Glentauchers

Glentauchers was founded in 1897 by two whisky blenders: James Buchanan and W P Lowrie.  Ownership of the distillery has passed between many companies over the years and  in 1965 the site was completely rebuilt and the number of stills  increased to six. The distillery is now owned by Pernod Ricard with it's production destined for blends such as Ballantine's and Teacher's. In fact, only 1% of Glentauchers finds its way into single malts, barring on release in 2000 of a 15 year old, then are all independently bottled.

Independent Bottlings

Chorlton Whisky


Posted 17 February 2020

Much has, and more than likely will be, written about cask strength whisky – the disgorging and bottling of liquid at its then settled and natural ABV without any further dilution. But, fewer articles focus on the fact that most whisky has indeed been reduced in alcoholic content prior to be being filled into cask. Spirit ABVs vary – from grain to malt and across different equipment setups – what you get out in new make form varies - even between runs if you’re taking a more hands on approach. And yet, there are commonalities with filling strengths, and in malt terms (and particularly across Scotland), 63.5% has been employed as an industry standard for over 70 years. But whilst this diluted ABV is widespread, not every distillery utilises it – indeed, some (particularly in the craft sector) are experimenting with lower filling strengths and their effect on maturation.


Gordon & MacPhail


Posted 28 September 2018

A few months ago I dropped in on the excellent Whiskyshop in Dufftown – a veritable treasure trove of original, and independent bottlings. There’s lots to like about this small, but stocked to the rafters store – from the welcoming and friendly staff to the large selection of open bottles which provide visitors with a wealth of opportunities to ‘try before you buy’. I’m all for taking a punt on a bottling once in a while, but given the chance, I'd always recommend pre-sampling if its available – particularly when it comes to the idiosyncrasies of single cask whiskies. Sampling conducted, I walked away with a well-aged bottling of Glentauchers – perhaps I should have bought two?


Scotch Malt Whisky Society


Posted 30 November 2017

Youthful Speyside in the form of a 9 year old Glentauchers that’s been matured in a refill ex-Bourbon barrel. One of 124 bottles. Juicy, Oak & Vanilla profile.


Posted 14 November 2019

Over to the underappreciated Glentauchers for a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel that was laid down for 17 year.


Signatory Vintage


Posted 08 May 2020

People often confuse popularity with legacy. The renown and reputation of distilleries tends to ebb and flow across the decades – driven by a combination of consumer trends and the ability of producers to tap into whatever the zeitgeist of the day is. A star-quality release can rapidly raise the profile of a distillery up this imagined league table – just as equally as a duff one can send it back down into the relegation zone.  Some distilleries appear as deciduous – their spirit coming into bloom during certain periods of time (1995-97 Clynelish for instance – likely to be regarded as a modern golden period for the distillery’s spirit). Others appear near evergreen – regardless of the inherent variances in single releases and shifting enthusiast trends, their status remains largely intact and near monolithic over longer periods of time.


That Boutique-y Whisky Company


Posted 10 December 2017

Door number 9 delivers us a Boutique-y Glentauchers. Released around April 2016 it was amount the first bottlings released by Boutique-y that displayed an age-statement – a decision which the company has stuck with ever since.


Whisky Broker


Posted 15 May 2017

Glentauchers is very rarely seen in single malt form, with virtually all of their annual output being used for blended whisky. From a little Internet research I can see that there was an official distillery bottling of a 15 year old in 2000, but that's it - if you want to explore further you need to check in on your friendly neighbourhood independent bottler. Fortunately, in that regard, you're in luck as there's a few of them.


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