Glenury Royal 1968 36 Years Old (2005)
It’s turning out to be a week of firsts. Because come to think about it, I don’t think I ever had a Convalmore until I tasted last Monday’s Rare Malts Selection. And I can safely say I’ve never tasted something from Glenury Royal. Time to rectify that with this Glenury Royal 1968 36 Years Old.
Glenury Royal is another one of those distilleries that fell victim to the terrible eighties, when many distilleries were closed. In 1985 Glenury was sold to developers for housing, never to be heard from again.
Glenury Royal 1968 36 Years Old (51,2%, OB, 2100 bts.)
Nose: Lovely notes of candle wax and creamy vanilla custard. Slightly perfumed with floral notes and lavender. A touch of pine needles, pencil shavings. Somewhat chalky. Develops into more fruity aromas of apricots and tinned pineapple. Soft and complex.
Taste: A lot more vibrant and bold than the nose. Plenty of ginger, but also a fair amount of wood shavings, all in good fun though 🙂 Beeswax and chalk (again), with notes of bitter oranges and honey. A nice touch of smoke accompanied by pepper and nutmeg.
Finish: Spicy, waxy and a whiff of smoke. Long.
Wonderfully balanced and a style that I simply haven’t come across much. Great complexity and a treat for the taste buds.
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.