Whisky Review: Glentauchers 17 Years Old Batch 2
- Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
- Origin: Glentauchers Distillery
- Bottling: That Boutique-Y Whisky Company
- ABV: 48.8%
- Cost: £79.95
What they say
Batch 2 of That Boutique-y Whisky Company’s Glentauchers was revealed in April 2016 when it was announced that all Boutique-y whiskies would henceforth carry age statements for greater transparency. Glentauchers distillery is known for doing most things in the traditional mechanical and manual manner, making it a great place for Chivas staff to learn their trade, but they haven’t always eschewed new technologies. Back in 1910 or thereabouts Glentauchers, along with Convalmore and Lochruan experimented with ‘silent malt’ (malt whisky from column stills). The label of this whisky allows us to be a fly on the wall at the meeting where this was first discussed…
“Trust me Alan. In 100 years time – everyone will be making whisky this way. Pot stills are… saaaaad.
You want to upgrade.”
As it turned out, it never quite caught on…
This is a release of 508 bottles.
‘That Boutique-y Whisky Company’ bottles single malts, single grains and bourbons from a variety of renowned distilleries as well as producing award-winning blended malts and blends. These whiskies are adorned with cultish graphic novel-style labels.
What I say
Surprisingly this is only our 3rd Glentauchers I have written up tasting notes on – though we have sampled way more! I guess I seek these out a little as they tend to be uniquely in the domain of Independent bottlers. Also late teen or early 20’s aged bottlings like this still come in at some very affordable prices. Another we came across at Glasgow’s Whisky Festival 2017.
My tasting notes:
- Appearance: Antique gold (7/20) sparse large tears and thick legs
- Nose: Sweet and thick or heady with the scents of honey and stone orchard fruits, peaches and apricots, a mass of stewed apples, caramel and toffee, oak wood and a slightly nutty character that reminded me of maple and pecan plait pastries, cereal barley malt, quite gristy and oat & syrup flapjacks – almost bran-like
- Taste: Caramel but carries a spice and some menthol, applemint, lime juice allspice and cinnamon make for a very fizzy (like sherbet) and cleansing mixture, thins a little but there is still that syrupy and honey sweetness partially locked behind the spices on the palate and some vanilla custard also.
- Finish: Medium-short, lingering honey and golden syrup but with only whispers of the fruit and nut from the nose
A very nice example of standard Glentauchers output, carries some good malt, toffee and fruit and those more uncommon herbal and spice notes too.
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