Signatory Vintage Glenturret 29 Year Bourbon Cask (1989)

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”

Distillery: Glenturret

Bottler: Signatory Vintage

Region: Speyside

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


Scoring Legend:

  • 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.

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