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Glentauchers Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Mulben, Keith, Banffshire
AB55 6YL Scotland
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Glentauchers Vintage Single Cask Single Malt ScotchThe construction of the Glentauchers Distillery started in May of 1897 and within one year, it was completed and fully equipped. Glentauchers, just three miles from Keith and on the road to Craigellachie Distillery, is situated on the edge of the Craigellachie Forest. The buildings which were designed by architect John Alcock from Keith were described as "substantial and commodious" by the Banffshire Herald.

The Glentaucher Distillery Co. was started by London whisky merchant James Buchanan and stockholder W.P. Lowrie of Glasgow. Buchanan's first brand was Buchanan Blend - which eventually became known as the world-famous Black & White. In order to sell his own brand, he set up his own company in 1884 which was financed by Lowrie. Timing could not have been more perfect as the whisky market was booming. When Glentauchers Distillery opened, Buchanan was a success and part of the 'Big Three' houses which also included Dewar's and Walker's.

James Buchanan was an extraordinary man. He entered into the whisky business without much knowledge and no capitaly. Failing was something that never crossed his mind and he was confident he would eventually become a success. Buchanan stated, " Sometimes I marvel at the supreme self-confidence that upheld me..." Buchanan made many friends with ease and he was an incredible salesman. He dressed for success, he was attractive, tall and slim. Buchanan attributed his success to his ability to understand the mind and the needs of major customers.

The Craigellachie Forest
The Craigellachie Forest
When Lowrie passed away, he sold a majority shareholding in his blending and bottling company and a his share in Glentauchers Distiller Co., to Buchanan. In 1925, James Buchanan & Co. along with other major Scotch whisky blenders merged with Distillers Company Limited (DCL). The Glentauchers Distillery was then passed to the DCL subsidiary, Scottish Malt Distillers, Ltd. DCL was later acquired by Guinness, forming United Distillers, which became part of Diageo. Glentauchers is now owned by Pernod Ricard.

Glentaucher is a key component to Ballantine's and Teacher's Highland Cream.

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Tasting Notes

Colour: Dark straw

Nose: Delicate esters - very fresh and fragrant. Fruity influences with a sweet honey edge.

Palate: Mouth warming with a delicte hint of spice. Sweet with influences of freshly cut grass.

Finish: Long and balanced.

Nose: A distinct freshness dominated by a sweet influence, soft adn rounded edge with hints of butter toffees.

Palate: Initially sweet with delicate hints of cereal notes - malt. Mouth warming and fresh.

Finish: Long and fresh.

Body: Light

Cask Type: Refill sherry casks.

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Glentauchers Whisky Distillery
Glentauchers Distillery / Courtesy of Diageo Scotland

The Glentauchers Distillery was built in 1897-98. The layout of the buildings were designed in the form of a square and the two double iron doors which connected the buildings protected the distillery from fire. Glentaucher was closed from 1936 until 1946 due to war-time restrictions on the supply of barley. It was mothballed in 1985, but since 1989, it has remained in production.

Glentauchers has been fortunate with their ample water supply. In addition to its use for whisky production, it was also utilized for power. Between 1923 and 1925, the maltings and mash-house were updated and improved. In addition, a new spirit store designed by Charles Doig & Son was built.

In 1963, the two stills were converted to internal heating by steam. In 1965-66, the mash-house, tun room and still-house were completely rebuilt. The number of stills increased to six.

The Glentauchers Distillery does not have a visitors centre.

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