Glentauchers is a lesser-known Speysider – founded in 1897 – that mainly focuses on producing malt whisky for making blends with Ballantine's being the best known. There are hardly any official bottlings, but through independent bottlers you can occasionally taste it. Now Manny and I have found a fantastic cask – a sherry butt, by the way – with Glentauchers from 2009. It's already our 26th release and we're once again enjoying a beautiful label with the art of Ansgar Speller. The color palette also betrays our subtle support for the people of Ukraine.
Spring fresh nose with white fruit (apples and pears), but also an orange, cherries and lemongrass. A lost cherry and some baking butter. Herbal too. Hint of Sirop de Liège and even some dark table beer. Delicious.
Creamy and firm on arrival, but does not need water. Again white fruit, but processed into apple sauce and pear syrup. Nice and spicy on some pepper and licorice. Candy syrup and dark fruit are now joining in. Might very well have been a PX cask.
The finish is deliciously long on baked apples with some chili peppers. On the deathbed a bitterness like a walnut appears.
As far as we are concerned, this can serve as an aperitif, but can also be enjoyed after the meal.