Glentauchers 1990 31 year old Gordon & MacPhail Connoisseurs Choice
This superb single malt Scotch whisky was released by Gordon & MacPhail as a part of their Connoisseurs Choice Upper range of whiskies. Matured for 31 long years in Sherry Puncheon this delightful dram was bottled at natural cask strength and without coloring. Expect flavours of Rich fruitcake aromas combine with cinnamon spice and dark toffee. Stewed fruit and bitter dark chocolate flavours are balanced by cracked black pepper. A full finish with forest fruit, clove and orange.
Another member of the ‘1890s gang’, Glentauchers was established in 1898 by James Buchana to provide fillings for its Buchanan’s and Black & White blends.
Experiments in ‘continuous pot still distillation’ were trialled here (and at Convalmore) at the start of the 20th century. This involved running a 100% barley mash through an adapted pot still. Production was upped considerably in 1966 when the number of stills increased from the original pair to half a dozen.
Glentauchers was one of the many distilleries which fell foul of the slump in demand in the early 1980s and was mothballed in 1985. It was, somewhat surprisingly at the time, snapped up by one of Diageo’s rivals, Allied Distillers, in 1989 [the Allied estate became part of Chivas Brothers in 2005] when it became a named component of Ballantine's although the firm didn’t restart production until 1992.