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Glentauchers 1989 Cadenhead - Small Batch 25yo

Dark berries and

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@JulesReview by @Jules

28th Jan 2016


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This is from the ‘Small Batch’ release from Oct ’14 if I remember correctly. I had never tried a Glentauchers before, but am far more likely to go out on a limb and try a smaller distillery if it is bottled by my favorite indie specialist, W.M Cadenhead.

The colour is quite a deep amber, darker than most ex-Bourbon cask Scotches I’ve come across. No chil-fill nonsense or caramel with Cadenhead’s though (how could they!)

Nose: Mango, stewed blackberries and something along the lines of warm rhubarb pie. Oily (tea tree oil perhaps?)

Palate: Lots of forest fruits, with hints of vanilla. Mainly sweet but not overly so, more a spicy sweetness - cinnamon. Quite thick… those 25 years in Bourbon barrels really seem to have given it nice body.

Finish: Medium long… candied ginger, , with saltwater taffy. Hint of traditional English marmalade – the bitter, less sugary kind. The sweetness from the palate makes way for a dryer, more mature ending. Very satisfying.

Aye, this be yum! It's classy stuff - if you want something a bit different (mature ex-Bourbon Scotch with the emphasis on red fruit) then I highly recommend it.

It flew a bit under the radar amoungst the other high profile Cadenhead releases that have come out in the past half-year (their Littlemill & Old Pulteney bottlings stole the show and all the review spaces), and there are still quite a few left out there. I’ve had it two month and it’s already half full (or is that half empty..?)

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Jules commented

EDIT: it's an October 2015 release, not Oct'14

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maltmate302 commented

Nice review @Jules , it sounds very tasty indeed.I've also only tried one G!entauchers ,a 1995 Gordon&MacPhail cask strength which was done with a first-fill Sherry cask.Obviously different to your bourbon cask whisky but just as enjoyable. It's one of my favourites in my collection. This distillery doesn't usually put out OB's but there seems to be a few excellent IB's about. It's a very good 'under the radar' distillery!

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