Glenturret 2000 15 year old (G&M)
Bottle: A Macphail’s collection release from G&M. Currently the distilleries bottled in this range are Bunnahabhain, Glen Scotia, Glenglassaugh, Glenrothes, Glenturret, Highland Park and Tamdhu.
Nose: Burnt toffee, dried apricots, raisins.
Body: Silky and little brackish. The colour is a gorgeous russet.
Palate: Stewed fruit and shortbread right at the start, shifts to orange and pepper then becomes more sour with black cherry and balsamic as it climaxes.
Finish: Sweet and sour with a little fizz. Like a mixture of sherbet and rhubarb. Quite long and amiable too. This one has an afterglow…
Neat/Ice/Water: Has a touch of heat at 43% but should be drunk neat. Even though it’s full flavoured, it lacks the density to take any watering.
Verdict: Quaffable (knocking on the door of Superior). This is a rich and spicy dram that is very satisfying. The whole experience is pretty good and I especially like the long finish. The biggest compliment I can give it is that it really does improve with every sip. It just gets better as you drink it. I think it spent quite a bit of time in recharred sherry butt based on the lovely burnt note in it’s profile and the warm rusty colour of the liquid. Having been to the Glenturret distillery and being aware of their extremely low yield, I’m always curious when I come across one of their single malt bottlings. This is definitely one of the best I’ve tried. A solid all rounder that’s just maybe missing that little bit of magic to send it over the top. Came very close though…