Origin: Speyside (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing cask: Ex-Bourbon
Added coloring: No
Owner: Chorlton Whisky
Average price: € 400.00
Official website: chorltonwhisky.co.uk
After trying a version chosen by Càrn Mòr, we pour into the glass a cask chosen by the Manchester bottler.
Glentauchers was founded at the end of the 19th century by James Buchanan & Co. with the intention of producing whisky for their blends, a destiny to which it is still linked today under the current Chivas Brothers ownership, ending up in their blended, Ballantine’s.
A traditional production even to this day, which although it saw experimentation in distillation in the early 1900s, it underwent a period of closure between 1985 and 1992 and only rarely makes its own bottlings, notably since 2017 in the annual single cask series The Distillery Reserve Collection.
153 bottles from a single cask ex-Bourbon, with a September 1989 distillate bottled exactly thirty-one years later in the usual elegant label by Chorlton Whisky (illustration taken from the Tacuinum Sanitatis, a Renaissance guide to healthy living), which had already made a twenty-year-old Glentauchers a couple of years earlier.
The nose expresses a strong core of tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, lime, kumquat) tinged with interesting sulphurous notes, on which is grafted a waxy mantle of honey and vanilla. Herbaceous brushstrokes on the palette of aromas, showing a lively elegance that is anything but complacent, from which nut shells, white peach, elderberry and aged Parmesan emerge. Very rich and layered.
It glides oily and full on the palate, reconfirming its soft elegance, with a waxy note that becomes dominant and tropical fruit that is quieter and fresher, a subtle and sinuous sweetness that conquers in small steps. Spicy hints of ginger and pepper remind us that this is a whisky that still has a lot of energy to express, enlivening a biscuit of honey and vanilla with that sulphurous streak that adds three-dimensionality. On the length, a mineral and herbaceous note titillates the palate.
The finish is long and silky, with mineral and sulphurous notes on tropical fruit, nuts, honey and vanilla.
An experiential whisky, very rich, balanced yet lively and vibrant, complex yet direct, a jewel of flavours and aromas that drags without overwhelming, another example of how little-known distilleries can shine vigorously when someone knows how to make them stand out.