It is a shame that most of the four million litres of the 1898 founded Glentauchers distillery ends up in today’s blends, as it has for most of its existence. Lucky enough, the good people at Gordon & MacPhail have the rights to bottle their distillery labels range and rescue small amounts to release it into the world. Their Wood Makes the Whisky campaign has collected some samples and send a Glentauchers into our home.
43% abv, €55
Nose: fresh, light and fruity nose, with lots of red apples and juicy yellow pear notes. A handful of hazelnuts and anise seeds, a hint of fresh ginger and some chocolate shavings.
Palate: smooth (I really hate that word, but it is what it is). A creamy and sweet treacle, hints of floral honey and more of the red apples and juicy pears. Hints of citrus-y oranges and liquorice root make room for the finish to start.
Finish: more of the sweet liquorice root at first, which slowly transfers into a long lasting oak-y and hazelnutt-y finish. Spicy mace and anise keep in their back for quite a while too…
Conclusion: This is great. As I already said, it is a shame most of this ends up in blends. This particular bottling..? Very nice, and quite affordable too!
More info: Distilled in 1996, bottled in 2016, matured in first fill ex-Sherry casks for its whole life.