Glenury Royal 1973 – closed distillery

Cask #6867 & 40% alc.vol Highland single cask, single malt Distilled 21 June 1973 Bottled 20 June 2014


Whisky Magazine, Issue 136

Review by Chris – 9.5 POINTS
Nose: Tropical pineapple, melon, apricot, mango and gorgeous, dusty, mature, American oak. Hints of white chocolate, barley, lime, pear, malt and a salty minerality.
Palate: More minerally with acacia honey, crunchy honeycomb, barley and tropical fruit. The citrus and alcohol keeps the sweetness in check but the oak powers through with praline and spice.
Finish: Long and crisp with honey coated white fruits, oak, praline and drying spice.
Comments: Not enough space to describe the brilliance of this whisky! 

Review by Joel – 9.2 POINTS
Nose: The dusty old smell of old whisky which gives sandalwood, cherry stones and rich vanilla mixed with soft leather, tobacco smoke and sawdust. Simple but brilliant.
Palate: Again, unmistakably old style whisky. Dusty, sandalwood, it’s like walking into a men’s outfitters on Jermyn Street who also make their own eau de toilette for only the wealthiest of men.
Finish: Delicate oak gives this a balance rarely found.
Comments: Classic style whisky. If you want to know why, buy and try. 

Lombard Tasting

Nose indicates a big, big whisky. Deep and rich. Beautifully balanced. Palate has honey, cooked fruit, lychee syrup and a little cinnamon, a long and rummy coating finish. A very special whisky from a lost distillery. 

Distillery Information

Located near Stonehaven in the Eastern Highlands, Captain Robert Barclay founded Glenury Royal in 1825. The distillery takes its name from the local glen that the river Cowie flows through in the district of Ury. Barclay was Laird of Ury and a famous athlete who walked from London to Birmingham in two days during 1799. 

The distillery used it’s own floor maltings until 1968 and maltings used were lightly peated. In common with other Highland malts, Glenury Royal was spicy and fruity. The distillery closed 1985 and was demolished early 1990’s. As you can expect, there are very few bottlings of Glenury Royal.