Glenury Royal 1980/2001 Silver Seal

Rustic Furniture

glenuryFollowing the quest to try as much of every lost distillery before they waste away for good, I opened one of three Glenury Royal samples/miniatures that I still have in my possession. To me this Stonehaven distillery was just as fascinating in style as its brothers and sisters on the East Coast. And even though it died over thirty years ago, the home of the walking captain is well remembered and appreciated these days. I'm also glad to finally see some correct images of the old distillery appearing online, as in the past it got frequently mixed up with the Cowie mill, a little more downstream.

Let’s see why this distillery earned the royal suffix.

one of three 20yo 2008/2001 releases of Italian bottler Silver Seal, the Single Barrel edition matured in a sherry cask bottled at 50.0% ABV.

Nose: rich, old and gracious. The aroma of antiquated wood, like a rustic mahogany desk, with a touch of wasabi and basil.

Mouth: a rich round body with a wonderful complexness to it in combination with lovely bitterness in the mouth (by now you can probably tell that I really like this) Heavy on the wooden tones with rough grind black pepper, soot and orange peel marmalade on the palate.

Finish: long and fiery, main notes of cloves and pepper.


The Verdict: One has to wonder what could have been if they were still around today, would they have accepted a more bland commercial style or would they have continued to produce these maverick drinks? Such a beautiful dram, such a work of art and passion. Damn, another one gone, now all that is left are some memories and an itching for more...
Score: 92

Nose: 24

Taste: 24
Finish: 22 Balance: 22
   < 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