This week's review will be the first in a four-part series which features the new range of bottlings under The Single Cask brand. The four expressions are as follows:
- Glentauchers 2002 14 Years Old
- Glen Keith 1995 20 Years Old
- Miltonduff 1995 21 Years Old
- Invergordon 1988 27 Years Old
The first bottling to be featured is the Glentauchers 2002 14 Years Old expression which has been bottled for the bar.
The previous review of the Glentauchers 1996 18 Years Old expression delved deep into the history and workings of the distillery and more information about the expression and the distillery can be found at the following link: https://www.thesinglecask.sg/blogs/news/whisky-review-no-30-the-single-cask-whisky-bar-singapore
As such, this week's review with focus solely on the review of this particular expression, which was bottled from a single cask at a standard abv of 45.8% for the bar.
The Single Cask Glentauchers 2002 14 Years Old (45.8% abv)
Colour: Bright gold
Nose: Initial entry presents a fruity and malty note which is somewhat reminiscent of an IPA. A trio of fruits in apricots, white grapes and nectarines emerge, followed by sweet barley malt and white wine.
When given time to open up in the glass, the nose becomes sweeter and a spicy edge emerges, revealing hints of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Towards the very end, hints of honeydew and Juicy Fruit emerge, making this a rather full nosing experience.
Palate: Initial entry isn't as fruity as the nose suggests, but there is a pronounced malty and gristy note along with some of the spices which were detected on the nose (cinnamon, black pepper and nutmeg in particular). There is a good amount of oakiness in this dram and it is followed by both lemon and melon hints.
With time, there is a slightly wine-like note which may be brought on by the emergence of hints of white grape, but the maltiness reigns supreme.
Finish: Long and lingering on the finish, with the malty and spicy notes the dominant factors towards the end as the citrus and melon notes take a back seat. The maltiness does fade slowly, but the spices remain ever-present.
Balance: A somewhat well-balanced dram on the nose and palate, but it does skew towards the spicy side of things towards the finish. The mouthfeel is rather dry and somewhat tannic due to the oak elements at play and this dram does not require any water whatsoever.
The Single Cask Glentauchers 2002 14 Years is available for purchase by the dram or by the bottle for in-bar and retail/takeaway purposes and is also available for purchase as part of The Single Cask First Anniversary flight alongside the other whiskies mentioned above.
For more information on this whisky, please approach our friendly bar staff who will be more than happy to assist you with any enquiries you may have.
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