A photo that was unearthed in the back of a cupboard at Scotland’s oldest working distillery earlier this year has inspired the latest release from the distillery. The picture dating from 1905 and featuring 16 stillmen, along with a collie dog that is believed to be the distillery manager’s dog at the time, has provided the inspiration for the bottling. The iconic image will also take pride of place on Fly’s 16 Masters Edition label.
The 16 stillmen formed the backbone to Glenturret Distillery and the dog, Fly, belonged to the distillery manager who lived in a house on the distillery premises in Crieff, Perthshire. When the group was snapped all those years ago, little would those 16 stillmen have known that, more than a century later, it would inspire their fellow distillers to launch a limited edition bottling in their name.
The Glenturret Fly’s 16 Masters Edition, which will go on sale to the general public on World Whisky Day, May 21st 2016, this is a 16-year-old single malt. This is a limited edition of 1,740 and is expected to honour its namesake and “fly” off the shelves, it will be priced at £95 each. Whisky lovers who have signed up to The Glenturret mailing will also have the exclusive opportunity to purchase bottles with the following special numbers for £130 each: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 5, 8, 16, 18, 21 and 240.
This will be bottled at 44%abv.
Nose.. First impressions are quite floral and fruity, citrus peels and caramel come to the fore while vanilla and coffee notes linger in the background, heather honey and blossom aromas mingle with candied orange and poached pear.
Palate.. Darker than the nose suggests, more dried fruits and candied orange peel, espresso coffee with dark chocolate. A sweetness eventually comes through with vanilla and honey notes, some spices appear in the background with a little oaky note bringing up the rear.
Finish.. A medium finish that leaves you with a lovely fresh taste.
Thoughts.. This is a lovely clean, fresh malt that has a good nose and plenty of flavour.
Thanks go out to Tricia Fox and Glenturret for the official sample.