You virtually never encounter an official release from Glentauchers distillery, but it shows up every once in a while as an independent bottling. Like this Glentauchers 1996 20 Years Old from Archives.
The color suggests this comes from a rather inactive bourbon barrel, theoretically leaving plenty of room for the spirit of Glentauchers to shine. Let’s find out, shall we?
Glentauchers 1996 20 Years Old (53,9%, Archives, C#7324)
Nose: Light, fruity and summery with hints of aniseed and licorice. Though the nose consists mainly of white grapes, a gentle aroma of lemons and soft notes of pears and green apple peel. There’s a very light touch of vanilla. Taste: Creamy mouthfeel. A pinch of white pepper with ginger. There’s lemon zest, subtle apple and some vanilla. Finish: Lingering on bitter lemon and stewed apples.
The nose is light and airy, while the palate packs some more punch. It is delicate, and then again it isn’t. Seems easygoing at first, but then provides more of a challenge a little later on. Yeah, I like it.