Glenury Royal 29 1970 Rare Malts Selection

There are three distilleries to have the “Royal” added to their name, and it turns out that actually means something. That’s quite the surprise in this doublespeak world of ours.

Captain Robert Barclay could fit into the 20th century easily. He’d be a billionaire nut the likes of which we see too often and don’t tax enough of. The famous athlete once walked from London to Birmingham in two days (according to Google maps it should have only taken 37 hours), and was the first person to walk 1,000 miles in 1,000 hours (that was British and thus counted, making 1,000 guineas in the meantime).

So this famous athlete, local MP, and Laird of Ury is the perfect person to start a distillery. Money to burn, ego to heat up. Thus Glenury Royal was born.

And like many distilleries, Glenury Royal was dealt a deathblow in 1985, and then turned into homes in the 90s. Which if that doesn’t sum up the way things went during that time, I really don’t know what will.

I’ve never had a Glenury Royal, what with not being a time traveller. However the option was there, and I’ve been told I really should try more distilleries, so I went for it. Enter Glenury Royal 29 1970 Rare Malts Selection, cask strength, distilled in the 70s, and all ready for me.

So let’s see how it tastes, shall we?

Price: £1,000

Region: Highland

Vintage: 1970

Bottled: 10.1999

Cask No. 2981

Abv: 57%

Colour: 10YR 7/10

Nose: Marmalade, brown sugar, pumpernickel, floral, burnt grass

Sweet, orange dominant and funky-yeasty note. Water opens up floral and burnt grass notes come with water.

So basically it’s like having a tea party while everything is on fire…. Oh, wait, it sounds like I’m talking about the US there. I’m not, I meant that literally, not figuratively.

Taste: Floral salt, plum cannoli, chocolate-anise, butter biscuits, creme caramel, candy floss

Brine and floral, plum and developed cream/butter, anise and chocolate… This is basically me at an experimental chocolate shop and dollar signs are running through the baker’s eyes. Water calms it down while hammering a light sugar element. Wish it brought a bit more but it’s hard to ask for more when it’s this complex.

Finish: Violets, Smarties, soil/moss, heather, baklava, fermented lime, marmalade/Nerds candy

Long. Tons of soil, floral, and chocolate and candy notes. Like falling into a sweet shop through their garden.

Conclusion: Flower guardian for the Home & Garden channel. Somehow the best of old robot anime and H&G, all in one.

Joking aside, this is exactly what I was looking for in the Lowland, and instead got in here. Thus I’m happy about it. It’s sweet, it’s funky on the nose, it plays with different aspects of that mulch/floral aspect, and the finish is a ton of well-developed honey/floral/citrus notes. I’m such a fool for sleeping on this distillery, why haven’t I been grabbing these!

Ha! I make myself laugh ignoring the cost. If you can try this one, it’s the one that lives up to the royal monicker, that’s for certain. Just watch you don’t have to walk too far to try it.


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