When Glentauchers is out of this world

Posted 15 May 2017 by Matt / In Glentauchers
The Dramble reviews Glentauchers 2008 8 year old

Bottle Name: Glentauchers 2008 8 year old single cask 900184

ABV: 50%
Cask Type: Sherry butt
Distillery: Glentauchers
Bottler: Whiskybroker
Region: Speyside Age: 8

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.

Today's indie Glentauchers is from Whiskybroker and is, frankly, a little self-serving as it's a bottling I produced for the month whisky club I run. The 'Solar Series' was envisaged as an 8-part homage to the celestial bodies which make up Solar System. This single sherry butt Glentauchers was the first release in the series, and as such focusses on the planet Mercury. This was a run of only 36  bottles, with the rest of the cask being shared with both The Whisky Barrel (who bottled this as part of their Burn Malt Series: https://www.thewhiskybarrel.co.uk/glentauchers-8-year-old-2008-burns-malt.html) and with Whiskybroker themselves who sold the bottles individually on their website. There are quite a few indie 2008 Glentauchers bottlings out there so if you keep your eyes open you might find one or two floating around still.

Producing your own bottlings is great fun and I’d absolutely recommend looking into it if you organise a whisky club yourself. Cask sharing is an economic way of getting hold of unusual single cask expressions – plus you can express yourself and your club on the label design itself.

Nose: Heavily reduced grape juice, molasses, toffee and burnt custard. Deep, fruity and with more than a hint of both polish and brimstone

Taste: Raisins, plums and caramelised blood oranges blend with polish, drying notes bitter and fairly heavy spicing. Citrus and herbalness can be found at the back of the palette. Cinnamon and even a hint of chilli pepper in there too. The mouthfeel is full given the 50% ABV. It’s full on and what you’d expect from a whisky this dark….though this dark from 8 years of maturation? Wow. That’s an active cask!

Finish: Long with the focus on the spicing and herbal notes. The alcoholic bite is a wee bit present here which is the only giveaway to this being a mere 8 years old. However, this is warming and sustained experience, ideal for a cooler autumnal evening.

Put together exceedingly well and utterly belying its age in all areas except for the finish. Impressive/worryingly (delete as appropriate) drinkable.

Score: 86/100

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