Glentauchers 18, 1996-2015, 48% – Claxton’s

18 year old Glentauchers should be pretty good right? Especially when bottled at 48%, which just happens to be my sort-of favorite spot for spirits to be bottled at.

It’s also from a bourbon cask, so we should be getting some decent spirit flavors and not just oak and oak driven stuff. And when this is sold at a pretty significant discount, we should be in for a treat.

Let’s find out if that’s true!

Sniff:
A whiff of vanilla, with quite some dry straw and some oak. Fairly straight forward. Some orchard fruits.

Sip:
A lot more dry than expected. Coconut husks, straw, wood and vanilla. Some white pepper, apple, pear.

Swallow:
The finish is very consistent with the palate. Dry, straw, bourbon cask all the way.

A bit much on the wood with mostly cask driven flavors. Apparently this is a first fill bourbon barrel and the spirit wasn’t strong enough to stand up to it.

Apart from that there’s nothing surprising about this whisky. The quality is there, though. I think this dram is a very solid one for newcomers to the world of whisky, but otherwise lacks a bit in excitement. One benefit is that you don’t often get the chance to try still fairly decent 18 year old single casks at only € 65 at The Old Pipe.

84/100

Glentauchers 18, 1996-2015, Bourbon Barrel 1502-7884, 48%, Claxton’s

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.
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1 Response to Glentauchers 18, 1996-2015, 48% – Claxton’s

  1. Pingback: Tomatin 21, 1994-2015, 48% – Claxton’s | Malt Fascination

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