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!
A whiff of vanilla, with quite some dry straw and some oak. Fairly straight forward. Some orchard fruits.
A lot more dry than expected. Coconut husks, straw, wood and vanilla. Some white pepper, apple, pear.
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.
Glentauchers 18, 1996-2015, Bourbon Barrel 1502-7884, 48%, Claxton’s