Single Malt Connoisseurs Club
ABOUT OUR SINGLE MALT SCOTCH CLUBS
Members of our buyers' club share an enthusiasm for the malt elixir in the most practical way, by saving time and money. No initiation or fees of any sort are charged. We simply ask that you undertake to remain in the club for the period of one year. As a club member you will receive a carefully selected, often unique bottling, complete with background information, shipped directly to your home or office every other month. The first club, the Single Malt Connoisseurs' Club, has a limit of $84.99, per shipment usually less, on the cost of the bottle itself. (Does not include tax and or shipping)
In September 2013 our members received:
Glentauchers 16 Year Old Duncan Taylor Bottling, Cask Strength
James Buchanan got into the Scotch whisky business at age 35 without any foreknowledge of distillation, but with an excellent sense of timing. He started up his label in 1884 without any capital to speak of, only a line of credit from his future partners in Glentauchers. At least partially because of the phylloxera (grapevine pest) devastation of the vineyards of Cognac, Scotch whisky’s popularity was to effectively double in the subsequent decade. James Buchanan and his whisky both came to fame, the whisky as the Black & White brand and Mr. Buchanan as Lord Wollavington. Along the way he created his own distillery, Glentauchers, on the fringe of the Craigellachie Forest, four miles east of Keith in Banfshire.
The foundation stone was laid in late May 1897 and the first brew was run off just before the summer solstice of 1898. Finding a top quality water source was no problem. The location afforded so much of it that it was collected behind a dam and run through a turbine that to power the distillery operations. Architect Charles Doig, inventor of the Scotch whisky industry’s signature pagoda roof, designed the new spirit store here during a 1923-1925 refurbishment. There was also a 1966 remodeling that tripled the output to 6 stills and made the whole operation more efficient, all while leaving the stately Victorian stone structures largely intact.
By the 1980’s the conglomerate ownership, Scottish Malt Distillers, had effectively dropped Glentauchers from their business plan and the distillery was closed in 1983. After only a few years as a mothballed facility, Allied Distillers Ltd. thought enough of the whisky heretofore made here to purchase the facility and re-open it in 1989. In 2005, Pernod Ricard became the new owners. In 2006 two brand new spirit receivers were added and in 2007 a stainless steel full lauter mash tun was installed. Glentauchers is a key component in the blends of Ballantine’s and Teacher’s. With most of its production going into blends, Glentauchers is a beautiful wallflower at the Single Malt Ball.
Duncan Taylor bottled this month’s selection at 54.6% ABV. The nose has honey, orchard fruits, sandalwood, brine, and a touch of cream. The warming mouth brings maltiness along with more stone fruits, slight roasted nut and butter cream. The finish is soft and long, with the cream still present and the alcohol kept in check.