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13 Feb 2014

Glenturret 1980 (Whisky Agency)

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in Glenturret

We saw a wave of Glenturret 1980 and 1977 bottlings in 2012 already, from different German bottlers. Here’s one that left behind, now bottled in the new Old Times Diving series.


Glenturret 1980 (The Whisky Agency)Glenturret 33 yo 1980
(42,8%, The Whisky Agency ‘Old Times Diving’ 2013, refill hogshead, 253 btl.)

Nose: lots of orange juice, then orange blossom and apricot, evolving towards bergamot oils and Earl Grey. Stewed apples. Lovely hints of passion fruits and lemon grass as well. I love this kind of fruitiness. Slightly ethereal, and not a lot besides fruits, I admit, but very attractive. Mouth: such a juicy fruit bowl! This is the closest you’ll get to the Irish kind of fruitiness. Lots of pineapple, passion fruits, guavas, bananas , lime and pink grapefruit. It’s Glenturret with a dash of BenRiach 1976 and 1960’s Bowmore really. Not very punchy but lovely. Mid-palate it becomes a bit duller (wet newspaper) and just very lightly soapy but it picks up freshness towards the end. Finish: more of the same. Nothing but fruit teas and tropical sherbets. A little peppery oak as well.

Great stuff. Lots of shades of bright, slightly tart fruits! I’ve had pretty quirky Glenturrets from the same era but this is just very smooth vitamin juice. Available soon. Around € 190.

Score: 90/100

Glenturret 1980 (Whisky Agency) 4 Ruben Luyten 2014-02-13
  • EMalt

    Hi Ruben,
    Did you taste the Ben Nevis of this new series as well?

  • WhiskyNotes

    Yes, it’s fruity, but only if you wait long enough :-) Nice surprise though. Review scheduled for next week.



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