The Glentauchers distillery is located in the Speyside region of Scotland and was founded in 1897. Designed by John Alcock, with the building work overseen by Charles Doig & Son, the distillery started to produce spirit when James Buchanan Co. Ltd. and three members of Glentauchers Distillery Co. joined hands with Glentachers the year after that.
The distillery was mothballed by United Distillers in 1985, and sold to Allied Distillers in 1989.
Unfortunately for those who have tried Glentauchers there are very few officialbottlings available, this is because the majority of this liquid is destined for the blended market.. That being said there are plenty of bottles to be found on the Indie side, these casks are always well received and offer up some delicious whisky, the very fruity, softer side of Glentauchers is probably the very reason blends such as Ballantine’s make sure this malt is a part of their recipe..
The distillery has three spirit stills and three wash stills, with a total production capacity of 4,200,000 litres of pure alcohol per year the distillery runs with 6 wooden washbacks, one steel Lauter mash tun, and runs with a 60 hour average fermentation, and for those interested in the Yeast then Glentauchers uses a Kerry liquid yeast ..
That Boutique-y Whisky Company
I have stopped being surprised when TBWC release these extraordinarily rare whiskies… 44, yes 44 year old Glentauchers!! Where the hell did they find this cask ? Not only is this the oldest Glentauchers i have seen but Boutiquey Dave also says the same, this is rare, this is as they say liquid gold. Boutique-y have over the years released some fantastic old stock and their old grains are magnificent but being able to release something like this is just a master stroke..
44 year old Glentauchers
Age.. 44 years
Outturn.. 201 x 50cl Bottles
Nose.. Fresh fruits in the form of freshly bitten apples, poached pear and a little peach ride on the back of dried grasses and heather honey which brings a rather inviting sweetness to this aroma. The oak is surprisingly soft for a 44 year old whisky but what it does do is enrich the soft chocolate and coffee notes perfectly.
Palate.. Again those fruits shine but with the addition of some dates and prunes, there is also a delicate orange marmalade note that compliments the chocolate and a gentle spices that balances it all out perfectly..
Finish.. Soft spices and fruit
Thoughts.. Its not always a hit when you bottle whisky at such an age although in some instances 44 years no longer feels like an old whisky but this is.. This is elegant, this is seductive, this is delicious and so approachable..
Whisky is here to be enjoyed and although this particular whisky is one that should demand your full attention and respect along with the understanding this is something very special it would be understandable that some just will not get it..
This drinks like a much younger whisky, its elegance is determined by its innocence in a way and believe me this is an easy drinking whisky, for those who misunderstand just how special this whisky is i fully see how they could dispel this as average.
This Glentauchers 44 falls into that category of whisky that if allowed will take you on a journey, just think when you pour this that it was made in the 1970’s, a year many of you reading this might not have even been born !! this has slept quietly in a warehouse for a staggering 44 years before being gently bottled by the loving hands that then sent it out for you to enjoy ( ok it was probably bottled by machine but come on go with me on this one )..
If you do get the pleasure of trying this whisky then afford it your full attention, give it some respect and understand what it is you want from it, then let the whisky talk to you in a way that only this old liquid can..
Bloody awesome whisky from the people at That Boutique-y Whisky Company
Bottle can be found HERE ..
With special thanks to the team at Boutique-y for allowing me the pleasure to try a sample of this special whisky..
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The relatively younger G&M bottlings are really good too.
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