Scotch Whisky Review #188: Signatory Vintage Glenturret 29 Year Bourbon Cask (1989)
This review was done blind, sample bottle was simply labelled as a “Milky Mystery”
Bottler: Signatory Vintage
ABV: 44.9% Cask Strength
Cask Type: Ex-Bourbon Hogshead
Age: 29 Year.
Color: 0.2, Pale Straw. Natural Color.
Nose: (according to the wife) It’s really bubbly. It smells like champagne with lots of light, white grapes and a bit of booze and sweetness.
Palate: Very light and summery. The champagne notes continue with some champagne grapes. It’s joined by a bit of fresh green apple. A bit of malt biscuit pops in towards the end with a bit of lemon zest.
Finish: Medium in length. The malt biscuit and green apple finish this out.
Guess: Something Speyside in a white wine cask. Or perhaps it’s an Arran? The Arran Sauternes Cask might fit the bill.
Conclusion: I’ve had a few whiskies now that taste like some other drink. If you were to add a little bit of carbonated water to this, I would hazard to guess you would fool most people into thinking this was a bottle of bubbly. It’s light, it’s fruity, it’s delightful and easy to drink. I was so surprised to see that this was aged in bourbon casks for nearly 30 years, none of the usual bourbon notes seem to be present. Very tasty whisky and I am so glad to have been able to try this.
Final Score: 82.
Scotch Whisky Review #188, Speyside Review #80, Whisky Network Review #260
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.