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Glentauchers

Vendor: Signatory Vintage

Glentauchers 2012-2024 | 12 Year Old Signatory Vintage 100 Proof Edition 18

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Vendor: Alistair Walker Whisky Company

Glentauchers 2012-2023 | 11 Year Old Infrequent Flyers | Single Cask 806202

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Glentauchers 2011-2023 | 11 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Vendor: North Star Spirits

Glentauchers 2008-2022 | 14 Year Old North Star Spirits

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Glentauchers 2008-2022 Distillery Labels

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Vendor: Heroes & Heretics

Glentauchers 2014-2022 | 7 Year Old | The Falls Of Caledonia Single Cask 9900335

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Glentauchers 1990-2021 | 31 Year Old Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice Single Cask 14520

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Glentauchers 2011-2022 | 10 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Glentauchers 2007-2021 Distillery Labels

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Glentauchers 2010-2021 | 11 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Vendor: Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers

Glentauchers 2011-2021 | 9 Year Old | Carn Mor Strictly Limited

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Vendor: Alistair Walker Whisky Company

Glentauchers 2009-2020 | 11 Year Old Infrequent Flyers

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Glentauchers 1998-2016 | CASK Strength

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Glentauchers 1995-2014 | CASK Strength

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Vendor: Gordon & MacPhail

Glentauchers 1991-2007 | Gordon & MacPhail

Glentauchers

Another big blending beast it may be but Glentauchers (pronounced: glen-TUCK-ers) has found some loyal fans over the years thanks to a regular string of bottlings, particularly by Gordon & MacPhail. While there are not too many others available, independent or otherwise, the ones that do exist showcase a distillery with a fairly interesting fingerprint and one that is very good for contemplative friendly dramming, at times when modesty and full flavour are required in a whisky. Glentauchers is usually tasty without requiring too much brainwork to get through a glass or two.

Founded: 1898
Stills: 3 Wash 3 Spirit
Water Source: Rosarie Burn
Capacity: 4.5 Million Litres
Owners: Pernod Ricard

1965-1985: Grand Ideas

In 1965 Glentauchers was reconstructed. What started as a small, old school, two still distillery, complete with own floor maltings, was transformed into a modern six still a beast. It was kitted out with all the usual modern equipment and became a plant designed to fuel the Teacher's blend.

There are not many bottlings that I know of or have tasted from before 1965. There was a 17yo 1965 by Cadenhead’s which was fantastic, it showed the old style to be one full of herbs, wax, metallic notes, sheep's wool, minerals, gentle medicinal characters, and subtle saltiness. Very old school in other words but these characteristics quickly disappeared from the distillate after such a big reconstruction. Another change was also instigated by the loss of the floor maltings around 1969. By the mid-seventies, there are a few more examples of Glentauchers in the bottle. A great 1975 by The Whisky Agency showed great distillate in a great 'hands-off’ style cask. Maybe at such age, there wasn't too much distillery character but it did show that Glentauchers retained much of its 1960s style waxiness and delicate peat influence while developing a much more distinct fruitiness. Anyway, these are undoubtedly the best bottlings of Glentauchers out there.

The commonly available bottlings are generally the ones from G&M, which are always at fantastic prices, I remember recently a 19yo 1990 Glentauchers for under £30, utter bargain! Anyway, the first bottlings were 1979s and they were typically fruity, gently medicinal, oily, and with a little wax, they also showed much more modern aspects like vanilla, sweetness, and more spicy notes.

1990-Present: Restart And Modern Distillate

Glentauchers was closed in 1985 and remained so until it was restarted by new owners Allied in 1990. Bottlings from this era onwards are more generic in nature and perhaps lack some of the individuality of pre-closure Glentauchers. They are typically gingery, spicy, sweet, grassy, and gently fruity, very typical, well-made distillate in other words but maybe lacking a little personality. There are still some great bottlings however, a 1990 sherry cask by G&M for LMDW was a rich, Christmas pudding of a dram while several 1990 casks by Duncan Taylor have been very good also.

Glentauchers