Advent Day 13 – Wemyss 1992 “Licorice Spiral” Glentauchers 20 Year Old Single Malt | Blog #45

Official half time show here at Singlemalting for the 1st edition Scotch Whisky Advent Calendar.

I don’t have any big name artists or flashy award winning commercials. What I do have however is a 20 Year Old Glentauchers from Wemyss that if we are to go by the label promises a Licorice Spiral flavor profile.

Whisky: Wemyss 1992 “Licorice Spiral” Glentauchers 20 yo

*Cask No. 6036 Bourbon Hogshead – 46% non-chill filtered*

Glentauchers is predominantly used for Ballantines and Teachers blends. Founded in 1897 solely for making whisky for blending it’s first famous brand was one of the founders James Buchanan’s Black and White blend.

The nearby Packhorse bridge was also the site of a deep pool called Guan’s pot where witches were “tested” to see if they floated or sank. Not good news either way really.

Colour: Very light in colour for a 20 year old in a bourbon cask. I love seeing whiskies that have not had caramel added to them. It’s fascinating just how variable casks are in imparting deepening hues.

Nose: As advertised on the label there is some sweet licorice here reminding me of licorice allsorts with a wedge of white and yellow confectionery in between.

Palate: Even more Anise coming through baked into a Jonathan apple crumble (could be a different sort but why not throw my namesake apple into the mix).

Water: Lifts the apple and softens the licorice with continued flavor bursts for a long finish.

**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.

How cool is whisky??? Seriously there is nothing on the planet as a spirit that can compete for such a wide range of flavor. All coming from one humble little ingredient.

This amazing whisky is available from the following switched on retailers:


Willow Park Wine & Spirits

Highlander Wine and Spirits

Kensington Wine Merchants

J. Webb Wine Merchants


Andrew Hilton Wines and Spirits


Ingredients Artisan Market

A great way to hit the mid point of our journey.

I hope you are beginning to appreciate (if you were not already) how wonderfully diverse the world of whisky is. This is why independent bottling’s of single casks are so great. What better way to enjoy a distillery than a snapshot in time of that age and that barrel especially when released by top quality bottler’s like the 3 in this calendar that are always looking for a unique expression.

Tomorrow we up the ante with a trip to yet another new region.

See you then …


Wemyss Malts Website


  1. Les SCHEELAR says:

    All I can say is WOW. This is a great smooth scotch. Nose is fragrant floral honey with a licorice finish. Taste is subtle woody, vanilla start changing to honey with a buttery licorice finish that coats my mouth. Long finish. My favourite so far

    • Jonathan Bray says:

      Fantastic Les the hope is that there is a little WOW for everyone at some point in this calendar journey. Who knows there might still be another WOW in your near future.

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