Dewar Rattray Glentauchers Tasting Notes

Posted: October 8, 2012 in Glentauchers, Scotch Whisky A-G

Dewar Rattray Glentauchers 2007 (6 year old) 65%

Sherry Cask 900281/ Dist: 2007 Btl: 2013/ Tasted: Oct 2013

Good grief that’s a stinky, farmyardy, earthy, pure, natural Oloroso nose! Raw does not do this nose justice; it’s visceral in its sherried intensity. Huge globs of balsamic treacle, tobacco, coffee grains and dusty tannins. A shrinking violet it isn’t! It’s like sniffing wood splinters. The spirit character, as much as it can be discerned has a definite herbal eaux-de-vie quality, and ordinarily I would hate this as it is so unbalanced, but….. sometimes a little flagellation is good for the soul!

The palate opens quite sweetly, well with a gritty Oloroso sweetness that is, but the searing degree of alcohol puts paid to that! Add in the buckets of wood tannins and it’s extremely dry. The big molasses, malt and treacle notes try to counter, but then the herbal spirit note cuts through it like a knife. Like the nose it’s raw and visceral. The combination of gritty tannins and treacle coat the mouth. God this is intense. This is definitely a love/hate whisky. The last time I experienced a malt with such a raw intensity was the Longrow Barolo finish and although it isn’t as complex as that one, this is a hell of an experience!

Dilution calms down the farmyardy notes and allows some perfumed midnight violet notes to appear along with some dried fruit. However taming the rampant sherry does mean that there is more of that young, herbal spirit on display now. The palate is still quite raw/green now and with out the punch of the alcohol it does show up a few off notes. So if you love your raw sherry monsters drink this neat!

Dewar Rattray Glentauchers 1996 (16 year old) 58.5%

Bourbon Cask 1176/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2012/ Tasted: Sept 2012

Quite neutral on the nose, almost like an oak aged vodka with a slight floral note and some creamy oak.

The palate follows the same theme, neutral spirit and creamy oak. There is a touch of sweet barley and some earthy spice on the finish.

With water the nose does open up a bit to display hints of perfumed white flowers. Gentle and delicate with hints of minerals and lime. The palate is quite oily now and a bit subdued as the oak has come forward and become quite creamy. Gently spiced middle with a mineral and flowery finish.

Dewar Rattray Glentauchers 1996 (17 year old) 54.3%

Bourbon Cask 1178/ Dist: 1996 Btl: Oct 2013/ Tasted: Nov 2013

A pleasantly crisp nose of honeyed barley with hints of grass, granulated sugar and a touch of summer flowers. Good maturity with developing tangerine notes.

The palate opens with a touch of gristy barley along with straw and honey. Pleasantly citric and quite piquant on the middle but a light floral note can be discerned along with some coffee and grass. Good length with the oak gently bittering the finish.

A drop of water opens the nose up revealing some luscious and juicy fruit. It seems a little younger now and dilution has given the oak, citrus and barley a lovely sheen. The palate is a gentle and rounded the oak has become a little milky. Like the nose it is pleasantly juicy with no bitterness in the finish now.

A.D Rattray Glentauchers 1992 (23 year old) 48.7%

Bourbon Cask 6042/ Dist: 1992 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Sept 2015

Light and citric but beautifully exotic with apricot, peach, pear, passion fruit, banana, melon and pineapple. All deftly sprinkled with castor sugar, a touch of barley and lemon follows. The oak adds some buttery vanilla and with time become lightly sawdusty.

The palate is a light and a little more barley led to begin with and the oak is a more milky in character. Wonderfully soft exotic banana and pineapple fruit appear, which is a bit more subtle than the nose suggests but still very impressive. Gently spiced with some dusty oak on the middle. Long and beautifully spiced – black pepper, coriander seed and a touch of aniseed. A gorgeously mature malt!

A.D Rattray Glentauchers 1992 (23 year old) 48.7%

Bourbon Cask No 6042/ Dist 1992 Btl: 2015/ Re-Tasted: Nov 2016

Gentle and fragrant aromas of white flowers, barley, herbs and subtle malt notes. Hints of citrus, minerals, crisp honeycomb and with time some lovely, subtle, slightly dusty American oak.

The palate is soft and barley’d with apricot, grass, citrus and dusty, mature oak. Beautifully honeyed with hints of minerals and toffee. Long and crisp with a touch of honeycomb, barley, malt and a light herbal nuance.

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