Advent Day 20 – Samaroli 1996 Glentauchers 17 Year Old Single Malt | Blog #52

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.

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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:


Crowfoot Wine and Spirits

Aspen Wine and Spirits

Willow Park Wine and Spirits


Ingredients Artisan Market

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.


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