Famous Grouse Commonwealth Games 2014 – Glenturret 28yo – 46.4% ABV
Info: A special bottling of 1986 Glenturret released for Glasgow’s hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games; the casks were filled when the Commonwealth Games were last in Scotland. Aged for 28 years before being bottled just before the event. 1800 bottles.
Colour: Light, bright golden.
Nose: A robust fruity nose, plenty of overripe bananas, fresh mangos and passion fruits. There’s gentle citrus notes and oak.
Palate: It’s fairly thick on the palate, quite gentle at first, but builds with some spices fairly quickly. It’s reasonably sweet, there’s honeycombe and ripe melon.
Finish: A slight eucalyptus freshness leads a long warming finish on your chest, it’s fairly sweet to the end, which becomes quite dry. Just the slightest hint of smoke from the casks.
Thoughts: It’s not often you can get 28 year old whisky for under £150 these days, which makes it a bit of a bargain, especially for Glenturret which is reasonably rare at older ages. The official tasting notes are short, but accurate. It’s a fine whisky.
Available: Master of Malt – £148.45
From my own sample stock.