Glenury Royal 1953

Overall rating
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
Cask Strength

Average value

€ 20417.44

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67 × member ratings

42 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Glenury Royal 1953

8 users have left 8 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 94.77 points.

  1. Annandale scored this whisky 99 points Newbie

    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.
    • Nose
      96 96
      Tobacco pipe smoke that then teases with black cherry compote.
    • Taste
      100 100
      Nectarine, clementines and medjool dates (later, dark chocolate)
    • Finish
      100 100
      Long and complex - it really doesn't end. Some Spice and (dark) chocolate (almost cocoa nibs). Stunning

  2. Leopold scored this whisky 95 points Expert Senior

    An awesome malt, even after 50+ years in a cask it is very live, fresh, bright and powerful.
    I love it!
    • Nose
      95 95
      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.
    • Taste
      95 95
      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.
    • Finish
      96 96
      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!

  3. WhiskyMaddin scored this whisky 94 points Expert Senior

    A very good old dram!
    Some leather, a lot of fruit (plum, cherry, dark forest berries) ... simply caressing the palate ...


  4. Allandale scored this whisky 94 points Connoisseur

    A rich,smooth and luxurious body.
    • Nose
      Smoke. Burnt skin of chestnuts roasting.
    • Taste
      A whole box of liqueur chocolates concentrated into a tasting glass Dark chocolate, filled with coffee and cherry liqueurs. Perhaps even peppermint.
    • Finish
      Sappy, oaky dryness. Very long and warm. Complex.

  5. P.A.O.K.you_are did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    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.

  6. The Macallan scored this whisky 92 points Connoisseur

    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!!!

  7. Master Quill scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    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...

  8. corbuso scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    It is a very good whisky, but with a rather strong sherry and woody influence taking over the Glenury flavours.


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