Glenury Royal 50 years 1953

Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky

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0.7 liter
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50 years
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Glenury Royal's celebrated founder Captain Robert Barclay became the first man to walk a mile each and every hour for 1000 hours in succession an accomplishment that lives in this truly majestic 50 year old single malt whisky.

Tasting notes Serge Valentin: 87 points (

A well-known beast in a very elegant bottle, that I had never tried before. A crying shame…

Colour: deep amber.

Nose: starts with a superb combination of dark chocolate and prunes, with faint whiffs of old roses in the background. Goes on with notes of oxtail bouillon (or simply Oxo), thuja wood, roasted nuts, old balsamic vinegar, rancio and blackberry jam. All that is pretty elegant. Then more and more smoke and plasticine as well as notes of black pipe tobacco and pine sap. Also roasted pine nuts. Perfect balance and utter elegance here!

Mouth: surprisingly fresh and fruity despite the obvious oakiness in the background. Cardamom, toffee and liqueur chocolates, then more plain dark chocolate, roasted pecans, our beloved nusswasser (walnut liqueur), quite some cinchona, Jägermeister, peppermint… I think it’s a perfect example of a whisky that’s got a huge wood impact but that remained balanced and, I must say, pleasant to drink.

Finish: long, obviously drier but yet again, not excessively tannic or drying. Very nice signature on orange marmalade and pepper.

Comments: sort of miraculous. One more minute in wood and it may have gotten a tad ‘too much’. Ahem.

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