When crafting the 2021 range of whiskies for The Glenturret distillery in Scotland, Distiller Bob Dalgarno had a choice to make … replicate the flavor profile of the 2020 range, or celebrate and embrace the unique and evolving flavors of their casks.
Going on what’s described as decades of whisky making wisdom and a love of differing flavors, textures, and character, Dalgarno said the choice was easy. The Glenturret 2021 Release is a range of six, new, never before released expressions unique to this year featuring a range of evolving flavors from their casks.
The 2021 Release range comprises The Glenturret Triple Wood, 10 Years Old Peat Smoked, 12 Years Old, 15 Years Old, 25 Years Old and 30 Years Old.
The Glenturret distillers call this the “by hand and heart” approach to whisky making. “That means we’ve also stayed fully committed to small-batch production, and as a result, stocks are precious,” Dalgarno said in a prepared statement. “This is particularly true of the 25 and 30 Years Old … only 204 bottles of 25 Years Old and 750 bottles of 30 Years Old are available in the 2021 Release, giving collectors and enthusiasts a rare opportunity to own a piece of liquid history.”
Bob Dalgarno’s tasting notes for the 2021 range are:
The Glenturret Triple Wood
- The Glenturret Triple Wood is a single malt showcasing the sweet and distinctive fruity style of the new make spirit – the starting point of the journey for all Glenturret’s single malts. Nurtured in a combination of American and European oak Sherry casks and bourbon seasoned barrels, the resulting whisky has a subtle character and a golden hue.
- It tastes of candied orange peel. Sweet vanilla. Ginger cake. Hints of cinnamon and barley sugar with a touch of fresh oak.
- Bottled at 88 proof.
The Glenturret 10 Years Old Peat Smoked
- Peat features heavily in Glenturret’s distilling history, records show that The Glenturret dug peat from the moss at the water source for whisky production in the early 1800s. Today, they produce a small amount of peated spirit alongside their non-peated spirit from the same small stills. The Glenturret 10 Years Old Peat Smoked brings together the two-spirit styles of the distillery, matured in both first fill and second fill European and American oak casks. The resulting complex whisky commands a higher strength of 100 proof.
- Smoking embers on an open beach fire. A pinch of sea salt. Darker smokiness shows in glimpses. Soft warm spices and vibrant citrus fruits flicker in the flames.
- Bottled at 100 proof.
The Glenturret 12 Years Old
- A whisky that balances the sweet, fruity notes of the distillery’s character with the rich woody tones of American oak casks, a change from last year’s European. Last year, there were no American oak casks used in the whisky build. This year, Glenturret also included more refill casks in the makeup. Last year there were European oak dried fruits whereas this year’s features softer fruits and sweeter, creamier notes.
- Sprinkles of ginger dance with barley sugar. Rich oak, sultanas and cinnamon waltz slowly to a soft and creamy finale.
- Bottled at 92 proof.
The Glenturret 15 Years Old
- Last year, the 15 Years Old was fully crafted from refill casks, Dalgarno said, and although this year refills are still important in the build, “we have continued to develop the depth of flavors, we have also included four European oak puncheons and a Miguel Martinez hogshead. The Glenturret 15 Years Old is a rich whisky, laden with sweet fruits and spices.”
- Toffee apple and tropical fruit. Peaches in syrup with hints of coconut. Vanilla sponge layered with fruit and spices leads to a warm finish.
- Bottled at 106 proof.
The Glenturret 25 Years Old
- This is a limited expression created from a select few casks stowed in Glenturret’s traditional Dunnage warehouses. Exclusively matured in first-fill European and American oak sherry seasoned casks, this whisky balances classic toffee apple tones from their new make spirit with opulent wood character. The resulting single malt is a complex fusion of flavors delivered only by time.
- A lively introduction on the palate led by wood spices. Oak has a soft depth, clean at first then mature. A little aniseed. Cinnamon bun and sweet pastry with a scattering of darker fruits. Ginger slowly mellows giving time for fresher fruits to appear with oak, as it drifts to a subtle, sweet spicy finish.
- Bottled at 88.6 proof.
The Glenturret 30 Years Old
- Last year, a proportion of the 30 Years Old spirit was placed into European oak sherry casks for an additional year’s maturation before being carefully blended with the original 30 Years Old spirit matured in refills. This year the 30 Years Old has been created by drawing out a selection of whisky from eight individual casks; the result is a luxuriant single malt.
- Toffee bon bons. Dried fruits soaked in brandy. A citrus edge appears but only just with milled mature oak. The oak softens allowing vanilla to come through as a creamy dessert. Wood spices drift late coming alive on the palate. Wisps of ginger, gentle cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg mingle with dark fruits. Harmonious. Sweet fruit and toffee are interwoven before oak meanders to a gentle warm finish.
- Bottled at 83.2 proof.
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