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Highland Laird Glentauchers 1996 (18 year old) 52.2%

Bourbon/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2014/ Tasted: Oct 2014

The aromas are quite gristy and fresh with taught honey, grass and robust herbal barley. Lovely intensity with a touch of gritty coffee’d tannins, spice an creamy oak with time.

The palate is dense and honeyed with sweet-ish barley and coffee’d tannins. More mature than the nose suggests and maltier too! Lovely herbal note on the middle and a long finish with the creamy oak coming through with a touch of sweet tangerine. 

Highland Laird Glentauchers 1996 (20 year old) 58%

Bourbon Barrel 7301/ Dist: 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

Crisp, fresh and very mineral aromas with an almost grainy bite. Barley, citrus and grass follows with a touch of honey and creamy vanilla oak. Pleasantly fragrant and aromatic.

The palate is fuller with more oak character and more barley. It’s still quite mineral and citric with subtle honey and building, crisp, grainy spice. Long, white fruit and mineral finish with lingering oak and honey.


Douglas Laing Old Particular Glentauchers 1996 (20 year old) 51.5%

Refill Bourbon Barrel/ Code: OLD0417/ DL11635

Dist: Dec 1996 Btl: Mar 2017/ Tasted: Mar 2017

The nose is quite full and barley’d for a Glentauchers with citrus, creamy oak, marzipan and subtle, mature baked fruit. With time the oak becomes slightly dusty.

The palate is crisper and more mineral with plenty of citrus, white fruit, barley, orange, lemon and spice. The oak is pleasantly vanilla’d and creamy but also show a subtle sawdusty character as well. Stunningly deep. Long and citric with lingering barley, white liquorice, minerals, and sweet vanilla. Very impressive


Douglas Laing Provenance Glentauchers 2009 (7 year old) 46%

Refill Bourbon Hogshead/ Code: PRV1217/ DL11361

Dist: Apr 2009 Btl: Aug 2016/ Tasted: Oct 2016

A fresh and fruity nose with a distinct Sauvignon Blanc-esque character. Aromatic and summery with hints of grass, white fruit, citrus, barley and vanilla.

The palate is equally as fresh, crisp and citric with some off-sweet barley, grass and white fruit. A touch of sub-tropical fruit comes through on the middle and the finish is long, citric and grassy with balancing sweet fruit.

Grindlay’s Single Cask Release Glentauchers 1996 (19 year old) 54.5%

Cask 7811

Tasted: June 2016

Nose: Gorgeously mature and tropical with lemon zest, orange blossom honey, pear, peach and barley. Hints of freshening mineral laced gooseberry and citrus. Water emphasises the honey, mature barley and orange.

Palate: Luscious and honeyed with more barley and less tropical fruit. Wonderfully layered and deep with a touch more creamy oak. Good citric and mineral middle. Water emphasises the juicy orange and honey.

Finish: Long and crisp with mouth-watering citrus with hints of straw and herbs. Water makes the finish exceedingly juicy.

Conclusion: Now that’s how I like my Spey’s. Beautifully complex and layered. A real joy to drink!

Claxton’s The Single Cask Glentauchers 1996 (18 year old) 48%

Bourbon Barrel 1502-7884

Dist: Dec 1996 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Apr 2016

Beautifully mature aromas of tropical pineapple, mango and melon. Hints of crisp barley, sawdusty oak, honey and minerals. I don’t think I’ve smelt such a tropical Glentauchers before!

The palate opens with the creamy oak, apricot, white peach and pineapple along with an almost spritzy minerality. Lightly oiled middle as the barley and honey emerge. Long and delicately spiced with quite a malty/ barley finish, all set against a classic Glentauchers crisp and mineral backdrop. Very impressive.

Claxton’s ‘The Single Cask’ Glentauchers 1996 (20 year old) 51.1%

Bourbon Hogshead 1727-7293/ Dist: Dec 1996 Btl: 2017/ Tasted: Nov 2017

Intense, dusty and Cognac-esque aromas of supple dried fruit and wonderfully mature American oak. Hints of dried barley, lemon and sweet, pithy orange/ Clementine follow.

The palate is wonderfully soft and honeyed with gentle oxidised fruit notes and hints of spice. Good depth and building intensity on the middle with the dusty oak powering through, but balanced by a touch of lemon and barley. Good length with lingering oak, vanilla and citrus. An all round beautifully mature whisky.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glentauchers 2010 (5 year old) 46%

Sherry Puncheon/ Dist: 2010 Btl: 2015/ Tasted: Aug 2015

A luscious and darkly honeyed nose with raisin, pecan and some sweet malt. Slightly grainty with an underlying youthful biscuity character. With time the nose becomes lightly herbal and hints of earth and manure appear.

The palate is as luscious as the nose suggests with plenty of dark toffee and honey coated dried fruit, malt and barley. Lovely balance and a serious fruity depth. Lightly earthy with more of the sherry character and gentle spices coming through on the finish.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glentauchers 2010 (6 year old) 46%

Sherry Butt/ Dist: 2010 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

The aromas are slightly more aromatic and less raw than its sister cask, which was bottled in 2015. Quite smoky and treacly with a touch of barley and slight coal dust intimation. There’s plenty of herbal, rye-like sherry with a late meaty, peppery note appearing.

The palate is soft and quite mellow with plenty of pepper infused dried fruit and vanilla. Again the sherry is slightly rye-like with malt, treacle and plenty of herbal character, from not only the cask but the spirit as well. Lovely intensity with a herbal (surprise!) and peppery (surprise!) finish.

Carn Mor Strictly Limited Glentauchers 1996 (19 year old) 46%

Bourbon Barrel/ Dist: 1996 Btl: Jan 2016/ Tasted: Feb 2016

The aromas are quite full and fruity by Glentauchers standards. Heavy barley notes mingle with melon and apricot along with a touch of mature toffee’d oak. Gentle wood smoke and earth comes through along with heather and an almost salty minerality.

The palate is a little fresher, but it’s still wonderfully fruity – melon, apricot and a touch of citrus. Gentle wood spices and slightly drying tannin appear on the middle. Long with hints of violets, heather, lime, stones and wonderfully dusty oak.

Hunter Laing Old Malt Cask Glentauchers 1996 (18 year old) 50%

Bourbon/ Code: OMC2449/ Dist: Feb 1996 Btl: Jan 2015/ Tasted: Feb 2015

Edgy and herbal aromas with pepper infused barley and hints of butter shortbread, sour citrus fruit (cooking apples) and lightly sawdusty oak. With time some mint and camphor notes appear.

The palate is softer than the nose with more vanilla oak, but the edgy, herbal notes push through with a touch of baked fruit and lightly coffee’d spice following. Good length, if a little drying with a touch of dark chocolate and malt.


Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glentauchers 2009 (7 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0217/ Dist: Apr 2009 Btl: 2016/ Tasted: Dec 2016

Quite a malty and balsamic nose with straw, lightly herbal barley and ascetic notes.

The palate is full and barley’d with lightly bitter oak and astringent notes following. Young, herbal and intense finish, which although pleasantly mineral is a tad short.

Hunter Laing Hepburns Choice Glentauchers 2007? (8 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: HEP0024/ Tasted: May 2014

A dense, nutty, oily and slightly herbal nose. The oak eases in with huge, chunky, bourbony notes – marzipan, frangipan, butter and wood spice. It’s so oak dominated that the sprite doesn’t have a hope!

The palate follows a similar theme. Soft, nutty, herbal and toffee’d with coffee tannins and sweet wood spices. Medium length with the oak drying and bittering the finish. The sweet herbal notes linger.

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.

Douglas of Drumlanrig Glentauchers 2000 (11 year old) 46%

Refil Hoggy 7264/ Dist: 2000 Btl: 2011/ Tasted: April 2012

The nose is a bit raw and feinty. One feels that the stills might have been pushed a bit or a wide cut taken. Not unpleasant with some floral marc, straw, nuts, a touch of orange, grist and porridge oats. 

The palate is softer but still slightly industrial. Still there’s plenty of youthful cereal marc and a touch of burnt caramel. There is a touch of marzipan but the finish is rather earthy/ murky and there’s a bit of a metallic after taste.

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glentauchers 2007 (9 year old) 46%

Sherry Butt/ Code: PRV1178/ DL11086

Dist: Mar 2007 Btl: Mar 2016/ Tasted: May 2016

A nose of flambéed banana with a sherry syrup and toffee topping! Hints of barley and spicy, dried fruit follow along with a late balsamic note.

The palate is very balsamic and malty with sweet toffee and dried fruit. A little winey red fruit comes through along with hints of almond and walnut. Long and very creamy with lingering almond essence and toffee coated apple and banana. Interesting!

Douglas McGibbon Provenance Glentuachers 1999 (12 year old) 46%

Bourbon/ Code: PRV0780/ Dist Oct 1999 Btl: Feb 2012/ Tasted: Feb 2012

A fresh and gristy nose with a touch of burnt caramel, earth and vanilla. The palate is soft and milky. Quite full and slightly oily with carameled barley. Reasaonable length with some soft, sweet spice and citrus on the finish.

Queen of the Moorlands Rare Cask Glentauchers 15 year old 58.6%

Sherry/ Tasted: Oct 2006

A rich, fruity, slightly floral nose. Good complexity and depth of slightly creamy and spicy sherried fruit. The palate is soft and rich and fruity with a good depth of spicy, salty, sherried fruit. The finish is slightly estery and spirit with some grassy notes.

With water it softens the nose, emphasising the malt and natural oils. On the palate it brings out some oily, floral notes, softening the sherry and alcohol intensity along with lengthening it. It definitely needed a drop of water.