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Glenury Royal Distillery Stonehaven Kincardineshire
Glenury Royal Scotch Whisky
Distillery Style Tasting Notes
Nose: Herbal, fruity and smoky.
Palate: Medium bodied. Malty, toffeed, honey, nuts.
Finish: Long and oaky with smoke.
Founded in 1825 by Captain Robert Barclay
Location Highlands region Eastern district
Water source River Cowie
Glenury Royal Scotch Whisky Distillery History
Glenury Royal was located on the east coast, Situated below the railway viaduct just north of the fishing port and resort of Stonehaven Its 'coastal' neighbours, all closed, were Glenesk, Lochside and North Port. The distillery takes its name from the local glen that the river Cowie flows through.
Captain Robert Barclay a local Member of Parliament and famous athlete and marathon walker founded the distillery in 1825. One story recalls that this flamboyant personality had a friend at court to whom he referred modestly as "Mrs Windsor" and through whose influence he was given authorisation by King William IV to use "Royal".
William Ritchie of Glasgow purchased the distillery from the Captain in 1857 The distillery became a limited company in 1890 and remained under the name of William Ritchie until 1937. When Joseph Hobbs on behalf of the National Distillers of America bought it. The NDA subsidiary Train & McIntyre, as Associated Scottish Distillers Ltd operated the Distillery.
The distillery was silent for the duration of WWII reopening in 1946 then in 1953 Train & McIntyre was acquired by DCL and the distiller was subsequently operated by SMD
During 1965-66 the distillery was renovated and 2 more stills added
Glenury was one of the distilleries that didn't survive the 1983-85 period, the market at the time was suffering from over capacity and around a dozen single malt distilleries were closed. Glenury was closed in 1985 by DCL who owned it at the time. United Distillers bought the distillery in 1986.
The license was cancelled in 1992 and in following year the site was sold for residential estate
The whisky produced was a component of the blends King William IV and Auld Toun. Produced by John Gillon & Co, Part of DCL
The Distillery also produced three locally available whiskies Garron and Downie named after local landmarks, and Old Angus a blend.
Glenury Royal Single Malt Scotch Whisky Distillery Bottlings
Glenury Royal 23 Year Old 1971 – Rare Malts Selection
Glenury Royal 28 Year Old 1970 – Rare Malts Selection
Glenury Royal 29 Year Old 1970 – Rare Malts Selection
Distillery Limited Editions
Glenury Royal 1953 - 50 Year Old 42.8% - 498 bottles released 2003
Glenury Royal 1968 - 36 Year Old 51.2% - 2100 bottles released 2005
Glenury Royal - 36 Year Old 57% - bottles released 2007
Glenury Royal - 50 Year Old
Glenury Single Malt Scotch Whisky 29 year old 1970 .
Colour: Shinning Gold
Nutty aromas tinted with oloroso sherry, firm body and honeyed, pistachio nut flavours, all leading to a long leafy finish.
Glenury Royal Single Malt Scotch Whisky Independent Bottlings
Duncan Taylor Rarest of the Rare,
Connoisseurs Choice (Gordon & MacPhail),
Old Malt Cask (Douglas Laing),
Platinum (Douglas Laing),
Rare Old (Gordon & MacPhail),
Un-Chill Filtered (Signatory).