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Turntable Track 04 and Track 05 Reviews

4th June 2024
Glasgow based independent blender Turntable mark their first anniversary with  the release of Track 04 and Track 05 0f their limited edition Scotch blended whisky series.

Turntable Track 04 and Track 05

Glasgow based Turntable Spirits who are celebrating their one year anniversary has announced the launch of two new limited-edition blended whiskies for 2024. These unique creations continue the small-batch blender’s tradition of blending musical heritage with whisky craftsmanship and this latest release also coincided with Turntable’s first anniversary celebration at an event in Glasgow on May 31.

It still remains to be seen how many of these limited release Tracks there will be, enough for an LP, a double album, or simply ongoing? But so far what they have produced have been cracking drams. Next up on the Turntable limited edition album is Track 4 - One Way or Another which is named after an iconic track by Blondie and Track 5 - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger named after a track by Daft Punk and each are said to capture the spirit and rhythm of their namesakes.

Track 4 - One Way or Another is a harmonious grain rich blend of 78% grain and 22% malt whisky, showcasing a masterful balance of flavours drawn from various casks, including 30% Strathclyde 1st fill bourbon barrels, 21% Invergordon ex-red wine barrels, 15% Cameronbridge ex-Marsala barrels, 12% Cameronbridge ex-Madeira barrels and 22% Linkwood1st fill bourbon barrels.

Track 5 - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, which has been bottled at a natural strength of 59.1% ABV, promises a bold, undiluted experience with components being 26%Tamdhu 1st fill Oloroso sherry butts, 21% Dalmunach 1st fill bourbon barrels, 18% Mannochmore 1st fill bourbon barrels, 22% Girvan 1st fill bourbon barrels and 13% Girvan ex Marsala barrels.

"Track 4 was born from our fascination with vintage grain casks and our continued commitment to push the boundaries of blended whisky," says Ally Stevenson, Turntable co-founder and blender. "What we really wanted to do was produce a blend that was distinctively complex yet strikingly balanced. With its notes of salted caramel and warm banana, I think we’ve achieved that."

"With Track 5, our aim was to produce an extremely powerful yet well-balanced whisky," adds co-founder Gordon Stevenson. "These new releases represent the pinnacle of our blending expertise and passion for quality, and we can’t wait to celebrate them – and our first year – in Glasgow at the end of May."

Approximately 2,000 bottles of each blend will be available, continuing the tradition of exclusivity that has become a Turntable hallmark. The whisky launch and anniversary event which took place at The Haberdashery in Glasgow, in a building that once occupied a lady’s tailors and dates to 1923. The venue was selected because it echoes the inventive spirit of the Turntable brand.

Turntable Track 04 has a RRP of £69 and Track 5 has a RRP of £73.50, they will soon be available f
rom specialist online whisky shops such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Turntable Track 4 - One Way or Another Review

Non-chill filtered, natural colour and bottled at 46% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Gentle slightly candied sweet citrus fruit, equally gentle sweet vanilla fudge.

Taste: A very gentle balance of corn oil, toasted vanilla fudge sugars which have bit of a citrusy lemon edge, some mild fizzy oak spices starts to build. Just a touch of honey and orange citrus lurks in the background.

Finish: Gentle sweet vanilla oaky sugars bitter out first they are overthrown by the slightly drying, bitter oak spices which continues to a peak and now with a wee bit of a peppery edge before finally bowing out.

Comment: Being a big Blondie fan in my younger days, I saw her a couple of times at the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow in years gone by, I really wanted this to be good. It is a gentle but still very quaffable grain rich whisky, very light and easy to drink and enough interesting casks in the mix to make it a pleasure to drink.

SMW Blended Whisky Score 87/100

Turntable Track 5 - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger Review

Non-chill filtered, natural colour and bottled at 59.1% ABV.

William Morrison's Tasting Notes:

Nose: A enticingly rich mix of vanilla, honey, sherry soaked sultana and raisin fruitcake with some orange and lemon adding a touch more fruitiness, just a hint of toasted almond and some distant spicy treacle toffee.

Taste: A deliciously rich, sweet sherried fruit delivery, a raisin, sultana and cherry sweetness are balanced by some plum, a touch of mildly zesty orange, a little nuttiness, a touch of vanilla and behind the fruitiness is a touch of lovely honey, cinnamon and vibrant oak spice.

Finish: A deliciously long lingering sherry rich finish, burnt raisins and sultanas cling to the palate for an age, a wee touch of cinnamon and ginger hangs in there too, a little  lingering treacle toffee and mildly drying slightly bittering oak at the end.

Comment: In comparison to Track 04 this Track 05 is certainly a Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger dram, a cracking dram. The 22% Tamdhu 1st fill Oloroso sherry butts in this mix must have been a stunning sherry cask as it is the headliner on Track 05. An outstanding dram where the bottling strength on this one no doubt adds to the flavour pleasure. Loved this dram! Still a Blondie fan though.

SMW Blended Whisky Score 92/100

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