart, spicy, herbal and woody, but I'm impressed by the texture.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Very herbal, showing eukalyptus, camphor, rosemary, but also nicely oily and resiny, with some welcome berry-fruit sweetness, a good texture and staying power.

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  3. Dyno scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    This one was empty far too quick... Sherry bomb galore!
    ABCDV!

  4. olegborgol scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    double impression. the aroma is not bad, although nothing outstanding - dried fruits, prunes in chocolate, a noticeable wine note, the taste is tart, wood, honey, plum, pepper. The finish is medium with tannins. Well drinkable, but not impressive. 21.5-21.5-21.5-21.5

  5. WhiskeryTurnip scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    The aroma was classy and pleasant, with bowls of dried dates, plums, star anise, and black tea leaves. A mustiness ran through the dried fruits with tobacco-scented soft leather chairs carrying on to a slightly earthy barbecue char with dark chocolate arriving with more time. Medium-bodied with a retrained sweetness and dried fruit, leather, and earthy barbecue notes. Dried fruit drifted toward grilled fruit with caramelized peaches and nectarines before candies with hints of butterscotch arrived with leather and fragrant rosewood on the middle palate. A mustiness carried throughout with tobacco, spice, earth, and barbecue char. Medium-length, the finish continued notes of fruit and barbecue.

    A pleasant and well-balanced whisky, I enjoyed the Glenturret 2020 Maiden Release. It was not a blow-your-socks-off dram, but it was eminently drinkable and enjoyable— a lose-yourself-in-thought sort of whisky. I do not always want a cask-strength scotch when I am in the mood for a dram, and this would be a fantastic option for those more relaxed or subdued evenings. The sweetness was nicely restrained and the flavors well-integrated. If this is just the Maiden Release, I cannot wait to see where the distillery goes next.

    Overall, I enjoy Glenturret, especially when there is some peat in the mix, and this fits the bill.

    Mental Image: Comfy Padded Leather Chairs
    • Nose
      Dried fruit, black tea, hints of tobacco, musty worn leather, subtle barbecue char, dark chocolate with time.
    • Taste
      Medium-bodied, restrained sweetness, dried fruit, leather, wood, musty, tobacco, earthy barbecue.
    • Finish
      Medium-length fruit and barbecue.

  6. MrDundonian scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    Ziemlich flach. Hinterlässt keinen bleibenden Eindruck. Habe mehr erwartet, Auch aufgrund des Preises.

  7. Squinugie scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. dram-drinker scored this whisky 85 points Photo Moderator

    Pretty OK
    • Nose
      86 86
      Dark berries, some dried fruits, hints of orange peel, nuts, some raisins, shoe polish, tobacco, little leafy hints, spices, pepper, toffee, some sherry wood
    • Taste
      85 85
      Oily, creamy, liquorice, cocoa, good sweetness, dark honey, dried fruits, raisins, nuts, woody, spices, some nutmeg, dark chocolate, hints of leather
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long, warm, spicy, woody, more toffee

  9. Monte Gehro scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Notes from a blind tasting.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Dark fruit, plum, raisins, brown sugar, fresh oak, mint, some other herbs (lovage), occasional fresh apple
    • Taste
      85 85
      Nice sherry-heavy start, as expected from the nose. Oily to strong at the beginning, sherry, some dark dried fruit, the herbal associations only come back in the finish, but tobacco is now added.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-length, clearly oak-heavy with floral-herbal notes on the nose.

  10. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Leathery modern sherry not very interesting

  11. Artus scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  12. Sporx scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Aroma
    Sherry, sweet, herbs

    taste
    Spicy, creamy, wood, sherry, sweet

    finish
    Medium length, spicy, bitter notes, wood

  13. YD84 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Loads of rich sherry notes but soft, not in your face. Sultanas, figs, dates. Slightly dank. Something slightly dirty in the background, almost rubbery. Old leather. A little savoury. Soy sauce. Tobacco. Caramel, butterscotch, pears, chocolate. Long, lingering finish. Lovely oily texture. This is delightfully different and belies it's age. Challenging in a good way. Quality whisky.
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  14. hafssol scored this whisky 76 points Expert Junior

    Fruity and spicy, with a nice complexity on the palate after a somehow flat beginning.
    Sherry notes are quite clear at first sip (and glance, given its colour), but it doesn't develop in a sweet malt. Dark fruits and almonds soon take the centre of the stage, enhanced by a slightly creamy mouthfeel and followed by a lingering, peppery finish.
    Nothing unforgettable, but a well crafted and balanced malt, revealing some interesting notes above an overall fruity texture.

  15. HammerHead scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
      Heavily sherried, sweet dried fruits, plum, fig, some forest berries, warm fruit cake, honey, roasted nuts, dried tea, chocolate, toffee, cola sweets, slight cinnamon.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet and somewhat savoury, forest fruits, raisins, figs, warm honey, chocolate, sweet liquorice (quite a lot actually), slightly leathery, coffee and salmiac. Some peppery old wood notes at the back.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Long: creamy dark chocolate, loads of sweet and salty liquorice, honied sweetness, drying on old wood notes.

  16. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/02/11/swag-at-cywl-birthday-bash/

    That’s a good place to conclude proceedings at CYWL. I’ve paced myself remarkably well this evening though there may be more to come,…. there’s always more! A number of us make it back to the home of the Foz’s infamous Living Library. There, I finally get to try the Glenturret everyone has been raving about. Expectations are high, but knowing me, it would be typical if I was the only one who wasn’t as enamoured with it as the majority seem to be.

    N,T,F: Many peeps are likening this to old Macallan though I’ve not seen a single or credible side-by-side comparison just yet. I find a moreish squidgy syrupy chewy sherried wee-beastie with a desirable dirty underside and a smoky touch – probably char note – in the background. I struggle with the rubbery/syrupy element – PX in conjunction with oloroso casks,… even some red wine perhaps? – a contemporary take on the 20th century sherried style which, frankly, has been done to death in recent years. On the plus sides, there’s a commendable blended maturity here and no overt resinousness from the wood itself.

    C: From almost total obscurity to this, hasn’t Glenturret come far?! Though there’s little [previous] distillery character to glean, no doubt this will help redefine Glenturret for years to come.

  17. JBKwb scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  18. ehelkur scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      On the nose: A lot of dried fruits, figs, sultanas. Chocolate and coffee, and then some notes of bread, and a hint of toffee accompanied by some notes of apples. Lovely.
    • Taste
      On the palate the in the arrival the chocolate stands out. It is dry and sweet, oranges from my grand mother backyard, dried fruits and a lot of spices: clove and cinnamon! The chocolate and oranges is not as string as on the arrival but stands there – and I love a dark chocolate flavored by orange – and then leather and some earthiness. Every sip delivers a basket of flavors – what a nice complex dram.
    • Finish
      The finish is quite long, more sour and bitter, with those oranges and a cup of dried fruits.

  19. ehelkur scored this whisky 88 points Expert Junior

    On the nose: A lot of dried fruits, figs, sultanas. Chocolate and coffee, and then some notes of bread, and a hint of toffee accompanied by some notes of apples. Lovely.
    On the palate the in the arrival the chocolate stands out. It is dry and sweet, oranges from my grand mother backyard, dried fruits and a lot of spices: clove and cinnamon! The chocolate and oranges is not as string as on the arrival but stands there – and I love a dark chocolate flavored by orange – and then leather and some earthiness. Every sip delivers a basket of flavors – what a nice complex dram.
    The finish is quite long, more sour and bitter, with those oranges and a cup of dried fruits.

  20. Frankie69 scored this whisky 74 points Newbie

    Fruity, oily finish, very pleasant.

  21. Dramming Dutchman scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    I got a dram of this whisky from a friend. I do not get exited about it. I allways ask myself if I would buy me a bottle, in this case the answer is no.
    • Nose
      81 81
      80 at first but after a drop of water it opened up little more.
    • Taste
      81 81
      A peppery taste is dominant, for the rest quite flat in taste. After 10 minutes in the glass it became little better.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Sharp, long finish.

  22. spigray scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This is truly Bang-For-Your-Buck! Even at this price.
    Just ordered a few more bottles!
    BTW, I think it´s older whisky in this bottle.
    • Nose
      88 88
      a very nice glendronachy sherry nose with lots of sultanas and dried figs and dates. Oranges. Something between cinnamon and allspice. Some nuts.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Very good! This is exactly the profile I am looking for when it comes to Sherry Whisky. Very harmonious with quite some punch. The same flavours as on the nose plus some tobacco and milk chocolate, quite some pepper, slightly bitter. Very good, indeed.
    • Finish
      90 90
      long and peppery, slightly bitter. Clean.

  23. Johnnie Stumbler scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    There’s a definite quality to this, but it’s possibly as a result of good casks as opposed to the spirit. Nice to see Glenturret bottled at a higher strength and I look forward to seeing what the distillery can produce, if this bottling is anything to go by.

  24. Gareth74 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Granny’s vase

    Glenrurret is one of those whiskies I’ve never really been arsed with. It never loomed large in my landscape of scotch and, like many, there’s probably a good reason for that, it’s historically been more of a colour in the blenders toolbox than a single malt in its own right. Edrington used it to plump up the feathers of a relatively well known bird and any single releases were never promoted in a way that it would ever become king of the castle. Now though, it’s been sold to Lalique as they diversify from posh vases and plates into other luxury goods and they’ve got ideas on making the brand sparkle with a hefty cash injection and more interestingly, getting a team of serious whisky bods onboard to deliver the goods. Ex Macallan Bib Delgado, the guy responsible for the Edition range being one such name. Now I’m interested.

    Looks wise, it’s a funny looking thing. It’s individual and original which is good but the design feels oddly incongruous and at odds with its market. The branding too, looks nice but strangely underpowered. It feels out of time and place but it does feel solid and heavy and has some serious heft. If it fails as a whisky it will be a realisable door stop or failing that landing chocks for your old DC10.

    Dubious packaging aside it’s the liquid that ultimately matters. Off we go.

    On the nose and it’s instantly very alluring. Right away it’s fruity and juicy and woody. Orange juice springs to mind with honey and light sherry and nuts. Warm spices and ginger mingle with balsamic vinegars, pineapple, some horseradish?? There’s raisins too but not heavy, like smelling a few raisins in a warm hand rather than opening a big bag of them from the kitchen and sticking your nose in. Some black tea cooling in a tea cup. It’s got a great little nose. It’s a little savoury. Yummy.

    In the mouth and it’s a strange one, it’s at the same time both light AND rich? The arrival is sweet and light and then it the viscosity arrived around the side of the tongue and it gently coats everything in a woody spice blanket. Creamy chocolate, almost no heat for its 46%, orange oil and some crystallised Angelica? And nuts, nice nuttiness and pineapple (very nice) and some more of that black tea, slightly sweetened this time. God almighty it goes down easy. It’s got that (I’m going to say it) Macallan thing going on, no sulphur though, but graceful sherry and woods and spice and balance. It’s a difficult trick to do, not because it’s technically hard but because it means the whisky doesn’t play with any extremes, which people tend to like. It’s just really well balanced. And this gentle balance makes you want another sip, and another, just to tease out more of the finer details. It’s really extremely toothsome as whiskies go. If there a complaint it’s that the finish could be bigger, it lacks a greater depth that would make it great, but it’s a small quibble in an otherwise pretty picture.

    Is it any good? Yup. 100%. Not only is it any good it also feels like a peak behind the curtain at what Glenturret might become. Things could be getting rather interesting with the stuff in granny’s vase, one to keep an eye on, especially if they drop the price by £10.

    EDIT: One thing that did peev me was the finishing on the packaging (anyone else?). Of the 4 bottles I bought from the maiden release, ALL of them had a big wrinkle in the middle of the label across the bottle. Not the best QA in the business - room for improvement!

    Further to having a chat with their global brand ambassador - turns out this was an issue on all bottles caused by the material and the print and the finishing machines - these things happen it seems!

  25. ElDoctore scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      91 91
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  26. Tuco1972 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  27. Jordanite scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Several online sources raved about this bottling, which made me very curious. However for me an overly large dose of European oak and a background floral-varnish aroma dampen the experience. A decent sherried whisky.

  28. HokkaidoUni scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Nose: raisins and red currant, baking chocolate, dried leather, some oak planks, a little salty, figs fresh and walnut oil, some varnish. With water more chocolate and coffee
    • Taste
      84 84
      Palate: raisins and leather and tobacco pouch, some fresh berries. Flatter with water.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Finish: a hint of bitter herbaceousness, sugar and leather and some flint. With water more bitter.

  29. Coldorak scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    The “wood bill” added to the new make some depth and some typical and rich sherry notes. Nose and palate here tend to make this a Christmas dram, though honestly, don’t try to make me believe you wouldn’t drink that every other day of the year. It might have been a bit better with a slightly higher abv, though. Blind I would have said here it was bottled at 43% abv.
    • Nose
      85 85
      That’s European oak for you! Sherry notes of fig and dark fruits appear, but there’s also a slight citrusy side to it. Vanilla extract and caramel make you think American white oak was involved too. This is also slightly estery. Spices, cola flavoured sweets and dunnage warehouse.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Sweet and spicy arrival, slightly oily. Whisky flavoured bitter orange marmalade, milk chocolate, charred oak, with some ginger, nutmeg and pepper. There are nasturtium petals again, and a glass of a tannic red wine.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Spicy and citrusy with oak in the background, medium length.

  30. The_Osprey scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Glenturret 12 (2020 release) 46%.

    At home on Christmas eve 2020.

    Definitely a sulphurous note on aroma, gas, vanilla, rounded old oak.

    Taste is woody, impression of cream soda, pale wood, spicy warming spirit, simple woodiness.

    Aroma is not great, but has a better taste - ok stuff 3.25/78

  31. Saftkenner scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    An exciting bottling and at the same time a nice change from the more common sweet sherry representatives. If you like it spicy, slightly sour-fresh and also slightly astringent, you can buy it here.
    • Nose
      86 86
      Very nice spicy but also fresh aroma of sherry.
      Dried orange slices, pomegranate, cranberries, fresh mint, dark cherries, European oak, vanilla, a walk through a coniferous forest by the sea.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Strong and sour. Well-integrated alcohol. Blood oranges and grapefruit, juniper, light tannins, European oak, pomegranate, mint, pepper, walnuts, cranberries.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Dry, medium-long finish. Grapefruit with a little oak spice, cocoa and light tannins.

  32. PuddingmitHaut did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    (blind)
    • Nose
      Red-fruity, slightly scratchy, nuts, wood but slightly damp, damp, something like rubber
    • Taste
      The fruits are there, but not really fruity, but also the biting, moldy wood

  33. larswehmeier scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Very tasty and dangerously drinkable Dram.
    Looks much rounder, more mature and more balanced than the Triple Wood.
    • Nose
      Sweet, mild sherry-tinged nose.
      Fruit tea, cake, almonds, cocoa.
    • Taste
      Chocolate, a little bit of milk coffee. Very mild and tasty.
    • Finish
      Medium length. Pleasantly spicy, but much milder than the Triple Wood. Chocolatey.

  34. valasios scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  35. Cash Flagg scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    Tasted as a sample shared by a London Whisky Club member. The whisky largely met expectations - a richly sherried dram that was savoury but not sulphuric.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      84 84

  36. Tangtang_WhiskyYoda scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    not a bad malt, but for 12 years I find it almost too sour and woody. However, he also convinces with an interesting character of his own
    • Nose
      A lot of wood rises first in the nose, accompanied by a slight acidity, then nuts and light sweetness with a little caramel, herbs, almonds, in the background there are very light berries
    • Taste
      spicy woody, somewhat tart, dried fruits, a little pepper, citrus fruits, a little chocolate, berries and a hint of coffee
    • Finish
      Nutty, spicy, sweet, notes of wood, berries and a lot of caramel, a little honey, then transitioning to sour. Quite a long finish

  37. Issie did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Nuts, roasted almonds, dried herbs, blackberries, wild berry jam, caramel, minimal earth, cereals, sweet pastries, strawberries, dried fruits
    • Taste
      Sweet apple, strawberry, blackberry, dried fruit, some orange, wild berry jam, some lemon, chocolate, nuts, white coffee

  38. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  39. rpvdwel scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  40. RedBandit74 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Orange, vanilla, some citrus fruit, slightly warming, sweetness, oak, honey
    • Taste
      Sweetness, honey, creamy, mild, caramel, fruity
    • Finish
      Sweet, light spice, oak, medium length

  41. Hvdree scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79

  42. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    More intense and fuller than the Triple Wood. Herbs and mint. Malt sweetness. Grain notes. Mealy apple drizzled with lemon. Orange peel. A couple of nuts. Then the wood dominates.
    Not a bad malt in itself. But somehow it doesn't offer enough variety in the mouth, as it is very oak-driven.

  43. JacobaEd scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  44. Joschbert scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  45. ThorstenH scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      86 86

  46. erizo scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Oops, great bottling with a good price-performance ratio, you can't go wrong here.
    Rounder in taste with a little water.
    • Nose
      Caramel, honey, citrus fruits, light spicy note
    • Taste
      Strong start, spicy, honey, citrus fruits, oily
    • Finish
      Medium-long, spicy wood note, very warming

  47. WolfpackWolfcraig scored this whisky 89 points Expert Junior

    Thick oil, really full flavour. Real matured whisky flavour. Value for money. Same fullness as In structure I recognise at some Macallans. I think Glenturret is an undervalued distillery.
    • Nose
      90 90
      White chocolate
      Citrus
      Red oranges
      Wood
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily, full flavour.
      Grapefruits
      Peaches
      Honey
      Dades
      Wood
    • Finish
      87 87
      Honey
      Citrus
      Light eucalyptus

  48. Wummy scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Delicate whisky that tastes good to me with a typical Glenturret character: tropical-floral-fruity with a very long finish. I recommend trying it
    • Nose
      Herbs, then dark fruits, oranges, light vanilla and honey
    • Taste
      First peppery, then distinctly tropical fruits and light floral notes paired with oak wood in interplay
    • Finish
      Very fruity and fresh, oranges, apricots, honey, pineapples and tropical fruits, very long finish

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