Did you already read about my visit to Glentauchers? It was rather fascinating and a great experience. Can’t say I’ve tasted much of their whisky though, but luckily I had a sample from one of Gordon & MacPhail’s releases laying around. Not the least of which either, as this has matured for over a quarter century in a first-fill sherry cask.
Glentauchers 1991 27 Years Old (56.8%, Gordon & MacPhail, C#6943)
Nose: Hints of burnt caramel, but also leather, vanilla, tobacco and Maraschino cherries. Plenty of fudge and golden syrup as well, followed by vanilla custard and fresh honey. A touch of cassis as well. Taste: A touch of gunpowder, but nothing too overpowering. Hints of orange peel, a whisper of smoke and a slight bitterness as well. A whiff of tobacco, and burnt caramel again. Some resin too, and dark chocolate. Not much fruitiness. Finish: Medium in length. A bit more subtle after the quite intense taste.
Lacks a little balance to warrant a higher score, with the burnt notes and gunpowder the main culprits. The style of sherry influence is also surprisingly modern, and makes me suspect this might have been re-racked somewhere along the way.