SMWS 63.49 In the dark of the abyss

Glentauchers 11 Years Old 2006 63.49 In the dark of the abyss (60.6%, SMWS, Refill Oloroso Butt, 549 Bottles, 2018)

  • Category: Speyside single malt scotch whisky
  • Origin: Glentauchers distillery
  • Bottling: SMWS, Cask #63.49
  • ABV: 60.6%
  • Cost: £sold out


What they say

AGE 11 Years
DATE DISTILLED 29th June 2006
CASK TYPE Refill Ex-Oloroso Sherry Butt
REGION Speyside
OUTTURN 1 of 549 bottles
ABV 60.6%

Official tasting notes:

We found ourselves being drawn in by a spectacular opulence as walls of walnuts and figs closed in around us. Things became as dark as bitter chocolate, yet from the shadows we could make out dates and mangos bound in leather and molasses. The oxidised familiarity of oloroso sherry came whistling from deep below and joined the tangy sweetness of orange liqueur mixed with Chinese 5 spice. This citrus edge evolved into ginger and marmalade with the boozy fruit of a Christmas pudding. Trekking down through the tenebrosity we tripped over the banana skin of our own imagination and landed amongst nutmeg, almonds and brazil nuts but finally settled on praline and cinnamon with a strong influence of oak.

What I say

Sampled as part of the #SMWSat35 virtual tasting led by Master Brand Ambassador John McCheyne from The Vaults venue in Leith.

My tasting notes:

  • Appearance: Old Burgundy (15/20), fine tears and very fine legs
  • Nose: Cherry, fig, dried fruit, raisin, treacle, chocolate,
  • Taste: Sharp, cayenne pepper, cordite, nutmeg, cinnamon, then dried fruits, fig, date, grapefruit, zesty, sharp (again!).
  • Finish: Long, smoke and spiced wood,


A beautifully over-sherried anything. Sold like hot cakes because of its dark colour. Lots of overtly sherry-like influence only not the good bits. Too spicy, too burnt. Not a trace of Glentauchers left. A great swig, probably better with water but it could take some time to find the right amount to dilute this one with.

Score 83/100

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  1. I bought a full bottle of this ‘Tauchers alongside my online tasting pack. As someone who often prefers bourbon barrels over sherry casks in independent releases, I was looking for a strong, dark, uber-sherried malt that constituted a good contrast to the bulk of other indie bottlings I own. And that’s exactly what I got here. Plus, my girlfriend and I are both total suckers for sulfur notes in whisky. Luckily, we found ’em aplenty when descending down into the abyss. 😉

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