Glenturret 1980/2012 (42.5%, Malts of Scotland, bourbon hogshead, cask #MoS 12008) Sorry, no picture yet. And only 42.8%? That’s even more intriguing… Colour: pale gold. Nose: yep, that’s Glenturret. This strange combination of fern and mud is quite striking, wet clothes, saltpetre, chalk… Becomes even flintier then, with whiffs of cigarette lighter. There’s also notes of oranges that are slowly starting to rot, moist plaster, a little plastic and soap… I know, all that sounds a little weird but I find it much better balanced than older offerings that I could taste in the past. After ten minutes, some whiffs of menthol and camphor come through, and then more ‘clean’ oranges. In short, no textbook malt whisky but I find it very pleasantly ‘different’. Mouth: cleaner, fresher and fruitier, without all those oddly mineral touches this time. Oranges, mangos and a little angelica, also honey and vanilla, before it starts to taste almost like some very strong mead. A bit of green oak in the background. Finish: fairly long, with a wee saltiness. Orange marmalade on brioche. Comments: a very good surprise, and that’s an understatement.SGP:552 - 86 points.