The long titles to blog posts seem to be becoming a theme. Maybe I should just review some drams that were regular OBs instead of private casks by independent bottlers.
Anyway, Glentauchers is a distillery that’s mostly used in Ballantines and is not available regularly. Not from themselves, and occasionally from indies. I could start rambling on with all kinds of uninteresting facts, but to be honest, I don’t have much to say about it except that I drove past it during our 2012 family holiday.
I’m slightly ashamed by it since we were just driving around looking for another distillery, I think it was Strathisla. In the end we never got there because Ot, my then seven month old daughter got tired of being stuck in the car for daddy’s hobby.
Credit where credit is due: I got these samples a long time ago from Billy Abbott. I wanted to taste them earlier, but there was no commercial pressure since they were already sold out. Then they got swallowed up by the massive amount of stuff in the ‘to taste and review’ stack.
Big sherry and big alcohol. Quite a dry and nutty scent to it, with some sherry spices. Some dates and raisin twigs. Slightly bitter and sweet. Quite a hearty scent, but I really like it so far. Nutmeg and burnt caramel.
The palate is rather fierce, drying and very sharp with alcohol burn. There’s a lot of sweetness and that slightly bitter note behind it. There’s a lot of bittersweet sherry, caramel and brazil nuts, hazelnuts.
The finish goes mostly toward the nuts, dates and sherry, and is very warming. Surprisingly, it’s not a very long finish, but it is tasty. Slightly barbecue-y with lots of charcoal and sweetness.
I have to admit that I wasn’t expecting much. That might be a tad cynical because the guys at The Whisky Exchange are not known for picking mediocre casks. This one is one of those casks that restores a bit of faith in a distillery usually blended away and not ‘shown’ to the public.
This is a surprisingly good dram, if you’re into big sherry. It’s not very big on things other than the sherry, while it’s not just sherry on steroids. The bitterness is something I’m into at the moment so this one comes at exactly the right time. Good stuff!
Also, at not even € 70, I wish I had picked this up. Bummer. I should pay more attention. But then again, there’s a dozen shops and bottlers I should pay more attention to and we can’t have them all, can we?
Glentauchers 16yo, 1997-2013, 54.3%, Gordon and Macphail for The Whisky Exchange, sold out.
Thanks to Billy and The Whisky Exchange for sending a sample!