ABV: 55.2% Distillery: Glentauchers Bottler: Scotch Malt Whisky Society Flavour Profile: Juicy, oak & vanilla Region: SpeysideAge: 17
Over to the underappreciated Glentauchers for a 2nd fill ex-bourbon barrel that was laid down for 17 year.
Nose: Cotton-fresh with pressed laundry, melon, lychee and grape. Pink grapefruit provides a zing, whilst rosewater and pressed flowers add a field-like floralness. Deeper – apple juice and pear drops sit with chopped almonds and icing sugars. Water emphasises lavender and chalkiness making for soap/hand wash whilst also adding creamy meringue and fizzing ginger spicing.
Taste: Pear drops, peat juice and poached pears join with grapes, melon and light tropicals (dried mango slices). The oak influence is palpable – lollypop sticks, park benches and a freshly sawn 2x4 – it’s a bit much. In the background, vanilla cream and frosted flakes alongside baked bread. Reduction brings out lemon balm and French crepes, whilst softening things up.
Finish: Medium to long with vanilla cream filled buns, gentle white pepper and sawdust.
A straight-forward Glentauchers which doesn’t really act age – whilst everything is fresh and vibrant I’d expect more depth, and less overt dusty oak influence. Simple and easy-going…but it really should be so much more.
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