Glentauchers 17, 1996 (Whisky Doris)

Another distillery whose name starts with “Glen” and another that is quite unsung. Glentauchers is located in the Speyside and is part of Pernod Ricard’s portfolio. I can’t remember if we passed it while in the Speyside a couple of weeks ago—it did feel like we’d driven past every single Speyside distillery—but I don’t believe they have a visitors centre anyway. It’s another distillery that I have very little experience of: I’ve only ever reviewed one other. In that review I noted that I didn’t even know how the name of the distillery was pronounced. Almost five years later, I can proudly tell you that I have a better idea of that. Unless I’m completely confused—happens a few times a hour—it’s pronounced “Glen-tockers”. And if you do a deep dive on Google maps, you’ll see that there is a burn/small river named Tauchers in the Keith/Mulben area—as this is the area in which we coincidentally stayed, it’s likely I suppose that we did pass the distillery. Fascinating, I know. 

Glentauchers 17, 1996 (51.4%; Whisky Doris, “Nose Art”; bourbon barrel; from a purchased sample)

Nose: Very fruity off the top with orange, pineapple and tart apple. Below that there’s a bit of vanilla and then some spicy oak. The oak builds as it sits and takes on a slightly grainy edge. With more time the oak recedes and the fruit gets more intense: some plum in there too now. The fruit intensifies further with a few drops of water.

Palate: Fruity here too but less intensely so; far less of the oak here as well. The texture is fine. On the second sip there’s more citrus (lemon–>lime) and it gets muskier too. With more time that grainy oak from the nose shows up here too. Water doesn’t do much for the palate.

Finish: Medium-long. Citrus and oak and in pretty good balance. Spicier with time. Less fruity and more oaky with water.

Comments: A very good fruity Speyside whisky of its type. A little more depth and a little less oak and it would be in the next tier. As it is this would be a great everyday drinker for the summer months.

Rating: 84 points.

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