Advent Day 17 – A.D. Rattray 1996 Glentauchers 18 Year Old Single Malt | Blog #49

Think back to day 13 and Wemyss “licorice Spiral” Glentauchers 1992 20 Year Old. Look at your notes and get ready to compare.

I wanted to show how unique each single cask is and having the same whisky from the perspective of two bottler’s is a great experience. The “Licorice Spiral” was in a Bourbon hogshead and at 46% which should give it vastly different character than the A.D. Rattray cask that we are about to try.

Whisky: A.D. Rattray 1996 Glentauchers 18 yo single malt
*Cask # 1177 – Sherry 56.1% alcohol cask strength non-chill filtered*

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Colour: Deep amber
Nose: Big at cask strength so go carefully into the fray. Sticky date pudding (sticky toffee pudding is the Canadian version), miles apart from the Wemyss Glentauchers.
Palate: Zingy on the tongue at cask strength but not overwhelming. Rich caramel sauce and bread and butter pudding.
Finish: Long and evolving this finish is delicious. elements of spiced citrus make a play.

Water: The nose develops a ginger snap character and the palate gets a soft chocolate wrapping and just a touch of anise.

This is a really delicious example of Glentauchers and couldn’t be more different in contrast to the 20 Year Old Wemyss cask. It’s exciting to see how different the same distillery can be given varying cask types. These two casks are only 2 years apart in age but vastly wide apart in flavor.

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

This is why whisky is just so much fun.

To remind yourself a little of Glentauchers history just zip back to day 13 to refresh your memory.

This sherried version of Glentauchers is available from the following whisky mad retailers – only 60 bottles:


Britannia Wine Merchant


Vinestone Wine Co.


Sherbrooke Liquor


Andrew Hilton Wine and Spirits

Tomorrow we are off to a Distillery that had to change it’s name to avoid consumer confusion.

See you on the morrow …



A. D. Rattray Website

One comment

  1. Travis says:

    Hi there,
    We are trying a bottle from this exact same cask at our next tasting. Both the bottle and a tweet from the distillery are saying it was matured in 2nd Fill Bourbon Barrels but you are saying it was a Sherry cask. Do you know for sure if it was sherry? I’m just putting together info sheets for the tasting. The colour doesn’t look like sherry cask colour but that doesn’t mean a sherry cask wasn’t used…Thanks!

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