Glenturret 26 Years Old Hunter Laing Limited Edition 46.8% 1986
|Cask Type||Refill Bourbon Hogsheads|
|Condition||In Original Wooden Case|
Serge Valentin (86)
This is a new Hunter Laing bottling that's officially endorsed by Gordon Motion, the distillery's Master Distiller.
Colour: gold. Nose: it's a very grassy and rather mineral one, it seems, which doesn't come as a surprise. Some kind of blend of fern juice - can you press ferns? - with grapefruit juice and quite some tonic water. Campari, hay, paraffin, touches of yoghurt, ale, branches, hints of mustard... In short, it's very 'Glenturret'.
Mouth: this time it's the oranges and the grapefruits that are talking first, and plenty of them. There is a grassiness again but it never gets the lead, while touches of mustard and salt are playing with your tongue. Simpler on the palate, but better focused and easier. Rather fat body, with an oiliness.
Finish: long, always quite oily and very pleasantly bitter this time. So bitters, Fernet-Branca, lemon zests... Some character for sure. Even bitterer aftertaste.
Comments: indeed, characterful malt whisky, maybe for the more 'advanced' malt aficionados amongst us. It's got many stories to tell but it's a bit restive.