Wednesday 22 July 2020

Glenturret 2009 SMWS 'Top Notes of Covfefe' Review

Hi everyone,

Let’s face it, as much as I love Ledaig, the stuff is getting more expensive. It wasn’t too long ago that you could pick up an amazing single cask, cask strength Ledaig for £50 or £60. Nowdays, it’s getting closer to £100. That’s fine, we’ve gone on about it long enough and people know now that it’s great.

But what’s next? Surely there must be undiscovered gems from distilleries that have started doing new and exciting things… underrated unknowns of the whisky world, lurking somewhere out there waiting.

The hunt is on for the next Ledaig.


Enter this bottling from Glenturret, bottled by the SMWS. Heavily peated (a make known as Ruadh Maor) and matured in a recharred hogshead.


Glenturret 2009 SMWS 16.42 63.7%

Top Notes of Covfefe

Colour: Dark Gold

Body: Full

Nose: Ethereal because of the abv, thick malt, newly sawn wood, lip gloss, marshmallow flavouring, a bit closed. Likely gonna need some water.

Water: More medicinal, rubber gloves (the thick ones), an old medicine cabinet, sticking plasters, iodine, salt and some lime, there's a funky mineral thing and constant battling between the fruit and the wood here that is really quite interesting.

Taste: Not too much at full strength! Nice amount of power. Lip gloss, big oily malt, obvious farmyardy peat, burning hay and grass clippings, some plain wood nearer the back end with Laphroaig-esque salt and bandages.

Water: Dry arrival, the wood is more prominent, the peat more intense, much more mineral, sea soaked rocks, iodine, bandages, lime rind. A touch of rubbery wood into the finish.

Finish: Medium length. Nice fade, not too powerful. Think the wood has had a say in toning this down. The salt is there with a bit of lime. Less peaty. Dry finish.

Heavily peated, which really makes this a Ruadh Maor. What an unusual and interesting whisky!! Big, powerful and bold. You could give this to a lot of people and tell them that it's Laphroaig and they wouldn't say a thing.



Thanks for reading!

Updated Distillery Rankings

Scotch Review #857

Whisky Network Review #1030

Network Average: 75.2

Best Score: 94

Worst Score: 12

0-49 Terrible

50-59 Bad

60-64 Just About OK

65-69 Ok to Good

70-74 Good

75-79 Very Good

80-84 Excellent

85-89 Superb

90+ Magnificent


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