In a nutshell:
2005 distilled Speyside single malt from Glentauchers bottled in 2019The lowdown:
A toasty, medium bodied Speyside single malt from the rarely seen Glentauchers.
This is an independent bottling from Gordon & Macphail who have built up longstanding relationships with many distilleries and mature new-make spirit in their own way in their own casks to make interesting single malt expressions. Distilled in 2005 and bottled in 2019 this fruity and creamy expression has dry grassy and beeswax aromas with a white chocolate, vanilla and pear sweetness that evolves over time. The tropical fruits on the palate have mixed with developing warming pepper notes and a dry cocoa powder edge meaning that there's a whole host of stuff going on.
A rare chance to get a flavour of this little seen, but good quality distillery's range.
Gordon & Macphail are among the best known independent bottlers of Scotch Whisky and certainly very well regarded for the quality of their products. Independent bottlers are companies who purchase casks of whisky directly from distilleries and further age and bottle them under their own label for re-sale. Now quite a long standing practice in the Scotch Whisky industry it provides an interesting niche market and often brings to the market single malts from distilleries whose Scotches mainly go towards blends and are seldom otherwise seen.