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2003 Glentauchers 15 Year Old "Chieftain's" K&L Exclusive Single Sherry Butt Speyside Single Malt Whisky (750ml)

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After many years out of the California market, the Chieftain's brand is back. Don't get too excited because along with their re-introduction, they've recently announced their final run of single cask offerings. While we wait patiently for the demise of this famous brand, we found this gorgeous little butt of 'Tauchers sitting in a warehouse in New Jersey. Delicious sherried malt from one of Scotland's least known distillers for less than $100? Wait, less than $75? Yes please! Glentauchers Distillery was built in 1898, just a few years before the entire Scotch industry collapsed in the Pattison Crisis. It somehow survived but was mothballed in 1985 by DCL. It was acquired by Allied Distillers and reopened in 1992. In 2005, a couple of years after this spirit was distilled, the distillery was acquired by Chivas Brothers. Some of the purists might complain that it was bottled at 92 proof, but that does little to negate the unbelievable value this cask represents. Non-chillfiltered and of course naturally colored, this was aged for 15 years in a top notch first fill oloroso sherry butt. Wafting from the glass aromas of dried autumn leaves, freshly sprinkled forest floor, caramelized citrus peel and raisinets. Both sultry and satisfying simultaneously. Those darker flavors are balanced nicely with some tropical fruit flambeed, red berries in sugar and sweet maple cookies. An altogether stunning example of the often forgotten Banffshire distillery.

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By: Will Blakely | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/27/2019 | Send Email
Finally an offering to satisfy the sherry-finish fanatics among us. Right out of the gate, the rich, nutty aromas of oloroso awaken the senses. Dried apricot, toasted wood and baking spice get you salivating. Cocoa, vanilla, candied walnuts and orange peel ride a richly layered palate of smooth malt with just enough heat to remind you what you're drinking. This is delightful counterpoint to something like Glendronach, and at this price, it's too good to pass up.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/26/2019 | Send Email
I absolutely love the sherry cask influence on this whisky. First of all, I love sherry. So, to see so much influence on this dram makes me love it even more. While the whisky is of course bone dry, there is so much fruity sweetness here it’s hard not to love it. There’s also a ton of complexity here to back up the initial heady aromas. It's not the most subtle beverage I've come across lately, but perhaps that is its charm.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2019 | Send Email
Those afraid of Sherry bombs need not apply. Glentauchers is a fun dram to have in part because of how seldom it's seen on it's own. Most of the whisky distilled here goes into big name blends. K&L (by way of Chieftain's) offers up this Speyside rarity in all its Oloroso glory. Immediately after pouring the dram and setting the glass in front of me, I'd be darn near convinced someone just put Sherry under my nose if I came at this without knowing what it was. Dark heavy dried fruits boarder on sweet and oxidized, and you can even get a sense of the Sherry's flor. Further nosing reveals butterscotch and rum-like aromas. All questions about whether or not this is a Scotch fades with the first sip. Dark roasted malt and leather dominate initially, followed by dark chocolate, toasted coffee beans, and almonds. A splash of water brings back some of the fruitier components with dark honey and oily wood.

By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/25/2019 | Send Email
My first thought upon pouring the glass is "I really don't know much about Glentauchers." Other than supplying some malt content for Ballantines, there just isn't much of it out there. Then I look at the color and nose the whisky in glass and realize for this bottling it doesn't matter. This is absurdly dark and insanely sherried. Dark and nutty with a gobs of cooked stone fruits burnt citrus peel combine for a real pleasurable dram. At 75 bucks it's a might easy thing to pour for every visitor and friend you've got.

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