One of the things about doing this is that I’m occasionally given some samples to try, and sometimes they are a bit meh, and sometimes they make me go and buy a bottle, and sometimes they just ruin you, and this is one of those.
This is one of those drams that just take you away from all your troubles and totally consume you, it’s another world, I mean, I was but a child when this was distilled and put into a barrel, think of how the world has changed in the last 44 years.
It’s actually quite hard to explain how different old whiskies like this are to younger drams, it’s not necessarily better but it’s a completely different dram and these whiskies are very hard to come by.
Before I talk more about this I want to say something very briefly about the old whiskies you might have tried if you don’t get free stuff like me or your pockets are bottomless. Lidl and Aldi have sold us older whiskies and they are great but I don’t think they are true representations of super old whiskies, they are not from the best ever casks and they are usually a bit thin, I’m not knocking them at all, I want to make that clear, but they also retail at fifty quid or under and bottles like this sell for hundreds, for a reason.
Anyway, let’s get back to this, the oldest Glentauchers bottled, apparently and it’s just under seven hundred pounds, yes, really. And that’s a lot of pounds, so what are you getting for your money? Why is it so expensive?
You need to be careful when you spend a lot of money on a whisky, are you paying for a name or rarity over quality? Well, almost certainly, the amount of whisky this age is limited, the amount of whisky left in the cask will be reduced and most of the casks filled in the mid nineteen seventies will have been put into blends or just sold off long ago, so yes, you’re paying for a piece of history which is rare and finite. One thing though is that Glentauchers isn’t particularly collectable, most of it still ends up, rather tragically, into Chivas and Ballantines so you’re not paying for a name such as Macallan, and you can check the price of a forty odd year old Macallan and get back to me.
So here we go, I didn’t try this with water, such an old whisky could go to bits and I only had a small sample kindly supplied by Atom Brands and That Boutiquey Whisky Company.
Nose. You could spend hours nosing this without sipping it at all, think of old libraries or a Gentleman’s club, old books and desks, pipe and cigar smoke, some roasted nuts, brown butter and treacle.
Palate. Again, I’d love to get to know this better, but from what I tried the leather and spice notes come through, a mellow wood feel and, something herbal, something sweet and tobacco leaves.
Finish. Forever, spice and wood, white pepper and honey comes out of nowhere.
This is wonderful, it’s just such a strange dram, unlike almost anything I’ve ever tried, these old drams can often be quite similar in my limited experience, is it worth the money? Well that’s relative isn’t it? I couldn’t afford this, if I could I’d buy it, yes I would but it’s not something anyone would want to tear into, it’s quite delicate, I poured over this for hours to get all this, if you are new to whisky this would be a waste of money, but to those who can drop this kind of money on a bottle of whisky, well, you’re in for a treat.