Glenturret 1977 – Master of Malt

Ah, Glenturret. Home of The Famous Grouse and its experience. I don’t know all that much about this distillery apart from the fact that it’s a small one in the Scottish Highlands. There isn’t much info on the website about the single malt and everything is redirected to the Famous Grouse website (which is hugely annoying, with it’s animated stuff and sounds).

Master of Malt bottled this baby recently and it’s one the many bottlings they do over the year. Always affordable and most of the time of excellent quality. Let’s see what this one does for us!

Glenturret 1977 - Master of MaltVery aromatic with lemondrops and barley sugar. A little hint of milky acidity maybe. Slightly roasted grains, some wood, ginger, lemoncurd. Quite a lot of wood spices after a while and even later I get hints of balsamic vinegar.

A little sharp at first, then gentle, then sharp again. Very interesting! A long and deep flavour of soft and somewhat sweet wood spices. Some wood, cinnamon, nutmeg and maybe some star anise. A slight hint of fruit behind it all, but nothing too tropical.

A very full finish that encompasses the flavours encountered before, but also adds a layer of cherries and chocolate. The balsamic notes are back too. I also get a more prominent hint of walnuts now.

This is a very, very good whisky. And very affordable too! At € 107 (at the moment of writing) it’s still affordable even with the bad exchange rate. I couldn’t say what kind of cask this was, but it definetly was a good one.

I tasted another 1977 Glenturret in Limburg, but that was one by Malts of Scotland. More lemon and more milky acidity which made it a very good but very strange dram. This is in the same league and a little more ‘normal’.

Glenturret 1977, Master of Malt, 47.9%, € 107.27 at Master of Malt.

5 stars


About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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