This superb and intriguing whisky spent 14 long years patiently maturing. For the final 9 months of its maturation it was put into a sherry octave to develop further. The result is a complex, rich and delicious spirit bursting with brandy-soaked raisin notes, dark honey, molasses and winter spice. There were just 94 bottles released at natural cask strength.
Duncan Taylor has its origins in Glasgow where the company was initially a merchant and broker of Scotch whisky casks within the Industry.
Devotion to the principle of providing only the finest casks to be filled at Scotland’s leading distilleries has been a key feature of the company’s history.
Duncan Taylor has been laying down casks from premium Scottish distilleries for decades and now owns one of the largest privately held collections of vintage and rare scotch whisky casks.
In 2002 Duncan Taylor moved its headquarters to Huntly, on the periphery of Speyside, Scotland’s largest whisky producing region, where it has its own facilities for cask storage, bottling, a cooperage and very soon, its own distillery.
At that time, Duncan Taylor ceased the “brokering” of whisky casks to distillery companies and bottlers to focus on the production and marketing of its own brands, and diversifying the portfolio with the addition of gin and rum.
Glentauchers distillery is located very close to Keith in the Speyside. It was founded in 1897, architect Charles Doig was in charge of overseeing its construction. The distillery was built to provide spirit used in the Buchanan's and Black & White blends. The site was chosen for its proximity to the railway network and for its reliable source of water.
Its parent company merged with Dewars in 1915. After WWI came to an end, the distillery was refurbished in 1920. Five years later the Buchanan-Dewar company merged with the mighty Distillers Company Limited (DCL). It remained part of the latter's company until 1930 when Glentauchers was transferred to Scottish Malt Distillers (SMD).
The distillery increased production capacity in 1966 and operated without major incidents until the early 1980's. During that decade the whisky industry went through a trade slump and many distilleries closed down. Some distilleries never re-opened. Glentauchers was mothballed in 1985 and sold soon after that. The new owners (Allied) re-opened it in 1992. These days the distillery is owned by the Pernod Ricard group.
An official 15 year old Glentauchers was released in mid 2017. Prior to that there were no official bottlings. Independent bottlers have periodically released Glentauchers whisky.
The style of Glentauchers is shaped by a medium-long fermentation period, slow distillation and clear wort. A light, floral and grassy palate is often found.