Blind Tasting #12: Glenturret 2004 12 Years Old (Single Cask Edition)
Not a very high score today (30 points), as I had difficulties pinpointing sample #12 of the Blind Tasting Competition. As it turns out, I wasn’t the only one, as 69 points was the highest score of the day, while the average was a lot lower even.
This is about how far I got when it came to guessing the whisky: sherried, not very old, bottled at 56,5 percent. Finally I settled on a young Tamdhu, with which I scored points for age and alcohol percentage. But I didn’t even get the region right this time.
Glenturret 2004 12 Years Old (55,5%, OB ‘Single Cask Edition’, C#110)
Nose: Syrupy, with cherries, orange juice, and candy cane. A hit of fudge and caramel. Something slightly earthy as well, with subtle spices in the background. Quite prickly.
Taste: A syrupy mouthfeel, but quite an aggressive palate. Spicy notes of cloves and black pepper, with cherries and cranberries, a hint of vanilla and cookie dough. A tad meaty.
Finish: Sweet red fruits and spices.
Always interesting how some cask strength whiskies can be extremely drinkable, while others (like this one) are a bit more of a challenge. Most people rate this a lot higher (just look at Whiskybase), while I think it is an okay whisky, but nothing earth shattering.
Photo: Master of Malt
Thijs is a spirits writer and accredited liquorist from The Netherlands. He runs the blog Words of Whisky and contributes to a number of Dutch and international publications.