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.