Today’s review will feature an independently bottle whisky which is the Highland Laird Glentauchers 20 Year old 1996 (Cask 7301). The whisky is from the Glentauchers Distillery which is in the speyside region and bottled for the Highland Laird range by Bartels Whisky. This bottling is a Single Cask bottle which means it’s is exclusive and bottled at a cask strength abv of 53.2%. If you want to see a few more expression from Highland Laird and Bartels then check out the website which I’ll leave a ‘click link here’. Glentauchers is a new whisky to me so it’s going to be exciting to see what this bottle uncovers especially being a single cask bottling as well, so let’s get into the tasting notes.
Colour: Pale Straw.
Nose: On the nose lots of vanilla to begin, a basket full of ripe bramley apples. These two main notes can be nosed for some time but after letting it sit in the glass and open up further it develops into red plums and sweeter notes of honeysuckle.
Palate: On the palate it begins with a white peppery spice and a splash of lime juice which makes it rather refreshing. Peach skins are the best way to describe the texture as its very velvety, honey coated barley, red pears and this definitely doesn’t feel like 58% on the palate. A light medium texture is noted after a while and slight hits of balsa wood just holding on to the end.
Finish: The finish for this dram is so very well rounded, it’s like having a apple crumble just under done so they are still juicy and dusted with icing sugar, leaving you licking you’re teeth and lips wanting more. I’m definitely going to pair this with a desert later.
AGE: 20 yrs
CASK(S): Bourbon Hogsheads
DISTILLERY: Glentauchers Distillery
BOTTLER: Highland Laird (Bartels Whisky)
REGION/ORIGIN: Speyside, Scotland
PRICE: £ (TBC )
EXCLUSIVE: YES (143 Bottles)
Comments: My opinion on the Highland Laird Glentauchers 20 year old 1996 is that this whisky definitely needs some time to open up from after pouring it unravel its nose juicy fruity characters. The nose after settling is rich in vanilla and summer fruits making it so inviting, the palate combination of spice and fruitiness play so well together which leads you into the finish which is mouth-watering and makes you feel you’re drinking a desert. As for price it’s still not been disclosed yet as the whisky has not been bottled but I will update when is has, but for the flavours you get and single cask, natural colour and the fact I find it a drinking desert I would happily pay for this dram to be in my regular whiskies, it’s just that delicious. I’ll be sure to leave the link to my YouTube video here ‘Highland Laird Glentauchers 20yr old 1996’ when the video is upload. I personally can’t wait for this bottle to be released.
I’d also like to thank the team at Bartels Whisky for the sample of this so I can taste this new expression.