When one of our Whisky Ladies mentioned she would be bringing a special 20 year old Glentauchers bottled by that Boutique-y Whisky Company for La Maison du Whisky, I suddenly remembered I had an old small bottle of a series presented by Ballentine’s to show off the respective character of key elements in their blend.
So pulled it out, dusted it off and hoped it wouldn’t be completely oxidized and terrible… we were in luck! It had stood the test of Mumbai storage conditions rather well!
Ballantine’s 17 year Glentauchers 40%
- Nose – Fruity, nutty, lemon, butterscotch, ice cream
- Palate – Lemon cherry, very smooth, buttery, light and balanced, a bit of chilli, slightly bitter
- Finish – Bitter burnt caramel
Overall this whisky was pronounced “Yum!” Simply an exceedingly easy “appetizer” of a whisky. Far from being a disaster, it was actually quite delicious. Clearly this blend had stood the test of time.
What followed was a trio of single malts:
- Speyside – Glentauchers 20 year (That Boutique-y Whisky Company)
- Speyside – The Balvenie 14 year Caribbean Cask 43% (via Taiwan)
- Island – Talisker 18 year 45.8%
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