Glenury Royal 40 Year Old / 1970
Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
The Glenury Royal 40 year old single malt Scotch whisky is a limited edition release from this long lost distillery near Stonehaven in the Eastern Highlands.
Matured in American Oak refill casks since 1970 this limited release of individually numbered bottles was filled in 2011 at natural cask strength.
This bottling is the second oldest release from the original distillers. Makes an interesting comparison with the Glenury Royal 36 year old, 2007 Special Release distilled in 1970.
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Glenury Royal 40 Year Old - Official Tasting Notes
Deep amber. Moderate beading.
Tentative at first. Mild nose-feel; soft and rounded. Soon deepening into a rich, dark cherry-scented chocolate torte; followed by mouth-watering fruit pastilles, soft apples, pear skins and tart red berries. Later, buttery vanilla fudge or a rich, soft ginger cake. A dash of water introduces more complex fruit notes; peach cream chocolates, fresh figs and cherries, developing into light orange oil with just a faint suggestion of smoke.
Medium to rich.
Enjoyable even at natural strength, when an attractively oily, thick texture leads to cool, dry sandalwood, then to a sweet/bitter contrast; sugar crystals in spent coffee grounds or a slightly burnt fruit scone. A dash of water increases the sweetness; those peach-cream chocolates are back, and the overall effect is cooling and softly bitter, with fresh tarragon, grapefruit pith.
Long, with a pronounced dry oakiness followed by fresher cedary notes and a truly delicious cocoa powder conclusion. Later delicately savoury with some chocolate after-dinner mint. With water, long, silky and fragrant with late, drying, bitter chocolate torte. Light fragrant ash in the aftertaste (as with Assam tea).
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