The Allt-a-Bhainne and the Glen Keith were already very promising. Chapter 7 bottled another ex-bourbon single cask from Speyside from a lesser known distillery. One should almost think it is becoming the company's trademark... Let's see how this Glentauchers performs.
Identity Card Chapter 7 Glentauchers 1996
- Independent bottling from Glentauchers Distillery, Keith (Speyside)
- 18-year-old single malt Scotch whisky
- Alcohol: 48.3% ABV
- Distilled in 1996 - Bottled in 2014
- Ex-bourbon barrel #3609 | 173 bottles
Enjoying dessert in the Tyrol mountains
Tasting notesColour: This Glentauchers from Chapter 7 is pale yellow in colour (comparable to the Glen Keith from the same bottler). The whisky shows some nice thick and slow legs against the glass. This might be a sign of a delicious creamy texture.
Nose: The nose starts very promising with mineral notes and bourbon fruitiness. Melon and bananas. White chocolate with passion fruits. A lovely creamy pannacotta and coconut. A slight hint of citrus fruits. Bergamot maybe?
Water creates a leading role for the coconut. I'm getting something like a Bounty with white chocolate. Balsa wood and tart loaded with gooseberries.
Taste: The creaminess that was promised is definitely present. A powerful burst of fruitiness. Mashed bananas and Betterfood cookies with some juicy oak.
Water brings back the mineral notes and dried coconut flakes. Wood, pepper and baked bananas.
Finish: Quite a long finish with those lovely mineral notes. The juiciness and creaminess really stick to your palate. A hint of yellow boiled sweets.
ConclusionI'm a big fan of this Glentauchers from Chapter 7. It may hide its age a bit, but the lovely creamy notes definitely make up for it. A worthy chapter in the book from Chapter 7!
Most of the 173 bottles seem to be gone already. Whiskysite.nl is the only one who sells it online at a somewhat pricy €125 (for an 18yo whisky). However, you might find it at specialist liquor shops at a more reasonable price and it deserves your consideration
Update: Jurgen's Whiskyhuis has it in his webshop for €118 (£84.50).
|Chapter 7 ditched the Scottish icons for a minimal design bottle
Product photography: Figee.ch
Disclosure: A review sample was provided by Chapter 7. Thanks for the sample, Selim!