I know nothing about Glentauchers, not even how to pronounce the name. I don’t wish to make a virtue of ignorance but I think I am going to try and see how long I can go without knowing anything about Glentauchers. Except, of course, what this 16 yo bottled by Gordon & Macphail is like. And yes, this is the first Glentauchers I’ve ever had.
Though the label on the sample bottle says this is 15 years old, my source confirms it is in fact 16 years old. As he purchased it from The Party Source (who are, alas, no longer shipping alcohol) it seems likely it is this bottle, one of Gordon & Macphail’s licensed bottlings.
Glentauchers 16 (43%; Gordon & Macphail; from a sample received in a swap)
Nose: Grassy and grainy but also some indistinct fruit, at first acidic, then a touch musky. A touch of white pepper perhaps after a bit. With a little more time there’s some lime peel. With even more time there’s some nice vanilla-cream. Not much change to the nose with water.
Palate: Lime peel and some pepper but also a malty sweetness. Quite nicely balanced between the two but there’s not a whole lot else at first. With time there’s a creamier aspect to the sweetness and the pepper becomes more assertive too. With even more time there’s a surprising but highly welcome burst of tropical fruit: papaya, a touch of mango. Very nice. This is not calling out for water but let’s see what it does. Water brings out the lime even more and brings a lot more vanilla out as well and also some wood/spice.
Finish: Medium. Lime and pepper, with the pepperiness expanding with time. With time wood finally emerges. Sweeter with water.
Comments: This one needs some patience; seems like a very narrow profile at first but opens up nicely with time. Very mellow and pleasant whisky. I’d say drink half of your pour neat and half with a few drops of water. Not sure if this is still around but I must try more Glentauchers.
Rating: 86 points.
Thanks to Florin for the sample!