Glenturret 34yo (1977/2012) Maltbarn


Even though it can boast the title of being the oldest surviving distillery in Scotland, Glenturret has a slandered reputation with whisky enthusiasts. To most it is nowadays little more than a potemkin distillery, serving as a tourist forefront to promote the Famous Grouse blend.

Just an opinion by posh connoisseurs, or has this distillery truly lost its soul? Let's see what magic the former stillmasters could make with these Perthshire stills.


maltbarnDescription: Matured in a bourbon cask for 34 years and bottled for the German Independent bottler Maltbarn. The colour is a golden shade of hay and the sample was slighty contaminated as it contained little bits and pieces of cork.

Nose: big, bald and fruity: stewed apples with raisins, a few slices of ripe banana, lavishly poured over with honey. With and underlying layer full of scents from beeswax and vanilla candles, macadamia nuts polished with a menthol edge.

Mouth: A briny body with a fizzing mouth feel: sweet notes from freshly cut pineapple, coconut milk, bitter oak wood and a pepper crust.

Finish: short, lightly drying with lingering pineapple notes.


The Verdict: I dubbed this dram "Majestic" as I was listening to a song with the same title by the American rockband Wax Fang. The lyrics may not match the experience, but the spirit perfectly caputures the song's vibrance. An amazing rich and fruity whisky by Maltbarn.

Score: 90

Nose: 23

Taste: 22
Finish: 22 Balance: 23
   < 75: undrinkable, avoid at all costs
75-79: acceptable, give it a try but don't spend to much money on it
80-84: average, enjoyable whiskies mostly easy sippable entry-level single malt 
85-89: above average drams, often well aged expressions, open your wallet
90-94: excellence, sorry kids no x-mas presents this year, daddy needs this bottle
95-99: divinity, call your bank manager for another mortgage on your house