Surprise surprise, for those that had not figured it out from my clues we have the third installment of the Glentauchers experience. Same distillery, 3 independent bottlers and 3 very different tasting whiskies.
This time Samaroli comes up to bat with an American oak version from not one but 2 sister casks.
Samaroli 1996 Glentauchers 17 Year Old Single Malt
*Cask#’s 4232 and 4233 – Speyside 45% alcohol non-chill filtered*
Take a quick refresh from day’s 13 and 17 with the Wemyss 20 Year Old and A.D. Rattray 18 Year Old Glentauchers.
Colour: Scottish Shortbread
Nose: Bananana coupled with some mango and pineapple. A real tropical fruit salad.
Palate: Banana continues on the palate along with the rest of the tropical fruit. This is again a whisky that leads from nose straight into taste hand in hand like a honeymooning couple.
Finish: Not harsh in any way the 45% fits the flavor with just a light tingle. The tropical theme continues on like a hot night in Barbados.
Water: I did add just a splash to this and was rewarded with some additional green tea ice cream character on the finish.
**Curt from All Things Whisky has also been “Tasting” along with the calendar. Check out his notes HERE.
Well, could 3 whiskies from the same distillery be any different?
I hope that this little journey within a journey has opened your eyes to how complex and different each unique barrel is. Rather than throwing hundreds of barrels together and meshing all qualities into a consistent flavor, independent bottlers really do try to pick out only the most amazing expressions. Quite often they are looking for a particularly interesting and different take on the distilleries usual flavor profile.
This delicious take on Glentauchers is available from the following retailers in the limited amount of 30 700ml bottles:
Send in some comments as to which cask of Glentauchers you like best.
Tomorrow is time for a nice relaxing dram by the fire to help warm up the winter chills.
For some of you, heading out to see a Christmas play or musical might be an annual tradition. I know that my wife and I have seen a Christmas Carol in many formats including a zombie version at Loose Moose theater which was hilarious.