Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Douglas Laing (DL)
Bottling serie
Old Malt Cask
Stated Age
32 years old
Sherry Cask
Number of bottles
49.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
27 nov 2010 3:15 pm
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 635.25

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37 × member ratings

24 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenury Royal 1968 DL

7 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 91.97 points.

  1. checkpointuk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur


    Copper / rust red
    Orange and salt in a homogeneous unit! Elderberry, wild berries, furniture polish, wood, maritime salt, leather and fine sherry. The nose is fresh and tangy but also sticky, sometimes sweet to syrupy - all together in a very harmonious unit - great!
    Red-fruity and very spicy. With wood and thick leather notes from an old leather armchair. There is also vanilla, honey, fresh mint and a very maritime pinch.
    Long - fresh and delicately woody. The mint rules the finish with somewhat bland notes. The wood becomes more intense, but the orange remains firm until the end. With hints of blueberries, black elderberries and plums, this Glenury has a delicate, smoky finish - here too: Everything in the balance!
    92 points
    N: 93P / G: 92P / F: 92P

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 90 points Photo Moderator

    Starts very good on the nose, can't catch up on the palate, unfortunately a little off-note in the end which comes from the sample I believe - still very good overall
    • Nose
      92 92
      Sherry, berries, little acacia honey, hints of dried fruits, also some jam, spices, cloves, nutmeg, milk chocolate, whiffs of leather - very good!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Little punchy, liquorice, little sweetness, sherry wood, little nutty, little more dried fruits, coffee, spicy
    • Finish
      89 89
      Medium long, warm, more spicy, little herbal, little tannic

  3. checkpointrk scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      92 92

  4. Jackson05 scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Glenury Royal is one of the most beloved closed distilleries that fell victim to the Whisky Loch of the early 80’s. Captain Robert Barclay, the founder was a member of parliament and likely used his influence with King William II to become one of the first distilleries to receive a royal warrant. Robert Barclay was quite the guy, he was a notable ‘pedestrian’ which was a precursor to race walking and his notable achievement was 1000 miles in 1000 hours or once 72 miles between breakfast and dinner. He financed bare knuckle boxers including English champion Tom Cribb. He had a claim on the dormant Earledom of Airth through his female lineage, that was rejected by the House of Lords in 1939. A similar claim for the dormant Earldom of Menteith and Strathearn was not pursued, which interestingly would have implied he was the rightful King of Scotland. Prince William is the current Earl of Strathearn. All this and he died at 74 by getting kicked by a horse.

    Nose: (93) Big old lacquer notes, blueberry jam, figs, dates, cocoa powder, very soft, elegant and earthy sherry. Classic old school sherry. Dried herbs (fennel, oregano, thyme), dried tea leaves, saffron, rose pedals, Tobacco filler and cedar spills, a little candle wax bringing it all together. Really complex, and pretty nose.

    Palate: (93) Soft and creamy, full mouthfeel, plum jam, Terry’s Chocolate Orange, dates, sour cherry pie filling, licorice. Black Earl grey tea. Dried leaves and twigs. Soft, elegant and earthen. Wonderful mouthfeel.

    Finish: (91) Tobacco, dark chocolate, coffee, cedar, black tea, cherry lozenge, wispy smoke, black licorice, a little black pepper. Long drying finish, but not overly so.

    92/100 Many thanks to my friend for the sample.

  5. hs305 scored this whisky 93 points Connoisseur

    [January, 2019] Glenury is one of just four tier-1 lost distilleries on my list - meaning they consistently produced above average and frequently excellent drams (92+points), the others are Brora, Glenugie and Port Ellen. What a good reason to open this bottle that I bought for 120 Euro in February, 2006...

    ...and it fully confirms its top notch place! Another spectacular dram from one of the finest and almost forgotten lost distilleries (simply because there are - almost - no stocks anymore that can be released). Extremely interesting and enjoyable and dangerously quaffable - I fell in love with this dram immediately...
    • Nose
      92 92
      The colour is very dark at mahogany and the nose offers ... wow, what a flabbergasting old style sherry profile! This is a perfect combo of old style sherry-induced and old style malt-induced aromas in an appropriate wooden framework. No imbalance or off-note, this nose reminds me of sitting in the library room of an old Scottish gentlemen's club with a tablet of freshly poured old Highland malt right in front of me. This is pure pleasure - hey, I have to go back to Scotland (forget about the Brexit)!
    • Taste
      94 94
      The taste is absolutely flawless and of an adorable complexity and balance - I wish this would stay forever. Great old style sherry flavours interplay with the traditional Highland malt notes and some spicy woods in a back-and-forth resp. hide-and-seek game that is virtually endless. I guess there are more than thirty different flavours at play (pros may find even more) so I skip to name them all. But I can assure all are delicious and not a single one is not to my liking.
    • Finish
      94 94
      The dram arrives warming and charming on the palate with an instantly creamy mouthfeel and a minor astringent moment of cold metals (which is the only astringent feeling I like). The finish is very long and not only extends this excellent taste into eternity but adds some more impressions, too (hint: dark choc). No distracting bitter or drying moments, this cask was bottled at the perfect age! Water turns the nose a little punchier (surprisingly) and the taste more approachable (mellow) - but to be honest: The neat dram is perfect as it is, forget about any reduction...

  6. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    Very special malt, beautiful blend of sherry, but also clear notes of all sorts of herbs and dried things, looks very noble and complex, you could certainly spend 1-2h with.
    • Nose
      Earl Gray tea, saffron, dark honey and red apple, very own and mysterious floating in the glass, as if you were in an oriental tea house, tangerine, plum, dry raisins and old, dusty wood, dark chocolate, soy sauce, cumin and black pepper , Nutmeg, cardamom, fennel and joss sticks
    • Taste
      Dark figs, plums and liquorice, dark malt, lightly dried red apple, saffron and Earl Gray, dark honey with old herbs, soy sauce, caraway and a hint of black pepper, oregano, old leather armchair, dry cherries, hints of ash, later more and more, Blood orange, BBQ light, Ricola
    • Finish
      Ash, figs, saffron and dark malt, rye bread and pumpernickel, nutmeg and soy sauce, brown sugar, long

  7. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      94 94
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91

  8. lincolnimp scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    This is really beautiful and what a nose. I love Glenury, what a tragedy they closed it.
    • Nose
      It is a beautiful sherried one on very rich fruit cake, plump raisins, dark chocolate, old varnished wood. There is also slight orange.
    • Taste
      Thick, mouth coating, a little bitter at first on the tongue then there is smoked ham, a little black current, dark plum and hints of dark soy sauce.
    • Finish
      Great length, with slight coffee notes.


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