- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Diageo Special Releases 2003
- Stated Age
- 50 years old
- Number of bottles
- 42.8 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 13 May 2009 4:44 pm
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66 × member ratings
39 × in collection
Whisky Reviews for Glenury Royal 1953
8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 94.77 points
- Well, rumour has it that there are two of these, of which the first one is known to be woody. I tried this with someone from Diageo, and when I asked him if this was the first or second one, he said it was the first one (therefore not dismissing the existence of a second one). I found the dram I took, not to be overly woody...adding to the confusion...
- If there is such a thing as perfection, this surely must be it. Astoundingly fruity; nectarine, clementines and medjool dates give way to welcome in a punch of a 70% cocoa chocolate, rounding off with a light smoked oak finish. The wood is strong at first, but brief - allowing you to remember the delightful fruitiness that kicked things off moments before. Stunning, and to my palette at least, unrivalled.
Tobacco pipe smoke that then teases with black cherry compote.
Nectarine, clementines and medjool dates (later, dark chocolate)
Long and complex - it really doesn't end. Some Spice and (dark) chocolate (almost cocoa nibs). Stunning
- An awesome malt, even after 50+ years in a cask it is very live, fresh, bright and powerful.
I love it!
First comes smoke, more like a tobacco pipe smoke. Then dates, prunes, walnuts. Dried bananas, a bit of cherry jam and blackcurrant leaves. Powerful and upscale.
Wow! Very fruity - peaches, orange zest, prunes, raisins, dried apricots. An explosion of taste. Lots of dark chocolate, toffee, cinnamon and black currant liqueur. Very fresh and bright. Some roasted pecans, smoked oak. Wood is strong but it does not clog up those fresh and fruity notes above.
Very long, nice and well balanced. Quite warming, the wood is well pronounced, but not too much - neither overly tannic nor excessively woody. Pleasant and drying. Plenty of orange zest, cherry, prunes. Spicy and peppery too. Soft coffee and dark chocolate, blackberry jam and sweet toffee. And it lasts and lasts... fantastic!
- A very good old dram!
Some leather, a lot of fruit (plum, cherry, dark forest berries) ... simply caressing the palate ...
- A rich,smooth and luxurious body.
Smoke. Burnt skin of chestnuts roasting.
A whole box of liqueur chocolates concentrated into a tasting glass Dark chocolate, filled with coffee and cherry liqueurs. Perhaps even peppermint.
Sappy, oaky dryness. Very long and warm. Complex.
- Glenury Royal 50 yo 1953 (42.8%, OB, 498 bottles)
A well-known beast in a very elegant bottle, that I had never tried
before. A crying shame… Colour: deep amber. Nose: starts with a superb
combination of dark chocolate and prunes, with faint whiffs of old roses
in the background. Goes on with notes of oxtail bouillon (or simply
Oxo), thuja wood, roasted nuts, old balsamic vinegar, rancio and
blackberry jam. All that is pretty elegant. Then more and more smoke and
plasticine as well as notes of black pipe tobacco and pine sap. Also
roasted pine nuts. Perfect balance and utter elegance here! Mouth:
surprisingly fresh and fruity despite the obvious oakiness in the
background. Cardamom, toffee and liqueur chocolates, then more plain
dark chocolate, roasted pecans, our beloved nusswasser (walnut liqueur),
quite some cinchona, Jägermeister, peppermint… I think it’s a perfect
example of a whisky that’s got a huge wood impact but that remained
balanced and, I must say, pleasant to drink. Finish: long, obviously
drier but yet again, not excessively tannic or drying. Very nice
signature on orange marmalade and pepper. Comments: sort of miraculous.
One more minute in wood and it may have gotten a tad ‘too much’. Ahem. SGP:572 - 87 points.
- Tasted this one during the International Whisky Festival 2003 in The Hague. It was a stunning dram and surprisingly good. The big/bold sherry influences has contributed well in this one. STUNNING!!!
- It is a very good whisky, but with a rather strong sherry and woody influence taking over the Glenury flavours.