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Bartels Highland Laird Glenturret Port Pipe Matured 14 Year Old Single Malt Whisky 2001 Featured

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SINGLE MALT WHISKY SPECS & REVIEW

HIGHLAND | 54% ABV

GLENTURRET

14 YEAR OLD (2001 Vintage)

Bartels Whisky Independent Bottler

£58

FILTER: Non-Chill Filtered
COLOUR STATUS: Natural Colour
MATURATION: Port Pipe Matured

REVIEW

4th April 2022

It seems there are no end of independent bottlers providing a wide assortment of styles of whisky alternate to the distillery profile, like some official distillery bottlings, there are independents who are prohibitively expensive and are simply not considered by those whisky enthusiasts who appreciate the value of money or just have common sense, while other 'Indies' can be too cheap to be true, is there such thing as too cheap when it comes to whisky? maybe, but that is a discussion for another day.

Bartels Whisky (Link to our page) could be considered one of the latter, they produce quite affordable and often unique examples of a style of whisky rarely if ever, producted by the distillery, this review is one such bottle.

I purchased this bottle of Glenturret 14 Year Old, Port matured single malt Scotch whisky on the 25th June 2020, I have to confess, it took me a while to convince myself to buy the bottle. I wasn't the price that was putting me off, at £58 for a cask strength at 54% ABV, non chill filtered and natural colour whisky, no, this was a bargain, what put me off was partly, not knowing who Bartels were and partly the uncertaintly as to the quality of the liquid, after all, this whisky, relatively speaking was cheap, getting a Whisky Resource value score of the maximum 100 of out 100.

What persuaded me to make the purchase was, I suppose, almost a fear of a missed opportunity, after all, how often does a cask strength port matured whisky come around? most whiskies of the port style are often only finished in port for a comparitively short period of time when considering the age of the whisky, partly due to the cost and rare nature of port casks.

Another confession, it has taken me almost 2 years to finish the bottle, sharing drams at home with friends and as swaps with the wider whisky community. I have savoured every drop and ensured a sample has been preserved for my archieve.

Bartels are a small independent bottler, they have several brands or styles that they produce and label, 'Malts of Scotland', 'His Excellency' and 'Highland Laird', the latter being the one that the Glenturret Port was bottled as.

The Glenturret 14 Year Old Port Matured fits into the 'Rich and Fruity' category'

Nose
Medium Sweet, Musty with a slight dunnage earthiness.
Jammy with a hint of wine. Dusty Leather and a hint of coffee.
The alcohol is well hidden.

Palate
Sweet and Oily. Sweet and Sour.
Intense concentrated fruit - Strawberry, Raspberry, Blackcurrant.
Red Wine and Tannins.
Oak leading to bitter and dry sweet finish.
Alcohol suggests its strength.

Water on palate
Suggestion of cream, milk chocolate and orange oil

This whisky will be missed, from first to last pour, it has been outstanding.
A whisky that deserves to be savoured, time taken to appreciate its complexity and develop in the glass, it doesn't take too much water to reveal more rewarding notes.

Its not an outstanding whisky but for the price it makes it a very compelling purchase choice and I would happily pay £75 to get another bottle as I believe that is closer to its true value at 2022 prices.

Bartels is an independent that I regularly visit the website of, looking for another unique offer, if you haven't, I do recommend giving them a visit.

Additional Info

  • Country: Scotland
  • Region: Highland
  • Age Statement: 14 Year Old
  • Chill Filtered: Non Chill Filtered (NCF)
  • Colour Status: Natural Colour
  • ABV: 54%
  • Cask Strength: Yes
  • Colour: Amber with red hue
  • Peated / Smoke: Unpeated
  • Cask Finish / Maturation: Port Matured
  • Single Cask: Yes
  • Mash Bill: Barley
  • Bottle Sizes: 700ml
  • Bottler: Independent Bottling
  • Whisky Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Average Price (or RRP): £58
  • Our Score: No Score Assigned
  • Ownership: Bartels Whisky
  • Bottle Stopper: Natural Cork
  • Brand: Highland Laird
  • Packaging: Tube
  • Category: Single Malt
  • Vintage: 2001
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